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Daily Archives: May 28, 2016

MLB Fantasy Daily (DFS) Picks For DraftKings – 5/29/16

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

One of the biggest blunders made by many gamblers is betting against themselves.  We are going to simplify the process, so if you win, you can really win – none of this barely break even nonsense.

Our new Draft Strategy is now here.  Please read after the post.

Now here is what we are going to do for today’s MLB DFS Draft Kings style.

We Will Give You – Daily

5 team stacking options ( We are going to draw most of our players from these 5 squads).

3 Pitching candidates (High level, midlevel and budget). Read the rest of this entry

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Winter Work Paying Off For Yankee Farmhand Matt Marsh

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Sean Morash (BBBA Writer/Owner – offthebenchbaseball.com) 

To say the Tampa Yankees closer, Matt Marsh, is a friend of Off The Bench is a bit of an understatement.  I grew up with the kid, know his family, and my mother and uncle met up with him over the offseason to enjoy a college football game. 

There’s something about the bond forged in the dugout during all those U-16 tournaments that we played across the Southeast that is indescribable. I mention all this to make clear that I’m biased.  I root for Matt.  Hard. OTBB even published an extended interview with him this winter.

When I heard that he planned to train hard this offseason at a facility in the DC area where a teammate had trained recently and gained a few miles per hour, I was excited.  I knew Matt’s history of arm troubles had robbed him of the potential velocity that was evident from the time we were 12.  I knew that he had spent time at 3 different colleges on his way to being an undrafted right handed reliever out of Liberty University.

From my position as a blogger and baseball nerd, I know the success rate of that type of player.  I know 24-year old relievers in A-ball are often labelled “non-prospects.”  They’re usually organizational filler that take up space on rosters, and help minor league teams compete through their rigorous schedule.

I know that often times these guys are the footnote in scouting notebooks.  They’re the guys that the real prospects are supposed to hit home runs off of.  Matt’s baseball resume is impressive, but until this year was just impressive enough to be good enough to face the million dollar bonus babies, the Jorge Mateo’s of the world.

But all that just makes me more excited as I regularly check Matt’s baseball-reference page.  He started the season as a closer for the high-A Yankees.

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Nine Innings/Questions On The 2016 Reds With ‘BBBA’ Blogger Shawn Weaver

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Note From Chuck Booth:  We have some talented bloggers at the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, and our Executive Committee member (Peter Schiller) i doing an article series interviewing them.  Today he asks our friend Shawn Weaver about his Reds.

If you are a fan of these teams, I recommend to read their insights – and to also follow their websites. Peter is a good man.  He gave me my first chance ever to have an authorship page at his site over 7 years ago.

Peter Schiller (Featured BBBA Executive Committee Member/Writer/Owner – baseballreflections.com) 

If you like what you read below, check out more from Shawn Weaver at his site,  shawns.blogspot.com! and twitter

This is a series of articles where I ask fellow bloggers from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBBA) 9 innings worth of questions about their team. The goal is to do this for as many teams as possible (all 30 would be ideal) a few times a season. This one is a pre-All Star edition, then a post-All Star edition, another down the stretch (towards the end of the season) and then either a playoffs edition or off season edition or both!

So, without further ado …

  1. How are the (your team name here)’s offseason acquisitions working out so far? Any concerns?

The acquisitions the Reds made were young guys for the rebuild, most of whom have not debuted yet.  We won’t know this answer for years.

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The Tampa Bay Rays Are Just A Few Moves Away From Being Competitive

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Sean Morash (BBBA Writer/Owner – offthebenchbaseball.com) 

The Tampa Bay Rays sit at 21 -25, 7 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. They’re still fighting the uphill battle against organizations with more money to spend to try to compete annually.  They’ve got an chance to get after it this year and make some noise, but currently sit in an interesting position where they could become sellers and pack it in in preparation for next season should things continue to go awry in key areas.

The modern Rays don’t really sell; they’re always looking to add value and remain competitive while waiting for a little magic dust to come flying in.  I think that’s a good plan again this year as they sit near .500 today, and they’ve got some magic dust on the way.

The pitching staff has reinforcements coming soon: Brad Boxberger will soon return from the DL to fortify the bullpen.  Alex Cobb is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and could help in the second half.  Blake Snell is among the top 15 prospects in baseball and threw 134 innings last year with a 1.41 ERA.

But the problem with all these guys waiing in reserve is that the pitching staff has already been pretty solid and could be even better if a few contributors return to their expected level.  They’re 5th in the AL in xFIP despite Chris Archer sporting a 4.62 ERA and Matt Moore owning an even worse 5.47 figure.  Both guys are former All-Stars.

The pitching staff has been pretty decent and should improve even without the additional reinforcements.

The lineup? They’re a well-rounded and athletic group with a number of moving and interchangeable parts.  They’re currently 3rd in the AL in WAR, but just 11th in runs.

See how Sean thinks Tampa Bay continue to get better by addressing a possible problem.

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Every Baseball Game Is Great

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By Josh Randolph (Featured BBBA Website – 9inningknowitall.com)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my time as a player, coach, fan and soon to be coach again. I’ve been thinking about all the times I got frustrated with the game of baseball and the reasons why I eventually just gave up on it. I’ve also been thinking about all the laughs and fun times I had in and around the game.

You see I have a 4 year old daughter who will be playing t-ball next year and I will be the coach. Also, my wife is pregnant and I’m really hoping it is a boy so I can coach baseball.

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What’s Good For Baseball: Changes To Make The Game Better Including Umpires Not Going Rogue On All Star Players

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By William Robinson (Featured BBBA Website – 9inningknowitall.com)

I like to talk about what’s good for baseball all the time. The funny thing about that is that there are so many different opinions about this that I’m sure that mine isn’t the only one and honestly may not be in the majority but

I’m going to do a blog here today discussing things that I think need to change in the game to make it more popular for the masses.

1. People do not come to the park to watch umpires. I’m sorry guys but Leslie Nielson isn’t walking through that door as a home plate umpire and nobody and I mean nobody is here to watch an umpire.

What people are there for is to watch good hitters hit and good pitchers pitch. So when I hear stories about home plate umpires picking fights with players (I’m looking at you Joe West) it makes me want to do away with home plate umpires in general. And why not? We don’t need them.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Andrew Miller To The Texas Rangers

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Trey Rose (Featured BBBA Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com) 

Let me preface this article by saying that this deal will only be made if the New York Yankees are out of the playoff race near the trade deadline. As of right now, the New York Yankees are 22-24, and 6.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox.

Considering how competitive the American League East is, there is a good chance the Yankees will be out of contention near the trade deadline, which means they will be sellers in the trade market.

The Yankees’ number one asset to move will be one of their three elite relief pitchers, Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, or Aroldis Chapman.

Of the three, Andrew Miller is the most likely to be dealt. Miller is under contract until 2018 (signed a four-year/$36 million contract in 2015), which is what makes him so valuable to a contending team. So far in 2016, Miller has appeared in 19 games, with a 2-0 record, 0.96 ERA, 33 strikeouts, and one walk in 18.2 innings pitched.

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Matt Harvey’s Struggles Will Continue Unless The New York Mets Take Action

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Trey Rose (Featured BBBA Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com) 

New York Mets’ pitcher Matt Harvey could use a few days, or even weeks, off. The Dark Knight currently sports a 3-7 record, with a 6.08 ERA, 44 strikeouts, and 17 walks in 53.1 innings pitched.

Based on his career stats (28-25 record, 2.92 ERA, 493 strikeouts, 111 walks in 480.1 innings in four seasons), there is clearly something wrong with Harvey, and the Mets need to do something about it.

Many people believe the Mets should skip Harvey’s next start, but they have stated he will continue on his normal pitching schedule. The only noticeable anomaly in Harvey’s statistics is his drop in fastball velocity from an average of 95.2 MPH in 2015 to 94 MPH in 2016 and decreased breaking ball efficiency.

This drop in velocity could be from fatigue, injury, mechanical flaws, or loss of confidence and pressure from lack of success.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 28, 2016

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As Ichiro moves closer to 3,000 hits, I wonder how many hits he can compile if he just keeps playing.

It is a “Let’s Keep Pushing” episode of The The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Josh Donaldson, Michael Fulmer, Aaron Hill, Jacob deGrom, Adam Duvall and Jose Ramirez added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

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Who Owned Baseball May 27, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Fred Thornhill – AP

Josh Donaldson went 4 for 5 with 2 homers including a go ahead 2 run shot in the 8th inning that was the difference in Toronto’s 7-5 win over Boston.

Michael Fulmer pitched shutout ball into the 8th, allowing 3 hits over 7 2/3 innings, earning the 4-1 decision for the Tigers in Oakland.

Aaron Hill reached base 4 times, homering twice and leading Milwaukee past Cincinnati, 9-5.

Jacob deGrom threw 7 solid innings, allowing 1 run and 3 hits. The Mets bullpen blew his lead but they walked off 6-5 winners over the Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on May 27, 2016.

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

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