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Monthly Archives: June 2016

MLB DFS Daily Fantasy Picks For FanDuel – 7/1/16

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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 FanDuel 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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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/1/16

P –  Michael Fulmer (vs. Tampa Bay Rays): $10,900. Fulmer has been dominant this season. In 63.2 innings pitched, he owns a 7-2 record, 2.54 ERA, 50 hits against, 60 strikeouts, and 24 walks. The Rays offense has struggled quite a bit in 2016, so Fulmer should be able to take care of business. Prior to Fulmer’s last start, he threw 33.1 consecutive scoreless innings.

P – Tanner Roark (vs. Cincinnati Reds): $9,800. Roark struggled his last time out against the Reds, but he has been spectacular for the rest of the 2016 season. In 16 starts, he owns a 7-5 record, with a 2.96 ERA, 90 hits against, 89 strikeouts, and 32 walks in 100.1 innings pitched. The Reds offense has been miserable over the past seven games, which is a great sign for Roark.

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These 2 MLB Players have Unexpectedly Boosted Their Trade Value This Season

Just like beauty, MLB trade value is in the eye of the beholder. What one interested team deems as desirable may not float the next team’s boat and vice versa.

The non-waiver trade deadline is at the end of July (or in this case, the beginning of August) for a reason. Not only does it allow teams to figure out if they have a chance at contending, but it also gives players time to show whether or not they’re worth the inherent risk that comes with acquiring them.

Some players who carried trade value on Opening Day have either maintained or enhancedit – Jonathan Lucroy and Jay Bruce come to mind – while others lost what little value they appeared to have left – like Matt Kemp.

Then, there’s another group of players that already had zero value, but have surprised everyone with their current performance. And since this level of play has been sustained through the first half of the season, there’s a good chance they’ll be wearing a different uniform within the next few weeks.

Outside of relief pitchers, the midseason trade market may not be as robust as in recent years. Teams in need of a boost must overturn every rock to find the value needed in order to reach the postseason and find success. That can lead front office executives down some unlikely paths, but these two players in particular seem more unlikely than the rest.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 30, 2016

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I recorded a podcast in Willimantic, Connecticut. It is the town where I was born and it means very little to me.

This leads to my wondering why we put so much stock in admiring home grown talent.

It is a “tracing back my roots” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Brian McCann, Matt Moore, Max Scherzer, Daniel Murphy, Michael Bourn, Eduardo Nunez, and Carlos Martinez all 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 June 29, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Brian McCann homered twice including a game tying shot in the 9th that set up the Yankees stunning 9-7 walk off victory over Texas.

Matt Moore threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits as the Rays blanked the Red Sox, 4-0.

Daniel Murphy homered twice against his old teammates to help the Nationals top the Mets, 4-2.

Max Scherzer struck out 10 Mets, allowing 2 hits and no runs as the Nationals widened their division lead, 4-2.

They all owned baseball on June 29, 2016.

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MLB DFS Daily Fantasy Picks For FanDuel – 6/30/16

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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 FanDuel style.

We Will Give You – Daily

3 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

Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks – 6/30/16

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Daily Matchups for 6/30/2016

Pitcher

Madison Bumgarner This is a dream matchup for MadBum tonight. He’s facing a lackluster Athletics team which he has been able to hold to a .264 BA (23 for 87) with 21 strike outs to 7 walks. He has given up for HRs but this is being played in Oakland and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets 10 Ks tonight.

John Lackey- Can anyone stop these Cubs? Lackey is facing the Mets who love to strike out lately. He’s held them to a .261 BA (41 for 157) with 29 strike outs, 29 fly outs (spacious Citi Field) and 37 ground outs while only giving up 3 HRs. He’s a middle of the pack priced pitcher with a great matchup who will go overlooked with Bumgarner up as well.

Gio Gonzalez

Carlos Carrasco


Catcher

Wilson Ramos  Love him against a lefty in Finnegan. He’s 1 for 3 with a HR against him.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/30/16

P – Zach Davies (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers): $8,000. Davies has been spectacular this month. In five starts in June, he owns a 1.64 ERA, 0.788 WHIP, 36 strikeouts, and six walks in 33 innings pitched. One of those five starts came against the Dodgers, in which he threw seven innings, giving up five hits, one run, and he struck out six. The Dodgers offense has really struggled over the past seven days, which is a good sign for the young right-hander.

P – Carlos Rodon (vs. Minnesota Twins): $8,500. Rodon is coming off a very good start against the Toronto Blue Jays in his last start. Over his last 12 innings pitched, he has struck out 16 batters, which is a great sign for daily fantasy. The Minnesota Twins rank in the bottom of the major leagues against left-handed pitching in 2016, so this should be a great matchup for Rodon. Rodon faced the Twins on April 13th, going six innings, giving up three hits, zero runs, and he struck out six. Rodon can be a very high risk, high reward pitcher, so this could be a risky play.

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Could Jose Altuve Win The American League MVP Award?

Houston Astros’ second baseman, Jose Altuve, has had quite an impressive 2016 season so far. He has been so impressive that he could be a legitimate contender for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. He has some very tough competition that includes Mike Trout, Ian Desmond, Robinson CanoXander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and many more.

 

Altuve’s chances at the MVP award could drastically change considering there are still 84 games left in the season, but he is currently one of the favorites. His biggest competition will more than likely be Mike Trout, but Jose Altuve could have a huge advantage on Trout if the Astros continue to win. If Altuve leads the Astros to a playoff appearance, then he could be at a distinct advantage over Trout since the Angels will more than likely finish in the bottom half of the American League West.

 

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5 Potential Trade Targets for the Dodgers

The Dodgers are quite possibly the most disappointing team in baseball. Despite Clayton Kershaw, who is baseball’s most valuable player by leaps and bounds in 2016, LA sits 8 games behind the Giants entering Tuesday night’s slate of games and are just 5 games over .500.

Max wrote a few weeks ago about how the Dodgers lack of roster balance was killing them and nothing has really changed. Scott Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson are good ball players, but they can’t be starters on  a World Series contender, especially not when stars like Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig aren’t pulling their weight. Howie Kendrick is their left fielder. Kendrick is a second basemen though and the Dodgers are bending over backwards to find ways to get both Kendrick and Chase Utley in the lineup at the same time. That’s distressing because Kendrick is batting only .243 with virtually no power and a negative WAR. That’s not a guy you should be working to find a spot for; you should have better options.

Speaking of options, the Dodgers thought they had a lot of them for the 2-5 spots in their starting rotation. Unfortunately, injury has absolutely devastated their crop of starters and the healthy ones that remain haven’t been great. Scott Kazmir‘s ERA is closer to 5 than 4 and Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, and Alex Wood are all on the shelf. Anderson and McCarthy are on the way, but Wood was good but inconsistent before getting hurt and Ryu keeps having disappointing setbacks in his minor league rehab.

But all of those options just scream of pretty good. None of those guys are causing opposing managers to stay up at night dreading facing a tough pitcher.  The same can be said of the lineup as a whole.  It’s made up of a bunch of pretty good players, none of whom are really all that great.  The problem with this approach is that the Major Leagues are tough and almost everyone is pretty good.  So what’s another word for a majority of the Dodger’s roster right now? Average. Consider: the Dodgers only have three players worth more than 1 Win Above Average and the Dodgers’ 6th, 7th and 8th most valuable batters by that metric are starting pitchers.

Essentially, the Dodgers need an influx of talent to give them a jolt. They need a top half of the rotation starter and a left fielder.

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Who Will Be The Next Superstar Baseball Prospect Called Up?

Following the promotion of Lucas Giolito, MLB’s #1 overall prospect, many people are wondering who and when the next superstar prospect will be called up. There are quite a few people who come to mind when pondering this question. Some of those names include Alex Bregman, Manuel Margot, Alex Reyes, Orlando Arcia, Tyler Glasnow, Aaron Judge, and many more.

 

It is difficult to predict when a prospect is going to be called up, but it can be even harder to predict if that prospect is going to be a superstar. Every one of those guys listed above have the potential to be something special, but who will make that superstar impact this year? Could it be Alex Bregman taking over third base for the Houston Astros? How about Alex Reyes toeing the rubber in St. Louis? Both of those individuals will be superstars, but they are not who I have in mind.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 29, 2016

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For the first time since 2002, I went to a game at Fenway Park. And this time, I went with my sons.

This was my record of the evening.

It is a “you CAN come home again” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 Corey Kluber, Jon Lester, Matt Carpenter, Brian Dozier, Matt Wisler, Carlos Gonzalez and Cheslor Cuthbert  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball June 28, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Corey Kluber no hit the Braves into the 6th ands, 2 runs and 7 strikeouts to help the red hot Indians capture their 11th straight win, 5-3.

Jon Lester allowed 3 hits, 1 walk and 1 run over 7 2/3 innings. The bullpen would blow his lead but he set up the Cubs 7-2 extra inning victory in Cincinnati.

Brian Dozier provided all the game’s offense, homering twice and driving in 4 as the Twins blanked the White Sox, 4-0.

Matt Carpenter reached base 4 times, homered and doubled, driving in 2 as St. Louis doubled up their cross state rival Royals, 8-4.

They all owned baseball on June 28, 2016.

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MLB DFS Daily Fantasy Picks For FanDuel – 6/29/16

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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 FanDuel 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

Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks – 6/29/16

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Daily Matchups for 6/29/2016

Pitcher

David Price

Dallas Keuchel

Archie Bradley

Max Scherzer

Danny Salazar

Jameson Taillon


Catcher

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/29/16

P – Max Scherzer (vs. New York Mets): $13,500. Well, you can’t go wrong with this pick. First of all, the Mets offense has been TERRIBLE over the past seven days. They rank 28th in runs, last in slugging, 29th in OBP, and 15th in strikeouts. Second of all, Scherzer has dominated the Mets since joining the Nationals in 2015. In five starts against the Mets, he has a 2.00 ERA. His last start against the Mets, on May 17th, he threw 6.1 innings, giving up two runs, and he struck out 10.

P – Junior Guerra (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers): $7,400. Guerra has been pretty consistent this year. In 10 starts, he owns a 4-1 record, with a 3.67 ERA, 51 hits against, 53 strikeouts, and 19 walks in 61.1 innings pitched. He is facing a Dodgers’ offense that has struggled mightily over the past seven days. During those seven days, the Dodgers are ranked 26th in runs (26), last in OBP (.298), and 24th in slugging (.402).

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The Atlanta Braves Need To Trade Julio Teheran, But It Might Not Happen

As it gets closer to the trade deadline, Atlanta Braves pitcher, Julio Teheran, is gaining more and more attention. Through five starts in June, Teheran has been absolutely dominant throwing 37.2 innings, with a 1.91 ERA, 17 hits against, 37 strikeouts, and only four walks. The Braves will bring in quite the haul if they decide to deal the right-hander to a competing team at the trade deadline.

 

So far in 2016, Teheran owns a 3-7 record, with a 2.46 ERA, 70 hits against, 99 strikeouts, and 24 walks in 106 innings pitched. Pay no attention to the record since he is currently playing for the worst team in baseball, but this might not be for long. Many teams have expressed interest in Teheran, including the Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, and other teams competing for a spot in the playoffs.

 

Teheran would help a competing team, but he may not be worth the price the Atlanta Braves are asking for. Not only is the price high, but there are some concerning factors that might show that Teheran’s success in 2016 could be a fluke.

 

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Where Would the St. Louis Cardinals be Without Matt Carpenter?

Each year, there are normally one or two players on each MLB team where fans think, “Man, where would this team be without this guy on the roster?”

Here are some examples:

  • How much worse would the Washington Nationals have been in 2015 without Bryce Harper’s MVP performance?
  • Where would the New York Mets be right now without Yoenis Cespedes’ bat andNoah Syndergaard’s arm?
  • Would the Houston Astros already be back over .500 if Jose Altuve wasn’t their second baseman?

That’s the kind of impact infielder Matt Carpenter has had on the St. Louis Cardinals.

It’s been an uphill battle for all contending NL Central teams not named the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and even with their small slump over the past week, things probably won’t get much easier. For most of the year, manager Mike Matheny has watched his club produce ho-hum results with a 39-36 record. Still, the Cards find themselves right in the thick of the NL playoff picture.

Overtaking the Cubs appears tough – they’re already 10 games back of Chicago – but they’re only 1.5 games behind the final Wild Card spot. Although he’s not that prototypical “superstar” player, St. Louis wouldn’t be where they are without Carpenter’s contributions in the leadoff spot.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 28, 2016

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It is looking like Jose Reyes and the Mets are going to have a reunion.

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It is a “reminder that some things are bigger than the game” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Kris Bryant, Jon Gray, Nick Franklin, Danny Duffy, Joey Votto and Mike Trout all 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 June 27, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Kris Bryant went 5 for 5 with 3 homers, driving in 6 and scoring 4 to lead the Cubs in a wild 11-8 slugfest in Cincinnati.

Jon Gray struck out 8 Blue Jays over 7 innings, walking none and worked around a pair of homers to get the 9-5 victory for Colorado.

Nick Franklin singled, doubled and homered, driving in 5 runs as the Rays snapped their losing streak, 13-7 over Boston.

Danny Duffy pitched 8 innings, allowing 2 runs, walking none and struck out 8 Cardinals batters to earn the 6-2 decision for the Royals.

They all owned baseball on June 27, 2016.

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Michael Conforto Might File Grievance Against The New York Mets

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By Trey Rose (BBBA Featured Writer, owner of dynastydigest.sportsblog.com) 

Young star, Michael Conforto, was demoted a few days ago because of a massive slump. Following May 1st, Conforto was batting .148, with a .217 OBP, and a .303 slugging percentage. Many people believe his struggles may stem from a wrist injury, but Conforto assured the media it was a mechanical issue rather than medical.

Well, it looks like the wrist injury may be a bigger issue than previously stated. On June 14th, Conforto received a cortisone shot to treat the injured cartilage in his left wrist. This cortisone shot could prove that Conforto is in fact too injured to play, which could lead to a grievance case. In the Major League Baseball collective bargaining agreement, it states that teams may not send injured major league players to the minor leagues. Rather, the team must place the player on the major league disabled list. This could have big repercussions on the New York Mets if Conforto decides to file this case.

You be wondering, “why would Conforto file this grievance,” but it’s very simple, money. By sending him down, Conforto is losing roughly $2,000 a day when you take into account major league pay compared to the minor leagues. Not only is he losing money, but he is also not losing service time, which could delay his future free agency. While this must be frustrating to Conforto, it is very unlikely he will go through with the case.

In order to win a grievance case for this situation, the player must not be healthy enough to play for the minor league club. Conforto has a few things going against him that would more than likely cause him to lose this case.

First of all, before he was demoted, he was very adamant when stating that his problems don’t stem from an injury, but rather his mechanical approach at the plate. In other words, he took full responsibility for his struggles. Second of all, he did play his first game at Triple-A, which shows he is able to play. Now he could be playing through an injury in which he shouldn’t be playing, but that could be tough to prove. Of course it is still possible for Conforto to file this grievance, but there are quite a few issues against his case.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings – 6/28/16

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Elite P – Corey Kluber (vs. Atlanta Braves): $13,400

Elite P – Jon Lester (vs. Cincinnati Reds): $11,700

Elite P – Zack Greinke (vs. Philidelphia Phillies): $10,600

 

Bargain P – Ubaldo Jimenez (vs. San Diego Padres): $4,800

Bargain P – Lucas Giolito (vs. New York Mets): $6,400

Bargain P – Matt Harvey (vs. Washington Nationals): $6,500

 

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MLB DFS Daily Fantasy Picks For FanDuel – 6/28/16

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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 FanDuel 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

Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks – 6/28/16

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Daily Matchups for 6/28/2016

Pitcher

Corey Kluber–  Kluber comes into this matchup with an extra days rest after he dominated the Rays for 9 innings and 9 Ks where he threw 115 pitches. In that matchup he had 66 FP on Fanduel and 44.3 FP on DraftKings. Kluber has fared well against the Braves in his lifetime as he’s only given up a .242 BA (15 for 62) with 15 Ks, and 5 walks against the current Braves roster. He’s the highest priced pitcher on DK and 2nd highest on FD. He’s expensive, but has a terrific matchup on paper.

Jon Lester Lester is coming off of a matchup against Miami where he pitched 7 innings, 7 Ks, and had 36 FP on FD and 21 FP on DK.  He’s held this Reds’ rost to a .238 BA (29 for 122) while striking out 31 and only walking 2. He makes a better matchup on FD but he is the most expensive pitcher on the slate over there. He’s averaging 42.13 FP on FD and we love him over there tonight.

Jose Quintana He makes a terrific play against the Twins who were dominated by Yankees’ pitching over the weekend. As both of these teams are in the AL Central, they see a ton of each other. Quintana has held the Twins to a .238 BA (39 for 164) while striking out 38 and walking 14. He’s coming off of a terrible outing against Boston last Wednesday where he pitched 5.1 innings givine up 8 hits, 6 walks, 1 K and only 1 FP on FD. This very reason should leave him very under-owned and a terrific mid-priced play to avoid some bats.

Rick Porcello Porcello has been extremely surprising this season as he’s had some terrific games. He’s coming off a 10 FP performance against the White Sox so people will see that and probably shy away a little bit. Although, he is facing a terrible Rays team. Lifetime Porcello has given up a .274 (32 for 117) BA with 28 Ks but that was when the Rays were doing well. He’s a great cash-game play tonight.

Lucas Giolito Giolito is the number 3 prospect in all of baseball. He’s making his debut against a lowly Mets team that strike out a ton. He’s actually faced the Mets 1 time in Spring Training and actually got 21 FP on FD. Obviously these numbers don’t mean anything since it was Spring Training but we like him as a GPP play tonight.

Kyle Gibson This is a name that could surprise you but Gibson has been able to hold the White Sox to a .190 BA (20 for 105) lifetime and comes in a $5600 on FD. He’s had back to back 20+ FP games and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was less than 10% owned tonight. Extremely cheap means you can afford almost any big bat you want.


Catcher

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We’re in a Golden Age of the Lefty Fastball

The 2016 baseball season is well underway and we’re seeing an even more drastic version of the trends that we saw last year: There are more strikeouts, more homeruns, and more challenges. And, notably, there has also been a steady increase in velocity across the league, assisted by the guys I’ll be highlighting here.

A “steady increase in velocity” might not be reason to stop the presses, but just soak in this Tweet real quick:

We’re basically seeing twice as many pitches thrown 95+ as we were in 2008. ¡2008!

Even left handers, typically a step behind (always a bit of a quirky species, lefties), are chucking it. Across the league, lefties are throwing the ball 95+ mph just around 7.5% of the time. That’s way more often the stereotype of the Tom Glavine-type, soft-tossing, corner-nibbler would have you believe, but it’s 2016 and elite velocity isn’t just left to the elite pitchers anymore (Chris Sale is joined in that 95+ lefty fastball club by some guy named Buddy Boshers out of the bullpen for the Twins).

So… I’m not just interested in guys that throw hard; I want guys who throw hard and make the ball move, and I want them to be left handed. (Truth: that lefty requirement is mostly an excuse so I can hopefully talk about Danny Duffy more, James Paxton for the first time, and because I already covered the right handed side of things with my Charlie Morton post from the start of the season (The Unbelievable Emergence of Charlie Morton), and basically because lefty’s are more fun.)

A common refrain among pitching coaches is that movement is just as important as velocity. Velocity can get you to the majors, but big league hitters will turn around 95+ fast if it’s straight. But when combined with some movement (and even better, control/command) 95+ is a high value commodity.

I’m after what I want to dub the best lefty fastball. Let’s start with the simple stuff: Who out there is throwing it 95+ most frequently? Note that the percentages here are for all pitches thrown, including the off-speed stuff.

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Why FanDuel Is My Preferred Game Of Choice For Our MLB DFS Strategy

The MLB Reports knows it is hard to put together a lineup when you receive your 'best' information so late from so called 'experts' in the industry. We intend to be innovators of doing this the earliest. Sure stuff changes overnight, however the base knowledge is there, and you can flip the intel around until lineup lock sets in.

The MLB Reports knows it is hard to put together a lineup when you receive your ‘best’ information so late from so called ‘experts’ in the industry. We intend to be innovators of doing this the earliest. Sure stuff changes overnight, however the base knowledge is there, and you can flip the intel around until lineup lock sets in.

BY Hugh Hawkins:

It is not a lie that I like the scoring system at Fanduel a lot better for how we run our rosters each day of 9, 15, 21, 50 or 63 rosters.  The key is to make sure you plunk down your money early on the $1 and $3 Sac Fly – in order to fulfill your entries limit needs.  We always go back when we have the time to fill each one out.

FanDuel also only makes you have one Starting Pitcher in the mix, while DraftKings makes you win 2.  Based on our formula, it is derived more off positional players going off, than it is for Starting Positions.  Anyways, with using 3 or 5 pitchers also has you roster 40 – 60 % of the a pitcher on the slate.  Should one pitcher blow up – it sinks all of your awesome work done on stacking teams.

If we have 3 pitchers – than one pitcher only represents 33.33% of our rosters, 5 pitchers is only 20% and 7 pitchers is about 14.3%.  It puts more onus on the hitters determining if you win or not, the whole reason to throw down on so many entries.

There are many of us implementing our system each day now, and we have been on the verge of raking in some big time prizes.  Since we use all of the guys on a team we stack for, if a lower named player goes off, or even 2 guys. that may be the difference in making a killing in a GPP tournament, as opposed to just doubling your money.

Yesterday was not a great day for us a group –  but we had Jose Fernandez on all of our $3 Sac Fly (21 Rosters) and our longshot TB stack had a lot of clubs with Oswaldo Arcia and Desmond Jennings.  We had those with Victor Martinez (2 HR’s), and Jose Fernandez’s 69 PTS he brought in.  We were siting in the top 10 all afternoon long until a late 0 for a combined 18 ABs at the end stifled us from winning a huge amount of dough. Read the rest of this entry

The Washington Nationals Reynaldo Lopez on fire in Double-A

The Wayniac Nation

Reynaldo Lopez has been one of the more exciting prospects on the Washington Nationals pipeline for a few years now. The problems that plagued him were in showing consistency in his electric stuff, leaving many to wonder in Lopez had a future in the rotation or as a back-end of the bullpen weapon.

He may finally be figuring it out, and answering that question in 2016.

Lopez was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, when he was just 18-years old. His 2013 full-season debut was cut short after just 5.1 innings pitched with arm soreness. Unfortunately, those 5.1 innings weren’t pretty to hang hope on, as he was shellacked for 10 runs on 15 hits, seeing his fastball velocity drop to the 80s.

2014 would see Lopez break out between two levels. Starting in Auburn and finishing in Hagerstown, he posted a 7-3 record behind a 1.08 ERA…

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New York Yankees prospect on the rise: Nestor Cortes

The Wayniac Nation

The New York Yankees have an interesting pitching prospect developing in the far depths of their farm system. He isn’t on anyone’s top prospect charts. He doesn’t blow you away with awe-inspiring stuff. But he also doesn’t allow runs to score; it is time to take notice of Nestor Cortes.

(UPDATE from the author: This article ran at Today’s Knuckleball over the weekend. Cortes was called up to Double-A Trenton on Sunday, skipping over High-A Tampa in what appears to be an as needed situation in the bullpen. He recored an four inning save, allowing two runs while striking out five. He is still slated to pitch in Charleston this week, so he may still return to Low-A. The analysis remains the same below, as Cortes is an exciting under-the-radar prospect.)

Cortes is the 21-year old left-handed Yankees pitching prospect making a name for himself in the Low-A Charleston…

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 27, 2016

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I visited Nickerson Field on the campus of Boston University. Part of the stadium was the home of the Boston Braves.

At one point this was considered to be one of the crown jewels of baseball. Now it is almost totally forgotten.

It is a remember a forgotten past episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Tyler Duffey, Jose Fernandez, Lonnie Chisenhall, Freddie Freeman, Bartolo Colon, Odubel Herrera and Oswaldo Arcia all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

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MLB DFS Daily Fantasy Picks For FanDuel – 6/27/16

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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 FanDuel 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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