P- Jose Quintana (vs. Minnesota Twins): $10,700. There is only four games on Thursday, so the pitching match-ups are very limited. With that said, Quintana is by far the best option available. He pitched great in his starts in August, so hopefully he will continue his success. He has now thrown eight straight quality starts. In 191 career at bats against Quintana, the Twins’ offense is batting .246, with a .308 OBP, and a .377 slugging percentage.
P- Jacob deGrom (vs. Miami Marlins): $9,000. deGrom has really struggled recently, but the Mets gave him a few extra days of rest to work on his mechanics. Considering there are so few options to choose from on Thursday, deGrom’s price and upside are really attractive. In 131 career at bats against deGrom, the Marlins’ offense is batting .282, with a .294 OBP, and a .345 slugging percentage.
P – Stephen Strasburg (vs. Arizona Diamondbacks): $12,900. With such a small slate today, Strasburg is easily the best option at pitcher. He is averaging 10.93 strikeouts per nine innings this year, which is huge for daily fantasy. The Diamondbacks offense has struggled over the past seven days, so hopefully Strasburg can take advantage.
P – CC Sabathia (vs. New York Mets): $7,600. In 116 career at bats against Sabathia, the New York Mets are only batting .216, with a .248 OBP, and 35 strikeouts. In his last outing, he was pretty impressive against a very tough Astros lineup, so the Mets should be a cake walk.
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.
Many Houston Astros and fantasy baseball fans have been wondering when Alex Bregman will finally make his MLB debut. Unfortunately, it might be delayed after taking a fastball to the head on Monday night. Luckily Bregman got up on his own power and he seems to be okay, but he sat out last night as a precautionary measure. Hopefully this event doesn’t hurt Bregman physically or his approach at the plate.
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IT IS FINALLY EPISODE 1,000!
Every single day since October 24, 2012, I have posted an original podcast episode. And now the streak has reached quadruple digits.
For show 1,000, I recorded video as well as audio. I performed in front of a studio audience at the Mid Peninsula Community Media Center in Palo Alto, California.
Comcast Sports Net personality Eireann Dolan was my guest and we discussed the state of the A’s and some of the trinkets that she and her boyfriend, A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle, have accumulated over the years.
Plus I give my thoughts on what I would do WHEN I become commissioner. (When, not if.)
It was a fun show and here is to the next 1,000 for The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Dallas Keuchel, Zack Greinke, Jake Smolinski, Andre Ethier, Jose Iglesias, Cole Gillespie, Chris Archer and Shelby Miller all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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One threw a shutout in the Wild Card Game and captured NLCS and World Series MVP honors.
The other got a pair of hits and drove in a pair in the Wild Card Game, batted .533 with an OPS of 1.255 to win ALCS MVP and took his potent bat and highlight catches into the World Series.
Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants and Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals owned October in 2014.
I pick a pitcher and hitter every game from each winning post season team and award them a WOO (Who Owns October.)
And I also have the option to give a 1/2 WOO to a player on a losing team.
I awarded Who Owns the World Series to Bumgarner and his teammate Hunter Pence.
But WOO tallies every post season game, from the Wild Card Game all the way to the final pitch of Game 7 of the World Series.
So not only are the Giants and Royals represented, but so are the Orioles, Cardinals, Tigers, Athletics, Angels, Pirates, Dodgers and Nationals.
Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford, Nelson Cruz, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, Travis Ishikawa, Buster Posey and Kolten Wong all got 2 or higher WOO as hitters to trail Cain’s total of 4. Interestingly Bryce Harper also got 2 WOO even though his Nationals lost the Division Series and did not have the ability to pad his total in the LCS and World Series.
Bumgarner’s 6 1/2 WOO total was more than double the next name, his teammate Yusmeiro Petit who pitched to a 3 WOO all in relief.
Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland got 2 WOO in relief. Jason Vargas and Yordano Ventura got 2 WOOs as starters.
So they Bumgarner and Cain had amazing post seasons and that will remembered by their fans forever.
They did more than show up for October. They owned it.