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Who Owned Baseball September 7, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 Mariners in 8 shutout innings as the Yankees won, 4-0.

Ramon Laureano homered twice and walked as the A’s doubled up the Rangers, 8-4.

Aaron Nola struck out 8 Mets in 7 innings, allowing only 3 hits and 3 walks as the Phillies topped the Mets. 5-3.

Phillip Ervin reached base 4 times, including a pair of homers, drove in 4 and scored 4 as the Reds topped San Diego, 12-6.

They all owned baseball on September 7, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball September 4, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Yandy Diaz reached base 4 times, including a homer, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored in the Indians 9-3 beating of Kansas City.

Marcell Ozuna homered twice, as the Cardinals took the 11-8 slugfest with Washington.

Justin Verlander threw 7 strong innings, striking out 8 Twins while letting up just 3 hits and 1 run to win the 5-2 game for Houston.

Robbie Ray threw a shutout into the 7th, finishing with 10 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings as Arizona blanked San Diego, 6-0.

They all owned baseball on September 4, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball July 28, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Jhoulys Chacin took a no hitter into the 6th and dominated the Giants over 7 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run to earn the 7-1 decision for Milwaukee.

Ariel Jurado gave up just 2 hits and 1 run over 6 innings to help the Rangers win 7-3 over the Astros.

Marcell Ozuna went 3 for 4 with a homer and 4 RBI to help the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 6-2.

Rougned Odor got 5 hits, including a double and 2 homers, to lead the Rangers past the Astros, 7-3.

They all owned baseball on July 28, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball September 22, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Chris Ianetta got 3 hits, homering twice including a go ahead grand slam and drove in an eye popping 8 runs as the Diamondbacks took a wild 13-11 slugfest from Miami.

Wilson Ramos got 3 hits including a grand slam to lead the Rays past the Orioles, 8-3.

Rich Hill struck out 9 Giants over 6 innings and gave up 1 run and got a hit along the way as the Dodgers finally clinched the NL West with a 4-2 victory.

Erasmo Ramirez held the mighty Indians to 3 hits and 1 run over 8 innings, striking out 10. He did not get the decision but set up the Mariners 3-1 walk off finale.

They all owned baseball on September 22, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball September 18, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Marcell Ozuna got 4 hits, including a homer, driving in a pair as the Marlins demolished the Mets, 13-1.

Xander Bogaerts got on base 4 times and hit a game tying homer to help the Red Sox come from behind and top the Orioles in 11 innings, 10-8.

Nick Pivetta settled after letting up back to back homers to start the game by going 6 innings, striking out 8 Dodgers and earning the 4-3 Phillies win.

Jaime Garcia struck out 9 Twins in 5 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run to set up the 2-1 victory for the Yankees.

They all owned baseball on September 18, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball September 7, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

 

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Francisco Lindor missed the cycle by a double, driving in 3 runs to lead the Indians to an 11-2 blow out of the White Sox.

Corey Kluber struck out 13 White Sox in 7 dominant innings getting the Indians their 15th straight win with an 11-2 final.

Brandon Nimmo reached base 4 times including a pair of homers in the Mets 7-2 victory over Cincinnati.

Clayton Richard threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk as the Padres blanked the Cardinals, 3-0.

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Who Owned Baseball September 2, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Eduardo Escobar got 3 hits, including 2 homers, driving in 6 to lead the Twins in a 17-0 thrashing of Kansas City.

Corey Kluber pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 1 run, striking out 7 while walking no Tigers en route to a 5-2 Cleveland final.

Marcell Ozuna hit a 2 run homer and a pair of RBI singles in the Marlins 10-9 win over the Phillies.

Jeff Samardzija struck out 9 Cardinals allowing 2 hits and 1 run over 7 innings. He didn’t get the decision but set up the 2-1 walk off victory for San Francisco.

They all owned baseball on September 2, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball July 2, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Mookie Betts had the second 8 RBI game of his career, gathering 4 hits, a pair of homers, and a stolen base as the Red Sox stomped Toronto, 15-1.

Kevin Gausman pitched 7 shutout innings, striking out 9 Rays and earned the 7-1 decision for the Orioles.

Marcell Ozuna went 3 for 6 with a pair of homers, driving in 4 to lead the Marlins past the Brewers, 10-3.

Max Scherzer struck out 12 Cardinals over 7 shutout innings to get the 7-2 victory for Washington.

They all owned baseball on July 2, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball May 8, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Jed Lowrie hit two homers including a walk off shot in the bottom of the 11th as Oakland outlasted the Angels, 3-2.

Ryan Schimpf got on base 3 times, homered and scored a pair to help San Diego top the Rangers, 5-1.

Kevin Gausman threw 7 strong innings, allowing 2 runs while striking out 8 Washington batters and getting the 6-4 decision for Baltimore.

Alex Wood struck out 11 Pirates batters while throwing 5 innings of 2 hit shutout ball in the Dodgers 12-1 blowout.

 

 

They all owned baseball on May 8, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball April 13, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Travis d’Arnaud reached base 5 times, drove in 4 including a 16th inning homer that was the difference in the Mets 9-8 win in Miami.

Jimmy Nelson gave the Brewers 7 innings allowing 5 hits and 1 run and earned the 5-1 victory over the Reds.

Aaron Hicks homered twice as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay, 3-2.

Jason Vargas pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 A’s batters to get the 3-1 decision for the Royals.

They all owned baseball on April 13, 2017 

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Atlantis Casino Wagers For 2017 MLB Win Totals

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The old adage here is ‘you want to know the truth, follow the money.

We have been talking projections for win totals in the upcoming MLB Year on a all offseason basis here at the MLB Reports. While we agreed a lot with the fangraphs.com prognostications, we had a problem with Baseball Prospectis’s PECOTA System yet again.

In the 1st total listed below are the official Win/Loss Over/Unders For All 30 MLB Clubs posted by Atlantis Casino.

We have to say that they pretty much mirrored what we have on the board for our projections.

Casino’s have a vested interest since it will cost them serious money if there are poor predictions.

In the last week, we have seen the Royals ink Travis Wood, but more importantly Alex Reyes was lost for the season by the Cardinals due to his upcoming Tommy John Surgery. Read the rest of this entry

5 MLB Teams That Could Be Real Contenders – Or Real Pretenders In 2017

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Each year we are enlightened to a few surprises in the MLB we were not expecting.  This year there are 5 teams that seem could flip either way based on the talent coming to fruition.

We tried to pick a club for each Division here, but simply couldn’t come out with a AL Central team.

Tampa Bay Rays:

With Alex Cobb potentially coming back healthy to the rotation that features Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi already. the Rays will have decent chuckers to start this campaign.

Add Blake Snell, Matt Andriese and recently acquired Jose DeLeon (who should contribute quality innings this campaign and all of a sudden this club doesn’t look too shabby for depth.

The Relief Core is also solid if Brad Boxberger can reclaim his form, and see a similar year for Alex Colome.

Evan Longoria,  and Brad Miller both put forth 30 HR seasons in 2016, and Matt Duffy may prove to be a decent Batting Average guy at Shortstop now.

The Rays Outfield will feature Kevin keirmaier, Mallex Smith, Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza, while one of those guys may also see some time at Designated Hitter. Read the rest of this entry

Christian Yelich Is an Under-the-Radar NL MVP Candidate in 2017

Making a name for yourself in the Miami Marlins outfield in recent years hasn’t been all that easy, but Christian Yelich has found a way to carve out some attention for himself in South Beach. Probably not enough yet, though.

It’s tough when Giancarlo Stanton grabs headlines every time he punishes a baseball, or when Marcell Ozuna‘s name is either swirling in trade rumors or being called out at the All-Star game.

Yelich quietly goes about his business on a daily basis, and while he may not generate the most headlines, he’s probably the most valuable outfielder on the Marlins’ roster.

After posting a 4.5-fWAR season in 2014, he didn’t progress like Miami hoped in 2015, producing just 2.4 fWAR. He flipped the script back in a positive direction last year, though.

He didn’t earn an All-Star selection, but posted a 4.4 fWAR, won his first Silver Slugger award and placed 19th in National League MVP voting. Climbing up the ranks in this award category won’t necessarily be a walk in the park — after all, that Kris Bryant guy is still pretty good, as is his teammate in Anthony Rizzo, along with other studs like Corey Seager and Freddie Freeman, just to name a few.

Although he’s fresh off a career year, Yelich is exactly the kind of player that can come out of nowhere to be a legitimate candidate for the award in 2017 because there’s still a ton of room for improvement in his game.

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2016 MLB Playoff and Yearly Award Predictions

With only about a month left in the season, it’s time to take a look at playoff and yearly award predictions. These are obviously subject to change, but below are my predictions. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @dynasty_digest.

Playoff Prediction

AL East: Boston Red Sox

AL Central: Cleveland Indians

AL West: Texas Rangers

Wild Card: Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers

 

 

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Who Owned Baseball July 1, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Trevor Bauer came out of the bullpen the day before he was supposed to start and threw 5 shutout innings with the game on the line for almost all of his 83 pitches. Bauer got the decision for Cleveland’s 14th straight victory, a 19 inning 2-1 final in Toronto.

Victor Martinez homered twice in the Tigers’ 10-2 thrashing of Tampa Bay.

Jaime Garcia threw 8 strong innings, allowing 1 run and 4 hits, getting the 7-1 win for the Cardinals over Milwaukee.

Marcell Ozuna collected 4 hits including a homer in the Marlins wild 7-5 extra inning win in Atlanta.

They All Owned Baseball July 1, 2016

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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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Who Owned Baseball June 26, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Tyler Duffey did not allow a hit until the 6th and finished with 8 innings, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts and 1 run as the Twins clobbered the Yankees, 7-1.

Jose Fernandez struck out 13 Cubs and allowed just 4 hits and 1 run to earn the 6-1 decision for the red hot Marlins.

Lonnie Chisenhall collected 9 total bases with his 4 hits, including a homer and 3 RBI as the Indians continued to roll, 9-3, in Detroit.

Freddie Freeman reached base 4 times, including a homer and a pair of runs scored in the Braves 5-2 victory over the Mets.

They all owned baseball on June 26, 2016.

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Who Owned Baseball June 20, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Justin Upton hit an 8th inning go ahead homer and a walk off shot in the 11th to give the surging Tigers an 8-7 win over Seattle.

Doug Fister gave the Astros 7 strong innings, allowing 2 runs and only 4 hits. He would get the 10-7 decision over the Angels.

Mark Reynolds homered twice and walked to help the Rockies top Miami, 5-3.

Clayton Kershaw struck out 8 Washington batters and walked none over 7 innings, allowing 1 run and getting his 11th victory for the Dodgers, 4-1.

They all owned baseball on June 20, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/21/16

P- Jose Fernandez (vs. Atlanta Braves): $13,700. Fernandez has been lethal on the mound recently. In his last 10 games, he owns a 2.25 ERA, with 91 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. Jose will be facing one of the worst offenses in baseball, so this should be a great matchup for daily fantasy.

P- Sonny Gray (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $6,600. Gray pitched incredibly well in his last start until the sixth inning, which he surrendered five funs. In his two starts prior to his last starts (since returning from the DL), he gave up only three runs on 12.2 innings pitched. Over the last seven days, the Brewers’ offense ranks in the bottom third in runs, batting average, OBP, and slugging, so hopefully Gray can take advantage of this struggling offense in his home park.

 

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Who Owned Baseball June 19, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Julio Teheran threw a complete game 2 hit shutout to complete the Braves sweep of the Mets, 6-0.

Jered Weaver went the distance, allowing 3 hits and no runs as the Angels blanked the A’s, 2-0.

Marcell Ozuna went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 driven in as the red hot Marlins stopped Colorado, 3-0.

Matt Weiters collected 4 hits, including a homer, driving in 4 and scoring 3 to help Baltimore beat the Blue Jays 11-6.

They all owned baseball on June 19, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings – 5/27/16

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

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P – Max Scherzer (vs. St. Louis Cardinals): $13,000

P – Julio Urias (vs. New York Mets): $7,600

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Who Owned Baseball May 24, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Justin Verlander struck out 10 over 8 innings of 3 hit shutout ball, earning the 3-1 decision for Detroit over Philadelphia.

Stephen Strasburg pitched into the 7th, striking out 11 Mets in 6 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs and winning the 7-4 final for the Nationals.

Nomar Mazara reached base 4 times, homered and drove in a pair to help the Rangers past the Angels,4-1.

Gregory Polanco went 3 for 5 with a homer and 5 RBI in the Pirates 12-1 laugher over Arizona.

 

They all owned baseball on May 24, 2016.

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MLB Power Rankings 2016: Week 7 – May

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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MAY 15, 2016

Well not much has changed from this week as compared to last week.  Detroit carried its free fall to 4th in the AL Central, the Yankees took 5 of 7 contests – and 7/10 in their homestand to save their season for now.

Miami and Philadelphia continue to stick around in the NL East, and the Giants and Dodgers finally had winning weeks to make the NL West Division Leader respectable.

Nobody looks scarier right now than the Boston Red Sox offense, who led by David Ortiz, Jackie Bradley JR. and Xander Bogaerts, plated 10 runs or more in 5 of the last 6 games, after going their 1st 32 games without doing so.

I am still awaiting for a Jays big winning streak.  Houston has not played winning baseball since the 1st 6 weeks of the 2015 – and are tending to resemble the 2007 Tampa Bay Rays more than anything.

All offense and little pitching and defense.

There is nobody struggling worse than Logan Morrison, Russell Martin, Carlos Gomez and the consortium of LF’s in Anaheim! Recently bouncing out of this list are Jason Heyward and Chase Headley.

We are nearing the quarter pole and rapidly approaching Memorial Day Weekend, so it is not early anymore.
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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Draft Kings – 5/10/16

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

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P – Kevin Gausman (vs. Minnesota Twins): $8,200. Gausman has proven he is a great play in daily fantasy over his first few starts in 2016. He is currently averaging 18.8 points per game on DraftKings this season.

He will be facing the 26th ranked offense on Tuesday, whom ranks as the 4th worst in the MLB when it comes to striking out. To top it all off, there is an 11 MPH wind blowing towards home plate, so the baseball should stay in the ballpark on Tuesday.

P – Derek Holland (vs. Chicago White Sox): $6,200. Holland hasn’t been spectacular in 2016, but Tuesday could be the day to turn it around. He is facing the Chicago White Sox, whom are ranked as the 18th overall offense in the MLB. When it comes to facing left-handed pitching, the White Sox are hitting a mediocre .237.

There will also be some very favorable weather for Mr. Holland on Tuesday. In Texas, it is expected to see winds upwards of 20 MPH towards home plate, which means there is a very slim chance of any power production.

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MLB Power Rankings 2016: Week 6 May

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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MAY 8, 2016

Disclaimer:  We based these rankings on best strength to win the World Series.  Therefore some teams that have an easier division to play in, with the least path of resistance to the postseason overall may be ranked a lot higher than a club who is equally talented, yet may play in a juggernaut of a division.

Rank – Team Record (Last week rank) (Up down) (W – L Record Last week)

(1) (1)  Chicago Cubs (E) (24 – 6) :  A real bad day for the Cubs is battling with a team like Washington on Sunday, to see whether or not they are going to sweep them or go 3 – 1 in a series.

Yep, they swept the 4 game set in a 13 inning walk off HR by Javier Baez – to cap a 7 – 0 week. They are on pace for about 129 wins right now.

Depth of the Starting Rotation is looking solid with Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel (Killer J’s) and Kyle Hendricks.

Hector Rondon is not even needed in most leads, with the team almost at a +100 differential through 30 games,

(2) (3) Chicago White Sox (+1) (22 – 10) ( 4 – 2):  Chris Sale is 7 – 0, and may go Ron Guidry (circa 1979 on us).  If anyone will win 25 games in a year, it would be him or Jake Arrieta.

Bob Welch won 27 games in 1990 for the A’s was the last guy to do that.

Has anyone noticed that Brett Lawrie has an OBP closer to .400 – than his usual .310 – .320?

Jose Quintana is finally receiving some run support.  If Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu start hitting for BA, than look he the hell out.  We could see a “Windy City” World Series for the 1st time since 1906. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball May 7, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Bartolo Colon pitched into the 7th, finishing with 6 2/3 solid innings to earn the 6-3 decision for the Mets in San Diego. But most of all, he broke the internet with the first home run of his career that became one of the most joyful moments in recent baseball history.

Aaron Hill slammed three homers, including a 2 run shot that brought the Brewers to within one, a solo blast that tied the game in the 8th and a 10th inning grand slam that was the difference in the 13-7 slug-fest against the Reds.

Ian Kennedy slowed down a red hot Indians team with 7 shutout frames, allowing only 4 hits and 2 walks and got the 7-0 victory for the defending champ Royals.

Robinson Cano hit a pair of homers, including a go ahead blast in the tenth. He added two more hits for ten total bases and led the Mariners past Houston, 3-2.

They all owned baseball on May 7, 2016.

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MLB DFS Picks For FanDuel – 4/18/16

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Josh Robbins (Featured MLB Fantasy Writer/60ft6in.com) 

Hi, my name is Josh Robbins.  I would like to share my Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) strategy with you throughout the MLB season during weekdays.  Fanduel is my preferred game of skill.

Welcome to the 3rd week of the 2016 MLB season.

3-Strikes: Here’s what you expect from my daily articles:

My Top 3 Starting Pitchers (aces, mid-level, bargain)

My Top 3 Stacking Options (multiple players from the same team)

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Odds To Win The 2016 MLB World Series

Yoenis Cespedes led all LF for HRs with 35 on the campaign in 2015. He picked a contract year for his best season to date out of the 4 years he has been in the Major Leagues. Cespedes hit 17 HRs with the Mets in 2 months, after smacking out just 18 in the first four months with Detroit. Cespedes finished in the top 40 for both leagues in respective big fly's, and was tied for 13th overall with Manny Machado and David Ortiz.  New York brought him back for at least another year, where he helped the Mets go 34 - 23 down the stretch.  Expect more of the same in 2016.  Mets are the best bet of the week for the 'Fall Classic' value wise.

Yoenis Cespedes led all LF for HRs with 35 on the campaign in 2015. He picked a contract year for his best season to date out of the 4 years he has been in the Major Leagues. Cespedes hit 17 HRs with the Mets in 2 months, after smacking out just 18 in the first four months with Detroit. Cespedes finished in the top 40 for both leagues in respective big fly’s, and was tied for 13th overall with Manny Machado and David Ortiz. New York brought him back for at least another year, where he helped the Mets go 34 – 23 down the stretch. Expect more of the same in 2016. Mets are the best bet of the week for the ‘Fall Classic’ value wise.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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A couple of things have happened over the last week.  The Mets signed Yoenis Cespedes and no odd was changed after this.  Very strange indeed.

With adding the Cuban slugger, the Mets have almost assured their fanbase for another post season berth in 2016.  This club is more like it was in the last 2 months than it was in the 1st four months.

Even if the Nationals were to have an unbelievable year – the Mets should still make the postseason as the #1 Wild Card seed.

I have the Mets as a 96 win team after this move, with the Nats listed about 93 victories.  Had the Nats picked up Cespedes, I would have given Washington a 95 – 92 win advantage over New York. Read the rest of this entry

The Miami Marlins In 2016: Contenders Or Pretenders?

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 - 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary (like the latest Chen signing) - this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding. With all questions pointing to how Jeffrey Loria will behave if they were in contention halfway through, it will be an entertaining season.

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 – 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary (like the latest Chen signing) – this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding. With all questions pointing to how Jeffrey Loria will behave if they were in contention halfway through, it will be an entertaining season.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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The Marlins finally threw down some money on a relevant Free Agent in the past week when they signed LHP Wei-Yin Chen.  The former Oriole received a 5 YR deal worth $80 MIL – that also has a Vesting Option for a 6th year.

Financially speaking, Chen will only earn $14 MIL of that pact in 2016 – thus bringing the Fish to about $77 MIL total team salary to start the campaign.

Miami is one of the middle of the pack teams in the National League – much like the Arizona Diamondbacks are.  These teams should be predicted to be just around .500.  The rest of the clubs should be well north or south of the even record mark. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2016 MLB World Series

By re-signing Alex Gordon - and then providing depth at the Starting Rotation, KC has cemented itself on a playoff spot in 2016. They are still 4 or 5 wins better than Detroit - but health could play a factor there. Still like them better than the AL East clubs cannibalizing each other at the top, and the AL West is a little up in the air between Houston and Texas. +1200 is still a fantastic odd for the team to repeat as World Series Champs.

By re-signing Alex Gordon – and then providing depth at the Starting Rotation, KC has cemented itself on a playoff spot in 2016. They are still 4 or 5 wins better than Detroit – but health could play a factor there. Still like them better than the AL East clubs cannibalizing each other at the top, and the AL West is a little up in the air between Houston and Texas. +1200 is still a fantastic odd for the team to repeat as World Series Champs.

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Since we last chatted on these odds, the KC Royals have signed Alex Gordon and Ian Kennedy, the Baltimore Orioles have inked Chris Davis – and Detroit settled on a 6 year pact with Justin Upton.

The only club that budged on the odds were the Tigers going from +2500 to +2200.  For the record, I believe that both the Tigers and Royals are great value picks right now.

In doing these deals, both franchises have set themselves up nicely for a postseason berth in this forthcoming year.

I believe with the Upton deal that Detroit is now and 86 – 87 win team.  I firmly think that KC will be the only club in the American League to top 90. Read the rest of this entry

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