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Atlanta Braves Mount Rushmore: Hank Aaron

Atlanta Braves Mount Rushmore

Alex Kielar | May 8th, 2020

If there is a Major League Baseball season this year, it will be the 149th for the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. Starting out as the Boston Red Stockings in the early 1870s, they are one of the most historic teams in history and are actually the only one of the current 30 teams to field a team every season professional baseball has been in existence. With a team that has been around for so long, it is difficult to limit this to just four players. Nevertheless, here are the players who should be on a hypothetical Atlanta Braves Mount Rushmore. Continue reading

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Former Closer Jim Johnson

The Downfall Of Jim Johnson: What Really Happened?

Adrian Andrew | May 6th, 2020

There have only been three MLB relievers to have multiple 50 save seasons. Can you guess those three? Eric Gagne, Mariano Rivera, and Jim Johnson. Wait, what? Jim Johnson? Okay okay, maybe that wasn’t mind-boggling enough for you. Only two closers have ever recorded back to back 50 save seasons. The two men to accomplish that feat would be none other than Eric Gagne and… Jim Johnson.

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What If…The 1994 MLB Strike Never Happened (NL Edition)

John Lepore | March 29th, 2020

The Strike of 1994 devastated baseball. It was the first time since 1904 that the World Series wasn’t played. It cut short historic seasons, deprived franchises of turning their fortunes around, and cost the game some fans who had grown up on the crack of the bat and the smell of peanuts. But on August 11, 1994, after Randy Johnson struck out Ernie Young, there was no joy in Mudville or any other town where baseball was played.

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Atlanta Braves 2020 Season Preview

Kody Clawson  | March 17th, 2020

2019 Summary

The 2019 season was an overall success, finishing 97-65 and winning their second straight National League East title. However, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Divisional Series 3-2, their tenth straight postseason series that ended in a loss. While the team floundered yet again in the postseason, it returns this season with their young core still very much intact and with another season under their belts. While they have the talent to make a postseason run, they’ll have plenty of competition yet again, both in the division and in the National League in general, standing in their way. Continue reading

Marcell Ozuna Signs With the Atlanta Braves

John Lepore | January 21st, 2020

Marcell Ozuna has signed with the Atlanta Braves for one year at $18 million. The left fielder played his last two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Although they weren’t his best years in the majors, Ozuna has been solid and a 2-3 rWAR player. Let’s take a look at what he brings to the Braves’ outfield.

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Josh Donaldson Signs With the Minnesota Twins

John Lepore | January 14th, 2020

Josh Donaldson has signed with the Minnesota Twins for four years at $92 million with a fifth-year option. The former MVP had a bounce-back season with the Atlanta Braves on a one-year prove-it deal worth $23 million. Let’s take a look at what his new squad is getting.

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Dallas Keuchel Signs With the Chicago White Sox

John Lepore | December 21st, 2019

Dallas Keuchel has signed with the Chicago White Sox for a contract worth 3 years/$54-$56 million according to Ken Rosenthal. The 31-year-old lefty waited last season and wound up signing into the season with the Atlanta Braves. Let’s take a look at what he brings to the South Siders.

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Cole Hamels Signs With the Atlanta Braves

John Lepore | December 4th, 2019

Left-hander Cole Hamels has signed with the Atlanta Braves for one year at $18 million as per Jeff Passan. Hamels will be 36 years old later this month but still can offer some solid innings. Let’s take a look at what the Braves are getting.

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MLB DFS: NLDS Game Five Slate

John Lepore | October 9th, 2019

It all comes down to this for the four teams in the National League. Two will move on, and two will go home. Two teams will feel the thrill of victory, and two will know the agony of defeat. Okay, screw it. No more cliches. We’re here to make money, so let’s get down to it.

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MLB DFS – Money Monday Picks

Joey Ricotta | October 7th, 2019

With all four divisional series games on the docket today, we’ll touch on a few players you can use for DFS lineups. Whether you’re playing the Classic or Showdown style contests, these players are options. No more introduction and straight to the picks. Here are my favorites for today’s games.

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Braves vs Cardinals NLDS Preview

Alex Kielar | October 3rd, 2019

In what should be a very tight series, the Braves and Cardinals face off in the NLDS starting today at 5:02 PM ET. The Braves are slight favorites based on Fangraphs projections. Before diving into the key players, matchups, and what to watch for, let’s take a look at the schedule.

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MLB DFS: NLDS Slate

John Lepore | October 3rd, 2019

With only two games today, we will cover players rather than individual slates. DraftKings has the two-game Classic and also Showdowns for each game. We will cover just general plays that should be in your lineups no matter which games you decide to play. So let’s get at it.

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Weekly Gambling Picks

Daniel Corrigan | October 1st, 2019

Everyone likes free money. Sports gambling has swept the nation, and its time to take advantage of this expert mind (I’m 2-0 since I have been keeping record…..humblebrag.) I will be giving out my over of the week, my lock of the week, my underdog of the week, and my future bet. Let’s get rich.

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MLB DFS: Arms, Bats, and Stacks for September 17th, 2019

Joey Ricotta | September 17th, 2019

With the MLB season winding down, we won’t have many more opportunities to take advantage and make some money playing DFS. We need to capitalize on the remaining opportunities. That brings us to tonight’s slate of 14 games, starting a little later than normal at 7:05 ET. On the docket, we have a game at Coors Field which we always have to prioritize one way or the other, as well as some pitchers in good spots. To save you time and research, I went ahead and put some work in for you. The daily grind keeps rolling and we aren’t slowing down for anything or anyone. It’s time to get right back to it. Here are some of my favorite DFS plays for tonight’s games. Continue reading

Locks, Stacks, and Barrels: MLB DFS for August 30th, 2019

John Lepore | August 30th, 2019

The baseball season is a grind. It’s every single day. We will approach DFS the same way and be winners at the end of the season even if we have our hot streaks and slumps. Every day there are safe bets that flop and values that hit big, but we need to stick with our strategy in evaluating and playing. Let’s take a look at what we have today.

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Into the 80s with Tom Greene- Atlanta Braves

Tom Greene | Aug 28th, 2019 

Our “Into the 80s” series rolls on. The fourth team to join the 80-win-club is the Atlanta Braves. When Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies, most of the national media picked Philly to win the NL East. What the media didn’t say is that the Braves won the NL East last season. Harper may have made you forget about Ronald Acuña, Jr. and his team. At 80-53, they are behind the Dodgers, Astros, and the Yankees, but are still a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading

Week 21 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | August 27th, 2019

Not too many shake-ups in this weeks power rankings. We do have some change in the middle, but the teams listed are the ones that we will see playing in October.

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September Call-Ups: NL East Edition

Alex Kielar| Aug 27th, 2019 

With September looming and pennant races tightening, it’s almost time for major league rosters to expand from 25 to 40. So I am going to give you a series of articles breaking down the likely most impactful September Call-Ups for all 30 teams. Now for the National League East. Continue reading

Saturday in the Ballpark: MLB DFS Picks for August 24, 2019

Joey Ricotta | Aug 24th, 2019 

“Saturday in the park, I think it was the Fourth of July.” You’ve heard the popular song, sung by the group Chicago. If you haven’t, then skip this entire introduction and watch the video below. Now that we’re on the same page, I figured today would be a perfect time to lighten the mood. Last night was god awful for me. I was a Max Kepler home run that went just foul past the right field foul pole, away from cashing in all across the board. Instead, I wound up losing a decent chunk of money. Oh well. It happens. That’s the baseball DFS grind. And believe me, it is a grind. But there is no time to dwell on the past. Tonight looks like a fun slate to wipe the slate clean and get back to our winning ways. I remixed the song just for this slate. – “Saturday in the ballpark, it feels like the Fourth of July.” I’m expecting all of our home runs to be fair and fireworks to follow. Without further ado, let’s get to the picks that will get the party started. Don’t forget to enjoy the real song as well. Continue reading

Week 20 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan |August 20, 2019

We are slowly approaching September Call ups. This is how the top contenders have ranked in the Week 20 power rankings.

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MLB All-Decade Team: 2010s

Alex Kielar  Aug 14th, 2019

The 2019 MLB season is now in its stretch run, closing out the final year of this decade. So I thought it would be fun to put together a team of the best players by position for the 2010s All-Decade Team. A couple picks are definitely no-brainers, with others being tougher to come to a decision. Without further ado, here we go. Let the arguments commence. Continue reading

DraftKings Around the Horn August 8th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |August 8th, 2019

The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins headline the MLB schedule tonight. As for the DFS landscape, we have a pitcher that can provide salary relief for some bats that are running on all cylinders of late. No time than the present to saddle up and go for a rip. Scorecards, crackerjack, sunflower seeds, we’re Going Around the Horn! Continue reading

MLB DFS: Arms, Bats, and Stacks for August 5, 2019

Joey Ricotta \ Aug 5th, 2019

Welcome back. We jump right into the week with a bigger slate than normal for a Monday. A 12-gamer with a decent amount of value along with some fun match-ups to exploit. So, let’s dive right in and take a look at the Arms, Bats, and Stacks for tonight’s games. Continue reading

Post Trade Deadline Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan |August 5th, 2019

Barring any late-season injuries, the final rosters are set after the trade deadline has passed. A familiar face in the AL has soared right to the top and a surprise team is slowly making its way into the top 10. Here are the new rankings.

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DraftKings Around the Horn August 2nd, 2019

Joel Dorcas |August 2nd, 2019

No real weather concerns to kick off the weekend for Friday night. A full slate of games to breakdown so let’s jump right in and go Around the Horn! Continue reading

DraftKings Around the Horn August 1st, 2019

Joel Dorcas |August 1st, 2019

A few marquee matchups will take center stage Thursday as the Cubs and Cardinals will continue their rivalry at Busch Stadium. Boston Red Sox will look to keep mashing in their series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Houston sends their ace Gerrit Cole to Progressive Field to play the resurgent Cleveland Indians. And Clayton Kershaw looks to continue his solid season versus the San Diego Padres. You know the drill, we’re going Around the Horn! Continue reading

State of Baseball: 50 Shades of Bland

Mike El-Far | August 1st, 2019

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Major League Baseball has been under the microscope over the last decade for a multitude of factors. The pace of play (or lack thereof), lacking attendance numbers in certain markets, and the lack of marketability of its star players are just some of the issues that Rob Manfred has to contend with going forward. Realistically, there is one quick fix that can easily get new viewers watching America’s pastime.

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MLB DFS: Pitching, Core Value Plays, and Stacks for July 29, 2019

Joey Ricotta | July 29th, 2019

Ah, here we are, Monday. The terrific feeling of the weekend ending and work beginning again, said no one ever. But do you know something people actually say? They’d like to win some money playing daily fantasy. Who cares that it’s Monday? Some of the best and most profitable slates of the year have been Monday nights. Let’s hope that is the case tonight as I’ve done some research and dissected some players to consider using. Take a look at some pitching options, core value plays, and stacks for tonight. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 17 (7/29 – 8/04)

Matt Bishop | July 29, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK

Tyler Beede, SP SF

(36% CBS, 7% ESPN, 11% Yahoo)

Tyler Beede’s seasonal stat line leaves much to be desired.  Currently pitching to a 4.85 ERA 1.48 WHIP with an 8.6 K/9, he doesn’t really stand out as a highly touted waiver wire add. But since the calendar has turned to July, he seems to be putting it together:

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Week 17 Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 22nd, 2019

We have a new number one in the power rankings. It is a familiar face and should come as no surprise. With the trade deadline approaching, there is going to be some serious movement in the rankings as we approach the playoffs.

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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 16 (7/22 – 7/28)

Matt Bishop | July 22nd, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK

Adrian Sampson, SP TEX

(16% CBS, 4% ESPN, 6% Yahoo)

2019 Season Stats:

(6-6) 4.92 ERA 1.45 WHIP 7.42 K/9 2.04 BB/9

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Worst MLB Contracts: National League East

John Supowitz| July 19th, 2019

Washington Nationals 

Pitcher – Pitcher Stephen Strasburg – 7-year, $175 million

Before Contract (2010-2015) : 54-37 3.09 ERA

After Contract (2016-2019) : 51-19 3.27 ERA

Although one of the best pitchers, when he’s on the mound, being on the mound, has been the problem. Strasburg has had a long history with injuries; 2013 and currently this season are the only two when he has been on Injured List at some point. His last 30+ start season was 2014, and he’s only pitched over 200 innings one time. Continue reading

Week 16 Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 16th, 2019

 

The Trade deadline is quickly approaching. Most of these teams listed will look different in two weeks. But for now, let’s rank them as is.

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What Could Have Been: Diamondbacks Edition

Alex Kielar | July 15th, 2019

While they are certainly overachieving this year, only being 1.5 games behind the Phillies for the second wild card, even after losing Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock to free agency, among others, and trading away Paul Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks could have been great. They could have been serious World Series contenders for years. Yes, I will go that far. Even if they sneak into the playoffs this year, they probably won’t go very far.

So let’s look back at some of the major players the D-Backs traded away over the last ten years. The team could’ve been built for greatness if they held onto these pieces. Continue reading

Pitchers Primed For a Better Second Half

Michael Simione  | July 11th, 2019

Max Fried

Max Fried started the year off hot with a 2.43 ERA in May. He has since cooled off putting up an ERA of 4.11 in May and 5.68 ERA in June. I wouldn’t shy away from him though; in fact, I would be buying anywhere I can. Continue reading

Team Grades: National League East

Givanni Damico | July 11th, 2019

The NL East is going about how you would expect it. The Nationals started out terribly but have gone back on track, while the Braves have been consistently leading the division for almost the entire year. The Phillies aren’t doing as well as many would have thought with how good they did in free agency, while the Mets are disappointing as usual. Wait, is there another team in this division? Oh right, the Marlins. They’re pretty bad, but honestly, they’re outperforming expectations due to young pitching that has been doing very well.

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7&7: Happy All Star Break!

John Supowitz    | July 10th, 2019

You know the rules: Well forget those. This week I’m giving you the seven best hitters of the first half

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Post All-Star Break Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 10th, 2019

 

We are officially back to real baseball. A wonderful weekend in Cleveland has come to an end, and we have teams to rank. Continue reading

Week 13 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 2nd, 2019

 

 

1. New York Yankees (54 – 28)

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The Yankees went to London and promptly kicked ass. They scored 29 runs over the pond. The Yankees are red-hot and with a healthy (sort of) team, we can only watch as they get hotter.

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RISERS AND FALLERS

Scorecrow Staff | June 28, 2019

It is almost the half-way point through the 2019 MLB Season. Many household names remain at the top of the statistical leaderboards, while others have poked their heads up and surprised the baseball community. If it is a well known stud or a no name bud, you still have no idea how they are going to perform in the second half. Regardless, the Scorecrow MLB Baseball staff got together to give you our risers and fallers for the second half. If you have any questions or would like us to write about someone, please hit us up, as always, on Twitter: Continue reading

MLB DraftKings Around the Horn June 27th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |June 27th, 2019

Hello, DFSers! Today we have a divided slate of games with the 1:05 eastern slot offering the most games(6). This is where we will focus our attention on. So if you want in on the action, act now so you can get your lineups submitted on time. Strap on the batting gloves and eye black, let’s go Around the Horn! Continue reading

Week 12 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | June 25th, 2019

 

1. Los Angeles Dodgers  (54-26)

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The Dodgers continue to stay red-hot. They have the best record in baseball and the best team in baseball. Cody Bellinger continues an unreal season. You know this team is special when they have won three straight games off a rookie walk-off home run. Continue reading

MLB DFS: Core Plays and Stacks for June 24, 2019

Joey Ricotta| June 24th, 2019

A small slate of games on deck for tonight with one potential rain out. The New York Yankees are huge favorites at home. Meanwhile, the wind should be blowing heavily straight out to center at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Let’s take a look at some core plays and stacks for tonight that can help us maneuver around the madness we call DFS. Continue reading

MLB DFS Picks: The Best Day of the Week

Joey Ricotta | June 23rd, 2019

The best day of the week in my opinion. Sunday is a day for relaxation, family, and football. Excuse me, baseball. Because baseball is the greatest sport ever created. Let’s take a look at some options for DFS today, the best day of the week. Continue reading

MLB DFS: Locks, Two Bats, and Two Stacks for June 21, 2019

Friday night special. Get those lineups set. Let’s take a look at some locks, two bats, and two stacks for the main slate of games ahead.

Locks

Chris Sale ($12,000 on DK and FD)

Does it matter what his price is? Chris Sale has been downright nasty and striking out everyone lately. Sale has double-digit strikeouts in eight of his last nine games. The Toronto Blue Jays will try to load up on right-handed hitters against him, but Sale should still be able to strikeout quite a few. Strikeouts are key in daily fantasy. The Blue Jays also have a weak .299 wOBA against lefties this season. Continue reading

Fresh 7&7 For the Week of 6/10-6/16

John Lepore | June 18th, 2019

Filling in for your regular bartender, as John “Supi” Supowitz is off this week, I’ll try to do these hitters justice.

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MLB DFS: Core Plays and Stacks for June 17, 2019

Joey Ricotta | June 17th, 2019

None of the excess fat. All of the DFS info to get you jacked and increase your stacks. Let’s take a look at some of the core plays I’ll be using for tonight’s main slate of games. Continue reading

Week 11 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | June 17th, 2019

We once again have a change at the top spot for this week’s power rankings. You can find my week 10 power rankings in the link below.

Week 10 Rankings

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Starting Pitchers That Need An Opener (Part One)

Givanni Damico | June 17th, 2019

Some pitchers are absolutely dominant to begin a game. Many even carry it into the middle and later innings. Unfortunately, there are those guys who just can’t get through the opposing batting order more than two times. Today, we will focus on these players who specifically can’t get through the order for the third time. You won’t see names like Edwin Jackson on here who is bad no matter how many times he has gone through the order.

For those who don’t know, the opener is a pitcher, usually a reliever, who starts the game and pitches an inning or two to allow for the starter to only have to face the lineup two times. Let’s get into it.

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