Next up in our 2020 MLB season previews, we head out West to San Diego to preview the Padres season. The young Padres team has some promise as they try to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2006. They won’t be able to compete with the Dodgers in the NL West, but they can compete for a wild card spot if things go right.
We recap the Super Bowl as the Kansas City Chiefs (who are from Kansas) put up 21 unanswered in the fourth quarter to defeat the 49ers 31-20. Now that the NFL is done with until closer to draft time, we turn our focus on baseball and the XFL, which will premiere this week.
Stephen Strasburg has opted out of the remaining four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals. The World Series MVP is now a free agent. So after walking away from $100 million, where will the 31-year-old righty go now? Let’s take a look at the likely destinations.
The San Diego Padres entered the 2019 season with fairly low, but also promising expectations, so their 70-92 record is a bit disappointing but also somewhat expected. The Padres signing of stud third baseman Manny Machado in the offseason skyrocketed their expectations, and their young core led by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and pitcher Chris Paddack gave them a look at their bright future. Their ultimate fallout was their young players and older players not being compatible enough to play well together, and their bullpen struggles. One big problem was also communication issues between the manager and the team, as the Padres fired Andy Green before the season even ended. Now let’s get further into the Padres season. Continue reading →
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.
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 West. Continue reading →
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 →
L.A. Dodgers ace Walker Buehler appears to be the safest option at SP1. However, a couple of lesser-priced options are a good way to balance out your lineup. Houston is facing Dylan Bundy and the Orioles at hitter-friendly Camden Yards. The Yankees are facing another one of the Blue Jays young prospects. The Red Sox are in plus-matchup at home to the Angels and the Padres are at home against Kyle Freeland who has really hit the skids of late. These are all prime spots for high scoring totals. Let’s get the weekend kicked off right and go Around the Horn! Continue reading →
If you played Nicholas Castellanos last night, you were able to enjoy a solid outburst, including an opposite-field first-inning home run. Oppo Tacos are very much welcomed, especially on Tuesdays. Don’t be fooled, as long as a home run still equals fantasy points, we will take home runs of any variety. Pull shots, moonshots, wall scrapers, and of course opposite-field blasts otherwise known as oppo tacos. Continue reading →
I was looking at this season BABIP leaderboards in the search of some outliers. I was curious to see if any batter was putting together a strangely high BABIP value while hitting more (more more) than average ground balls and not that many line drives or fly balls. Continue reading →
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 →
You have to risk it to get the biscuit. You’ve heard the saying before, but when it pertains to daily fantasy lineups it can be especially pertinent. With that said, I like the Miami Marlins again tonight against Dylan Covey as a lower-owned stack. Not quite sure we can use them in cash games, but let’s take a look at some players that we can. Continue reading →
The pure dominance of their Starting Rotation. Here are the Dodgers starting staff rankings in MLB, ERA (3.19 ) 2nd, FIP (3.42) 2nd, xFIP (3.36) 1st, AVG (.227) 4th, WHIP (1.11) 1st, and K-BB% (19.5%) 3rd. The Dodgers may very well have the best starting staff in all of MLB in 2019. Along with the Elite starting staff, the offense is near the top of MLB as well. The offense has a line of .263/.342/.466, .808 OPS, .203 ISO, 146 HRs, and 466 RBIs. They have true front runners in the NL MVP race with Cody Bellinger and in the NL CY Young race with Hyun-Jin Ryu. Continue reading →
Coming into the 2019 season, there was a ton of hype surrounding a certain third-baseman, who was the twenty-year-old son of a Hall-of-Famer, playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was expected to come up and immediately tear the cover off the baseball. But the adjustment period has been slower than expected, as Vlad Jr. has taken some time to get used to major league pitching, slashing .248 AVG/.328 OBP/.416 SLG with 8 HR in 241 plate appearances. There was also hype around another twenty-year-old son of a former MLB player, but he was not expected to immediately produce, and there was talk that we might not even see him this season. Instead, Fernando Tatis Jr. has exceeded expectations with the look of a future superstar. Continue reading →
To me, it is clearly time to spend up for the big hitters tonight. With only five games on the menu, the pitching options are few and far between. I’ve narrowed down a couple that I will be targeting and have included some of the hitters I like for tonight. It’s a new month and the same old grind. Let’s get into some Pitching and Core Hitters to target for tonight. Continue reading →
The launch angle revolution has changed the way many hitters approach the game. Fly balls are more important than ever, and hitters are trying to drive those fly balls with more force. To accomplish this, many hitters are pulling the ball more than before. Because of this, I decided to peruse the pull percentage leaderboard to try to find some interesting names, and honestly, all the top names are interesting in their own right. I kept to the top three names this time around. Continue reading →
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 →
If someone would have told me before the season that Kirby Yates would have converted 26 of 26 save opportunities to this point in the year, I would have called them crazy. And by the way, 26 saves are tied for the most in Padres history, prior to the All-Star break and was accomplished by Heath Bell in 2011. Yates also has a streak of converting 33 straight saves dating back to last season and has been nearly un-hittable this year. Yates was tabbed the closer last season after the Padres dealt Brad Hand to the Indians. Continue reading →
The Scorecrow MLB writers got together to collaborate on a full list of players that are for real and others who may be playing over their heads. Let us know what you think. Enjoy.
MIKE MOUSTAKAS IS GOOD AT HITTING – FACT
Kody Clawson (@kodyclawson)
The real fact of the matter is that Mike Moustakas has been good at hitting for a few years now. The move from Kauffman Stadium to Miller Park for his home games has finally given him the chance to show off his power. I was concerned that the move to second base would affect his hitting in some capacity, but this was an arbitrary hypothesis anyway. The only fantasy effect has been positive, as the added positional flexibility has only aided fantasy owners.Continue reading →
Below are the three best streamers that I see for next week. I do love Zac Gallen but with the uncertainty of him staying in the lineup I sadly could not pick him. I also released an article this week displaying all the MLB team’s offenses, their underlying number and who is truly the worst. This is a great tool as you always want to stream against weak lineups. That can be seen here: How To Effectively Stream PitchersContinue reading →
If any of these players are available in your league, pick them up immediately. If they are not, try to make an offer as most of these names have little to no market value and can be acquired for pennies on the dollar. These guys are trending upward and could help you claim a championship down the stretch.
*All waiver wire add recommendations were available in a 14 team H2H points league where 4 players are kept and one minor leaguer is rostered that I am in. I know that doesn’t help.
Unfortunately, the fantasy baseball season doesn’t always go your way. Whether it is injuries or your team under-performing, it could be a horrible feeling knowing that your team is done for the season. While I am a firm believer in always grinding through the season since you never know what can happen, sometimes holes are too deep to dig out of. Now it is early in the season, but if you are at the bottom of your league, here are some good pitchers to acquire if you are in a keeper league.
For our Thursday edition of Around the Horn, we will focus directly on the night games. Our pitching options are whittled down to two or three reliable starters. As for position players, we will do our best to target the most consistent and reliable offenses given match-up context and previous performance. Let’s get it going and round the bases! Continue reading →
Just like last week below are the best pitching streamers for next week. I actually went with three young guns who have all showed some promise. Not only can these three help you this week but you might want to hold onto them for the future. Continue reading →
Tonight we get a more simplified schedule as there will be eight-afternoon games compared to just five-night games. This might make matters easier for some as the pool of players will be trimmed down considerably. Of the six games, we will find that each game has pieces we can use to build optimal lineups. Hopefully, the Daily Fantasy season is going well for you, it can be a grind sometimes but doing some homework can turn out to be very rewarding at the end of the day. Time to circle the bases and go Around the Horn! Continue reading →
Week nine is here in the MLB and we are seeing the good teams separate from the bad teams. We are also seeing the teams that started off hot fall in the rankings. The Mariners started off 11-2 and are now in full sell mode. You can find my week eight rankings in the link below.
Riley Greene is an outfielder from Hagerty High School in Florida. He is very athletic and strong with room to fill out. His swing from the left side of the plate is very sweet and fluid. While you won’t see him stealing 40 bases a year, Greene is still an advanced base runner with good instincts. Many scouts say that Greene has the best bat in this draft class. He was selected to play in the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic. Continue reading →
Stream Machine in the past has given you streamers for each day Monday through Wednesday. But we are going to change that as I have decided to give you the best three streamers of the week. Every week going forward I will sort through all pitchers under 30% owned (Yahoo) and pick the best of the best. I will pick guys with the best matchups and best underlying stats that most people wouldn’t see. So, cheers to good streams moving forward and helping you win your matchups every week! Continue reading →
Week eight is here and some fresh power-rankings are out. This is the first installment of The Scorecrow’s top 10 power rankings. There have been some teams that have been consistent, some teams that have been disappointing, and some really surprising teams. So let’s break down the top 10.
Lucchesi has seemingly struggled this season compared to last, as his strikeout rate and his ERA have regressed. However, his walk rate and HR/9 have both decreased as well, leading to a lower FIP. His xFIP and SIERA both point to him being better than his ERA currently shows, making him an interesting pitcher going forward. He gets an interesting matchup here, going against a Toronto offense that has a 65 wRC+ at home and a 72 wRC+ against lefties. Continue reading →
Pretty much everybody that I gave to you yesterday performed well in some capacity, with the exception of Joey Gallo who went 0-4 with four strikeouts. Today, I want more consistency from my picks than I got yesterday. The Rockies and Padres game was a let-down offensively and the wrong part of the Phillies’ lineup went off yesterday. Both pitchers earned quality starts and Jacob deGrom even went 2-3 with a double, a single, and an RBI. Let’s get into today’s picks.
The baseball season is rolling right along nicely with some interesting storylines such as the Yankees, Red Sox and other teams struggling out of the gate. While other teams, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, amongst others, continue to flourish. Of course, our focus is DFS, and today we are gonna dissect the night slate of five games. Let’s dive into it and go Around the Horn! Continue reading →
Today’s slate of games is a mixture of matinees and evening games, for this write the focus will be on the evening slate of games. We have five games to build a lineup from with games beginning at 7:10 eastern. Toronto at Boston, N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, San Diego at Arizona, and Colorado at San Francisco. Let’s get to it and go Around the Horn! Continue reading →
Every Tuesday we will take a look at the history of one team. You will get some background, iconic players and moments, and postseason results. To begin this series, we take a look at the history of the San Diego Padres, who have been around for 50 years this year. Continue reading →
When you do this type of streaming pitching exercise, sometimes you feel like when you’re right, you’re wrong, and when you’re wrong, it really, really hurts. Sonny Gray pitched beautifully but got no help from his offense (more on that later). The Rays pulled the rug out from under me, moving Chirinos’ start from Saturday to Sunday, with some reports saying he might be used as the bulk reliever. As of this writing, Chirinos has yet to pitch. Crossing my fingers for at least a quality start. Tanner Roark was my second option, and he continued to have a typical Roark “meh” day (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 K, ND). At some point, I plan to post an article with my results so far, probably toward the end of the month. But now, on to the upcoming matchups.
The next decade will be exciting. Three young superstars signed monster contracts and with become the face of their respective franchise. All of the victories and failures, whether their fault or not, will rest on their shoulders. I looked at some factors to try to figure out which one of these players has the best opportunity to cement a winning legacy.
By the mid-1990s, Fred McGriff seemed destined for enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. When “the Crime Dog’s” contract was purchased by the upstart Tampa Bay Devil Rays in November of 1997, more than four months before the franchise played its first Major League game, the tall first baseman with the helicopter follow-through boasted one of the most prolific resumes in baseball.
Every year there are teams who rise to the top because of an unsung hero, a rookie stepping in, or a triumphant return from injury by a veteran. On the flip side, there are teams who are at the bottom and underachieving or simply too young and rebuilding. Here are the bottom 10 teams in the league and some bright spots that those teams can possibly build on moving forward.