MLB Tips: Playoffs Edition

MLB Tips: Playoffs Edition
Here’s a quick sneak peek of the weekly tips that Easy Streak subscribers receive every Thursday!  As soon as you subscribe, you’ll receive 1-3 sports articles with tips + predictions to assist you in making the best picks in the contests on our app.

Remember, on Easy Streak, you pick which real teams will win real games; it’s NOT fantasy and you don’t need to do any research to pick players for a fantasy team.  We do the research on the teams for you, thanks to our expert sportswriters!

Without further adieu, here’s the latest by one of our MLB sportswriters.

*Predictions based off of current scheduled/projected pitching matchups

BLUE JAYS vs. RANGERS

The Blue Jays’ league leading offense is just too powerful for the Rangers’ pitching staff. Though they added an ace (Hamels) at the trade deadline, the Rangers are the only team remaining that ranks in the bottom half (23rd) in the Majors in ERA. The Jays’ lumber and hot pitching at the top of their rotation should be enough to defeat the Rangers pretty handily.

Prediction: Blue Jays win series 3-0 (games 1, 2, and 3)

ROYALS vs. ASTROS

Both teams are very good at their home ballparks, but the Astros are the worst road team in the AL, which could put their backs against the wall as they play the first two games in KC. The Royals’ post-season run from last year should help guide them over a young Astros team that has poor road play and lacks October experience.

Prediction: Royals win series 3-1 (games 1, 2, and 4)

DODGERS vs. METS

Tied for best home record in the Majors, the Dodgers will benefit greatly with home field advantage and being led by two amazing Cy Young candidates (Kershaw/Greinke). The Mets pitchers scheduled to start in LA in games 1-2 (DeGrom/Syndergaard) fare much worse on the road and could show some fatigue as they are in uncharted territory in innings pitched.

Prediction: Dodgers win series 3-1 (games 1, 2, and 4) 

CARDINALS vs. CUBS

For this series, it’s all about momentum and it’s all in the Cubs’ hands with 9 straight victories, including the Wildcard win over the Pirates. Meanwhile, the Cardinals took their foot off the gas in the final week and were swept by the lowly Braves. When in doubt, go with the hot team.

Prediction: Cubs win series 3-2 (games 2, 4, and 5)

 

Jason Kwok, Easy Streak contributor

@TheBackwardsK

Knowledge is Power – MLB

baseball-field-828713_1920For Easy Streak’s contests, some good fortune on your side can go a long way, but knowledge is power when it comes to selecting winners.

Looking specifically at the MLB contests, there are several components that will factor into some good decision making, but one of the most important things to have knowledge about are the probable starting pitchers for each team. Starting pitchers can be considered the tone setters for their team. So if a starting pitcher is in a more favorable spot than his counterpart, then there should be a greater chance for his team to be victorious.

Check if a pitcher is in any extreme type of form in his most recent starts, whether it be good or bad. Take note of how he’s fared in the past against not only the team that he is opposing, but also against the specific players that may be in the opposing starting lineup to see if he dominates any players or gets dominated by any. Also, inspect his in-season and career splits for whatever the situation is, whether it is at home or on the road, and also splits vs. lefty/righty if the opposition’s offense is particularly heavy in either type of handedness. From all that collected information, you should be able to form solid opinions on your way to selecting winners.

Based on this, here are a couple of freebie picks for the Baseball Weekend on Easy Streak:

SLEEPER PICK (9/11/15):

Los Angeles Angels

(Jered Weaver) vs. Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) – Weaver pitched a shutout the last time vs. the Astros; Keuchel is much worse on the road than home (4-6 with 3.35 ERA).

STRONG PLAY (9/12/15):

Miami Marlins

(Jose Fernandez) vs. Washington Nationals (Tanner Roark) – Fernandez is 15-0 with a 1.14 ERA in 24 career home starts.

Written by: Jason Kwok, Easy Streak Contributor
@TheBackwardsK

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Batter Up

football-playball-rugby-457The MLB playoffs are coming quickly! Teams are starting to hunker down for the run into October. Here are four teams in the hunt for a playoff spot that you should be choosing to win and lose over the course of the next week.

Two Up:

New York Mets:

Since the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes and Tyler Clippard at the trade deadline, the Mets have looked like a new team. The offense has been revitalized with Cespedes’ big bat, the bullpen has solidified with Clippard’s 0.51 ERA in 18 appearances since the break, and the rotation continues to be anchored by Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The team has the weakest schedule in baseball from here on out and are a safe pick.

Toronto Blue Jays:

This offense is among the best the league has seen in years, and the addition of David Price atop the rotation has this team surging. Edwin Encarnacion seemingly can’t do anything but hit home runs and the quartet of Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and Encarnacion is among the most feared in the last decade.

Two Down:

New York Yankees:

While rookie Luis Severino has been a major bright spot, the Yankees’ lack of organizational depth, from the lineup to the rotation, has been exposed in recent weekends as the Bronx Bombers have gone on a small skid down the American League East standings.

Los Angeles Dodgers:

The Dodgers’ no-hit by Jake Arrieta was just the cherry on top of the team’s recent struggles. The absence of a healthy Yasiel Puig and the epic struggle of Joc Pederson at the plate has caused an offensive drought in Chavez Ravine, as the team tries to keep pace in the National League West to avoid a disappointing season once again in Los Angeles.

Written by: Joon Lee, Easy Streak Contributor
@iamjoonlee

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