Fantasy MLB
First Base Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG10/1/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is a career .444 (8-for-18) hitter against Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Belt also has a home run against Volquez. He had four hits in his final four regular season game, going 6-for-12 with a home run over that stretch. Pablo Sandoval also has over a .400 career batting average against Volquez in his lifetime.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN10/1/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs to lead the Royals past the Athletics, 9-8, in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Hosmer's RBI put Kansas City ahead in the third. One of his runs came in the eighth inning rally and the other tied the game in the bottom of the 12th.
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, MIL9/30/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Giants' Travis Ishikawa will start in left field for Wednesday's Wild Card game according to Alex Pavlovic of Mercury News.
Insight: With Angel Pagan and Michael Morse out with injuries, the Giants are searching for viable replacements in left and center field. Gregor Blanco will play center while Ishikawa will be in left. Ishikawa played opening day this season at PNC Park, the site of the NL Wild Card game, but as a Pittsburgh Pirate at first base.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS9/28/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit his 27th homer in Sunday's finale.
Insight: He was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored, before being removed from the game. Gonzalez finishes the year with a .276/.335/.482 line, with an NL leading 116 RBI. Great year for the Dodgers first baseman.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC9/28/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has big day in finale.
Insight: He was 3-for-4 with with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored. Rizzo finishes off a monster year with a .286/.386/.527 line, along with 32 homers and 78 RBI.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY9/28/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has just four hits against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz in 23 career at-bats, but two of them are home runs.
Insight: Teixeira also has five RBI, two walks and seven strikeouts against the right hander. Like many Yankees, Teixeira has been extremely disappointing this year, hitting .217 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN9/28/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not a good fantasy start on the last day of the season.
Insight: Not many are against Tigers pitcher David Price, but Mauer is just 3-for-20 against Price in his career. One of those hits is a double while Mauer also has two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts against the Tiger lefty.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR9/28/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is feast or famine against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Encarnacion has just three hits in 20 at-bats against Gonzalez in his career, but all three have been home runs. Encarnacion also has seven RBI, two walks and two strikeouts.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA9/28/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and walk to help keep Seattle alive for the final wild card spot with a 2-1 extra-inning victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Seattle will need to beat Los Angeles again on Sunday and hope Oakland loses to Texas in order to force a one-game playoff. The Mariners will start their ace Felix Hernandez. Morrison is hitting .259 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 332 at-bats this season.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS9/28/2014 9:06:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez smacked his 26th homerun Saturday night against the Rockies.
Insight: He now has 113 RBI as well, and was lifted for pinch-runner Scott Van Slyke. Van Slyke held his own with a 2-for-4 night and one RBI.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI9/27/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has big night at plate Saturday versus Atlanta.
Insight: He was 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. Howard would have had his third RBI, but Chase Utley was thrown out at the plate in the fourth inning. Howard is a shell of his former self as he is hitting .223/.309/.448, but still provides power with 23 homeruns, and 95 RBI. His RBI total is actually fourth in the National League.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC9/27/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a stunning 9-for-21 with five home runs and a 1.690 OPS versus Milwaukee right-hander Wily Peralta.
Insight: Rizzo's finally become what we though he could be, a top fantasy first baseman. He's batting .281 with 31 HR and 75 RBI. The RBI total figures to jump in the next few seasons as the talent around his rises.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA9/27/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones should be avoided in his Saturday matchup with Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Jones is just 1-for-18 with half the at-bats ending in strikeout. He's batted .248 this season with 15 HR and 53 RBI and does have eight hits in the last three games, but an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS9/27/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 7-for-16 (.438) with a home run against Miami right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: LaRoche is having another great season with Washington, hitting .260 with 26 home runs and 91 RBI.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS9/27/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is not expected to play in the final series, according to beat reporter Sean Adams.
Insight: Too bad, because Napoli has hit Mashahiro Tanaka well with two home runs in six at-bats. He'll finish the season batting .248 with 17 HR and 55 RBI, well below preseason expectations.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET9/26/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera tried to single-handedly win the American League Central for Detriot on Friday.
Insight: Cabrera was animated on Friday as a victory and a Royals loss would have given the Tigers the division title. Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two RBI, which both came in the fifth inning as the Tigers cut into the Twins lead, 6-3. Just when it looked like the Tigers could come back, Minnesota scored four runs in the sixth and won, 11-4. If the Royals hold on to win on Friday, the Tigers will have just a game lead in the central with two to go.
Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT9/26/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez hit a solo home run to help the Pirates inch closer to the Cardinals in the division race as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati, 3-1.
Insight: Sanchez was only in the lineup against righty Mike Leake because Ike Davis is ill, but he took the Reds starter deep in the fifth to put the Pirates up 1-0. Pittsburgh scored two runs in the eighth to win. The Pirates now wait to see what St. Louis does in Arizona.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL9/26/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss to the Phillies on Friday.
Insight: The bottom has completely fallen out on Atlanta, but Freeman is still having a good season. He is hitting .288 with 18 home runs and 77 RBI in 600 at-bats this year.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot9/26/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is 12-for-38 (.316) with four home runs against Dodgers right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Morneau put together a fine season, batting .317 with 16 home runs, 80 RBI and an .851 OPS. Not quite his MVP days in Minnesota, but a solid fantasy contribution nonetheless and a favorable matchup.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET9/25/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera clubs 24th homer of 2014.
Insight: It was a solo shot off Twins' starter Trevor May. Miggy now has 107 RBI on the year, in a somewhat "down" season.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA9/25/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison smacks two homers in Thursday's win over Toronto.
Insight: He now has 11 homeruns and 37 RBI on the year, after a 4-RBI afternoon. Morrison is still not fantasy relevant.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSCold9/25/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is out again on Thursday against the Rays.
Insight: Napoli hasn't played since last Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in one of his fingers. At this point, do not count on Napoli returning this weekend. Allen Craig is starting at first base on Thursday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS9/25/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has three home runs in his career against Mets pitcher Dillion Gee.
Insight: LaRoche is 7-for-29 (.241) with six RBI in addition to the three dingers. He is having another great season with Washington, hitting .258/.362/.459 with 26 home runs and 91 RBI.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY9/24/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hits 22nd homer in loss to Baltimore.
Insight: It was his 22nd bomb of the year. He had two hitson the day and three RBI. With his inabilty to stay on the field on a consistent basis, Teixeira's best days are behind him.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX9/24/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder (neck surgery in May) has begun to swing a bat, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report.
Insight: He's also begun lifting weights. Barring any setbacks he should be 100 percent ready to go next spring.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS9/24/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is a career .583 hitter (7-for-12) with two homers versus Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander
Insight: After a 29 home run first half (82 games), Abreu's number have been less impressive since the break with just six homers in 59 games. But he's still batting .316 with 35 HR, 105 RBI and a .964 OPS for the season. That's MVP-type material.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET9/23/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit a walkoff single to score Ian Kinsler as Detroit defeated the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, on Tuesday.
Insight: The two-time AL MVP was 2-for-5 with one RBI, the game-winner. He was not able to repeat his 2012 and 2013 season this year, but he still has monster numbers, .314/.375/.520 with 23 home runs and 105 RBI.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS9/23/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche blasted his 26th homer of 2014 on Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: It was a three-run shot in the fifth, off New York starter Bartolo Colon. Laroche has had a fine season, batting .256 and an impressive 91 RBI.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR9/23/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer on Tuesday against the Mariners.
Insight: Encarnacion also had four RBI and two runs. He has six RBI in the series. Encarnacion also has a five-game hitting streak with 10 RBI over that stretch. He is hitting .272 with 34 home runs and 97 RBI in 460 at-bats this year.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN9/23/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer left Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right elbow bruise according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Arizona pitcher Andrew Chafin hit Mauer with a pitch in the first inning. Mauer is being called day-to-day. It didn't sound like an x-ray would be necessary.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY9/23/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira returned to the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Teixeira sat out the previous two contests due to soreness in his right wrist, which he had surgically repaired. The first baseman received a cortisone shot to play Tuesday.
Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT9/23/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh first baseman Gaby Sanchez gets the start tonight.
Insight: With Braves' lefty Alex Wood on the mound, Sanchez gets the nod in place of Ike Davis. However, with a .235 batting average, combined with only six homeruns and 31 RBI, Sanchez is not a recommended play.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY9/23/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is dealing with a wrist injury that has plagued him for a while.
Insight: Teixeira has already gone through three cortisone shots this season. It used to be you could count on him for 30 homers like clockwork, but he hit 24 last season and has 21 so far this year. Consider him questionable ... at best. Update - Teixeira is in the starting lineup.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS9/23/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is just a .125 hitter (4-for-32) against Giants tough left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Gonzalez had produced at least 20 RBI in each of the past three months and leads the league with 111 for the season, but should be avoided Tuesday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS9/23/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: White Sox DH/1B Paul Konerko is a career .435 hitter with a pair of home runs against Tigers left-hander David Price.
Insight: The 38-year-old is planning to retire at the end of the season, so he will likely be one of your last chances to get him in your lineup. Over his 18-year career he's a .279 hitter with 439 homers, 1,412 RBI and played in six All-Star games.
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLE9/23/2014 1:12:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs versus Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura.
Insight: Santana has tied his career home run mark and set a personal best with 82 RBI. As long as he stays catcher eligible, he's a fantasy-worthy starter.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY9/23/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is dealing with a wrist injury that has plagued him for a while.
Insight: Teixeira has already gone through three cortisone shots this season. It used to be you could count on him for 30 homers like clockwork, but he hit 24 last season and has 21 so far this year. Consider him questionable ... at best.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN9/22/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in the starting lineup against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: It is the last week of the season, so fantasy owners need to expect the stars to sit in meaningless games. Chris Parmelee will start at first base on Monday.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA9/22/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is a career .438 hitter (7-for-16) with three home runs against Oakland right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Pujols has rebounded nicely in 2014 to bat .275 with 27 HR and 101 RBI. He's no longer "superstar Albert Pujols," but he's still pretty good.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PITCold9/21/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said on Sunday that first baseman Pedro Alvarez (foot) could return if the team advances to the NLDS according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
Insight: This confirms that Alvarez will not be ready for the Wild Card game. Alvarez suffered a stress reaction in his left foot in late August and the injury normally takes four to six weeks to recover.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN9/21/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: The return of Reds first baseman Joey Votto this season is looking doubtful according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Votto has taken batting practice and ran the bases this week, but according to Reds manager Bryan Price, he is not pain free. The club has little incentive to bring back the former MVP for one meaningless week of baseball, so we do not expect to see him again until 2015.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DETHot9/21/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has a juicy matchup Sunday afternoon against Kansas City.
Insight: He will be swinging against Jeremy Guthrie, whom he is 16-for-46 against (.340), with three homeruns and 12 RBI. Miggy has been on fire of late, and could be carrying you to a fantasy title.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS9/21/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is a career .462 hitter with a double and home run against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: LaRoche also has five RBI versus Eovaldi. The first baseman missed two days this past week to rest his back, but he hit a home run on Friday. He is hitting .255 with 25 home runs and 88 RBI in 474 at-bats this year.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA9/21/2014 9:01:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols had a big night to get to the 100 RBI plateau, on Saturday.
Insight: Although his second half of the season (.268 BA, 7 HR, 36 RBI) has not been as good as the first half (.279BA, 20 HR, 64 RBI), Pujols has rebounded nicely in 2014. While he will never be the player he once was, Pujols is still a major threat at the plate, and will continue to be over the next couple of seasons.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS9/20/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez slugged his 24th and 25th homeruns durinng Saturday afternoon's game against the Cubs.
Insight: It wasn't enough as Los Angeles blew a 7-2 lead. Gonzalez had five RBI as well, and is now hitting .278 witrh 111 RBI. Another fine year for Mr. Gonzalez.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL9/20/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is a career .444 hitter (8-for-18) with a home run and a 1.278 OPS against Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: Adams has beat up on right-hand pitching this season batting .315 with 12 of his 15 homers and an .849 OPS.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot9/20/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is 5-for-8 (.625) with a home run against Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Morneau is batting .355 over the past two weeks and with this favorable at bat should be started in all lineups. He's put together a fine season, batting .317 with 16 home runs, 79 RBI and an .852 OPS. Not quite his MVP days in Minnesota, but a solid fantasy contribution nonetheless.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR9/19/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer on Friday for his 33rd of the season.
Insight: Encarnacion underwent a precationary MRI on his back Friday but felt well enough to play. His 33 home runs ties him for fifth in the American League. He is also batting .262 with 89 RBI.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG9/19/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (concussion) is back in the Giants starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: Belt has not played due to concussion symptoms since early August. The first baseman has been out much of the season with injuries, and he is hitting .237/.299/.446 when he is in the lineup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL9/19/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-13 (.538) against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are slightly down from last season as pitchers are avoiding him, but he's still a solid option batting .291 with 18 HR, 73 RBI and an .857 OPS.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY9/17/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Teixeira is dealing with lingering wrist discomfort. It used to be you could count on him for 30 homers like clockwork, but he hit 24 last season and has 21 so far this year.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS9/17/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is one of many Nationals not in the starting lineup after they clinched the NL East Tuesday night.
Insight: LaRoche can use the rest having gone hitless in his last four games (17 at-bats) LaRoche is a key cog in the Nationals offense and likely your fantasy lineup as he is batting .257 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI this year.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN9/17/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is a .167 hitter (3-for-18), with five strikeouts against Tigers' starter David Price.
Insight: Mauer has had a disappointing season in 2014, and that trend could continue tonight versus one of Detroit's aces.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL9/17/2014 12:11:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs to help the Rockies beat the Dodgers, 10-4, on Tuesday.
Insight: Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 1-for-4, so Morneau crept a little closer to the batting title lead in the National League. One batting point separates the two hitters. Morneau is batting .316 with 15 home runs and 73 RBI this year.
James Loney, 1B, TAM9/16/2014 11:07:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney was 3-for-4 and scored a run as the Rays beat the Yankees, 6-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Loney scored his run in the seventh on Wil Myers sacrifice fly. All of the first baseman's hits were singles. Loney is hitting .292 with nine homers and 66 RBI this year.