Arizona D-Backs vs Washington Nationals 8-04-15
The Arizona D-Backs are visiting the Washington National for the 2nd of a 4 Fantasy Baseball game series at 7pm tonight. Let’s start with some One Day Cash Draft team analysis:
The D-Backs (51-53) may miss the playoffs for the 4th year in a row, but they are currently making a big push toward the N.L. wild card playoff spot. They won 7 out of their last 9 games and are looking for their second win against the Nats this week. The pitching hasn’t been good this season. Their pitchers allowed 117 homers, 2nd worst in the National League. Despite that, they possess the league’s 3rd best batting average on the road with .260. They also have some great base running with a team total of 91 this season.
The Nats (54-50) are in a battle with the Mets for top spot in the National League East. Washington just got swept by New York and they are now looking to bounceback from this against the DiamondBacks. The offensive talent of the Nats was absent last month. They had a total of 165 hits, the worst in the MLB, and scored 78 points, 3rd worst in the league, during all the month of July. The pitching has carried the team allowing 192 hits during the same month and gave up 84 HR over the year.
Fired Up Fantasy Pickups:
C Welligton Castillo (ARI) : He knocked a HR in Monday’s game against the Nats. It raises his total to 5 over the last 6 game. Not bad for a catcher.
SS Nick Ahmed (ARI) : He went 4-for-4 with a HR in the first game of the series against Washington. In 4 games against them, he holds an batting of .500.
OF David Peralta (ARI) : The left fielder went 2-for-4 Monday against the Nats. He had a 2-run HR in the 4th inning. Peralta has a batting average of .435 over the last 6 games.
OF A.J. Pollock (ARI) : He is one of two players in the majors to steal over 20 bases and hold a batting average over .300 this season. The center fielder is 2nd for most run scored in the National League with 68, one behind the next one on our list.
OF Bryce Harper (WAS) : The right fielder is first in the N.L. leaderboard with 69 runs and 29 HR. He is batting .320 and collected 5 HR against lefties this season.
SP Max Scherzer (WAS) : The former D-Back has an 11-8 record with a 2.22 ERA and 172 SO over the course of this season. He earned the win in his last start against the Marlins, allowing no runs in 7 strong innings.
Hit the showers :
C Wilson Ramos (WAS) : Ramos was batting .261 one month ago, and it has now dropped to .235. Lack of Fantasy Value from the power hitting catcher.
SS Ian Desmond (WAS) : With a .217 batting average, 11 HR and 34 RBI’s, Desmond is on his way to the worst season of his career.
OF Jayson Werth (WAS) : The tall outfielder has has an hitting average of .181 since coming back from injury on July 28. He collected 2 HR in 34 games this season.