August 14 Fantasy Baseball Preview
Sunday Evening Matchups
The Cubs will seek to start a fresh winning streak, while the Cardinals will go after a series split, when the two clubs meet at Wrigley Field in a nationally televised game tonight. FanPicks has your august 14 fantasy baseball preview of this evening game to get ready for today’s MLB contest. Get the info you need and play right here! With the NFL back in our contests, don’t forget to test our cross-sport contests with millions in prizes to win.
Cardinals vs Cubs
The Cubs took the first two games before the Cardinals won 8-4 on Saturday to snap Chicago’s 11-game winning streak on a come from behind victory Saturday. The Cubs still have a huge 13-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.
Mike Leake will have the start for the Cards (8-9, 4.79 ERA, 96 K). After allowing 19 earned runs over his last 3 starts, Leake has the ability to complete a quality start, with his last time out seemed like he was stepping in the right direction. He did however walk a season (4 walks) and recorded no strikeouts for the first time this year, but is outing against the Angels was solid over 8 innings. Right handed hitters are batting .195 against him this season and he’s 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 3 starts against the Cards this season.
Right-hander John Lackey (9-7, 3.56 ERA) will take the mound for the Cubs and try for his fifth straight quality start. He allowed three hits and one run in eight innings in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in his last start Tuesday. Lackey is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA this season in three starts against the Cardinals, his only starts against his former team. He went 16-13 with a 3.10 ERA in 43 starts with St. Louis in 2014-15.
The Cardinals will be looking for a leadoff hitter now that Matt Carpenter is batting third in the absence of Matt Holliday, who sustained a broken thumb when he was hit by a Mike Montgomery pitch Thursday. Greg Garcia went 0-for-5 batting leadoff Saturday, when Holliday went on the disabled list. Carpenter was 2-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Though well behind the Cubs in the division, the Cardinals (61-56) remain in the mix for a wild card spot. The Cubs are 6-6 against St. Louis this season.
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