Chicago Cubs versus Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB Cash League Fantasy Picks 9-16-2015
Two NL Central Division powerhouses meet on ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball as the Pittsburgh Pirates will be hosting the Chicago Cubs. Fantasy Baseball GM’s can tune into ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time on Wednesday September 16th to track the scoring results of their draft.
As these two teams enter this series after Game 1 of their doubleheader on Tuesday, the Pirates held a five game lead for home field in the NL Wildcard game against the Cubs with just 19 games left to be played. The loss sent Chicago to their third straight and put them seven games in the loss column back of the St Louis atop the NL Central division. The Cubs chances for a division title look pretty bleak. The Cubs have gotten great pitching this year as they sit sixth in Team ERA (3.56), fifth in WHIP (1.20) and second in Major League Baseball in strikeouts (1247). The hitting has been subpar as the club ranks 30th and last in MLB with a team batting average of .243.
With the Game 1 victory on Tuesday afternoon the Pittsburgh Pirates have moved to two games back of the St Louis Cardinals in the NL Central division. The team has played good baseball as they have won four straight and six of their past seven games. The Pirates have also got great pitching as they are second in the league in Team ERA (3.20) and sixth best in the amount of quality starts from their starting staff (83).
Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo leads the everyday hitters with a .276 batting average with 29 homers and 88 RBIs. He is in a slump as Rizzo looks to break a 4 for 23 slide.
Chicago Cubs 3B: Rookie Kris Bryant has been hot with a .348 batting average over his past seven days. For the year Bryant is batting .269 with 24 homers and 92 RBIs. He has hits in eight of his past nine games.
Chicago Cubs LF: Chris Coghlan had a four hit game on Sunday which moved up his average to .256 with 16 homers and 41 RBIs. He has been red hot with a batting average of .400 over his past seven days.
Chicago Cubs CF: Dexter Fowler had a hit and a run scored in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Tuesday. Fowler has a six game hitting streak to move his batting average up to .255 with 17 homers and 42 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs P: Jake Arrieta in his 29 starts is 19-6 with an ERA of 1.99 and WHIP of 0.92. He last worked on September 11th and allowed one earned run and six hits working eight innings in a 5-1 road win at the Philadelphia Phillies. Arrieta has been outstanding by allowing just four earned runs total over his past nine starts working 67 1/3rd innings.
Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen had two hits in Game 1 of the doubleheader. That’s back to back multiple hits for the centerfielder. He is riding a five game hit streak which moved his batting average up to .301 with 22 homers and 93 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates C: Francisco Cervelli has his batting average up to .300 with six homers and 39 RBIs. He had multiple hits in three of his past seven games.
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B: Jung Ho Kang extended his hitting streak to seven games with a hit in Game 1. His average is now up to .289 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs. Kang is batting .348 over his past seven days with two homers.
Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Starling Marte is hitting Cubs pitching very well with a batting average of .375 with three homers and 8 RBIs. On the year Marte has 16 homers and 69 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates P: A.J. Burnett in 22 starts is 8-5 with an ERA of 3.14 and WHIP of 1.33. He worked on September 10th and allowed three earned runs and three hits over five innings of work in a no decision.
Wednesday Night Baseball Fantasy Picks
P: Jake Arrieta (Cubs)
1B: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
3B: Kris Bryant (Cubs)
LF: Chris Coghlan (Cubs)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
C: Francisco Cervelli (Pirates)