Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals – 6/28/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
Two NL Central rivals take the field on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for June 28th as MLB draft managers must decide on their roster when the Chicago Cubs meet the St Louis Cardinals. Check fantasy scoring results at 8PM Eastern Time from Wrigley Field in Chicago over ESPN TV.
St Louis has taken the first two games of this three game series to extend their lead to ten games in the loss column over the third place Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals possess the best record in baseball behind a solid pitching staff matched with clutch hitting. St Louis is fifth best in Team ERA (3.45) and third best in WHIP (1.19). The victory on Saturday increases the Cardinals win streak to five games and the team has won seven of their past eight games.
Chicago will carry a four game losing streak into Sunday Night Baseball. The club sits at 39-34 and is vying for an NL Wildcard spot. Chicago has gotten good pitching on the year sitting fifth in Team ERA (3.45) and third best in baseball in WHIP (1.19). The hitting needs to improve for Chicago if they are to make a second half run for a Wildcard spot. The team bats .246 ranking 21st in baseball.
Game 1 of this series on Friday was won by St Louis 3-2. The Cardinals pitching staff had yet another solid effort as the defeated Chicago on Saturday night by the score of 8-1. The St Louis pitching staff has allowed just five runs total over their past four games. The Cubs have faced the pitching staffs of the LA Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals in consecutive series and struggled at the plate by scoring just six runs total over their past five games.
Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs everyday players with a .306 batting average. He has 15 homers and 43 RBIs. He looks to break a 0 for 8 slump in the first two games of this series with St Louis.
Chicago Cubs 3B: Chris Bryant in his first year with the Cubs is batting .277 with ten homers and 43 RBIs. Like most of the Cubs hitters in this series Bryant has struggled against Cardinals pitching in the first two games of their series by going 1 for 7.
Chicago Cubs SS: Starlin Castro is batting .260 for the Cubs. He has hit a batting slump going just 5 for his past 26.
Chicago Cubs C: Miguel Montero enters Sunday Night Baseball with a hitting average of .249 with nine homers and 25 RBIs. He is 1 for 6 in this series with St Louis.
Chicago Cubs P: Jason Hammel is 5-2 on the year with an ERA of 2.65 and WHIP of 0.94. He has worked 91 2/3rd innings on the year. He had a very good outing on Tuesday as he shut out the Dodgers on two hits over 7 2/3rd innings.
St Louis Cardinals SS: Veteran Jhonny Peralta is batting .300 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs on the year. He looks to break a 0-7 batting slump in the first two games of this series with the Cubs.
St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolton Wong has a .289 batting average and has shown some pop with nine homers and 34 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina is hitting near .300 over his past 15 games for the Cardinals. His power numbers are down this season with just two homers and 24 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter is in a bad hitting slump by going 2 of his past 23 His batting average has dropped to .281. Carpenter has eight homers and 34 RBIs on the year.
St Louis Cardinals P: 23 year old Carlos Martinez has pitched very well for the Cardinals in his third full season with the club. Martinez is 8-3 with an ERA of 2.89 in 87 1/3rd innings of work on the year. He earned a victory on Tuesday at Miami by allowing three earned runs over seven innings.
MLB Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Selections
P: Carlos Martinez (Cardinals)
1B: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
3B: Chris Bryant (Cubs)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
2B: Kolton Wong (Cardinals)
SS: Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals)