Chicago Cubs vs St-Louis Cardinals – 7/8/15 MLB
Chicago Cubs vs St-Louis Cardinals – 7/8/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The St Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will continue their series from Major League Baseball on Wednesday July 8th. Fantasy Baseball mock draft managers can follow the scoring of their rosters at 8PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.
This will conclude a four game series between these teams who had to play a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Cardinals defeated Chicago in the opener of this series on Monday winning by the score of 6-0. That extended the winning streak to five straight by St Louis over the Chicago Cubs. The teams have met ten times this year with St Louis winning eight of the games.
The Cardinals possess Major League Baseball’s best pitching staff. They are number one in Team ERA (2.56), number one in quality starts (57) and third best in WHIP (1.19). Heading into the Tuesday doubleheader the Cardinals have allowed two runs or fewer to nine of their past ten opponents.
The Cubs have pitched well as the club has allowed two runs or fewer in six of their past seven games entering Tuesday’s action. Chicago ranks in the lower third in a couple of major offensive categories. The team is 24th in runs scored (3.88 per game) and 27th in hitting percentage (.239).
St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta is hitting .297 on the campaign with 11 homers and 42 RBIs. That leads the current active everyday hitters on the Cardinals roster to this point.
St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina is on a good run hitting .315 over his past 15 games. He began the season on a slump and has moved his average up to .292 with 2 homers and 28 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolton Wong is 2 for 6 in the first two games of this series with the Chicago Cubs as he looks to break a slump. His average is .281 with nine homers and 37 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward is batting .309 over his past 30 games. His average is now up to .280 with nine homers and 29 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals LF: Matt Carpenter is slumping as he is 4 for his past 23 at bats. His average has dipped to .271 with eight homers and 39 RBIs season to date.
St Louis Cardinals 1B: Mark Reynolds has struggled through the 2015 season with a batting average of .225 with five homers and 27 RBIs. After Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday against the Cubs, Reynolds is just 5 for his past 50.
St Louis Cardinals P: Michael Wacha is 10-3 on the year with an ERA of 2.66 in his 101 1/3rd innings worked. In his last start on July 3rd, Wacha held the San Diego Padres to just one earned run and five hits in seven innings.
Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo is batting .295 with 16 homers and 47 RBIs season to date. He is looking to break through a 3 of 25 slump at the plate.
Chicago Cubs 3B: Kris Bryant has been a surprise for the Cubs in his rookie campaign by hitting .278 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs SS: Starlin Castro is in a slump right now as he is just 4 for his past 26. Castro’s batting average has dropped to .250.
Chicago Cubs LF: Chris Coghlan is another Cub at the plate who has hit a slump. Coghlan is just 3 for his past 19 at the plate. His batting average has dropped to .250 with eight homers and 19 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs CF: Dexter Fowler has struggled for the 2015 season with a .234 batting average with 8 homers and 24 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs P: Jason Hammel is 5-4 on the year with an ERA of 2.89 and WHIP of 0.95 working 102 2/3rd innings. He has lost two straight decisions heading into the start on Wednesday. Hammel held Miami to just two earned runs over seven innings and with a lack of run support took the loss.
Fantasy Baseball Real Money League Picks
P: Michael Wacha (Cardinals)
SS: Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals)
C: Yavier Molina (Cardinals)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
2B: Kolton Wong (Cardinals)
3B: Kris Bryant (Cubs)