Fantasy Baseball Preview – Atlanta Braves vs New York Yankees – 8-29-15 – MLB
Major League Baseball returns to FOX Sports 1 with the Saturday game of the week involving the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Fantasy baseball draft managers can tune to FOX Sports 1 TV at 7PM Eastern Time to check out the game and follow the results of their rosters.
The New York Yankees enters this interleague series with the Braves at 69-57 and sits in second place in the AL East to the Toronto Blue Jays by one game in the loss column. As they play on Friday night the Yankees have lost two straight and five of their past seven games. In losing the final two games of their series with the Astros the Yankees pitching staff gave up a total of 21 runs. They have scored three or fewer runs in six of seven games as they open up this series with Atlanta. The hitting slump could be an indicator of concern for the Yankees because they have an older roster of everyday players. Still the team is second in the MLB in runs scored per game (4.67) and sits fourth in baseball in home runs (165).
The Atlanta Braves have fallen way out of contention in the AL East and wildcard race with a record of 54-73. As they lost to Colorado on Wednesday the club has dropped two straight and nine of their past ten games. The team scored three runs or fewer in eight of their past ten games. The pitching has struggled as well. Atlanta is a station to station club who has no power and trouble generating runs. They are 30th and last in runs per game (3.65) and homers (81).
New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner has hit a slump for the month of August with a batting average of .193. The 32 year old is batting .273 for the season with 12 homers and 54 RBIs.
New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley 31 year old third baseman is trying to shake a 5 of 26 slump. His average is down to .271 with 9 homers and 50 RBIs.
New York Yankees 1B: 35 year old Mark Teixeira is batting just .175 for August. On the year he is batting .255 with 31 homers and 79 RBIs.
New York Yankees DH: The 40 year old Alex Rodriguez is among the Yankees slumping hitters. Rodriguez is batting .138 for the month of August. Season to date he has 26 homers and 69 RBIs.
New York Yankees SS: Didi Gregorius is coming off a two hit game on Wednesday at home to Houston.
New York Yankees C: Brian McCann the former Brave has struggled as well at the plate. He is battling a 5 of 23 hitting slump entering this series.
New York Yankees P: Luis Severino in his four starts on the year is 1-2 with an ERA of 2.74 and WHIP of 1.09. Severino is coming off his first win on August 22nd by limiting the Cleveland Indians to just one earned run and three hits over six innings.
Atlanta Braves RF: Nick Markakis is hot batting .370 with four RBIs in his past seven days. He has raised his season numbers to .301 with 48 RBIs.
Atlanta Braves CF: Cameron Maybin has hit well in Atlanta with a .319 home average on the year. Overall he has hit 10 homers and driven in 52 runs.
Atlanta Braves 2B: Jace Peterson has slumped of late with a 5 for 23 over his past seven games.
Atlanta Braves C: A.J. Pierzynski has his average up to .293 with seven homers and 40 RBIs. He is hitting .308 the past seven days.
Atlanta Braves 1B: Freddie Freeman has hit well in his home stadium with a .282 hitting average.
Atlanta Braves P: Matt Wisler in 12 starts in 2015 is 5-4 with an ERA of 5.43 and WHIP of 1.59. The right hander looks to rebound after bad start on August 23rd as he gave up seven earned runs in 2 2/3rd innings in defeat at the Chicago Cubs.
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P: Luis Severino (Yankees)
SS: Didi Gregorius (Yankees)
C: Brian McCann (Yankees)
3B: Chase Headley (Yankees)
RF: Nick Markakis (Braves)
CF: Cameron Maybin (Braves)