Fantasy Baseball Preview – Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees – 8-31-15 – MLB
From Monday Night Baseball for August 31st the Boston Red Sox will play host to the New York Yankees. MLB fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 8PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their roster picks.
The New York Yankees entering their game at Atlanta on Sunday sit with a record of 71-57. They trailed the first place Toronto Blue Jays by one game in the loss column. The team opened up this six game road trip with consecutive victories at Atlanta. The Yankees are a power hitting club as they rank fourth in the league in home runs (168) and sit second in Major League Baseball in runs scored per game (4.74). New York asks a lot out of their bullpen as their starting staff ranks 24th in the league with just 58 quality starts. The team sat Alex Rodriguez on Sunday for rest and first basemen Mark Teixeira who is hampered by a leg injury.
The Boston Red Sox is going through a miserable year in 2015. Entering play on Sunday the club is 60-69 and resides in the basement of the AL East division. They are 7 ½ games back of the Texas Rangers who own the final AL wildcard spot with 33 games remaining. Boston has shown some spunk of late as the club had entered Sunday winners of three straight and seven of their past ten games. The Red Sox has produced runs this year at 4.53 a game ranking third best in MLB. With a team batting average of .264 that is good enough for seventh best in the league. What has haunted the Red Sox has been pitching this year as they sit near the bottom of MLB in both Team ERA and WHIP.
New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley has hits in four straight games. His average is up to .274 with ten homers and 55 RBIs. Headley is batting .288 on the road.
New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner looks to break a 2 for 20 batting slump which has seen his average dip to .270 on the campaign. Gardner has 12 homers and 54 RBIs.
New York Yankees SS: Didi Gregorius has hit well of late with a .364 hitting average the past seven days. He is coming off a four hit game on Friday night and has hits in three straight through Saturday.
New York Yankees C: Brian McCann had hits in the first two games against his former team the Atlanta Braves. McCann is batting .313 over his past seven days. He has produced solid power numbers with 23 homers and 80 RBIs on the season.
New York Yankees P: Ivan Nova has 11 starts since returning to the Yankees after going through Tommy John surgery. He is 5-6 with an ERA of 4.50 and WHIP of 1.34. Nova looks to bounce back after a bad start at home to Houston where he allowed seven earned runs over four innings.
Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox everyday players with a .315 batting average with four homers and 61 RBIs. He is hitting .317 for the month of August.
Boston Red Sox 3B: Brock Holt carries a .284 batting average with two homers and 37 RBIs. He has three hit games in three of his past ten games.
Boston Red Sox CF: Mookie Betts has hit well for the month of August with a batting average of .312. He has hit 12 homers and driven in 60 runs on the season.
Boston Red Sox DH: David Ortiz leads the Red Sox with 27 homers and 77 RBIs on the campaign. Big Papi has been blistering hot for the month of August with a .345 batting average with seven home runs and 19 RBIs.
Boston Red Sox P: Eduardo Rodriguez will make his 17th start of the year for the Red Sox and is 7-5 with an ERA of 4.39 and WHIP of 1.23. He allowed two earned runs over six innings at home to Kansas City on August 23rd.
MLB Monday Night Baseball Fantasy Picks
P: Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox)
3B: Brock Holt (Red Sox)
CF: Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox)
C: Brian McCann (Yankees)
SS: Didi Gregorius (Yankees)