Fantasy Baseball Preview – Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers – 8-28-15 – MLB
The Major League Baseball regular season is winding down with playoff races tightening up. We are at the point of the year where games become critical. Scheduled for Friday August 28th is an NL contenders contest as the LA Dodgers will host the Chicago Cubs. MLB draft managers can tune to MLB Network at 10PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their rosters.
The LA Dodgers return home from an eight game road trip with a three game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. The road trip started terribly as he team lost five straight losing at Oakland and Houston scoring no more than two runs in four of the games. LA started strongly at the plate in the first few months of the season but has slumped terribly. They have fallen to 16th in runs scored per game (4.11) and 14th in team batting average (.253). The Dodgers are trying to hold off the San Francisco Giants in the NL West division as they hold a three game lead in the loss column after their win on Thursday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs sits in the final wildcard playoff spot in the National League with a 6 ½ game lead over the San Francisco Giants as they took the field on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs had their six game win streak snapped on Wednesday in a 4-2 road defeat at San Francisco. The pitching staff for Chicago has been outstanding as the club sits 6th in Team ERA (3.52) and 5th in WHIP (1.20). Like LA the Cubs have had their issues offensively as they are 15th in runs scored (4.17) and 29th in team batting (2.42).
Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs everyday players with a batting average of .289 with 25 homers and 77 RBIs. He has hits in seven of eight games. He is hitting .305 away from Wrigley Field.
Chicago Cubs 3B: Entering Thursday Kris Bryant was riding a six game hitting streak. He had had multiple hits in three of his past seven games. For the month of August Bryant is batting .346 with six homers and 17 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs CF: After going hitless on Tuesday and Wednesday Dexter Fowler is batting .252 with 14 homers and 36 RBIs. He is hitting just .236 away from Wrigley Field.
Chicago Cubs LF: Chris Coghlan looks to break a slump as he is 5 for his past 23. His average is down to .249 with 15 homers and 35 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs 2B: Addison Russell has gotten hot as he is hitting .353 over his past seven days with two home runs. He has four multiple hits in his past nine games.
Chicago Cubs P: Jason Hammel is 7-5 with an ERA of 3.35 and WHIP of 1.09. He is coming off a win on August 23rd as he held the Atlanta Braves to two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3rd innings. Hammel has held seven of his past nine opponents to two earned runs or less.
LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez is expected to be in the lineup on Friday. He is hitting .286 on the year with 24 homers and 74 RBIs. He has hits in four of his past five games.
LA Dodgers LF: Andre Ethier is coming off a three hit game on Thursday in the win at Cincinnati. His batting average is up to .296 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs.
LA Dodgers RF: Yasiel Puig had two hits on Thursday to raise his average up to .256 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs. He has a ten game hit streak. He could miss Friday’s game with a hamstring injury.
LA Dodgers C: Yasmani Grandal was a good acquisition for the Dodgers in the offseason as they finally got some offensive production from their catching position. Grandal is batting .271 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs.
LA Dodgers P: Clayton Kershaw starts his 26th game of the year and is 10-6 with an ERA of 2.29 and WHIP of 0.92. He has held nine of his past ten opponents to one earned run or less. On August 23rd Kershaw held the Houston Astros to just one earned run but lack of offense gave him a no decision.
Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Picks
P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
LF: Andre Eithier (Dodgers)
C: Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers)
3B: Kris Bryant (Cubs)
2B: Addison Russell (Cubs)