Fantasy Baseball Preview – Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Francisco Giants – 8-22-15 – MLB
Serious playoff contender’s battle on Saturday August 22nd from Major League Baseball as the Pittsburgh Pirates will be home to the San Francisco Giants. MLB draft managers should tune to FOX Sports 1 at 4PM Eastern Time to capture the game live and to track the scoring results of their rosters.
The Giants enter action on Friday with a 1-3 mark on this current seven game road trip as they dropped the opener 4-0 at Pittsburgh on Thursday. Scoring has been an issue for the Giants on this trip with just six runs across in four games. They are in a battle with the LA Dodgers in the NL West division as they trail Los Angeles by three games in the loss column after their defeat on Thursday. The team has hit for average in 2015 but could use a bit more clutch hits to get more runs over. San Francisco bats .269 on the year. The second place team in the NL West could have trouble making a playoff spot with how hot the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals have been. All three of the NL Central teams could make the post season leaving just one spot for the NL West.
The Pittsburgh Pirates enters game two of this series with the Giants with a mark of 72-47. With their win in the opener of this four game series the club has won three straight and seven of their past eight games. The pitching has been outstanding as the club sits second in the league in Team ERA at 3.18 season to date.
San Francisco Giants C: Buster Posey has delivered for the Giants in 2015 with a batting average of .321 with 16 homers and 78 RBIs. He is batting .310 in August.
San Francisco Giants 3B: Matt Duffy has replaced the Panda well at third base this year. He is hitting .304 with 10 homers and 59 RBIs. He has a .321 batting average the past seven days.
San Francisco Giants 1B: Brandon Belt has had issues avoiding the injury bug in his young career. This year he is hitting .273 with good powers numbers. He has 17 homers and 58 RBIs.
San Francisco Giants SS: Brandon Crawford checks in hitting .284 for the month of August. He has multiple hits in two of his past four games.
San Francisco Giants P: Christopher Heston will start his 25th game on Saturday. He is 11-7 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.22. He labored through 4 2/3rd innings at St Louis on August 17th walking five and allowing four hits. He escaped allowing just one earned run.
Pittsburgh Pirates C: A good hitting catcher Francisco Cervelli is batting .307 for the season with 6 homers and 37 RBIs. He had a four hit game on August 18th.
Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen has multiple hit games in two of his past three starts. He is batting .293 with 18 homers and 78 RBIs. He is 6 for 14 against San Francisco in 2015.
Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Starling Marte is batting .289 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs. He has multiple hits in three straight after Game 1 of this series.
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B: Jung Ho Kang has hit well at home this year with a mark of .310 with three homers and 24 RBIs. He had two hits against the Giants on Thursday night.
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B: Neil Walker looks to break a 5 for 26 slump. His average is now down to .268 with 13 homers and 49 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates RF: Gregory Polanco is hitting .338 for the month of August. He has multiple hits in six of his past ten games.
Pittsburgh Pirates P: Gerrit Cole leads the starters with an ERA of 2.61. In 24 starts he is 14-7 with a WHIP of 1.14. He has thrown a ton of innings in his two years in the Major Leagues. It may be showing as he has struggled by allowing ten earned runs over his past three starts logging 18 innings.
MLB on FOX Fantasy League Draft Picks
P: Christopher Heston (Giants)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)
3B: Matt Duffy (Giants)
1B: Brandon Belt (Giants)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
LF: Starling Marte (Pirates)