Fantasy Baseball Preview – Pittsburgh Pirates vs St-Louis Cardinals – 8-12-15 – MLB
Two NL pennant contenders meet on ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball as the St Louis Cardinals will meet the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on August 12th to follow the scoring results of their rosters.
The St Louis Cardinals have taken Game 1 of this series with the 4-3 home win. St Louis was able to overcome a two run deficit with three fifth inning runs that game them the lead for good. The Cardinals are now five games in the loss column ahead of the Pirates. St Louis sports the top pitching staff in baseball ranking first in Team ERA at 2.61. They do a good job of limiting base runners with a WHIP of 1.20 ranking fourth best.
Pittsburgh with their loss on Monday had their four game win streak snapped. Like the Cardinals the Pirates have gotten good pitching. The club is sitting third in ERA at 3.25 along with 65 quality starts ranking sixth in the league.
Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen goes 0 for 4 on Monday to break a five game hit streak. During that hit streak he had three multiple hit games. Season to date McCutchen is batting .297 with 17 homers and 74 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Starling Marte had a good game on Tuesday with a 2 for 4 night. He is batting .287 with 13 homers and 57 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B: Neil Walker cooled off with a 0 for 4 on Tuesday. He is still hitting .348 for the month of August with 11 homers and 44 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates RF: Gregory Polanco had an awesome 3 for 4 night with three hits. He has a five game hitting streak with five multiple hit games in his past ten games. Polanco is hitting .253 on the season with 6 homers and 33 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates C: Francisco Cervelli is hitting .409 for the month of August. He has moved up his average to .303 with six homers and 36 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B: Jung Ho Kang had an extra base hit and RBI in the series opener. His average is .293 with nine homers and 40 RBIs. Kang brings a five game win streak into Tuesday’s game.
Pittsburgh Pirates P: Gerrit Cole is 14-3 with an ERA of 2.39 and WHIP of 1.10. He has held his past seven opponents to three runs of less. Cole faced the LA Dodgers at home on August 7th and allowed three earned runs and four hits in six innings. He beat St Louis at home on July 10th holding the Cardinals to two earned runs and six hits in seven innings of work.
St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward had a two hit game on Tuesday. He has multiple hits in three of his past four games. Heyward is batting .289 on the year with nine homers and 39 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina went 0 for 3 on Tuesday and is in a slump for the month of August with a .190 hitting average.
St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta had a hit on Tuesday but is still just 4 of 29 in the month of August. Peralta is batting .277 with 16 homers and 55 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolten Wong had two hits with two runs scored in the series opener. His average is .268 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is red hot over his past seven days with a hitting average of .348 and four homers. Carpenter has 17 homers and 60 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals LF: Randal Grichuk drew the collar on Tuesday with a 0 for 4 night. On the season Grichuk is batting .282 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals P: Michael Wacha in 21 starts has a record of 13-4 with an ERA of 2.92. In his past two starts he has not allowed a run tossing 14 innings. On August 6th Wacha shut out the Reds on the road in seven innings.
MLB Daily Fantasy Tips
P: Michael Wacha (Cardinals)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
C: Francisco Cervelli (Pirates)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
3B: Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
2B: Kolten Wong (Cardinals)