Fantasy Baseball Preview – San Francisco Giants vs St-Louis Cardinals – 8-17-15 – MLB
Playoff contenders take the field on Monday Night Baseball on August 17th as the St Louis Cardinals meet the San Francisco Giants. MLB fantasy draft league managers can tune to ESPN TV at 8PM Eastern Time from St Louis to check out the scoring results of their rosters.
The St Louis Cardinals have been in control of the NL Central division for some time as they sat 34 games over .500 as they entered play on Sunday afternoon. They extended their lead to five games in the loss column over the second place Pittsburgh Pirates. It has been the work of the Cardinals pitching staff along with clutch hitting from the offense to give the team the best record in baseball. St Louis is first in Team ERA (2.60) and second best in the number of quality starts (79) this season.
San Francisco has sat in second place in the NL West and has been chasing the LA Dodgers in the division for some time. As they took the field on Sunday the club had won the first three games of a four game series with the Washington Nationals and sat 2 games in the loss column behind the LA Dodgers in the NL West division. The Giants hold the distinction offensively of the top batting average in all of baseball as they hit .271 on the season. The team is seventh best in runs scored at 4.41 per game.
San Francisco Giants C: Buster Posey leads the club with a .330 batting average with 16 homers and 78 RBIs. In August he is red hot batting .370 with two homers and 11 RBIs. Heading into Sunday he has two multiple hit games in his past three games.
San Francisco Giants 3B: 24 year old Matt Duffy has put up some awesome numbers replacing The Panda. Duffy is .310 batting this year with 10 homers and 59 RBIs. He is another Giant red hot in August batting .344 with 13 RBIs.
San Francisco Giants LF: Gregor Blanco has been red hot with back to back three hit games on Friday and Saturday against the Washington Nationals. He has moved up his average to .300 with three homers and 23 RBIs.
San Francisco Giants 1B: Brandon Belt is on fire batting .409 over the past seven days with two homers. His average is now up to .278 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs.
San Francisco Giants SS: Brandon Crawford puts up his four game hitting streak entering play on Sunday afternoon. Crawford is batting .266 with 19 homers and 72 RBIs.
San Francisco Giants P: Christopher Heston is 11-7 with an ERA of 3.38 and WHIP of 1.19. He is coming off a tough luck outing on August 12th where he surrendered just one earned run over 6 1/3rd innings and took the loss as the Giants failed to score a run.
St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward leads the everyday hitters for the Cardinals with a .289 batting average with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. He is batting .318 over the past seven days.
St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina had a two hit game on Saturday to move his average up to .281 with two homers and 43 RBIs. He is on a .294 clip the past seven days.
St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta has hits in five straight games through Saturday. He is batting .281 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter has hits in ten of his past eleven games. He is batting .304 the past seven days with two homers.
St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolten Wong is ice cold for the month of August with a .180 hitting average with no homers and 4 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals P: Michael Wacha is 14-4 on the campaign with an ERA of 2.93 and WHIP of 1.12. He is been pitching outstanding baseball. In a three game span he shutout the Reds and Rockies in seven inning outings. His past start was August 12th where he held Pittsburgh to two runs earned over six innings. He has won three straight and five of six games.
Fantasy Baseball Real Money Draft Picks
P: Michael Wacha (Cardinals)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
SS: Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals)
3B: Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)
1B: Brandon Belt (Giants)