Fantasy Baseball Preview – St-Louis Cardinals vs Arizona Diamondbacks – 8-24-15 – MLB
The St Louis Cardinals are on the road for Monday Night Baseball as they continue their west coast road trip by playing the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fantasy MLB draft mangers can set their TV to ESPN2 at 10PM Eastern Time to check out the real time scoring from their player rosters.
The Cardinals struggled to open up this west coast trip by losing the first two games to the San Diego Padres by a composite score of 17-3. Following the results on Saturday the team held just a three game lead in the loss column to the second place Pittsburgh Pirates. Still with the pitching woes of late the St Louis staff leads MLB in Team ERA (2.68) and quality starts (83). The Cardinals have been hit with injuries to impact players. They lost starter Adam Wainwright with an Achilles injury. Every day players in Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Matt Adams are all on the disabled list.
Arizona returns home after a ten game road trip back east. They just swept a four game series with the Cincinnati Reds after their 4-0 road win on Sunday. They conclude the trip at 6-4 to move their record to 62-61. It is a huge improvement to the hopeless feeling this franchise felt with Kirk Gibson as the manager. With the Sunday victory the Diamondbacks sit six games in the loss column back of the LA Dodgers for first place in the division. The Diamondbacks have been outstanding as the club is third in runs scored (4.59) and fifth in batting average (2.65). The team hovers around 20th in Major League Baseball in key pitching categories in ERA and WHIP.
St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward is batting .287 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. He had a two homer game on August 16th home to Miami.
St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta has been hitting of late. He is batting .350 the past seven days. Peralta has 16 homers and 56 RBIs currently.
St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina has his average up to .281 with four homers and 48 RBIs. Molina has rallied the past few months after a slow start to the season.
St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter is looking to break a 3 for 21 slump. His average is down to .261 with 18 homers and 63 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolton Wong is ice cold right now as he is going through a 1 for 19 slump. Wong is batting .256 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals P: Lance Lynn has started 23 times in 2015 and has a record of 9-8 with an ERA of 2.94 and WHIP of 1.31. He looks to break a two game losing streak. On August 18th home to San Francisco, Lynn allowed two earned runs over 6 2/3rd innings.
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B: Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks hitters with a .330 batting average with 24 homers and 93 RBIs. He had a four hit game on Saturday in a road win at Cincinnati.
Arizona Diamondbacks CF: A.J. Pollock is on fire as he is batting .421 for the month of August. His average is now up to .324 with 13 homers and 54 RBIs. In the first three games against the Reds, Pollock is 11 for 15. He got a day of rest on Sunday.
Arizona Diamondbacks RF: Ender Inciarte has a batting average of .295 with four homers and 34 RBIs. He has multiple hits in two of his past four games.
Arizona Diamondbacks LF: David Peralta has been hot in the month of August by batting .349 with three homers and 16 RBIs. His average is .294 with 13 homers and 66 RBIs.
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B: Jake Lamb is trying to break out of a slump as he goes 2 for 3 in the win on Sunday at Cincinnati. Entering Sunday he had been mired in a 2 for 21 slump.
Arizona Diamondbacks P: Robbie Ray makes his 16th start and is 3-9 with an ERA of 3.38 and WHIP of 1.25. Ray gets absolutely no run support. The Diamondbacks have scored one run in three of Ray’s past four starts.
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P: Lance Lynn (Cardinals)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
SS: Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)
CF: A.J. Pollock (Diamondbacks)