Pittsburgh Pirates versus St Louis Cardinals
Sunday Night Baseball Picks 9-6-2015
MLB One Day League Fantasy Picks
Sunday Night Baseball features two playoff contenders from the NL Central division as the St Louis Cardinals will meet the Pittsburgh Pirates. These clubs meet on September 6th from St Louis and MLB draft GMs can track the results of their rosters over ESPN TV.
As the teams enter play on Saturday the Pirates were sitting five games in the loss column back of the St Louis Cardinals in the NL Central race with just 29 games left to be played. The win by Pittsburgh in the opener of the series broke a four game losing streak as they were swept in the three game series at Milwaukee during the mid-week. The Pirates have gotten some good work from their pitching staff as the club sits second in all of baseball in Team ERA at 3.22 season to date.
The St Louis Cardinals have sat atop the NL Central for some time. They are 86-48 on the campaign. After dropping Game 1 to the Pirates on Friday they have lost two straight. The Cardinals‘ pitching has been tremendous. They are tops in Major League Baseball in Team ERA (2.72) and Quality Starts (92) this season. They sit in the top third of Major League Baseball in team batting average at .256 on the year.
Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen still leads the everyday players with a batting average of .304 with 20 homers and 85 RBIs. He has hit well in the month of September with a .333 batting average. McCutchen had a two hit game on Friday night.
Pittsburgh Pirates C; Francisco Cervelli is in a 2 for 17 slump that saw his batting average fall to .298 with six homers and 38 RBIs. He was rested Saturday and expected to be in the lineup for Sunday Night Baseball.
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B: Jung Ho Kang has a .287 batting average on the year with 13 homers and 51 RBIs. Kang has multiple hits in three of his past six games entering Saturday.
Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Sterling Marte had a three hit game on Friday which raised his batting average to .280 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B: Neil Walker has a batting average of .263 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs. Walker is batting .275 against St Louis pitching this year with two homers and six RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates RF: Gregory Polanco is on a major hitting slump as he is just 1 for 25 through Friday night. His average has dropped to .258 with seven homers and 41 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates P: Gerrit Cole will start his 28th game of the year on Sunday. The 24 year old right hander is 15-8 with an ERA of 2.64 and WHIP of 1.13. He looks to rebound off a poor start on September 1st where he allowed five earned runs over four innings in defeat.
St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward leads the Cardinals with a .287 batting average with 11 homers and 50 RBIs. He is on fire the past seven days with a hitting average of .246 with four RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta is batting .308 for the month of September. On the year Peralta has 16 homers and 60 RBIs. He had a three hit day on Wednesday at home to Washington.
St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina is batting .277 with four homers and 59 RBIs. He has two multiple hit games over his past five games.
St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolten Wong is batting .417 in his past seven days. He has hits in seven straight and has a three hit game on Wednesday. Wong has five multiple hit games in his past ten games through Friday.
St Louis Cardinals P: John Lackey is 11-8 in his 27 starts with an ERA of 2.87 and WHIP of 1.20. Lackey worked on August 31st and held the Nationals to one earned run and four hits in six innings in a win at home.
MLB One Day League Fantasy Picks
P: John Lackey (Cardinals)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
2B: Kolten Wong (Cardinals)
3B: Jung Ho Kang (Pirates)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)