Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs – 8-3-15 – MLB
It will be a battle between two NL playoff contenders as the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Chicago Cubs from Major League Baseball. MLB Fantasy draft managers can follow the scoring results of their rosters on Monday night August 3rd at 7PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.
The Cubs have won four of their past six meetings with the Pirates. They carry a five game winning streak after a 4-3 road victory at Milwaukee on Sunday. The Cubs have gotten great pitching performances during this streak as they have allowed a total of just ten runs in their past five games. Chicago moved to 57-47 in the standings and sit tied with San Francisco Giants for the final Wildcard spot in the National League. It has been the pitching staff that has elevated the Cubs in 2015. The team is fifth in Team ERA (3.43) and second in the league in WHIP (1.18). Unfortunately the Cubs are 29th and second last in Major League Baseball in team batting average (.237).
Pittsburgh holds the top wildcard spot in the National League entering play on Monday. The team has won five of their past seven games after a 3-0 road win at Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates hit better than the Cubs with a team batting average of .255 and they push across 4.12 runs per game to sit in the middle of the league. Pittsburgh has gotten good production from their starting pitchers as the staff ranks third best in the number of quality starts at 64 this season.
Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo is hot batting .360 over the past seven days with four homers. On the season Rizzo is hitting .286 with 20 homers and 61 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs LF: Chris Coghlan is battling a 2 for 21 slump entering Monday’s game. His average has dropped to .249 with 11 homers and 24 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs 3B: Kris Bryant is also mired in a slump as the third baseman is 2 for his past 21. On the year he is batting .246 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs CF: Dexter Fowler is hot batting .375 over the past seven days with two homers. He has hits in seven of his past eight games to raise his hitting average to .243 with ten homers and 27 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs 2B: Addison Russell is hitting .308 over the past seven days with a homer. His average is up to .237 with seven homers and 27 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs SS: Starlin Castro has struggled through a .236 batting average on the year. He has produced five homers and 44 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs P: Jon Lester is 6-8 with an ERA of 3.26 and WHIP of 1.17. He is coming off a home win to Colorado on July 29th as he allowed two earned runs and five hits over eight innings.
Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen is batting .289 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He looks to break a 0 for 6 slump on Monday night.
Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Starling Marte enters play hitting .288 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs. He has hits in 11 of 12 games.
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B: Neil Walker had multiple hit games in two of his past five games. He is hitting .272 on the campaign with ten homers and 42 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates RF: Gregory Polanco is batting .304 over the past seven days. He had multiple hit games in two of his past four games. Polanco is batting .245 with four homers and 30 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B: Pedro Alvarez is hitting just .233 on the year but has put up some power numbers with 15 homers and 51 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates P: Francisco Liriano is 7-6 with an ERA of 2.92 and WHIP of 1.06. He has held his past six opponents to just two earned runs or less. In Liriano’s six past starts the Pirates are a perfect 6-0. Liriano held the Twins to two earned runs in 5 2/3rd innings on July 29th in victory.
ESPN Monday Night Baseball Fantasy Picks
P: Francisco Liriano (Pirates)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
LF: Starling Marte (Pirates)
2B: Neil Walker (Pirates)
RF: Gregory Polanco (Pirates)
1B: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)