San Diego Padres vs St Louis Cardinals – 7/2/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The San Diego Padres and St Louis Cardinals open up a four game weekend series from Major League Baseball on Thursday July 2nd. MLB fantasy draft managers can follow the scoring of their cash league picks from St Louis at 7:15PM Eastern Time on MLB Network.
The Cardinals own the best record in baseball at 51-25 as they hosted the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday to close out an interleague series. They have gotten tremendous work from their pitching staff by allowing two runs or fewer in their past six games through Tuesday night. St Louis is the best in baseball with a 2.60 Team ERA season to date. Their 2-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday snapped a six game win streak and it took a masterful pitching performance from Chris Sale to do it.
San Diego as they closed out an interleague series with Seattle on Wednesday headed into that contest five games under .500 but still just seven games out of first place in the NL West because both the LA Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have not run away with the division. There is still hope for the Padres as we near the halfway point of the season.
San Diego Padres 1B: Yonder Alonso leads the Padres everyday players with a .311 batting average with two homers and 20 RBIs. He looks to snap a 0 for 6 slump as he takes the plate on Thursday.
San Diego Padres SS: The veteran Clint Barmes has a .292 batting average season to date with two homers and eight RBIs. He has been hot of late as he carries a .325 batting average over his past fifteen games.
San Diego Padres LF: Justin Upton is hitting .269 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs for the Padres in his first year with the club. Upton is battling a slump as he is hitting .185 over his past fifteen games.
San Diego Padres RF: Former LA Dodgers Matt Kemp has seen his numbers dip considerably with San Diego. Kemp is batting .247 with 6 homers and 41 RBIs. Over his past 30 days the former All Star is hitting just .239.
San Diego Padres 2B: Yangervis Solarte struggled in June with a batting average of just .210 with no homers and six RBIs.
San Diego Padres P: Tyson Ross is 5-7 on the year in 15 starts with an ERA of 3.57 and WHIP of 1.45. His past two outings have been good. On June 20th he picked up a win by allowing one earned run at Arizona. On June 26th he faced the Diamondbacks at home and allowed two earned runs over six innings.
St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta a 33 year old veteran is having a good season with a .298 batting average with 11 homers and 40 RBIs. He has seen is average dip as he is going through a 5 for 29 slump over his past seven games.
St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina has been hot of late as he has moved his average up to .291. His power numbers are a bit lower than MLB mock draft managers would like with 2 homers and 21 RBIs. Molina is batting .333 over his past fifteen games.
St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolten Wong is hitting well over his career average entering play hitting .289 with nine homers and 36 RBIs. He is on a .346 tear over his past seven games.
St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter is battling a hitting slump right now. He is just 3 for his past 24 at the plate. His average has dropped to .279 on the year with eight homers and 37 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward is on fire right now. The Cardinals right fielder is hitting .362 over his past 15 games with four homers and 11 RBIs. His average has risen up to .277 season to date.
St Louis Cardinals P: Tim Cooney a left hander will get the start for St Louis. The 24 year old will be starting for the second time in his MLB career. He got rocked in his only appearance on April 30th against Philadelphia by allowing three earned runs and seven hits over 2 1/3rd innings. With a lefty for the Cardinals going we will look for some value from right handed hitters on San Diego.
MLB Fantasy League Tips
P: Tyson Ross (Padres)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
2B: Kolten Wong (Cardinals)
SS: Clint Barmes (Padres)
C: Derek Norris (Padres)
3B: Will Middlebrooks (Padres)