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Chicago Cubs vs St-Louis Cardinals – 7/6/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
It will be two rivals from the NL Central kicking off a series from Major League Baseball for Monday July 6th as the Chicago Cubs are at home facing the St Louis Cardinals. MLB draft managers can track the scoring of their fantasy baseball rosters from Wrigley Field at 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV.
The Cardinals and Cubs have met nine times in the 2015 campaign thus far. St Louis has been dominant with seven wins. They met in late June for a three game series in St Louis with the Cardinals pulling out the sweep limiting the Cubs to a total of four runs in the three games combined.
St Louis possesses the best pitching staff in Major League Baseball with a Team ERA of 2.59 ranking tops in the league. They do so by not allowing many baserunners and their starters make quality starts. The Cardinals are number one in quality starts (56) and fifth best in WHIP (1.20). Entering Sunday’s action the Cardinals were six games in the loss column ahead of Pittsburgh in the division.
The Chicago Cubs enter this series on an up note winner of two straight and five of their past six games. The pitching has been fantastic as Cubs hurlers have allowed a total of five runs in their past six games.
St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta is having a good July with a batting average of .353. His average has moved to .297 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals C: Yavier Molina was off to a slow start with the bat. He has improved greatly the past two months to move his batting average up to .292. His power numbers are down with two homers, 27 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .373.
St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward is hot to start the month of July with a .333 batting average. He has hits in seven of his past eight games. On the year Heyward is hitting .281 with nine homers and 29 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolton Wong is ice cold right now going through a 3 for 22 bad spell at the moment. He is hitless in his past seven games as his average for the year is down to .279.
St Louis Cardinals P: John Lackey is 6-5 in his eleven starts with an ERA of .257 and WHIP of 1.29. He has held his past four opponents to two runs or fewer and has wins in five of his past seven games.
Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo leads the everyday players with a batting average of .292 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs. He has produced solid power with a slugging percentage of .543.
Chicago Cubs 3B: Kris Bryant is hot at the moment with a batting average of .333 over his past seven days. On the year Bryant is hitting .279 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He enters play on a six game win streak.
Chicago Cubs SS: Starlin Castro is in a 4 for 21 slump as he enters play on Monday. Castro has a season batting average of .257 with five homers and 36 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs LF: Chris Coghlan has his average down to .254 as he is in the midst of a 2 for 12 slump. He has no extra base hits over his past six games.
Chicago Cubs CF: Dexter Fowler is slumping as he is 3 for his past 20 at the moment. Fowler is hitting just .228 with eight homers and 23 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs P: Jon Lester in his 16 starts as a Cub in 2015 has a record of 4-6 with an ERA of 3.74 and WHIP of 1.33. He had a bad start on June 25th against the Dodgers giving up four runs in four innings. He had a bounce back effort on July 1st against a weak hitting New York Mets team as he posted seven shutout innings. Lack of run support has Lester looking for his first win since May 16th.
Real Money MLB Fantasy Picks
P: John Lackey (Cardinals)
SS: Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals)
C: Yavier Molina (Cardinals)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
1B: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
3B: Kris Bryant (Cubs)
Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB –
Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s July 6th 2015
Pitcher: John Lackey
Catcher: Yavier Molina
First Base: Anthony Rizzo
Third Base: Kris Bryant
Right Field: Jason Heyward
Short Stop: Jhonny Peralta
San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals – 7/5/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals will close out a series over ESPN Sunday Night Baseball on July 5th. Fantasy draft managers can follow the results of their rosters at 8PM Eastern Time from Washington on ESPN TV.
It has been a bad road trip thus far for San Francisco as they enter play 0-5 on the trip as its comes to a conclusion on Sunday night. There have been three one run losses in this losing streak. The pitching has not been sharp as the club has given up five runs ore greater in four of those five games.
Washington Nationals have won two straight and seven of their past ten games to take a five game lead in the loss column over the second place Mets. The pitching has improved of late for Washington as the staff has allowed four earned runs total in the first two games of this home stand to San Francisco.
San Francisco Giants 2B: Joe Panek is batting .308 with six homers and 30 RBIs season to date. He has three multiple hit games in his past five games.
San Francisco Giants C: Buster Posey has his batting average at .304 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs. Posey enters play on a ten game hit streak with four games a multiple hit performance. He is on an 8 for 20 streak at the plate.
San Francisco Giants 3B: Matt Duffy is putting up some good numbers at third base for the departed Pablo Sandoval who is now a Red Sox. Duffy has mark of .289 with eight homers and 37 RBIs. He looks to break from a 3 for 17 slump.
San Francisco Giants 1B: Brandon Belt has responded with back to back multiple hit games. His batting average is 273 with nine homers and 54 RBIs. Belt carry’s a four game hitting steak into Sunday Night Baseball.
San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan average is .400 for the month of July. On the year the veteran is batting .269 with no homers and 19 RBIS. Pagan is not generating much in the way of extra base hits with a slugging percentage at .323 which is over 90 points lower than his career mark.
San Francisco Giants SS: Brandon Crawford is battling a 3 for 21 hitting streak. His batting average has dropped to .263 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs.
San Francisco Giants P: Ryan Vogelsong is 6-6 on the season with an ERA of 4.19 and WHIP of 1.37. The right hander looks to rebound off a loss at Miami on June 30th as he gave up four earned runs with two homers to the Marlins.
Washington Nationals RF: Bryce Harper is putting up some MVP numbers for the Nationals with a batting average of .344 with 25 homers and 60 RBIs. He is on a .417 month of July with a three hit performance on Saturday.
Washington Nationals 3B: Yunel Escobar is 3 for 8 in this series with the Giants. On the year Escobar is batting .318 with four homers and 27 RBIs.
Washington Nationals CF: Denard Span got the day off on Saturday as the Giants threw a left hander. Span has hits in six straight games and a season batting average of .310 with five homers and 22 RBIs.
Washington Nationals C: Wilson Ramos is battling a 4 for 22 slump as his batting average has dipped to .261 season to date.
Washington Nationals 2B: Danny Espinoza is slumping by going 5 for his past 27 at the plate. Espinoza has seen his batting average drop to .253 with eight homers and 24 RBIs.
Washington Nationals P: Jordan Zimmermann is 6-5 on the year in his 16 starts with an ERA of 3.16 and WHIP of 1.27. Zimmermann has put together two straight shutout performances by limiting the Braves to no earned runs on June 24th and June 30 as he went 8 and 7 2/3rd innings in those starts.
Sunday Night Baseball Best Fantasy League Picks
P: Jordan Zimmermann (Nationals)
RF: Bryce Harper (Nationals)
3B: Yunel Escobar (Nationals)
2B: Joe Panek (Giants)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)
1B: Brandon Belt (Giants)
Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB –
Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s July 4th 2015
Pitcher: Zach Greinke
Catcher: Yasmani Grandal
First Base: Adrian Gonzalez
Second Base: Howie Kendrick
Right Field: Yasiel Puig
Center Field: Joc Pederson
New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers – 7/4/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The New York Mets and LA Dodgers will continue their series on Saturday night July 4th. MLB draft managers can track their rosters scoring from Dodger Stadium at 7:15PM Eastern Time on FOX TV.
The Mets opened up this series at Dodger Stadium with a mark of 40-40. It has been a struggle offensively for New York as the club has been held to two runs or fewer in nine of their past ten games after losing 6-1 at home to Chicago on Thursday afternoon. The team is 29th in team batting at .232. On the positive side the Mets have a great group of young starting pitchers who are flourishing at the Major League level. The starting staff has 50 quality starts good for second best in all of baseball.
The LA Dodgers have won five more games than the Mets. They are getting very good starting pitching. The hitting was hot early but has cooled down some. The club has had struggles scoring runs on the road. At home LA has been good with a record of 27-13.
New York Mets CF: Juan Lagares leads the everyday players with a batting average of .257. His slugging percentage is poor at .342 so he gets very few extra base hits. He has just three hits in his past 30 at bats.
New York Mets RF: Curtis Granderson has hits in nine of his past ten games as he opens up this series with LA on Friday night. On the year Granderson is batting .254 with 13 homers and 28 RBIs.
New York Mets 1B: Lucas Duda has really struggled hitting away from Citi Field with a batting average of .216. He is battling a 1 for 13 slump entering play on Friday night.
New York Mets SS: Wilmer Flores has seen his average drop to .233 on the year. He has just one hit over his past 14 at bats. On the season he has ten homers and 33 RBIs.
New York Mets 3B: Ruben Tejada is in a horrible slump as the Mets open a series with the Dodgers on Friday night. Tejada is 1 for his past 23 as his average has now dropped to .224 on the year.
New York Mets P: Matt Harvey is 7-5 on the year with an ERA of 2.99 and WHIP of 1.01. Harvey is in excellent form by allowing just one earned run over his past 19 2/3rd innings of work.
LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick has moved his average up to .298 with seven homers and 36 RBIs. He had a four hit game on June 26th and June 30th. Kendrick is on a .542 tear over his past seven games.
LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez behind a very fast start to the season has his average now at .296. He has produced good power numbers with 14 homers, 49 RBIs and a .519 slugging percentage. Gonzalez hits .310 at home.
LA Dodgers RF: Yasiel Puig has hit well at Dodger Stadium this year with a .357 batting average with two homers and 9 RBIs. He went 3 for 8 in his final two games at Arizona this week.
LA Dodgers C: Yasmani Grandal is hitting .269 on the year for Los Angeles. He has produced power at the position with 12 homers, 31 RBIs and a .487 slugging percentage. The Dodgers had problems in 2014 getting hitting production at the catcher position and his acquisition from San Diego has strengthened the Dodgers.
LA Dodgers CF: Joc Pederson has good power numbers by delivering 20 homers, 38 RBIs and a .521 slugging percentage. Issue is he strikes out way too much which has brought down his average to .242.
LA Dodgers P: Zach Greinke is in a contract year as he can opt out at the end of the season. He is having an outstanding season with a record of 6-2 in sixteen starts with an ERA of 1.58 and WHIP of 0.91. Fifteen of his sixteen starts have been quality starts.
MLB Cash Fantasy Picks
P: Zach Greinke (Dodgers)
2B: Howie Kendrick (Dodgers)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
C: Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers)
RF: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)
CF: Joc Pederson (Dodgers)
Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB –
Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s July 3rd 2015
Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel
Catcher: Caleb Joseph
First Base: Chris Davis
Second Base: Kolten Wong
Short Stop: Elvis Andrus
Third Base: Manny Machado
Outfield: Travis Snider
Outfield: Charlie Blackmon
Outfield: Mitch Moreland
Top NFL Fantasy Value Quarterbacks – Drew Brees
The New Orleans Saints finished off play in the 2014 season with a record of 7-9 and failed to make the post season. They did this despite having the top offense in the NFL as the club piled up 411 yards per game. The Saints were third in the league in passing (297.8 per game) and ninth in scoring (25.1 per game).
Quarterback Drew Brees enters his thirteenth season in the NFL. The 36 year old signal caller hit on 69% of his passes last year which was his third highest in his career. At 4952 yards passing it was a decline over his previous three years. Brees threw for 33 touchdowns and 17 picks.
The question for the Saints is can the defense improve enough in 2015 to allow Drew Brees more opportunities for greater offense. Brees could cost Fantasy Football draft managers a high dollar amount in their one day cash leagues. He could also be a steal in some leagues because of the fallout from losing Jimmy Graham. The question is can Brees deliver even better fantasy numbers in 2015 to make it worth drafting him on your roster.
One of the big stories of the offseason saw one of Drew Brees main targets in the passing game exit the team. Tight end Jimmy Graham left the Saints and will be a member of the Seattle Seahawks this season. Graham produced 85 receptions for New Orleans in 2014 with 889 yards and ten touchdowns.
Ten year veteran Marques Colston had 59 receptions for 902 yards but just five touchdowns. He did average over 15 yards per catch which is over his career marks. The receptions and yardage were his lowest marks since the 2008 season where he played just 11 games. Colston played in all 16 games for New Orleans in 2015.
Brandon Cooks enters his second year with the Saints since being drafted out of Oregon St. Cooks was supposed to be the speedster that Brees could rely on if plays broke down in the pocket. In his rookie year Cooks caught 53 balls for 550 yards and three touchdowns. His longest catch was only a 28 yard reception as the Saints were hoping for more big plays during his rookie campaign. With the departure of Graham we could be seeing more balls targeted to Cooks in the passing game.
With a big hole at the tight end position the Saints may look for more from 34 year old Benjamin Watson. A season ago Watson had 20 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. His yardage totals a season ago was his lowest since his rookie season where he played just one game.
Third year man Josh Hill has size in the passing game in the tight end position. In 2014 he had 14 catches for 176 yards and five touchdowns. Nine of his 14 receptions last year went for a first down. Hill is still a young man at 25 years of age and is a big target at 6’ 5” tall.
During the draft the Saints felt they needed to get younger on their offensive line with several players nearing or over 30 years of age. They selected offensive tackle Andrus Peat in the first round out of Stanford. The Saints went with linebacker help with their second first round pick. In the second round they once again looked to improve their defense by drafting linebacker help. Six of the Saints first eight draft picks were on the defensive side of the football. Other than their offensive lineman in the first round the Saints drafted former Colorado St quarterback Garrett Grayson in the third round.
The Saints made an addition to their running game during the offseason. Headed to New Orleans is 27 year old and former first round pick of the Buffalo Bills in C.J. Spiller. Possibly the 1-2 punch of Spiller and Mark Ingram can improve on a 4.5 yards per carry from a season ago. Spiller played in just nine games last season for Buffalo and rushed for 300 yards and a career low 3.8 yards per carry.
Drew Brees despite losing Jimmy Graham still has weapons to target in the passing game. New Orleans Saints because of their offensive system is very much attractive to playmaking free agents.
Drew Brees Quarterback 2015 Fantasy Football Pick
Pick in your leagues if his price is perceived as a good value, which may be the case because the national media is down on New Orleans right now.
Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 7-2-15
Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s July 2nd 2015
Pitcher: Tyson Ross
Catcher: Derek Norris
Second Base: Kolten Wong
Short Stop: Clint Barnes
Third Base: Will Middlebrooks
Outfield: Jason Heyward
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)
New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels – 7/1/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The New York Yankees and LA Angels will close out their three game series on Wednesday July 1st. MLB draft managers can follow the results of their rosters picks from Anaheim at 7PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.
The Yankees had a five game win streak against the Angels and saw that streak end as LA earned a 4-1 victory in the opener of this series on Monday. The Yankees have had some issues pushing across runs on this trip as they have been held to one run or less in three of their past five games heading into Tuesday.
As the Angels took the field on Tuesday the club had won three straight. The pitching has been outstanding as the club has given up a total of nine runs total over their past five games as they defeated the Yankees on Monday. Despite their struggles at the plate the Angels pitching has helped the team win some very close games of late.
New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner will be sorry to see the month of June come to an end. Gardner is batting .355 for the month and has five homers and 18 RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to eight games as he got a hit on Tuesday.
New York Yankees DH: Nearly halfway through the season Alex Rodriguez is batting .281. He has produced good power numbers with 15 homers, 45 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .512. He had four homers and 18 RBIs in the month of June. Rodriguez will turn 40 later in July and it will be interesting to see if he can keep up this production in the dog days of summer.
New York Yankees C: Brian McCann is battling a 3 of 16 slump as he enters play on Wednesday. His average has fallen to .265 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He has just three extra base hits over his past ten games.
New York Yankees RF: Veteran Carlos Beltran had a good month of June with a batting average of .308 with three homers and 9 RBIs. He is 2 for 6 in the series with the Angels.
New York Yankees 1B: Mark Teixeira has produced power numbers with 19 homers and 54 RBIs on the year. His batting average is .246 with a high number of strikeouts. He had a homer on Tuesday.
New York Yankees P: Nathan Eovaldi has a high ERA of 4.81 but a record of 7-2 on the year. He had a very poor start at Miami on June 16th where he couldn’t get out of the first inning and gave up eight runs to the Marlins. He bounced back with two wins in a row in effective starts against the Astros and Tigers.
LA Angels CF: Mike Trout has his average at .303 with 20 homers and 43 RBIs. He had a two hit game in the win on Tuesday against the Yankees. Trout has a slugging percentage of .582 on the season.
LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols had a tremendous month of June with a batting average of .305 with 12 homers and 25 RBIs. He raised his batting average to .265 and his slugging percentage to .558. Pujols has an RBI in both games of this series.
LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar is coming off a two hit night with a home run in Tuesday’s game. He is batting .375 over the past seven days. Aybar does not produce many extra base hits though as he sits with a .325 slugging percentage.
LA Angels 2B: Johnny Giavotella is batting .263 with three homers and 27 RBIs. His batting average has dropped nearly 20 points the past ten games and he has just one extra base hit during that span.
LA Angels P: Matt Shoemaker has a 4-6 record with an ERA of 5.03. His recent home outings have been very good as opposing lineups have done their damage lately to Shoemaker in his road starts. A concern is he has given up 11 home runs over his past ten games and the Yankees are a home run hitting team.
Best MLB Fantasy Picks:
P: Nathan Eovaldi (Yankees)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
LF: Brett Gardner (Yankees)
1B: Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
RF: Carlos Beltran (Yankees)
MLB Fantasy Draft Weekend Recap 6/29/2015
Weekend Recap: Pitcher Value Picks
One Day MLB Fantasy Contests revolve around the pitcher position. In every system, the pitcher is the most expensive player to buy and your lineups performance hinges on him. If you spend big on the pitcher, you expect a certain amount of points scored as you have crippled your lineup of hitters by restricted salary. On the other hand, spending too little on a pitcher can have your lineup falling short (or even send you into the red). Below are the performances of pitchers of varying salary levels and how much value each of these pitchers contributed. The value measure is how many fantasy points that pitcher scored per 1000 dollars of salary.
As you can tell from the chart, even with a superb game, when a pitcher’s salary exceeds 10,000 the value they can bring your lineup is somewhat limited. Bumgardner and Greinke played just about as good as they could have on Sunday, but their value still did not exceed 2 points per 1000 in salary. Granted these may be more reliable picks than cheaper pitchers, you could have spent your money on Guthrie or Jimenez for similar point values and much lower salaries.
The real money range for pitchers is 6000 to 9000 as they have potential to score on the same level as the blue-chip pitchers but with much lower salaries, their value goes way up. Plus you are putting less risk on one player. Nothing kills your chances of scoring in a Cash Draft than a high priced pitcher playing poorly. Anyone who chose David Price this weekend learned that lesson well.
Something else worth mentioning is that the highest value pitcher of the weekend, Steven Matz. He came with a very low price tag due to this weekend being his debut in the MLB, but he hit 3.41 points for every 1000 dollars of salary and that is before considering his batting statistics. While hitting statistics do not count towards pitcher point totals, he hit 2 singles, a double, and 4 RBIs, which would be a nice point total for any normal hitter in your lineup.
Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 6-29-15
Pitcher: Wandy Rodriguez
Right Field: Travis Snider
Designated Hitter: Prince Fielder
Third Base: Manny Machado
First Base: Mitch Moreland
ShortStop: Elvis Andrus
Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals – 6/28/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
Two NL Central rivals take the field on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for June 28th as MLB draft managers must decide on their roster when the Chicago Cubs meet the St Louis Cardinals. Check fantasy scoring results at 8PM Eastern Time from Wrigley Field in Chicago over ESPN TV.
St Louis has taken the first two games of this three game series to extend their lead to ten games in the loss column over the third place Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals possess the best record in baseball behind a solid pitching staff matched with clutch hitting. St Louis is fifth best in Team ERA (3.45) and third best in WHIP (1.19). The victory on Saturday increases the Cardinals win streak to five games and the team has won seven of their past eight games.
Chicago will carry a four game losing streak into Sunday Night Baseball. The club sits at 39-34 and is vying for an NL Wildcard spot. Chicago has gotten good pitching on the year sitting fifth in Team ERA (3.45) and third best in baseball in WHIP (1.19). The hitting needs to improve for Chicago if they are to make a second half run for a Wildcard spot. The team bats .246 ranking 21st in baseball.
Game 1 of this series on Friday was won by St Louis 3-2. The Cardinals pitching staff had yet another solid effort as the defeated Chicago on Saturday night by the score of 8-1. The St Louis pitching staff has allowed just five runs total over their past four games. The Cubs have faced the pitching staffs of the LA Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals in consecutive series and struggled at the plate by scoring just six runs total over their past five games.
Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs everyday players with a .306 batting average. He has 15 homers and 43 RBIs. He looks to break a 0 for 8 slump in the first two games of this series with St Louis.
Chicago Cubs 3B: Chris Bryant in his first year with the Cubs is batting .277 with ten homers and 43 RBIs. Like most of the Cubs hitters in this series Bryant has struggled against Cardinals pitching in the first two games of their series by going 1 for 7.
Chicago Cubs SS: Starlin Castro is batting .260 for the Cubs. He has hit a batting slump going just 5 for his past 26.
Chicago Cubs C: Miguel Montero enters Sunday Night Baseball with a hitting average of .249 with nine homers and 25 RBIs. He is 1 for 6 in this series with St Louis.
Chicago Cubs P: Jason Hammel is 5-2 on the year with an ERA of 2.65 and WHIP of 0.94. He has worked 91 2/3rd innings on the year. He had a very good outing on Tuesday as he shut out the Dodgers on two hits over 7 2/3rd innings.
St Louis Cardinals SS: Veteran Jhonny Peralta is batting .300 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs on the year. He looks to break a 0-7 batting slump in the first two games of this series with the Cubs.
St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolton Wong has a .289 batting average and has shown some pop with nine homers and 34 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina is hitting near .300 over his past 15 games for the Cardinals. His power numbers are down this season with just two homers and 24 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter is in a bad hitting slump by going 2 of his past 23 His batting average has dropped to .281. Carpenter has eight homers and 34 RBIs on the year.
St Louis Cardinals P: 23 year old Carlos Martinez has pitched very well for the Cardinals in his third full season with the club. Martinez is 8-3 with an ERA of 2.89 in 87 1/3rd innings of work on the year. He earned a victory on Tuesday at Miami by allowing three earned runs over seven innings.
MLB Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Selections
P: Carlos Martinez (Cardinals)
1B: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
3B: Chris Bryant (Cubs)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
2B: Kolton Wong (Cardinals)
SS: Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals)