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Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-6 with a solo home run against the Royals on Wednesday.

Piscotty’s ninth home run of the year came off of Joakim Soria in the 10th inning, and it tied the game dramatically at two apiece. Piscotty was just one of two Cardinals hitters that had multi-hit games against the Royals on Wednesday. Coming into tonight’s game the 25-year-old had been struggling at the plate over the course of his last six games, hitting just 3-for-27 with two runs batted in. He’s struggled mightily in the month of June, hitting just .200 after hitting .297 and .346 in April and May respectably. The Cardinals right fielder has a tough matchup ahead of him tomorrow against Chris Young, who has held right handed hitters to a .210 average so far in 2016.
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Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez pitched six shutout innings in a no decision against the Royals on Wednesday, allowing eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Martinez pitched a solid game on Wednesday and was able to work his way out of a couple troubling situations early in the game. Unfortunately for him, the Cardinals bats were unable to come alive against Edinson Volquez, so Martinez ended up with a hard luck no decision. The 24-year-old has been fantastic in his last six starts for the Cardinals, allowing just five earned runs in his last 42 and a third innings pitched. He hasn’t been striking out many hitters over that timespan however, averaging just over five strikeouts a game. He’ll look to continue his hot streak against the Pirates on Monday, a team that he has faced twice so far this season already, allowing four earned runs in 11 and two-thirds innings pitched.
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Cody Allen picked up his 16th save of the season on Wednesday night against the Braves.

By no means is Allen the most reliable closer in the league, but with the Indians winning streak extending into double-digits, there is no doubt that he will have plenty more opportunities going forward. He should be an excellent source of saves for the remainder of the season.
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Lonnie Chisenhall went 1-for-4 with a home run (5) on Wednesday night against the Braves.

Not only is Chisenhall having himself a fine season, but currently he couldn’t be any hotter at the plate. Coming off of three consecutive multi-hit games, including a four hit effort on the 26th, Chisenhall hit a home run on Wednesday night, giving him now three round trippers in his last four games. He should be considered a DFS darling for the next few games, at least until his hot streak cools off. Once he comes back down to earth, if he can maintain reasonable production, Chisenhall may be worth an add in deeper formats and AL Only leagues.
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Joel De La Cruz went six innings, allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk, while he struck out one in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday night.

He didn’t pitch poorly at all on Wednesday night, but unfortunately his lineup ran into the buzz saw that is Danny Salazar, making it a seemingly impossible task for De La Cruz to pick up the win in his first big league start. The belief is that after pitching well here De La Cruz will get another start and a shot to make the Braves rotation that is in a current state of flux.
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