Tonight’s start was a rare misstep for Arrieta, and his five earned runs allowed is the most he’s allowed in a game this year. Luckily for Arrieta, the Cubs potent offense was able to pick up the slack and earn him a victory despite a less-than-stellar performance. The Cubs pitcher was also able to help his own cause from the plate today, as he went 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Daily fantasy players will undoubtedly be disappointed in tonight’s performance as Arrietta carried a hefty price tag. The 30-year-old has now walked 12 batters in his last three starts, which is certainly a cause for concern if he doesn’t show improvement in his next couple of starts. With tonight’s five runs allowed, Arrieta has dropped to third in the Major League in ERA. He’ll look to put in a better effort on Saturday against the Mets at Citi Field. The 2015 NL Cy Young winner should be highly owned in daily purposes on Saturday, as Citi Field is a great park for pitchers.
He denies it, but multiple reports have came out indicating that he does have bone spurs in that electric right arm. Syndergaard really struggled tonight and seeing as he left his previous start early with elbow discomfort, it's not a surprise that there is indeed possibly something worse with that right arm. It seemed like just a matter of time until something happened to his right arm, but hopefully it's nothing more serious than a bone spur.
Ouch. This sounds rather painful. The Cardinals haven't released any information on the severity of the injury yet, but expect some information to come out early tomorrow morning. At this juncture, he's considered day-to-day.
Flowers’ fourth inning home run was just one of two earned runs allowed by Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who held the Braves lineup in check on Monday night. Flowers’ home run was just his fifth of the year, but he now has two home runs in his last six games. The 30-year-old has struggled in the month of June, hitting just .213 with three home runs and four runs batted in. He has a tough matchup tomorrow against Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, who has held right-handed hitters to a .206 average in 2016.
Gant wasn’t able to make much of an impact before leaving Monday night’s game, but he did allow three hits and one earned run in his two innings pitched. Early world is that his left oblique is strained, but he will be reassessed by the Braves staff tomorrow. Barring anything unforeseen he will almost surely miss his next start in the rotation, which would have been against the Marlins and Jose Fernandez on Saturday. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if Gant ended up on the disabled list in the next few days.
Kipnis’ 10th home run of the year came in the top of the ninth inning with the game no longer in doubt. Tonight’s 1-for-5 effort extended Kipnis’ hitting streak to a modest nine games, but he’s hitting just 10-for-44 in that timespan. The 29-year-old’s batting average has decreased significantly since last year, but he’s shown better power numbers in 2016, as he already has more home runs this year than he did in all of 2015. He’ll square off against Braves pitcher Matt Wisler tomorrow, who has pitched two solid games in a row, allowing just five earned runs in his last 13 and a third innings pitched.
Napoli got the Indians offense started on Monday night with an RBI single in the first inning, and ended up helping them win the game by scoring twice later on in the game. The streaky first baseman now has three multi-hit games in his last six starts. After an incredibly productive month of May where he hit seven home runs and drove in 25, Napoli has continued to produce runs for the Indians in June with five home runs and 16 runs batted in. He’ll continue to frustrate fantasy owners with his inconsistent play on a regular basis, but he has been a solid contributor for the surprise AL Central division leaders. He’ll face off against Braves pitcher Matt Wisler tomorrow, who has allowed at least seven hits in each of his last four games.
Chisenhall’s fourth inning blast, his fourth of the year, gave the Indians the lead and was enough offense to ensure that the Indians won for the 45th time this season. The 27-year-old has been hot at the plate in his last six games, going 11-for-24 with a double, a triple, and two home runs with seven runs batted in. Chisenhall’s average on the season is up to .295 and his OPS is .825, both of which are significantly higher than his 2015 totals of .246 and .667. He’ll look to continue his hot streak on Tuesday against Matt Wisler, who has struggled against left-handed batters to the tune of a .245 batting average allowed with eight home runs and 29 runs batted in.
Bauer pitched serviceably for the Indians on Monday, and put them in a fantastic position by pitching his sixth quality start in a row. After striking out 32 batters in his four previous starts, tonight’s five strikeout performance was a bit of a let-down, but fantasy owners of all kinds will surely be happy with Bauer’s statline from Monday night. The 25-year-old improved his record to 6-2 on the season, and has allowed just seven earned runs in his last 37 and two-thirds innings pitched. Josh Tomlin, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer have all been fantastic for the Indians this season, and are a big reason that they are five games up on the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. Bauer’s next start could be a tricky one, as he faces the Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday. He’s faced Toronto twice in his career, and is 0-1 with an ERA of 17.47.