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Reds pitcher Dan Straily got hit hard in a loss to the Cubs on Monday night, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts over three and two-thirds innings pitched.

Tonight’s loss takes Straily to 4-5 on the season, and the 27-year-old has lost his last three starts in a row. When a pitcher faces off against the Cubs loaded lineup they need to have their best stuff in order to come away with a win, and Straily clearly did not pitch well enough to earn his team a victory. The right-hander has now allowed 17 earned runs in his last 14 innings pitched, and has walked eight batters in that same timespan. Things won’t get any easier for Straily either, as he has to face a tough Nationals team on the road on Saturday, so you should plan accordingly add a few Nationals hitters to your daily fantasy lineups for Saturday.
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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run against the Reds on Monday.

Rizzo and Kris Bryant hit back-to-back home runs off of Ross Ohlendorf in the eighth inning, and Rizzo’s 18th home run of the year gave the Cubs a three run lead late in the game. After sitting out in two games on Thursday and Friday with back soreness, Rizzo has gone 6-for-12 in his last three games. The 26-year-old has hit the cover off the ball this month, hitting .407 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 22 games. Even though he has been scorching hot lately I would recommend staying away from him tomorrow has a tough matchup tomorrow against left-hander John Lamb. Rizzo is hitting just .206 against left-handed pitching this season, so use him at your own risk.
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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant went 5-for-5 with three home runs, two doubles, four runs scored, and six runs batted in against the Reds on Monday.

Bryant’s huge game on Monday was one for the history books, as he is the only hitter in the last 103 years to hit three home runs and two doubles in the same game. Daily fantasy owners will be jubilated with tonight’s effort, and Bryant has now put himself in a tie for the title of National League home run leader. Tonight’s 5-for-5 effort came on the heels of a rocky month for Bryant, who was hitting just .229 coming into Monday. The 24-year-old has been a force to be reckoned with for the Cubs in 2016, with 21 home runs, 57 runs batted in, and an OPS of .934. He’ll look to stay hot on Tuesday against Reds left-hander John Lamb, who has allowed just 10 earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched.
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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta allowed five earned runs on four hits with five walks and four strikeouts over five innings pitched in a win against Cincinnati on Monday night.

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.
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Update: Noah Syndergaard is denying reports that he has bone spurs in his elbow.

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.
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Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz was forced from Monday's game after fouling a ball off of his face.

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.
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Braves catcher Tyler Flowers went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday’s loss to the Indians.

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.
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Braves starter John Gant pitched just two innings, striking out two and allowing one earned before leaving the game with an oblique injury against the Indians on Monday.

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.
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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday’s win over the Braves.

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.
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