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Taijuan Walker (R) Headshot

Walker tossed six innings against the Braves on Tuesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out six and hitting a batter. He didn't factor into the decision.

He pitched well while facing the Braves for the second consecutive start, and Walker even hit a homer to support his own cause. The 24-year-old has maintained solid fantasy value despite an inflated WHIP that he dropped to 1.28 with this outing. Arizona has a good offense and Walker has consistently kept his team in games, so he could start racking up wins in the second half if his bullpen can avoid imploding as it did Tuesday -- J.J. Hoover and Andrew Chafin conspired to give up six runs over two innings immediately after the young fireballer's departure.
1:25 am (EST)
Michael Foltynewicz (R) Headshot

Foltynewicz (9-5) struck out nine Diamondbacks over six innings of two-run ball in Tuesday's win. He allowed five hits, walked three and hit two batters.

He's fortunate that hit batsmen don't serve to inflate his already high 1.38 WHIP. As much promise as Folty showed in this outing, it took him 119 pitches to get through six frames and he continues to struggle with control issues. The 25-year-old is a hard thrower who's been generating strikeouts at a solid clip, but he's been prone to long balls (17 in 20 starts, including one Tuesday) in addition to walks, which isn't a great combination. There's still fantasy relevance here, but he's mostly a streaming option in shallower formats. On that note, Foltynewicz will draw the Phillies next, and he's held them to one run in 14 innings over two starts in 2017.
1:20 am (EST)
Yadier Molina (R) Headshot

Molina went 2-for-4 with a stolen base against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

He's got seven steals now -- that's a five-year high, putting him on pace to challenge his career-best mark of 12. It's shocking to see a 35-year-old catcher posting even this modest steal total, but Molina's always full of surprises. After all, he's already cracked double-digit homers for the first time in four seasons. Molina may not be the most exciting name at catcher anymore, but he's still providing fantasy-relevant offense.
1:14 am (EST)
Paul DeJong (R) Headshot

DeJong went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Rockies on Tuesday.

His first-inning bomb against Colorado starter Jon Gray got the Cardinals started off on the right foot, although they didn't score again until the ninth. DeJong has been mashing unrelentingly since being promoted to the majors, as his average is now up to .292 alongside 13 homers in 48 games -- nearly duplicating his .299 average and 13 homers in 48 Triple-A contests this year. However, DeJong's atrocious 4:58 BB:K and rather high .361 BABIP are notable warning signs; as much thump as he's got in his bat, striking out more than 30 percent of the time will come back to haunt him. Fantasy owners should temper their expectations in terms of batting average, but he's still providing an excellent stat package, especially for a guy who's eligible at multiple positions in many formats.
1:10 am (EST)
Jake McGee (L) Headshot

McGee (0-1) gave up the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday against the Cardinals, landing him with a loss. He pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two hits.

While there have been some stumbles recently -- most notably his three-run misstep against the Padres on July 17 -- McGee has been a solid fantasy asset in leagues that count holds. However, thanks to his lack of a closing gig and the potential for a Coors Field blowup at any time, he's mostly off the radar in standard formats.
1:03 am (EST)
Trevor Rosenthal (R) Headshot

Rosenthal (3-4) picked up the win in relief Tuesday after working around two hits over two scoreless innings against Colorado.

After he did so, Jedd Gyorko hit a walkoff sacrifice fly to give Rosenthal his reward. The 27-year-old received several days off after taking a loss against the Mets last Thursday, and he certainly came back fresh. Now that he's back in the ninth-inning role for St. Louis, expect the saves to roll in down the stretch for Rosenthal, who's actually seen his velocity increase by more than a full mile per hour over his previous career high this season.
12:59 am (EST)
Lewis Brinson (R) Headshot

Brinson is expected to be recalled to the majors Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

Brinson had a tough go of it in his first stint with the big-league club this season (3-for-31), but he'll get another opportunity to showcase his skill-set with the Brewers. He figures to take over the starting spot in center field, pushing Brett Phillips back into a reserve role.
12:56 am (EST)
Jon Gray (R) Headshot

Gray allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out six Cardinals over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday.

He gave up a two-run homer to Paul DeJong in the first inning, but Gray settled in nicely after that, keeping the Cards off the board until he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth. Unfortunately for Gray and his fantasy owners, he needed 96 pitches to get through those five frames, and efficiency has not exactly been his calling card this year. However, the strikeout rate is strong and it's great to see him avoid walking a batter in this one. Gray is a funny case for fantasy purposes -- his 3.63 FIP points to vast potential for improvement from his current 5.84 ERA, which is largely attributable to an absurd .400 BABIP, but he also has the misfortune of pitching his home games at Coors Field. He may have posted a better ERA at home than on the road last season (4.30 to 4.91), but that's something you can count on continuing. With a couple off days coming up, Gray may not make his next start until next Tuesday at home against the Mets.
12:54 am (EST)
Yoenis Céspedes (R) Headshot

Cespedes was removed early from Tuesday's game against the Padres, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Cespedes tripled to deep right field and came home on a throwing error in the seventh inning but was subsequently removed from the game in between innings as part of a double switch. It's possible that he was not removed due to an injury, though it is a bit odd that the Mets would remove their best hitter in a two-run game. We'll find out more about the rationale for his removal following the conclusion of Tuesday's game.
12:51 am (EST)
Lance Lynn (R) Headshot

Lynn held the Rockies to a single run on three hits and two walks over six innings Tuesday, striking out six in a no-decision.

He had the fortune of facing Colorado away from Coors Field, and the result was Lynn's fourth consecutive quality start -- a span in which he's allowed only two runs over 25.1 innings. This could well have been Lynn's final start for the organization he's spent his entire career with, as his impending free agency may mean that the Cardinals -- a mediocre team this year with a 49-51 record, although they're still in contention in an equally mediocre NL Central -- send him elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline.
12:46 am (EST)
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