After a disastrous last couple of starts, Volquez was able to pitch a great game for the Royals on Wednesday, but unfortunately for him the game ended up being a pitcher’s duel. Kansas City was unable to scrape a run together while Volquez was in the game, so he left with a no decision despite not allowing a single run. After allowing 16 earned runs in his previous seven and a third innings pitched prior to tonight, the 32-year-old returned to form tonight. He has a tough matchup upcoming in his next start, as he’ll take on the potent Blue Jays lineup on the road on Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.