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Garrett Richards tossed six scoreless innings allowing just four hits and three walks while striking out 10 batters in a no-decision against the Braves on Saturday.
Richards was on top of his game on Saturday, but the Angles bullpen did him no favors, landing him a no-decision. He is now 6-2 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 14 starts, while striking out just under one batter per inning pitched (8.93 K/9). However, he will need to work on his free passes (30 BB through 87.2 IP) before gaining the trust of fantasy owners in all league formats. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Indians on Thursday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
James Shields pitched seven innings allowing five hits, three earned runs, one walk and struck out seven for his sixth win this year.
All of James Shields trends continued during his sixth win versus the Dodgers on Sunday. He pitched seven innings with seven strikeouts but allowed a home run to Alex Guerrero to account for two of the three runs to score against him. This year Shields has seen his strikeouts per nine spike to a career high 11.8 along with his swinging strike percentage at 14 which is a career high as well. But he has already allowed fifteen home runs this year and even though his ERA is 3.75, his FIP of 4.59 and xFIP of 2.78 are two extremes. Just like Shields this year. Cash in the six wins but be aware of his propensity to the long ball in smaller venues. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Matt Carpenter was 1-for-3 with two runs, a home run, two RBI and two walks on Sunday.
Matt Carpenter homered on Sunday to push his season total to eight and now has driven in 27 runs while hitting first or second in the lineup for St. Louis. Due to the runs that the Cardinals generate, Carpenter has already scored 31 this year which drives his fantasy value going forward. Right now Carpenter is slugging one hundred points over his career high for a season so enjoy the power now as it may decline going forward but the runs totals will continue to pile on for Carpenter. Analysis: Greg Jewett
The Nationals have released Kila Ka'aihue.
The 31-year-old first baseman has struggled throughout his entire career, so this move comes as no surprise. Considering his low talent level, it is unclear who will be looking to enlist his services going forward, but if he does get picked up, expect Ka'aihue to start in the minors rather than jumping straight to the show. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Salvador Perez was 1-for-3 with an RBI on Sunday.
While the season progresses, Salvador Perez keeps hitting. Raising his average to .305 on the season, Perez has hit in ten straight games for the Royals and was 5-for-9 in the three game series against the Cardinals. As a top catching option, Salvador Perez has five home runs and 24 RBI for Kansas City this year. Analysis: Greg Jewett