Aroldis Chapman racked up his 21st save after he struck out the side for a perfect ninth inning against the Pirates on Sunday.
The month of July has been very good to Chapman as he's now made six scoreless appearances, earned five saves and posted a 14:2 K:BB over just six innings. He has done nothing but re-establish his elite status after missing the beginning of the season because of a line drive that got bounced off his face during spring training. A killer arm and killer job security; what more could you want from your closer?ANALYST: Howard Bender
Mike Leake allowed two runs and eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings against Texas on Sunday.
Leake getting traded to San Francisco was an exciting thing for his fantasy value as his new home ball park is much more pitcher-friendly than Cincinnati is. But Leake’s first start with the Giants came in a hitter-friendly park in Texas, and he delivered a solid outing nonetheless. His next start will be in another hitter’s park as he’ll go in Wrigley on Friday. But the week following he’ll get a chance to take advantage of his new digs against Washington. But don’t overlook him in that start against the Cubs as they continue to strikeout a ton against right-handed pitching. Analysis: Brett Talley
Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a double and a run against Houston on Sunday.
Castillo benefitted greatly from Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s recent injury as Castillo played a large majority of the games behind the plate in Salty’s absence. And he played well as his wOBA since the All-Star break is over .450. But he struck out in almost 40 percent of his plate appearances and rode a .400 BABIP to most of his success. With Salty back now and regression likely for Castillo, don’t count on as much from him going forward. Analysis: Brett Talley