Mat Latos allowed one earned run on nine hits while walking two and striking out three in the Reds 3-1 extra inning loss to the Braves on Friday.
Latos settled for his third consecutive no-decision on Friday night as he has now allowed three runs or less in each of his last six starts. Sitting 4-3, Latos has had a respectable season to this point, owning a 2.99 ERA and 1.08 WHIP through 13 starts while managing a 57:23 K;BB rate. With the Reds owning the worst record in baseball in the second half it is hard to be optimistic about how much run support he is going to receive, but he will at least give fantasy owners help in both ratio categories if nothing else down the stretch. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Cubs on Wednesday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jonathan Broxton is no longer the Brewers setup man.
Manager Craig Counsell believes that his relievers are interchangeable and he doesn;t need to designate anyone in particular as a primary set-up man. Broxton will work with Jeremy Jeffers, Michael Blazek and Corey Knebel as the team's right-handers with no one working designated innings moving forward. It makes predicting holds a little more difficult here. Analysis: Howard Bender
Matt Harvey downplayed 'dead arm' talk after the Mets loss to the Marlins Friday.
While Harvey fanned 11 during Friday's game, he did look reasonably hittable as he allowed four earned runs over eight innings. He's now allowed 11 runs over his last two starts (12 innings) and could be getting a bit fatigued. The Mets have handled his recovery extremely well, but they may have to force him to back off a little right now if they want to extend him through the whole season. The "dead arm" issues cannot be ignored and fantasy owners relying on him to be their ace should definitely be concerned. Analysis: Howard Bender
Chris Carter went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Astros 6-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday.
Carter has a six game hitting streak going which has helped raise his batting average from .157 to .185. Carter owners have to understand the type of player he is and know that while he has outstanding power there will be plenty of strikeouts and a low batting average. Those hoping for a repeat performance of 2014 should be reminded that he had 13 home runs and a .184 batting average heading into July before mashing 24 home runs over the final three months of the season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba