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Familia, who had not blown a save this season prior to tonight, pitched in back-to-back games and looked fatigued tonight as he walked Jedd Gyorko and then proceeded to allow two doubles in a three-hitter span. There’s little cause for alarm over tonight’s performance as even the best closers have off-nights but it wouldn’t be surprising if Mets manager Terry Collins gave his closer a couple of nights off to get some rest. The 26-year-old still is an elite closing option as he has converted on 36-out-of-37 save opportunities this season and possesses a 1.23 WHIP in 48 appearances this season.
Walker was one of three Mets players to record a multi-hit game and he was the one who got the Mets offense started on Wednesday with an RBI single in the second inning. Walker failed to record an extra-base hit but tonight was just the fourth time this season that he’s had more than two hits in a game. The 30-year-old’s playing time was sporadic over the last week but tonight’s game will surely make a case that he deserves an uptick in playing time at second base. Hopefully, tonight’s game is a sign of good things to come for Walker seeing that he’s hitting just .203 since the beginning of June. He’ll be hitting from the right side tomorrow against Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson and he has a nice matchup for daily fantasy purposes as Anderson has allowed righties to hit .279 with 4 home runs against him in his eight starts this season.
Cespedes crushed a two-run homer off of Adam Wainwright, his 22nd home run of the year, in the bottom of the seventh inning and it gave the Mets a 4-3 lead late in the game. Tonight’s home run snaps an 11 game homerless streak for Cespedes who has managed to have a productive month despite the recent lack of power. The 30-year-old has hit .333 with nine extra-base hits and 12 RBIs in 17 games so far in July. He’ll continue to strike out a good deal but he has an enormously high .566 slugging percentage this season and should be a menace for opposing pitchers to face down the stretch. He’ll face off against the left-handed Tyler Anderson tomorrow and should be a consideration for daily fantasy purposes as Cespedes is hitting .344 against lefties so far in 2016.
Verrett’s night would have been a lot better had he gotten credit for a win but a Jeurys Familia meltdown cost the right-hander what would have been his fourth victory of the season. Tonight’s seven strikeout performance was a season high for Verrett and is noteworthy because the Cardinals aren’t a team that normally strikes out a ton. Another encouraging thing from tonight’s game was that the 26-year-old pitched seven innings as he has only pitched past the sixth inning one other time this season. Verrett is a middle of the road fantasy option for the time being but if he can limit walks and continue to strike batters out he could have some value down the stretch with the Mets rotation struggling with injuries. His next start will come against the Yankees at Citi Field and Verrett could be a sneaky option for daily fantasy purposes against a mediocre Yankees lineup.
Oh pitched a perfect inning and struck out one hitter which ensured that the Cardinals notched their 54th win of the season after a dramatic ninth-inning comeback. Oh has now converted on six out of his seven save appearances for the Cardinals after taking over the closer role from Trevor Rosenthal. The 34-year-old has done a good job of striking hitters out this season as he’s averaging 1.32 strikeouts per inning so far in 2016. He should continue to do a great job closing out games for a Cardinals team that will be in the thick of the playoff hunt the rest of the way.
Molina was able to tie the game at four runs apiece with an RBI double in the ninth inning and the Cardinals were able to scratch another run together and ended up winning despite trailing going into the ninth inning. The 12-year veteran has now hit safely in each of his last 11 games and has scored seven runs over that time span. He isn’t a great catcher for fantasy purposes, however, due to the fact that he is OPSing just .690 in 2016. He’ll face off against Jose Fernandez tomorrow who has allowed right-handed hitters to hit just .175 off of him this season.
Holiday’s lone hit of the night came in the third inning where he was able to drive in two runs with a double off of Logan Verrett. He later came around to score on a Matt Adams double which extended the Cardinals lead to 3-1 after just three innings played. The 36-year-old is in the midst of a brutal month of July where he’s hit just .176 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in. Holliday’s slugging percentage is the highest that it’s been in three seasons but he’s not getting too many hits and he rarely walks so his OPS is down .48 from 2015. He’ll face off against Jose Fernandez tomorrow who has allowed just four earned runs in his last 20 and a third innings pitched.
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright got hit hard by the Mets on Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts over six and two-thirds innings pitched in a no decision.
Wainwright was looking sharp early on but got himself into a great deal of trouble in the seventh inning when he allowed Travis d’Arnaud to score on a wild pitch and then gave up a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes. All things considered, Wainwright was lucky not to get charged with a loss today as he was bailed out by the Cardinals bats coming alive in the top of the ninth inning. The 34-year-old had put together a run of four great starts before tonight’s game where he allowed just three earned runs over 29 innings pitched. Wainwright is very susceptible to an off game where he gives up a ton of hits as he’s allowed 10 or more hits on four separate occasions this season. His next start will come against the division rival Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, a team that he has faced twice this season, allowing nine earned runs over 11 and a third innings pitched.
Segura hit third again tonight, which is a pretty new spot for him. He typically spends most of his time at the top of the order, but the team is experimenting a bit. David Peralta is expected to come back Friday, so it’s worth seeing whether or not Paul Goldschmidt moves back to three, pushing Segura to leadoff and letting Peralta slot in as the cleanup hitter. Regardless, Segura is worth owning and starting in every format because he’s doing everything in 2016.
Bradley brought the goods tonight against the Brewers. The walks continue to be an issue for him, but if he can hone that in, he could become a very effective starter in fantasy formats. Right now, he’s only in play for NL-only owners, but if he continues to put up starts like this and cut down the walks, he could become a low-end option in deeper mixed leagues as well. His next start will come on Monday against the Washington Nationals.