Tonight’s loss takes Straily to 4-5 on the season, and the 27-year-old has lost his last three starts in a row. When a pitcher faces off against the Cubs loaded lineup they need to have their best stuff in order to come away with a win, and Straily clearly did not pitch well enough to earn his team a victory. The right-hander has now allowed 17 earned runs in his last 14 innings pitched, and has walked eight batters in that same timespan. Things won’t get any easier for Straily either, as he has to face a tough Nationals team on the road on Saturday, so you should plan accordingly add a few Nationals hitters to your daily fantasy lineups for Saturday.
Votto’s two home runs tonight took his season total to 13, but ultimately his solid offensive effort was not enough to lead the Reds to victory. Tonight’s two home run game snaps Votto’s 16 game homerless streak, which dated back to the 7th of June. The Reds first baseman was just 5-for-28 in his last seven games, but has hit for a .325 average on the month as a whole. His power numbers have been down recently, having hit just four home runs this month and driven in six, but hopefully tonight’s game is a sign of good things to come. Votto will have a tough matchup tomorrow against left-hander Jon Lester, who has held left-handed hitters to a .210 average in 2016.
Flowers’ fourth inning home run was just one of two earned runs allowed by Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who held the Braves lineup in check on Monday night. Flowers’ home run was just his fifth of the year, but he now has two home runs in his last six games. The 30-year-old has struggled in the month of June, hitting just .213 with three home runs and four runs batted in. He has a tough matchup tomorrow against Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, who has held right-handed hitters to a .206 average in 2016.
Gant wasn’t able to make much of an impact before leaving Monday night’s game, but he did allow three hits and one earned run in his two innings pitched. Early world is that his left oblique is strained, but he will be reassessed by the Braves staff tomorrow. Barring anything unforeseen he will almost surely miss his next start in the rotation, which would have been against the Marlins and Jose Fernandez on Saturday. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if Gant ended up on the disabled list in the next few days.