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Javier Baez (elbow) said after Sunday's game that he expects to be in the Cubs' lineup on Monday.

Baez departed Sunday's game against the Cardinals after he was hit by a pitch in his left elbow. The 25-year-old infielder sat afterwards that he was good and that he isn't sure if he'll even need an X-ray to check for structural damage. Consider him day-to-day.
Jun 18 - 12:38 AM

Matt Carpenter slugged his 10th home run of the season as the Cardinals topped the Cubs 5-0 on Sunday night in St. Louis.

With the victory, the Cardinals were able to salvage one game from their three-game weekend set and snapped their four-game losing streak. Carpenter's solo blast off of Brian Duensing increased the Cardinals' lead to 3-0 in the seventh inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. The 32-year-old is now hitting .232/.332/.433 with 10 long balls and 26 RBI.
Jun 17 - 11:45 PM

Yadier Molina went 1-for-4 with an RBI double as the Cardinals dispatched of the Cubs on Sunday night.

Molina's bloop double into left field gave the Cardinals an insurance run in the eighth inning. He's now hitting .260/.296/.413 with six homers, 24 and a pair of stolen bases in his first 162 plate appearances on the season.
Jun 17 - 11:45 PM

Tommy Pham went 1-for-3 and scored a pair of runs as the Cardinals topped the Cubs on Sunday evening.

Pham also drew a walk, reaching base twice in four plate appearances. The fleet-footed outfielder has now hit safely in each of his last 10 games, raising his season slash to .270/.355/.433 to go along with 10 homers, 24 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Jun 17 - 11:45 PM

Jack Flaherty delivered another terrific start in Sunday's victory over the Cubs, scattering two hits and three walks over five shutout innings.

The right-hander racked up seven strikeouts on the night. The only thing that he didn't do well in this one, was be efficient with his pitches, needing 97 pitches (52 strikes) to get through his five frames. Through 10 starts with the Cardinals, he's now 4-2 with an outstanding 2.66 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 55/14 K/BB ratio across 50 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling in a difficult matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday.
Jun 17 - 11:43 PM

Albert Almora went 2-for-4 as the Cubs were shut out by the Cardinals on Sunday night in St. Louis.

Both of Almora's hits in the game were singles. In fact, as a team the Cubs tallied just four total hits, all of which were singles. The speedy center fielder is enjoying a terrific season at the dish, slashing .325/.372/.440 with a pair of homers and 19 RBI in 219 plate appearances.
Jun 17 - 11:43 PM

Jose Quintana pitched decently in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday night, allowing two runs on four hits over his five-plus innings of work.

The veteran southpaw walked two and struck out three on the night. He traded zeroes with Jack Flaherty through the first five innings, but allowed a pair of singles to start the sixth inning before departing. Anthony Bass then came on an allowed both of the inherited runners to score. Quintana, now 6-5 on the season, owns a 4.06 ERA and 1.33 WHIP through 75 1/3 innings on the year. He'll do battle against the Reds his next time out in Cincinnati on Friday.
Jun 17 - 11:41 PM

Brad Boxberger was hammered for four earned runs, four hits and a walk while retiring just two batters in a loss Sunday against the Mets.

Boxberger entered the game with a 3-1 lead but he served up homers to Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera back-to-back in the ninth inning to turn a home win into a loss. He slipped to 1-3, blowing his third save in 19 opportunities. His ERA has increased from 1.77 to 3.91, so he could be skating on a little bit of thin ice here. Boxberger has coughed up seven earned runs in just 5 1/3 June innings.
Jun 17 - 11:15 PM

Clay Buchholz allowed just one earned run, four hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Sunday.

Buchholz departed with the lead, but Brad Boxberger ended up coughing up the save chance in the top of the ninth inning to turn a victory in a loss for the home team. Buchholz threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of the 22 batters he faced, lowering his ERA to 2.94 despite going without a win for the third straight start. He'll look to get back into the win column next Saturday in Pittsburgh opposite Trevor Williams.
Jun 17 - 11:04 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's road win against the Diamondbacks.

The month of June has been a nightmare for Cabrera, as he entered the day 5-for-55 (.091) with just one double, a home run and two RBI across his past 15 outings since May 29. As a result his average has dropped from a robust .315 to .270. Hopefully Sunday's multi-hit game and homer will spur him on to a hot streak. Of course, the team returns home this week and he is hitting just .248 with 14 RBI and 29 strikeouts at Citi Field this season.
Jun 17 - 11:01 PM

Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's victory in Arizona.

Nimmo has back-to-back multi-hit games, and he has cracked four homers with six RBI in the month of June, with eight of his season's 10 homers coming in the past 24 games dating back to May 23. Even when Yoenis Cespedes (quadriceps) is ready to return from his long-term absence, Nimmo will continue playing regularly.
Jun 17 - 10:55 PM

Robert Gsellman worked a perfect ninth inning in Sunday's win in Arizona, nailing down his third save of the season.

Meanwhile, Jeurys Familia (shoulder) made his return from the disabled list in the eighth inning and was shaky, allowing a run, three hits and a walk in his inning of work. Gsellman only got the save chance after the Mets staged a comeback in the ninth, but perhaps he could see more chances until Familia proves his health and effectiveness. It's a situation worth monitoring in fantasy leagues.
Jun 17 - 10:51 PM

Zack Wheeler allowed two earned runs, three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Sunday in Arizona.

Wheeler threw 62 of his 97 pitches for strikes, including 14 first-pitch strikes to the 22 batters he faced. The right-hander had a very tough stretch from late April to late May, but he has started to piece things together quite nicely. Wheeler has quality starts in three of his four outings in June although he remains winless in nine straight outings dating back to April 29. He'll look to snap his winless skid Friday against Alex Wood and the visiting Dodgers.
Jun 17 - 10:46 PM

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the Cardinals plan to activate Greg Holland from the disabled list at some point during the upcoming week.

Holland will travel with the team this week rather than continuing on his rehab assignment. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since May 26 with a right hip impingement. In 13 1/3 innings with the Cardinals this season, he has posted a horrifying 9.45 ERA and 10/15 K/BB ratio.
Source: MLB.com
Jun 17 - 10:17 PM

Caleb Ferguson allowed four runs - three earned - and two hits with a walk and six strikeouts over five innings in a loss Sunday against San Francisco.

Ferguson threw 58 of his 84 pitches for strikes while posting 13 first-pitch strikes against the 19 batters he faced. It was his best showing to date, but he still failed to record a quality start in three appearances. He has a ways to go before he'll be worth using in fantasy leagues. His next scheduled start is tentatively set for next weekend against the Mets, but he is an extremely risky streamer option.
Jun 17 - 9:37 PM



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