Andrew McCutchen was 1-3 with 2 R and 2 BB against the Cardinals. McCutchen received the NL Player of the Month award for June after hitting .411. He has not cooled off in July hitting .394 with 3 HR and 11 R scored. He has raised his season line to .295 with 17 HR, 57 R, 50 RBI, and 6 SB. I think it is safe to say that McCutchen is back to being one of the best hitters in the National League and all of fantasy. His strikeout rate is down and walks are up. Infield fly balls are back to normal levels. As a fantasy owner you no longer have to worry about McCutchen and it feels good.
Brandon McCarthy went 4.2 IP and gave up 4 ER on 7 H, 2 BB, and 3 K's against the Marlins. McCarthy through 15 has a 3.38 ERA (4.57 SIERA). He is outperforming his underlying metrics. His strikeout rate is down to 19%, which is below league average and his 8.3% swinging strike rate backs that up. The positives for McCarthy is that he is healthy and playing in the National League for one of the best teams in the league. He is doing an excellent job of limiting hard contact (26%), which is due to his sequencing and above average stuff for a right hander. Regression is going to set in at some point due to the lack of strikeouts but at worst you are looking at a league average fantasy starter.
Domingo Santana was 2-4 with a run scored and two doubles against the Phillies. Santana is enjoying a breakout 2017 season. He is hitting .293 with 15 HR, 55 R, 50 RBI, and 9 SB. Santana is pacing towards a 25 HR/15 SB with great counting stats. The average is likely to come down into the .260-.270 range given his strikeout rate (27%). He is a contributor across the board with legit power (.206 ISO, 37% Hard), speed (9 for 12 in SB), and he plays in a great lineup in a great park for hitters. Expect much of the same from Santana in the second half with a lower batting average.
Dan Straily went 5 IP and gave up 2 ER on 8 H, 0 BB, and 1 K's against the Dodgers. Straily through 19 starts has a 3.32 ERA (4.13 SIERA). He has been everything the Marlins could have asked for when trading for him in the off-season. He has upped his strikeout rate to 24% and lowered his walk rate to 7%. The strikeout rate is backed up by a career high 11.6% swinging strike rate. He is a flyball pitcher that can be hurt by the longball at times but his home park has and will help in that category. Straily isn't a household name but he is an above average fantasy starter with the skills to back it up.
DFS Value Play
David Peralta will have the platoon advantage against right-handed Mike Foltynewicz. He has a career .370 wOBA against righties with a .195 ISO. He is on the road but Suntrust Park has played favorably to left-handed batters this year. Mike Foltynewicz also has struggled against LHB giving up a .371 wOBA and 1.71 HR/9. Fanduel: $3,100
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