Carlos Martinez, St Louis Cardinals - Carlos Martinez didn't have his best start in his return from the DL allowing two earned runs in four innings but he allowed nine baserunners (four hits, five walks) and ran his pitch count up to 75 in short order. Martinez has seen a 2 MPH drop on his fastball this year and that continued on Tuesday averaging 93.5 on his four seam heater. Martinez was throwing a little softer in the first few innings and Derrick Goold reported that after the game Martinez "Didn't want to throw hard just in case." This makes me a bit nervous of course that his lat may not be fully healed, but we'll have to see in his next start if he comes out throwing normal right out of the gate.
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants - Madison Bumgarner started the game off shaky but settled in to toss a quality start in his first game off the DL, allowing two runs over six innings with three strikeouts. Bumgarner's best pitch on the evening was his cutter that he generated seven swinging strikes on while allowing just a 72 MPH exit velocity off it. All the reports out of San Fran said that Bumgarner looked great and his return to the rotation could not be more welcomed by the Giants as they are in the thick of the NL West.
Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers - launched his 9th homer of the season on Tuesday while starting at first base after working most of May in CF. The regression monster has caught up with Bellinger because while his average exit velo and launch angle are in similar spots to where they were last season, his barrel% has dropped by 4% and his HR/FB% has plummeted 14% from the obviously unsustainable 25% that he posted last year. His hard contact is still at a very good 36.5%, but the drop of from 43% last season has funneled straight into soft contact which is now approaching 20%. There's some stuff to like in the batted ball profile but we aren't going to see anything close to last year until he can make more consistent hard contact.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks - now has hits in nine of his last eleven games including a 3-for-4 effort at the plate on Tuesday as he is still working to get things right at the plate after an abysmal first two months of the season. His average is not up to .220 and he's sporting a 105 wRC+ which is a long way from normal, but hey it's something. He averaged 90 MPH on his batted balls in this game and while a one game sample isn't anything to brag about, seeing that come off of Bumgarner gives my hope a little warmth.
Zack Wheeler, New York Mets - Zack Wheeler gets a nice matchup on Wednesday against Baltimore and can make for a nice budget option against the 27th best offense in baseball (by wRC+). Wheeler has two quality start in his last three outings and the one non-quality start came against the Brewers who are hitting everything right now. His 5.14 season ERA is heavily skewed by an eight run performance and a six earned run performance earlier in the season. $7,700 on DraftKings.
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