Mike Foltynewicz
Braves' Mike Foltynewicz: Earns one of 2016's ugliest wins
Mike Foltynewicz, SP, ATL
1:28 AM
News: Foltynewicz (4-4) got the win in Minnesota on Wednesday despite giving up seven runs (six earned) on a dozen hits in 5.1 innings.

This is about as bad a win as you can get; Folty raised his ERA by more than half a run in what could certainly be characterized as his worst start of the year, but the Braves gave him just enough support to leave with the lead. The 24-year-old fireballer remains a work in progress -- his strikeout rate remains solid and his control has mostly been excellent, but his tendency to give up homers has been his ruination. Foltynewicz has now given up 13 long balls in 12 starts.

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Jimmy Nelson
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Bashed by Arizona in blowout loss
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL
1:14 AM
News: Nelson (6-9) was beaten up for eight runs (six earned) on nine hits and a pair of walks over 4.2 innings in Wednesday's loss to Arizona. He struck out seven.

Only the whiffs offer a dim silver lining to this tart, the third time in Nelson's last 10 outings that he's given up six earned runs. The 27-year-old righty's been having a nice year on the whole, but with his strikeouts down and his walks up, the writing's been on the wall for regression. He's likely got more coming to him, too, as Nelson's peripherals suggest his ERA ought to be a full run higher than its current 3.71 mark.

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Archie Bradley
Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley: Handles Brewers with ease in blowout win
Archie Bradley, SP, ARI
1:08 AM
News: Bradley (4-6) tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Brewers on Wednesday, allowing just four hits and three walks while striking out six in an 8-1 win.

It's nice to see the rookie get back in the win column, as he hadn't come away with a victory since back on June 19. That mostly hasn't been Bradley's fault -- he's allowed three or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts, though he admittedly doesn't pitch deep into games very often. In fact, he's finished seven innings only twice in 14 starts this year. Bradley still needs to get a handle on his control, as he's averaging exactly a walk every other inning, but he's been finding ways to compensate for that of late -- including giving up just one homer in his last four starts after surrendering 10 in his first nine outings.

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Jon Gray
Rockies' Jon Gray: Continues solid rookie campaign
Jon Gray, SP, COL
7/27/2016
News: Gray (7-4) was dominant Wednesday, holding a potent Orioles offense to just one run over seven innings on five hits and two walks while earning the win. He struck out three.

Gray's lone blemish was a solo homer by young superstar Manny Machado in the sixth inning. He's now thrown three straight starts of seven innings or more, and five consecutive quality starts to lower his ERA to 3.94 over 109.2 innings pitched. Gray's 114:35 K:BB rate is solid, and there is little reason to think that the young right-hander's success won't continue moving forward.

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Jason Hammel
Cubs' Jason Hammel: Drops hammer on White Sox
Jason Hammel, SP, CHC
7/27/2016
News: Hammel (10-5) cruised through seven innings in Wednesday's 8-1 blowout of the White Sox, allowing just a single run on five hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

That's now three consecutive wins for Hammel and four straight starts of two or fewer runs since the ERA-ruining 10-run disaster that opened his month of July. Without that game, he'd have a 2.53 ERA instead of his current 3.23 -- but hey, they all count. Nonetheless, despite seeing his strikeout rate dip and walk rate rise from last year, he's still sitting on the best ERA of his career. The caveat is that both his BABIP and strand rate have been friendlier than he deserves, so it still seems reasonable to expect regression down the stretch from the 33-year-old.

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Adam Wainwright
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Throws 6.2 for no-decision Wednesday
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
7/27/2016
News: Wainwright threw 6.2 innings of four-run ball Wednesday, scattering 11 hits while walking just one and striking out four en-route to a no-decision against the Mets.

Wainwright was on the hook for the loss with his four earned runs, but was bailed out by his teammates, who rallied for a pair of runs off Mets closer Jeurys Familia in the ninth to come back and win the game 5-4. Wainwright has been steady for the Cardinals after a brutal start to the season where he allowed at least three earned runs in each of his first eight starts. Since May 13th, Wainwright has gone at least six innings in 12 of 13 starts, lowering his ERA to 4.16. He's flashed his signature pinpoint command over that timeframe, walking just 19 hitters over all those innings.

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Steven Brault
Pirates' Steven Brault: Will start Friday for Pirates
Steven Brault, SP, PIT
7/27/2016
News: Brault will be called up to start Friday versus the Brewers, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Wednesday evening that Brault will be the starter for Friday's game. Outside of a July 5 outing for the Pirates, he has spent the majority of his season with Triple-A Indianapolis. He has sported a solid 2.15 ERA with the club.

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Gerrit Cole
Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Throws first career CG
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
7/27/2016
News: Cole (6-6) dazzled Wednesday against the Mariners, tossing a complete game in which he allowed just one run on three hits and no walks while striking out six.

Cole was quite efficient on Wednesday, needing just 93 pitches to retire 27 Mariners as the Pirates cruised to a 10-1 blowout win. The complete game was Cole's first of his four-year career and came at a much-needed time for fantasy owners. Cole had lost his previous two starts since returning from a month-long DL stint in late June and early July. Cole now has a 2.78 ERA and a solid 73:23 K:BB ratio on the season. He'll look to keep things going next week in Atlanta.

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Madison Bumgarner
Giants' Madison Bumgarner: Takes tough loss to Reds
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
7/27/2016
News: Bumgarner (10-6) suffered a tough loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits over eight frames against the Reds. He also struck out nine and walked none.

It's the second time since June 20 that Bumgarner lost a game where he only allowed one earned run. Unfortunately, he hasn't won since the All-Star break, but his other numbers aren't terrible. Bumgarner has a 3.00 ERA with 24 strikeouts in his last 21 innings over three starts. His next outing will be Tuesday versus the Phillies.

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Dan Straily
Reds' Dan Straily: Beats Bumgarner, allowing one run in victory versus Giants
Dan Straily, SP, CIN
7/27/2016
News: Straily (6-6) was impressive in a victory over the Giants and Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday. Straily allowed one run on three hits, struck out five and walked one over 7.2 innings.

The only run Straily allowed was a solo bomb to Conor Gillaspie. The right-hander retired the side in order the first two frames and only allowed three of the first 24 batters he faced to reach base. Straily hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last three starts. He will try to keep this going in his next outing against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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