Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched great for the Cardinals on Monday as they defeated the Brewers 3-2 in Game Two of a doubleheader. Ponce de Leon went six innings allowing two earned runs on a home run by former teammate Jedd Gyorko, four hits, one walk and recorded nine strike outs. The strike outs matched a career high set against the Padres in June, 2019. Brewers starter Corbin Burnes recorded 10 strikeouts on the evening and it appeared to fans watching the game from home that home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez was calling a wide strike zone so fantasy owners should temper their expectations for Ponce de Leon's future strikeouts. The Cardinals are 21-21 on the season and in Second Place in the NL Central.
Ponce de Leon has a 6.23 ERA in 21 2/3 innings pitched for the Cardinals this season. His career 3.92 ERA and 4.68 xFIP in 103 1/3 innings pitched indicate that he is capable of pitching better and if you omit his outing against Cleveland where he allowed four earned runs in two thirds of an inning earlier this season then his ERA drops to 4.71. Still, Ponce de Leon is the Cardinals' sixth starter and he does not have a scheduled start officially listed by the Cards. There is speculation that he will start in Friday's doubleheader against the Pirates in which case he would make a risky streamer because of concerns about his ability to pitch deep enough into the game to warrant a win.