Daniel Ponce de Leon
SP,RP - STL
Daniel Ponce de Leon struck out six over six innings, allowing one earned run on one hit and two walks as the Cardinals topped the Brewers 9-1 in game two of their doubleheader on Friday. He allowed a solo home run to Orlando Arcia in the sixth inning. The Cardinal improved to 29-27 with the victory and are tied with the playoff bound Reds for Second Place in the NL Central.
Ponce de Leon finishes the season 1-3 with a 4.96 ERA in 32 2/3 innings pitched. He has a 3.15 ERA with 28 strikeouts and six walks over his last 20 innings pitched (four starts). Owners preparing for next season can consider him worthy of a late round flier.
Daniel Ponce de Leon allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over five innings pitched in Game Two on Friday. The Cardinals won the game 7-2 and moved to 24-24 with the victory. They are tied with the Reds for second place in the NL Central, both teams are .500, but the Cardinals have played four fewer games this season.
Ponce de Leon has put together two nice starts back-to-back and has 22 strikeouts in his last 14 innings pitched. Over that time he has a 3.86 ERA but has a 0-0 record to show for it. He does not have another scheduled start listed by the Cardinals but will likely face the Brewers on Friday.
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.
Daniel Ponce de Leon allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in three innings pitched as the Cardinals beat the Twins 6-4 in Game Two Tuesday. The runs were surrendered on a Brent Rooker home run, which was the first of Rooker's career. The Cardinals are now 18-17 on the season and have sole possession of second place in the NL Central.
Ponce de Leon has not pitched more than four and two thirds innings in any appearance this season. He is the Cardinals' sixth starting pitcher and will probably get the nod on Monday in the doubleheader against the Brewers but nothing is official yet. He is not a recommended streamer in 12-team redraft leagues.
Daniel Ponce de Leon got through 2/3 of an inning, throwing 41 pitches, 17 of them for strikes. He allowed four earned runs and it could have been worse save for Jake Woodford stranding two runners he inherited from Ponce de Leon. He did not strike anyone out and walked four batters. His ERA on the season moves to 7.82.
Ponce de Leon is capable of better. Owners in 12-team redraft leagues can leave him on the waiver wire.