McFarland secured his ninth hold in a win over the Mets on Monday, allowing one hit over a scoreless seventh inning. McFarland saw action for the fourth time in the last five days, an especially busy stretch during which he's generated three scoreless appearances and three holds overall. The veteran left-hander has boosted his fantasy stock nicely down the stretch, and he's now worked his ERA down to 1.95 following Monday's outing.
McFarland (3-1) allowed two earned runs on two hits over one inning to take the loss against the Reds on Friday. Just 24 hours after extending his scoreless streak to 18 appearances while garnering his seventh hold in a win over the Dodgers, McFarland saw his run come to an end and took his first loss of the season in the process. The left-hander was only able to retire one of the first four batters he faced in the ninth inning, failing to preserve a 2-2 tie and allowing the game's final two runs. Despite the stumble, McFarland should continue to see his fair share of hold opportunities over the balance of the regular season.
McFarland recorded his sixth hold in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning. McFarland needed exactly two pitches to record both his outs and close out the sixth inning. The veteran southpaw continues on an extended roll that's seen him coax his ERA and WHIP down to 1.52 and 0.93, respectively, while posting 17 consecutive scoreless appearances.
McFarland secured his fourth hold in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday, firing 1.2 scoreless innings during which he allowed no hits and one walk while also recording a strikeout. McFarland lowered his ERA to a sparkling 1.71 with Sunday's effort, his 14th consecutive scoreless outing. The 32-year-old's recent form coupled with his ability to work multiple frames on occasion makes him an increasingly valuable relief asset as the season enters its stretch run.
McFarland (3-0) pitched a scoreless, hitless inning 10th inning while walking a batter, earning the win in Wednesday's 3-2, extra-inning victory over the Tigers. The lefty has excelled in 12 appearances this month, pitching 12 scoreless innings of relief with eight strikeouts, two wins and two holds. Alex Reyes, Giovanny Gallegos and Genesis Cabrera are the Cardinals' primary, high-leverage options, but McFarland's scoreless month to date suggests he's leapt up the bullpen depth chart and may take opportunities from Andrew Miller and Luis Garcia going forward.
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