Week That Was: Royal Pain

Week That Was: Royal Pain
Both defending league champs suffered big losses in the lineup. We cover those and much more in our weekly recap.
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Jayson Werth hit a pinch-hit grand slam in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Cardinals.

The final score is somewhat misleading, as this was a tight, 3-2 contest through the seventh-inning stretch. And then, suddenly, it wasn't. An Anthony Rendon solo homer coupled with Werth's pinch-hit grand slam off Dean Kiekhefer in the bottom of the frame would essentially end the game. After injuries limited him to just 88 games last season, the veteran Werth is slashing a middling .224/.282/.400 with seven homers and 24 RBI across 165 at-bats.
May 29 - 5:22 PM

Vincent Velasquez surrendered seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Cubs.

Velasquez was lit up for nine hits, including a second-inning Miguel Montero homer and a third-inning Ben Zobrist bomb. The young right-hander has struggled now in two straight outings, but he's also faced two very good offenses (Tigers, now Cubs). Look for him to bounce back next time out against the Brewers.
May 29 - 5:21 PM

Trayce Thompson (back) is available off of the Dodgers bench on Sunday night.

Thompson was forced to leave Saturday night's game due to soreness in his lower back. He was able to take swings in batting practice without issue though, and will be at manager Dave Roberts' disposal on Sunday.
May 29 - 5:16 PM

Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

Moss worked over a Stephen Strasburg pitch for a solo home run in the fourth inning. At the time, it gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. The Nationals would score three times in the bottom of the frame to take the advantage, one which they wouldn't relinquish on their way to a 10-2 win. For the season, Moss is slashing .222/.322/.484 with nine homers and 24 RBI across 126 at-bats. He makes for a nice fantasy power option, but that comes with a decided deficit in terms of average.
May 29 - 5:13 PM

Yunel Escobar is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a bruised right wrist.

Escobar was lifted from Sunday's game against the Astros after injuring his wrist while diving for a ball. Angels fans and fantasy owners alike can breathe a sigh of relief though the it's nothing serious and Escobar should return to the Angels lineup in a day or two.
May 29 - 5:13 PM

Kenta Maeda said Sunday that his hand is feeling much better and he plans to make his scheduled start on Thursday.

Maeda was drilled by a comebacker on Saturday, but was able to remain in the game and post-game X-rays came back negative. The 28-year-old owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 51/17 K/BB ratio across 57 innings in his 10 starts this season.
May 29 - 5:08 PM

Stephen Strasburg bumped his record to 9-0 in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Cardinals, allowing one run on six hits over six innings.

Strasburg struck out 11 in his last start, but fell back to earth with just four of them on Sunday. A solo home run by Brandon Moss in the fourth inning accounted for the totality of the scoring on the ace right-hander's line. Strasburg is in the midst of his best major league season to date and will carry a 2.69 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 90/20 K/BB ratio (73 2/3 innings) into a road start against the Reds in his next scheduled start.
May 29 - 5:08 PM

Michael Wacha turned in a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Nationals, surrendering three runs on four hits over six innings.

The Nationals scored their runs off Wacha courtesy of an RBI single by Bryce Harper and a two-run single by Anthony Rendon in the fourth inning. This was by no means a magnificent outing by Wacha, but it was at least a slight step forward from his recent work. The 24-year-old right-hander entered Sunday's game having allowed 18 runs over his last three starts (15 innings). He will look to continue to improve by degrees in a home start against the Giants next time he takes the mound.
May 29 - 5:01 PM
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