The Cubs believe Jason Hammel (hamstring) will be fine for his next start.
Hammel left Monday's start against the Dodgers after pitching only two innings. He was unable to continue after experiencing a cramp in his hamstring. Fortunately, the injury is believed to be minor and shouldn't cause him to mix his next start.
Dan Straily didn't pitch well but got a win anyway Monday, allowing five runs across six frames in an 11-8 victory over the Rockies.
Credit Straily for hanging in there after coughing up five runs in his first three frames, as he held it together for three innings after that and watched the Reds charge back to take the lead. The righty entered the outing with a sub-3.00 ERA and we won't hold this showing against him too much. He'll get the Nationals over the weekend.
J.C. Ramirez notched his first career save by retiring the only batter he faced in Monday's win over the Rockies.
Don't read too much into this. Ramirez had to relieve closer Tony Cingrani, who entered the ninth with a six-run lead looking to get some work in but departed having allowed three runs. Ross Ohlendorf, who looks to be second in line for saves in Cincy, struck out two in a perfect eighth inning. Anything can happen in the Reds' mess of a bullpen, but we wouldn't pick up Ramirez, whose ERA on the year sits at 5.21.
Chad Bettis lasted just 3 2/3 frames Monday, getting charged with six runs in a loss to the Reds.
The Rockies spotted Bettis with a 5-1 lead after the third inning, but like many early leads at Coors Field, it eventually died. Bettis entered May with a 3.77 ERA, but he'll close it with a 5.46 mark, having allowed 13 runs over his last two outings. He'll attempt to get back on track this weekend in San Diego.
Adam Duvall had his first career two-homer day in Monday's win over the Rockies.
There were seven home runs hit on the day, which is no surprise in a matchup of two mediocre starters at Coors Field. Both of Duvall's longballs went to the opposite field, as he took Chad Bettis deep with a two-run shot in the fourth and then added a solo blast off of Jake McGee in the ninth. Duvall has now homered 11 times this month and 13 times on the season, emerging as a legitimate power bat for the Reds.
Joey Votto smashed career home run No. 200 in Monday's slugfest victory over the Rockies.
Votto took Jason Motte deep in the seventh inning with a shot to right field. He also nearly had a grand slam in previous at-bat, as a drive in the fourth inning landed on the warning track and then bounced over the fence for a two-RBI, ground-rule double. Votto's production has been way down this season, as he's sporting a .213/.332/.391 batting line. However, he's hit safely in five out of his last six contests and has a couple dingers over that stretch.
Carlos Gonzalez doubled and smacked a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Reds.
Both hits were to center field and they were both lasers, with the longball coming in the ninth inning off of Reds closer Tony Cingrani. Gonzalez also walked twice on the day. He has been inconsistent this season, sandwiching a couple homer binges around the longest homerless drought of his career. The good news is CarGo is in the midst of one of the good streaks, as he's gone deep in three straight and four out of his last five.
Nate Karns struck out six while allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in Monday's 9-3 win over the Padres.
Karns has pitched well overall this season but has had trouble going deep into games, as he's failed to go six frames in half of his starts. That wasn't the case here, though, as he also encouragingly only walked one batter. The 28-year-old sports finishes his first two months with a 3.43 ERA, a strikeout per inning and a 5-1 record. He'll try to keep it going this weekend in Texas.