Johnny Giavotella went 0-for-4 on Monday and is hitting just .169/.183/.237 in 59 at-bats.
The Angels are certainly regretting never bringing in any real competition for Giavotella over the winter. He'll bounce back some offensively, but once defense is factored in, he's still not going to be a very good regular.
Kolten Wong finally notched his first extra-base hit of the season Monday, smacking a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Phillies.
Wong looked awful in striking out in his first two plate appearances, but he scorched the ball on a lineout to center field in his third at-bat and then went deep in his fourth trip to the dish. He's got an ugly .233/.304/.283 batting line on the season, but perhaps this will get Wong going.
Carlos Ruiz's surprising start to the season continued Monday, as he went 3-for-4 at the plate in a loss to the Cardinals.
Ruiz grounded out in his first at-bat but then singled, doubled and singled in his next three trips to the dish. The veteran catcher is second on the depth chart behind Cameron Rupp, but he's earned more time than he was probably supposed to receive with a .341/.413/.634 start to the season.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after Monday's game that Domingo Santana developed some tightness in the lat area behind his right shoulder.
Santana was a late scratch from Monday's lineup. The Brewers will see how he feels on Tuesday before updating his status.
Jason Hammel moved to 4-0 after allowing two runs across five innings in Monday's 7-2 victory over the Pirates.
Hammel was pulled after hitting Starling Marte with a pitch to lead off the sixth inning, marking the first time in five starts that he didn't go six frames. It was still another solid showing, though, and Hammel now sports a microscopic 1.24 ERA on the season. He'll try to keep it going against the Nationals at home over the weekend.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after Monday's game that Ryan Braun is dealing with "general soreness."
It doesn't sound like a major concern, but Braun is not a sure thing to play Tuesday. The 32-year-old went 3-for-3 on Monday against the Angels and is batting .372/.443/.605 overall this season.
Gerrit Cole didn't have it Monday, getting touched up for six runs -- five earned -- over just 4 2/3 frames in a loss to the Cubs.
Cole struck out six on the night, but he walked four and permitted six hits, needing a whopping 105 pitches to cover his 4 2/3 innings. The Pirates ace has had a couple clunkers among his five starts and has yet to pitch past the six inning this season. He'll try for better results this weekend in St. Louis.
Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases in Monday's win over the Pirates.
The Cubs didn't homer, but they managed to put together a seven-run, 11-hit attack against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates bullpen. Fowler still hasn't cooled off, as he sports a .357/.476/.619 batting line on the season. He's stolen three bases in his last two games and now has five on the year.