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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R.A. Dickey took a no-decision against the Red Sox on Sunday, surrendering three runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Dickey struggled to find the strike zone and issued four walks on the afternoon. He held the Red Sox machine off the scoreboard until the sixth inning, at which point the wheels fell off. In the frame, Dickey surrendered a one-out triple to Mookie Betts, an RBI single to Xander Bogaerts and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Hanley Ramirez. Manager John Gibbons lifted him from the contest at that point, with the final run on his line scoring via the bullpen. The veteran knuckleballer will carry a 4.64 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into a Fenway Park start against these same Red Sox next time he toes the rubber.
May 29 - 5:34 PM

David Price allowed two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in earning a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

It was something of a listless performance from Price, who tied his season low in strikeouts with three. The Blue Jays were unable to take advantage, though, and only a two-run homer by Jose Bautista in the fifth inning resulted in legitimate damage against the ace southpaw. Price has allowed three or fewer runs in seven of his 11 starts, but he has also posted four starts of five or more runs allowed. It all equals out to a 5.11 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 79/18 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings. He will try to drop his ERA under 5.00 when he faces these same Blue Jays at Fenway next time out.
May 29 - 5:33 PM

David Wright (neck) is not in the Mets starting lineup on Sunday.

Manager Terry Collins made it sound as though Wright wouldn't be available on Monday as well. Wilmer Flores is starting in his place on Sunday and will continue to fill in while Wright is sidelined. Collins also made it clear that this neck issue is not related to the back injury that Wright has been battling, but could be connected to his sore shoulder.
May 29 - 5:26 PM

John Lackey hurled seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Cubs' 7-2 win over the Phillies.

Lackey walked four but yielded only four hits and struck out six. The one run against him came on a Tyler Goeddel homer in the top of the seventh. Lackey now stands 5-2 with a 3.16 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 67/17 K/BB ratio through his first 68 1/3 innings with Chicago. He's looking like an offseason steal at two years, $32 million.
May 29 - 5:24 PM

Jayson Werth launched 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 has appeared in 46 of 51 games in 2016. He 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
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