Dallas Keuchel dropped to 2-4 after giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Twins.
Keuchel's velocity remains down significantly, and he's walked 18 batters in 37 innings. Those two factors would seem to suggest he's dealing with an injury of some sort, but he hasn't admitted to anything. On the plus side, he's still getting grounders and swings and misses. He's not nearly hopeless yet.
Adam Wainwright notched a quality start with three runs allowed over six innings in Monday's 10-3 win over the Phillies.
The Phillies got to Wainwright with a three-run third inning, but he pitched well aside from that unfortunate frame. He also slugged a three-run homer into the upper deck to help his own cause. It was a small step in the right direction, although it speaks to how poorly he's pitched that it was probably his best effort of the season. Wainwright takes on the Pirates at home over the weekend.
Eduardo Nunez homered, walked and drove in two runs Monday against the Astros.
The Twins are getting Trevor Plouffe back, so Nunez is about to lose almost all of his playing time at third base. It'll be interesting to see what the Twins do now, given that he's been one of their most productive players (.371/.415/.441 in 59 AB). He's a big defensive downgrade from Eduardo Escobar at shortstop, and while he has some outfield experience, he's never played center in the majors. Most likely, Nunez will sit most of the time, though he should get the occasional start in left.
Colby Rasmus struck out all four times he was up Monday in the loss to the Twins.
Rasmus is in a 3-for-25 slump that's dropped his average from .293 to .241. Most likely, he'll finish the year in the neighborhood of .241, though perhaps with enough power to remain of use in mixed leagues.
Jimmy Nelson held the Angels to two runs and four hits in seven innings to win Monday.
Nelson moved to 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA. He might not be an every-week play in mixed leagues just yet, but he does seem to be getting closer. He still needs to bring down the walk rate a tad; he's issued 17 free passes in 38 1/3 innings to date.
Jeremy Hellickson was bitten by the longball Monday, serving up three homers and six runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals.
Hellickson cruised through the first three innings, but he's long been homer-prone and he served up dingers to Adam Wainwright, Matt Adams and Aledmys Diaz in the middle innings. The veteran right-hander has mixed in some nice outings this season, including seven shutout frames against the Nationals his last time out, but he's also had three subpar showings to push his ERA up to 4.88. He'll try to bounce back this weekend in Miami.
Jered Weaver was pounded for seven runs and 11 hits in five innings Monday by the Brewers.
Weaver took his first loss after three victories. He hasn't been very good in either of his last two starts, and his ERA has jumped from 3.12 to 5.40. Maybe he'll hold his own going forward despite the extreme lack of velocity, but there just isn't anything here to help fantasy leaguers.
Jonathan Villar doubled in two runs, walked and stole a base Monday against the Angels.
Villar has five steals in five games, raising his season total to seven. He's doing a great job of getting on base for the Brewers, and it now seems pretty likely that he'll remain a regular once Orlando Arcia gets the call, probably at third base.