Angel Pagan went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Monday's 8-0 victory against the Nationals.
Pagan left Sunday's game with flu-like symptoms and was a game-time decision against Washington. He showed no ill-effects on the field, smacking an RBI double in the fifth against reliever Craig Stammen and adding a two-run single off Henry Rodriguez in the seventh. Despite the nice effort, Pagan is batting just .218/.279/.400 in May.
Andres Torres went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Monday's win against Washington.
Prior to the evening, Torres hadn't collected a hit since May 8. The 35-year-old backup outfielder is batting just .247/.282/.346 over 81 at-bats this season.
Brandon Belt went 4-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season and four runs scored in Monday's 8-0 blowout of the Nationals.
Belt has reached base safely in 10 of his last 11 starts. Belt suffered through a forgettable April, batting .235/.287/.353, but his playing time and production have both spiked in May. Belt cut down his strikeouts and increased his rate of walks and his numbers reflect an improved approach at the plate. In May, he's slashing .250/.357/.521 with three homers over 48 at-bats.
Zach Duke was rocked for four runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Giants on Monday.
Duke struck out one and didn't walk a batter. His most impressive feat of the evening was logging one of the three hits off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. Duke, making his first start of the season as a fill-in for Ross Detwiler (lower back), didn't acquit himself well. Though he kept the ball in the strike zone and only allowed one extra-base hit, San Francisco was fooled by none of the offered slop. Duke will presumably now return to the bullpen, though his 8.84 ERA and 1.80 WHIP may not be long for Washington's roster.
Huston Street notched his 11th save Monday by tossing a perfect ninth as the Padres beat the Cardinals 4-2.
This was Street's first perfect complete inning since May 8 against the Marlins. Street has been uncharacteristically wild this season and that has led to an 0-3 record, 4.19 ERA and 1.24 WHIP (19 points above his career mark). If Street can improve upon his 13/8 K/BB rate (over 20 appearances), he'll have another good season as San Diego's stopper. If he doesn't iron out his control issues, it could be a long year. Street's stuff simply isn't good enough (he's allowed six homers in 2013) to compensate for extra base runners.
Jason Marquis limited the Cardinals to two runs -- one earned -- on three hits over six innings to improve to 6-2 on Monday.
Marquis has won each of his last five trips to the bump and has been one of baseball's best starters over that stretch. We aren't here to pimp Marquis, however, as he's benefited from smoke and mirrors and his home park perhaps more than any pitcher in the game. Marquis' 28 walks lead the National League. And that five-game winning streak? He posted a hideous 17/18 K/BB rate over 31 2/3 innings during that stretch. This house of cards is about to topple and you'd be wise to identify the sucker in your league to pay for Marquis' 6-2 record and 3.27 ERA before it does.
Chris Denorfia went 3-for-4 with a steal and an RBI versus the Cardinals on Monday.
Certainly one of the game's most unheralded players, Denorfia keeps producing no matter which outfield position the Padres may ask him to play on a given night. The 32-year-old is batting .301/.352/.406 with five steals (and no pickoffs), two homers, 14 RBI and 19 runs and 133 at-bats. He's given NL-only owners everything they could have hoped for.
Shelby Miller coughed up three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' loss to the Padres Monday.
He struck out five and walked three. It was the second consecutive start in which Miller labored and was pulled after 5 2/3 innings, tallying 96 pitches against the Mets on Wednesday and 107 this evening. Undoubtedly, Miller must learn how to be more efficient. That will come in time. He already has down the dominate-major-league-brutes thing, posting a 1.74 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over nine starts.