Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer as the Pirates topped the Padres 11-5 on Thursday.
He finished 1-for-5. Now riding a 10-game hitting streak, Kang is making it mighty difficult for Jordy Mercer to make an argument to regain at-bats. It's still early yet, but Kang's game has transitioned surprisingly smoothly stateside. He's hitting .308/.371/.462 with three steals, three homers and 17 RBI in 104 at-bats. Kang deserves to be owned in more leagues than he currently is.
Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI as the Pirates bested the Padres on Thursday.
McCutchen has finally woken up from his early-season slumber. He's had multi-hit games in five of his last eight, recording three in three of them. Hitting .188 as recently as May 6, McCutchen has his slash line up to .272/.364/.473. Expect it to keep rising.
A.J. Burnett allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in an 11-5 win against the Padres.
He struck out six and walked two. Burnett wasn't sharp, but he didn't have to be facing off against an imploding Ian Kennedy. The 38-year-old has won five consecutive starts and is now 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
Ian Kennedy was ripped for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Pirates in Thursday's 11-5 loss.
Here we go again. Kennedy coughed up three homers in the train wreck, the second time this year he's allowed at least three round-trippers and seven earned runs in a start. At 2-5 with a 7.15 ERA, he simply can't be trusted in fantasy at the moment.
Albert Pujols went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer, two walks and two runs scored in a 12-2 victory against the Tigers on Thursday.
Pujols has nine homers -- putting him on a 30-pace clip -- but he isn't doing much else. He has only 19 RBI and has a rough .238/.294/.436 slash line. On a positive note, he's hit safely in six of seven and has four extra-base hits in that stretch.