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Hunter Renfroe (elbow) was hitting .242/.286/.455 through eight rehab games at Triple-A El Paso.

He's approaching full health, but the pedestrian line and the promotion of minor league slugger Franmil Reyes has given the Padres pause about activating Renfroe too soon. "Health is a big part of it, making sure he feels good enough day in, day out," said Padres manager Andy Green. "Then you also want to find him in a rhythm as well. You want to bring somebody back here that's in a rhythm and swinging the bat well." The Padres have the benefit of a wealth of outfield options even without Renfroe, so he'll need to hit to earn his place in the lineup, and seemingly in the majors altogether. For now, they seem content to letting him keep making rehab starts.
May 26 - 10:59 PM

Brandon Crawford went 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run home run to help the Giants edge the Cubs 5-4 on Saturday.

Crawford went yard in the fourth inning to get the Giants on the board, his sixth homer of the season. The multi-hit game was his third in his last six contests, leaving his overall line at a surprisingly robust .312/.358/.491 with 23 RBI and 20 runs scored. The traditionally (offensively) boring veteran has hit his way into MI relevance at this point.
May 26 - 10:46 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

Schwarber hit a big fly off Giants starter Chris Stratton in the third inning, his ninth dinger of the year. He's got hits in each of his last four games, a modest streak that's helped pull his May numbers out of the doldrums to at least a .237 average with two homers this month. A strong April has buoyed his overall numbers, leaving them at .257/.384/.515 with those nine homers, 21 RBI and 24 runs scored on the year.
May 26 - 10:42 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Cutch had just three hits -- all in the same game -- in his previous 25 at-bats coming into the game, and the two-hit night raised his May average to .271. It's been a relatively quiet first year by the bay for the former All-Star, owner of a .239/.346/.378 line in 49 games. He's still gathering hits and contributing some counting stats, but it's clear that his best days are well behind him at this stage.
May 26 - 10:36 PM

Hunter Strickland tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Cubs to earn his 10th save of the season.

Strickland cut through pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella, the dangerous Javier Baez and the, uh, living Jason Heyward to close out the one-run win. He's now got a 2.38 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 22/6 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings of work this year, and is 10-for-12 in save chances.
May 26 - 10:29 PM

Jose Quintana allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Giants on Saturday.

The southpaw struck out six but gave up too many extra-base hits, yielding three doubles and a two-run homer among his five hits allowed. He also walked two while fanning six. Quintana has been oscillating between good and not-so-good starts basically all year, a trend that's resulted in a 5-4 record, 4.78 ERA and 1.48 WHIP through 10 starts. If you believe in patterns, then Quintana should fare well against the Mets in Queens on Thursday.
May 26 - 10:25 PM

Chris Stratton kept the Cubs to three runs through five innings, striking out six, in a win Saturday.

It was another middle-of-the-road turn for the right-hander, who's given up between three and five runs in each of his last five outings, but as he has in recent starts, he got the win despite the mediocre showing. He gave up four hits, including a pair of homers, and walked three in the contest. Stratton improved to 6-3 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 11 starts overall, and fantasy players shouldn't count on the wins to keep coming just because they have thus far. Stratton faces a tough Phillies club on Friday.
May 26 - 10:24 PM

Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, two walks and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Wonderful game for Cain, whose RBI single in the seventh inning served as the cherry on top of a large run-scoring sundae for the Brewers, putting the cap on a seven-run frame for the home team and giving them their final run in what ended as a 17-6 laugher. In his first season with the Brewers, the veteran outfielder is working to a .291/.396/.453 triple-slash to pair with six home runs, 16 RBI, 33 runs scored and 11 steals over the course of 49 games played. He's been exactly as advertised since the Brewers brought him in over the winter.
May 26 - 9:16 PM

Christian Yelich went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple, a two-run double and three runs scored in Saturday's 17-6 romp over the Mets.

Yelich was one of three Brewers batters (joining Lorenzo Cain and Jesus Aguilar) to finish with three knocks. He raced around for an RBI triple in the fourth inning and added a two-run double in the fifth, putting him on Cycle Watch for the back half of the game. While he already had the most difficult leg of the cycle -- the triple -- under his belt relatively early, the former Marlins outfielder came up short of the fun statistical when he failed to find himself a home run by the end of the contest. He's played solid (if unspectacular) baseball this season, slashing .296/.365/.463 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 162 at-bats.
May 26 - 9:09 PM

Jesus Aguilar went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Aguilar was just one of several Brewers hitters to come through with huge performances against the Mets on Saturday. As a team, they finished with a whopping 17 runs on 19 hits. His initial contribution to the carnage came when the game was still actually a game, as he swatted a solo home run off Jason Vargas in the third inning to pull the Brewers within 5-3. Things would be considerably different by the time he notched his two-run single in the seventh inning. That made the score 12-6 in favor of the Brew Crew and was just the opening throat-clearing in what eventually evolved into a seven-run frame for the home team. For his part overall, Aguilar is now hitting a delightful .317/.380/.569 with eight home runs and 26 RBI across 45 games played.
May 26 - 9:00 PM

Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

This was Flores' first three-hit game of the 2018 season and perhaps could get him started with the bat. He's cracked double-digit home runs in each of the prior three seasons, but has just three dingers to his credit through his first 45 games played during the current campaign. His batting line on the whole -- a mark of .252/.325/.405 -- is a fair shade off of what we're accustomed to.
May 26 - 8:50 PM

Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

Conforto cracked a solo home run off Chase Anderson in the third inning, giving the Mets a 5-3 lead in the process. The pitching staff could not hold their early advantages, though, and a late onslaught of runs scored by the Brewers turned this one into a 17-6 laugher by the close of the contest. Setting aside the ugly final score, Conforto is slashing .231/.346/.396 with six home runs and 15 RBI over the course of 39 games played. He's gone yard in each of his last two games and looks to be picking up the pace at the plate of late.
May 26 - 8:42 PM

Chase Anderson surrendered five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Mets.

The Brewers ended up winning the game, but that was all on the offense. Anderson did not aid the cause and did not last long enough to garner a decision. The Mets pounced with three runs in the first inning, the third of which came home on a bases-loaded walk. Solo home runs by Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto each of the next two frames spelled the rest of the damage on his line. Anderson will bring a 4.42 ERA and 1.24 WHIP to the road mound in a showdown with the White Sox when he next toes the rubber.
May 26 - 8:35 PM

Jason Vargas allowed five runs on six hits over three innings in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

The Mets handed Vargas a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first inning, only to watch Vargas give those three runs right back to the Brew Crew. The big hit in the frame was a two-run double off the bat of Hernan Perez. Vargas' start then took on further water when the Brewers struck for two more runs in the third inning. And that was all she wrote for the veteran southpaw. He finished his wobbly three innings of work having struck out five and walked two. Vargas had a start skipped earlier this month as the Mets tried to get him back on track after a horrid open to the campaign, and that seemed to offer a temporary positive boost when he came out with a five-inning shutout showing versus the Marlins last time out, but Saturday was a step back. Vargas missed the first month of the season due to a fractured right (non-throwing) hand and there could conceivably still be some rust to knock off, but regardless, it's been a tough watch thus far.
May 26 - 8:32 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-3 and ripped a solo home run during Saturday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.

This was an exceptionally well-pitched game on both sides and Franco was the first to strike a blow. His fifth-inning shot off starter Jaime Garcia opened the scoring. The Phillies' third baseman has been productive this year with a .263 batting average, eight home runs and 31 RBI in 44 games.
May 26 - 8:32 PM



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