DFS MLB Playbook:  May 28 Cover Image
DFS MLB Playbook: May 28
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Adam Wainwright Headshot

Wainwright (5-3) fired seven shutout innings in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Rockies, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six.

The 35-year-old turned in his second seven-inning scoreless effort in his last three starts while also recording six strikeouts for the second straight outing. Wainwright was able to keep the ball down consistently and avoid the thin air of Coors, notching 10 groundball outs overall, which marked the third time in the last four trips to the mound that he's hit double digits in that category. After a couple of rocky starts to open the month, Wainwright has compiled an 0.44 ERA, .169 BAA, .217 wOBA and 0.98 WHIP over the 20.1 innings encompassing his last three starts. He'll look to keep it going as the calendar flips to June when he takes on the Dodgers at home next Thursday.
12:26 pm (EST)
Kolten Wong Headshot

Wong was placed on the 10-day DL with a left elbow strain, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Wong was lifted from Saturday's lineup due to elbow soreness, and it didn't take long for the infielder to land on the disabled list retroactive to May 27. While he's on the shelf, Greg Garcia will draw the start Sunday, and likely receive extra infield reps. Furthermore, the team could elect to give some of those starts to Paul DeJong, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.
12:26 pm (EST)
Nolan Fontana Headshot

Fontana will start at second base and bat eighth Sunday against the Marlins.

Since being called up to the big leagues Monday, Fontana has recorded only one hit in 11 at-bats, but he'll still benefit from his second start in a row with everyday second baseman Danny Espinosa in the midst of an extended slump. Once either Fontana or Espinosa is able to find some success at the plate, that player could end up taking on the bulk of the starts at the keystone.
12:25 pm (EST)
Danny Espinosa Headshot

Espinosa is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

Espinosa seems to have fallen into a timeshare at the keystone with Nolan Fontana, who will draw a second straight start. With one hit in 11 at-bats since being promoted to the big leagues Monday, Fontana has done little to distinguish himself, but he'll likely remain a factor for playing time so long as Espinosa remains stuck in a rut of his own. Espinosa has recorded only five hits (.093 average) in May and has struck out in one third of his plate appearances.
12:23 pm (EST)
Albert Pujols Headshot

Pujols is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

Pujols likely would be in the lineup for the series finale if the DH spot was available, but manager Mike Scioscia will give the former MVP a day off following back-to-back days in the field. Jefry Marte will check in at first base in place of Pujols.
12:19 pm (EST)
Matt Wieters Headshot

Wieters is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres.

Wieters has registered back-to-back starts behind the plate, but will take a seat in favor of Jose Lobaton for the series finale. He'll get what looks to be a maintenance day after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Saturday afternoon.
12:17 pm (EST)
Marcell Ozuna Headshot

Ozuna went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

The homer, a ninth-inning shot off Los Angeles closer Bud Norris, was Ozuna's 12th of the season but his first in 16 games. The 26-year-old now has a .311/.385/.559 slash line and is on pace to establish new career highs in all three categories.
12:15 pm (EST)
Jayson Werth Headshot

Werth is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Padres.

After making eight straight starts in left field, Werth will relinquish the position for a day to Adam Lind. The veteran outfielder has found himself in a bit of a slump of late, going 4-for-38 (.129) at the plate over his last nine contests.
12:13 pm (EST)
Daniel Robertson Headshot

Robertson will start in right field and bat second Sunday against the Royals.

With the Indians holding out Bradley Zimmer against Royals lefty Danny Duffy and Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion) still sidelined, Robertson will pick up his fifth consecutive start. Robertson has occupied a spot in the bottom third of the order in the previous four contests, but with normal No. 2 hitter Francisco Lindor also receiving Sunday off for rest, Indians manager Terry Francona will see what Robertson can do in a more prominent lineup spot.
12:13 pm (EST)
Vance Worley Headshot

Worley (0-2) gave up two runs on two hits while striking out two over five innings in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Angels.

He only made two real mistakes in his 63 pitches, but Mike Trout put one over the fence for a solo homer in the first inning, and Cameron Maybin ripped the other for a triple in the third before coming around to score on a groundout. Worley's performance was good enough to keep him in the rotation for now, and he'll make his next trip to the mound Thursday at home against the dangerous Diamondbacks.
12:12 pm (EST)
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