DFS MLB Playbook:  May 28 Cover Image
DFS MLB Playbook: May 28
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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)
Domingo Santana Headshot

Santana will bat second in the order Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Santana typically occupies the fifth spot in in the order, but with regular No. 2 hitter Eric Thames getting a breather, he'll get the bump up. Santana has only hit second in the order for one other game this season, but has proven capable after posting a .325/.416/.403 slash line in May.
12:10 pm (EST)
Bradley Zimmer Headshot

Zimmer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals.

Manager Terry Francona isn't yet comfortable exposing Zimmer to left-handed pitching, so the rookie will hit the bench for the second straight day, affording Austin Jackson another turn in center field. ZImmer has still acquitted himself well overall since his promotion to the big leagues in mid May, turning in a .400 on-base percentage over 30 plate appearances. That should be enough to keep him in the lineup against right-handers on a regular basis, even once Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion) comes off the disabled list.
12:09 pm (EST)
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