Hahn endured his first rough outing of spring after coming into Sunday with just three runs allowed over 11.2 innings. The right-hander is still a leading candidate for a rotation spot, particularly with Sonny Gray (lat) already missing the beginning of the regular season. Hahn pitched to contact against a Rockies lineup with several regulars and surrendered a solo home run to Charlie Blackmon in the fourth to cap off his afternoon. Hahn's post-game assessment of his performance centered on his faulty location. "It kind of got out of hand there," he said. "I think I was just up a little bit today. I didn't execute pitches like I wanted to. I got myself into some counts where predictable fastballs were coming, and I think if I could have executed those down, it would have been a different story, but I didn't."
Manager Pete Mackanin said he will bring Kendrick along slowly to make sure he is healthy. The veteran has been sidelined since mid April with an oblique strain. Kendrick will likely see most of his action in left field and third base. If he hits, he'll find himself in the lineup more often than not as Mackanin is searching for offense on his struggling squad.
Healy opened the scoring on the day by roping a hit to left in the second that plated Khris Davis and Yonder Alonso. The slugging infielder has hit safely in 13 of the last 14 games and has now matched his April RBI total (10), with six of those runs having been driven in over the last five contests.
McCullers settled down nicely after allowing all three of his runs in his first two innings. The impressive right-hander snapped his streak of 22 scoreless innings by giving up a two-run dinger to Jonathan Schoop in the first inning, but McCullers was able to win his fourth straight in the end. The 23-year-old allowed five runs twice in April but hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his six May starts and posted four straight scoreless outings before this one. There aren't many hurlers throwing better than McCullers this season, and with his 10.1 K/9, he's one of the higher-ceiling starters around.
Gurriel has seen his average drop from .329 to .263 in the month of May, but the Cuban has shown flashes of intrigue with four long balls and 17 RBI in 170 plate appearances. He has room to grow with just a 2.4 percent walk rate, but the fact that he's striking out under 15 percent of the time is good news for the 32-year-old. Gurriel is more of a part-time player on a crowded Houston roster, so he's really only useful right now for bench depth in deeper formats.
Gonzalez has now reached base safely in 21 straight games and has an American League-best .381 average in May to raise his impressive line to .299/.394/.632. The super-utility man also leads Houston with 30 RBI and is tied with George Springer with 11 long balls. Those are impressive numbers considering how potent Houston's lineup is with the best record in baseball. Gonzalez should continue to see playing time somewhere for the Astros if he keeps up this pace.
The long ball was Springer's 11th on the season and second in as many games to help raise his slash line up to .243/.322/.464 on the year. After a rough stretch in mid-May, the young outfielder has recorded two hits apiece in each of his last three games and could be starting a new hot streak. The fact that Springer is well on his way to his first 30-homer season is great, but his fantasy owners must be worried about his zero steals in two attempts.
It wasn't a good first start as he takes Ubaldo Jimenez's rotation spot. Asher had allowed four runs combined in his previous two starts this year, and his ERA rose to 3.77 in the 54-pitch effort. The right-hander may not be long for the rotation himself with just 23 strikeouts in 31 innings so far this season. Because he's been pitching in relief, Asher provides little upside with his inability to go deep into games, too.
The veteran outfielder got a rare start in left field due to his success -- albeit in a small sample size -- against R.A. Dickey (2-for-7 with a home run). The move paid off, as Hernandez delivered two hits and produced two runs for a struggling Giants offense. Despite injuries opening up playing time in the outfield, the 29-year-old is unlikely to see a regular role due to his paltry ,173 batting average.
You have to take the good with the bad when it comes to the all-or-nothing power bat of Davis. The hitless night drops the slugger's average to .228 on the season, but he does have 10 homers in 196 plate appearances. His career-high 37.8 strikeout percentage isn't doing his owners any favors besides his homer output, and he also has a disappointing 18 RBI. Davis' power is a constant, but nothing else is a guarantee with him.
Schoop has been on a bit of a tear of late and has homered in two of his last four games to raise his triple-slash line to a respectable .275/.326/.479 with 22 RBI and 23 runs scored in 184 plate appearances. The 25-year-old should continue to be a solid source of power from the second base position in a potent Baltimore lineup.
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