DFS MLB Playbook: May 30
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Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs, and an RBI in Sunday’s 10-2 win over the Cardinals.

Sunday’s homer represented his fourth dinger of the season and his 15th RBI. May has been a great month for him, hitting .290/.393/.500 with four homers, 18 runs, 14 RBI, and five steals in the month which all account for the majority of his season long stats to this point. After such a down month in April, owners should be happy to see Rendon’s bat starting to show up as his average has jumped 25 points from a .242 to .267 this month. Next up on Monday is Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies with Rendon hitting 0-for7 off of him in his career.
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Jayson Werth went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit grand slam, four RBI, and a run scored in Washington’s 10-2 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Werth was supposed to get the day off on Sunday, but instead was used as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning when Felipe Rivero’s turn in the lineup came up. He took full advantage of it and launched his seventh long ball of the season and first since the 5th of May. The RBI were also his first since May 14th and the 24th of the season for him. His numbers in the last seven games are fairly similar to his season stats which the exception of a slightly higher average at .240. The Nats play Philly next and Jeremy Hellickson, who Werth is .273 off of in 11 at bats with a homer and six RBI in his career.
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Stephen Strasburg pitched six innings allowing one run (one earned) on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in earning his ninth win of the season on Sunday.

With Sunday’s win, he is the first pitcher in the joint Expos/Nationals franchise history, which includes names like Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez, to start out a season 9-0. He has been great all season long as the number two man in the rotation for Washington, but May has been slightly tougher on him than April was. In May he posted a 5-0 record with a 3.11 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .221 BAA, and a 50:12 K:BB which are all good but all higher than his April numbers, though he had one more start in May than April. Strasburg’s next start comes on Saturday in Cincinnati, which could be the best start of the season for him thus far with how bad the lineup for the Reds is.
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Michael Wacha pitched six innings allowing three runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in taking the loss on Sunday against Washington by a score of 10-2.

Like most of the Cardinals pitchers, it’s been a rough start for Wacha especially in May. Sunday’s game was going well until the fourth inning when all of the damage was done against him by the top-half of the order. In his five starts in May, he is 0-5 with a 6.75 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, .289 BAA and a 30:14 K:BB ratio. His next start will come Saturday in San Francisco, which could be another tough game if he doesn’t figure something out between now and then.
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Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored in St. Louis’ 10-2 loss to Washington on Sunday.

Moss tagged Strasburg for his lone mistake during the start on Sunday and hit his ninth homer of the season. Unfortunately, for St. Louis, there weren’t more men on to help quell the scoring power of the Nats. Moss has been hitting homers pretty consistently this month with four of them to his credit in May but with a low average at just .219. He is a part-time player at the moment but does offer flexibility at outfield and first base who has 10 RBI and 10 runs scored in May as well. Monday’s game brings a matchup against Junior Guerra who Moss hasn’t faced before.
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Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 connecting on his eighth home run of the season against the Giants on Sunday.

Gonzalez has really turned it on of late as he has now logged five multi-hit games over his last seven contests, but it hasn't helped the Rockies much the team went 2-5 over that stretch. Now slashing .298/.337/.487 with eight home runs, 18 RBI and 32 runs scored through 191 at-bats, Gonzalez remains a solid fantasy start while being slotted ahead of one of the best hitters in the game in Nolan Arenado.
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Trevor Story went 1-for-4 connecting on his 14th home run of the season against the Giants on Sunday.

After smacking 10 home runs in the month of April, Story has now hit only four home runs since, while owning a 37:5 K:BB rate over his last 105 at-bats. Although his batting average hasn't taken too much of a hit based on his recent production (.269 BA) his extremely high strikeout rate along will continue to be a problem for the Rockies' starting shortstop, but his power production should remain consistent heading into the summer months.
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Chris Rusin allowed six runs on 11 hits and three walks while striking out three batters over five innings against the Giants on Sunday.

After allowing only two runs in in his previous two starts combined, Rusin took a step backwards on Sunday as he coughed up six runs to the Giants. Now sitting 1-3 with a 4.75 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and a 33:14 K:BB rate through 41.2 innings, Rusin will have to show more consistency when on the mound if he wants to stay in the Rockies' starting rotation long-term. He will look to get moving back in the right direction when he takes on the Padres on Friday.
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