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  • SD First Baseman #9
    Jake Cronenworth homered, doubled and scored twice as the Padres topped the A’s 6-1 on Monday.
    Cronenworth has two homers in three games after going his previous 19 games without one. His exit velocity numbers have trended downwards after a surprisingly hot start in April, but he’s still performing better than his decline the previous two seasons indicated he would; he’s back up to .267/.331/.463 after tonight. He has as many homers (10) in 288 plate appearances this year that he did in 522 last season.
  • CHC Relief Pitcher #54
    Colton Brewer and Drew Smyly combined to blow a two-run lead and give up three runs in the ninth as the Cubs lost to the Giants on Monday.
    Better umpiring would have helped the Cubs here, but it’s not like either Brewer or Smyly impressed tonight. The Cubs wanted Brewer to close over Héctor Neris, but he gave up hits to two of the three batters he faced. Smyly entered at that point and allowed a single and three walks. One of those was intentional, but the last, which pushed the winning run across, certainly wasn’t. With Neris out of the mix for the moment, Tyson Miller might be the current favorite for saves in the Cubs pen. He got the final two outs of the eighth before exiting tonight.
  • SD Right Fielder #23
    Fernando Tatis Jr. expects to be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of his right femoral stress reaction.
    And not just until immediately after the All-Star break, either; this will likely be at least a six-week injury for Tatis. Bryce Johnson will fill in for now, but the Padres need to go get themselves an extra outfielder as soon as possible.
  • SD Left Fielder #10
    Jurickson Profar delivered the game-winner in the 10th as the Padres edged the Nationals 7-6 on Monday.
    Profar’s lone hit in five at-bats seemed to hang in the air forever, but it was put in the perfect spot to elude Lane Thomas and Jacob Young in right-center. The two-run single — it would have been at least a double under normal circumstances — came after Luis Arraez was walked to load the bases. Profar has hit in eight straight games, but since he’s collected just nine hits in that span and he’s been so productive on the season, he’s lost 20 points of OPS during the stretch (.917 to .897).
  • SD Starting Pitcher #61
    Matt Waldron pitched six innings of two-run ball Monday against the Nationals.
    Waldron struck out eight in a sixth straight quality start. He threw the knuckler 46 times tonight and wound up with nothing but soft contact against the pitch. There’s still not a whole lot to like about the rest of his arsenal, but the knuckleball has come far enough this year to make him a fine bet going forward.
  • WAS Starting Pitcher #46
    Patrick Corbin made it through seven innings allowing three runs Monday against the Padres.
    It’s the first time Corbin has completed seven innings since last July 9. He’s actually put together three nice outings in a row now, though the schedule has certainly helped some there (he faced the Tigers and D-backs in his previous two starts). His current 5.46 ERA is his lowest mark after any outing this year.
  • WAS Relief Pitcher #73
    Hunter Harvey lost to the Padres after giving up four runs — three earned — in the 10th on Monday.
    The Nationals gave Harvey a three-run lead to work with after Nick Senzel homered in the top of the 10th, but it wasn’t enough. Harvey retired just two of six batters before Jurickson Profar, following an intentional walk to Luis Arraez, delivered a game-winning single. Harvey could become the Nationals’ closer later this summer if Kyle Finnegan is traded, though it’s quite possible that neither or both will be moved.
  • WAS First Baseman #45
    Joey Meneses went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI against the Padres on Monday.
    Meneses still really needs a few more games like this, given his struggles to date, and though the Nationals won’t want to make the move, there’s the chance he’ll be optioned out after Joey Gallo comes off the IL. Meneses is currently hitting .246/.302/.327 for the season, though much like in 2023, he has made the most of his contact; he’s driven in 40 runs in 67 games.
  • LAA Starting Pitcher #47
    Griffin Canning limited the A’s to one run in seven innings for a victory in a 5-1 game Monday.
    Tyler Nevin’s homer was the only damage. The A’s almost had another homer against Hans Crouse in the ninth, but Taylor Ward caught Tyler Soderstrom’s shot to left that likely would have bounced off the top of the wall and over. The win was Canning’s first since May 15 and third in 16 starts on the season. He’s clearly throwing better now than he did in April, but it’s not enough to offer him mixed-league value.
  • OAK Starting Pitcher #46
    Luis Medina lost to the Angels after allowing four runs — three earned — in three innings on Monday.
    The good news for the A’s is that Aaron Brooks was able to work the rest of the game afterwards, saving the bullpen. Medina dropped to 1-3 with a 5.25 ERA. There’s obvious talent here, but he’s never going to be consistent enough to warrant a spot in mixed leagues this year.
  • LAA Shortstop #2
    Luis Rengifo went 2-for-3 with two runs scored against the A’s on Monday.
    Rengifo was hit in the wrist by a pitch in his first at-bat and was clearly in pain for a bit, but he was able to continue and pick up two knocks afterwards. He scored multiple runs in a game for the first time since May 28.