George Springer RF HOU 9 minutes ago

Springer led off the bottom of the first with a homer and added another solo shot in the bottom of the fifth Thursday in a 4-2 win over Baltimore.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It'd odd to see Springer leading off because power has definitively been his hallmark -- he now has 11 homers, but has been caught on six of his nine steal attempts. He does draw walks and get on base, but Springer's ultimate place is in the middle of the lineup; unfortunately for those counting on him for RBI, the Astros have no shortage of low-average power hitters who they need to fit into heart of the the order.

Kevin Gausman P BAL 14 minutes ago

Gausman (0-2) struck out seven, but allowed four runs on five hits and a walk over five innings Thursday in a 4-2 loss to the Astros.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gausman's improved control this year has been an asset, but he was around the plate a little too much in this one, serving up three homers that accounted for all four runs. That said, his 37:9 K:BB in 41.2 innings remains quite impressive, so despite his lack of wins, Gausman is showing good signs that he's finally arriving as a legitimate mid-rotation starter. He'll make his next start Tuesday against the division-rival Red Sox.

Lance McCullers SP HOU 20 minutes ago

McCullers (1-1) picked up his first win of the year with five innings of one-run ball against Baltimore on Thursday, striking out 10 while working around six walks and one hit.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The one hit was a Mark Trumbo solo homer; McCullers was able to strand the six men who reached via the free pass, but all those walks and strikeouts drove up his pitch count to 108 in just five frames. We've seen McCullers show his typically impressive bat-missing ability since his return from a shoulder injury, but his control has also been on the fritz -- he owns a 21:12 K:BB in 15.2 innings. The 22-year-old righty should put it all together eventually, but don't count on that to happen in his next start, Tuesday on the road against Arizona.

Ryan Braun LF/RF MIL 1 hour ago

Braun went 1-for-3 with a home run against Atlanta on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 32-year-old slugger is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games, going 13-for-41 (.317) over that span. His .OPS of 1.026 ranks third in the NL.

Hernan Perez 2B/SS/3B/DH MIL 1 hour ago

Perez went 1-for-1 with a triple as a pinch-hitter against the Braves on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perez pinch-hit for Scooter Gennett and made the most of his opportunity with a two-run triple. The two RBI gave him eight in the year, and while he's not known for his offense, he's having a breakout year offensively with three homers in 55 at-bats.

Jonathan Villar SS/3B/DH MIL 1 hour ago

Villar went 2-for-4 with a home runs, two runs and a walk Thursday against Atlanta.

Competitive Edge Analysis

One night after being credited with the game-winning RBI, Villar hit his second homer of the season. The switch-hitting shortstop has been pretty good of late, and has collected hits in eight of the past 10 games. He's hit .293 with five doubles over that span.

Wily Peralta SP MIL 2 hours ago

Peralta (3-5) only tossed 5.1 innings allowing two earned runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts, but it was enough to get the win Thursday against the Braves.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Peralta struggles with effectiveness, and needed 95 pitches to cover 5.1 frames, but this time it was enough for the win. For what it's worth, Peralta also contributed at the plate with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning. Peralta saw his ERA drop for the second straight game, and now it sits at 6.62. His next start will happen against the Cardinals next Tuesday.

Matt Wisler SP ATL 2 hours ago

Wisler (2-4) tossed six innings Thursday against the Brewers, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while fanning seven.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 23-year-old righty has fanned at least seven in three straight outings, and he threw his fifth straight quality start despite the loss. During his last five outings, Wisler has punched out 27 and walked eight through 36 frames. His numbers aren't sexy by any means, but he's on the right track for sure, and he'll look to keep it going in his next start against the Giants on Tuesday.

Tyler Flowers C ATL 2 hours ago

Flowers went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and a walk Thursday against the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Flowers gave Atlanta a two-run lead in the first inning with his homer, and the 30-year-old backstop has hit safely in seven of the past nine games. Over that span, Flowers has hit .333 with four extra-base hits, and he seems to be heating up at the plate.

15DMike Moustakas 3B KC 2 hours ago

Moustakas has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Rustin Rodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Royals will turn to Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield in the short term, but they might be forced to seek for a trade in the long run. Moustakas' loss is a big one for Kansas City, as the third baseman was expected to be a key part of the Royals' offense, and he hit .240 with seven homers in 104 at-bats. Outfielder Brett Eibner was recalled from Triple-A as a corresponding roster move.