Matt ShoemakerSP LAA 6 hours ago
Shoemaker threw six shutout innings, allowed five hits and one walk, and struck out six, but wound up with a no-decision Monday against the Astros.
Shoemaker has been absolutely brilliant over his past four starts, all quality starts. In 27.1 innings, he has allowed just five runs (four earned, 1.31 ERA) with 31 strikeouts against five walks. Unfortunately, the Angels have left him with three no-decisions and a loss over that stretch. One has to imagine Shoemaker's decision luck will turn around if he keeps pitching anywhere near this level, but the 32-45 Angels have been particularly awful in June, with an 8-16 record. Shoemaker has been providing big value in rates and strikeouts, but unfortunately the Angels' offense and bullpen can't be trusted to hold up their end of the bargain.
Daniel Murphy1B/2B/3B WSH 6 hours ago
Murphy went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI against the Mets on Monday.
Murphy cut the Nationals' deficit to 4-2 with a third-inning RBI fielder's choice, then extended their lead to 6-4 with a single in the next frame. While those moments of productivity ended up having little meaning in what turned into a blowout Washington win, the former Mets second baseman once again proved capable of delivering in the clutch. His .350/.392/.573 line suggests he's likely to continue doing so.
Will HarrisRP HOU 6 hours ago
Harris struck out two to work around two hits and record his seventh save in Monday's win over the Angels.
Harris has now given up five hits in his past two innings after giving up just 18 in his first 31.2 innings this year. Still, Harris was nasty enough to get out of the jam and remain perfect in save chances. He now has 34 strikeouts to back up his brilliant 0.80 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.
Jayson WerthLF/RF WSH 6 hours ago
Werth went 1-for-3 with a two-run double, two walks and a run scored in Monday's 11-4 win over the Mets.
Werth's fifth-inning double gave the Nationals a 10-4 lead, effectively sealing the victory. The veteran continues to find success batting second in the lineup in front of Bryce Harper, taking advantage of pitches to hit with four doubles in the past five games. His slugging percentage is up to .436 after a disappointing .384 mark last season.
Collin McHughSP HOU 6 hours ago
McHugh allowed two runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Monday against the Angels.
McHugh now has three straight no-decisions despite quality starts in all three outings. He had a tough opening to the season, as he owned a 6.59 ERA after his first six starts, but he has tightened things up since then. In his 10 starts since, he now owns a 3.71 ERA with a sharp 59:17 K:BB. That's right about in line with his performance from 2015 -- 3.89 ERA, 3.2 K/BB in 203.2 innings -- and a fair representation of what to expect from McHugh going forward.
Ben RevereOF WSH 6 hours ago
Revere went 4-for-5 with three runs, an RBI and three steals Monday against the Mets.
Washington played a lot of small ball to accrue its eleven runs, and Revere was right in the middle of those efforts with his four singles. The speedy leadoff man has finally come alive on the base paths of late, with eight of his 10 steals coming in the past 10 games. His value will skyrocket if that outburst is a sign of things to come following a 31-steal 2015 campaign.
Joe RossSP WSH 6 hours ago
Ross (7-4) rode the Nationals offense to victory over the Mets on Monday after allowing four runs on 10 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.
Ross gave up the game's first four runs, but ended up victorious nonetheless in what was ultimately a blowout 11-4 affair. He's now 4-0 in his last seven starts, and has a great chance of keeping the good times rolling with a Saturday home matchup against the Reds next on tap.
Wilmer Flores2B/SS/3B NYM 7 hours ago
Flores went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Monday's 11-4 loss to the Nationals.
Flores' playing time could be on the decline in the near future with the team's acquisition of infielder Jose Reyes, but he provided a strong reminder of his value with this performance. Still, the 24-year-old's .248/.315/.372 line could use some work.
Marcus SemienSS OAK 7 hours ago
Semien homered and drove in four runs in a 2-for-4 game in a win Monday over the Giants.
Semien now has a five-game hitting streak and now has three homers and eight RBI over this stretch. He now has five homers this month and is slugging a robust .517 this month. His OPS is back up to .778 after hitting a low point at .714 on June 19.
Daniel MengdenSP OAK 7 hours ago
Mengden had an excellent outing on Monday night against the Giants, allowing four hits and two runs over 7.2 innings to earn his first career win.
Mengden was throwing a shutout through seven innings, but allowed two runs in the eighth before being lifted for a reliever. He has now made four starts with the A's and has yet to allow more than three runs in any of the outings while striking out over a batter per inning. Mengden's solid start has solidified his spot in the A's rotation and he is next scheduled to take the hill on Sunday against the Pirates.