Peter Bourjos CF/RF/DH PHI 6 hours ago

Bourjos is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The usual starter in right field, Bourjos will give way to David Lough on Wednesday. Lough will bat seventh against the Cardinals' Mike Leake.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 6 hours ago

Espinosa went 0-for-4 in the Nats' win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon, dropping his season line to .185/.292/.272.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Meanwhile, Trea Turner is hitting .309/.393/.443 with a pair of homers and 10 steals in 10 attempts at Triple-A Syracuse through 25 games. The Nationals may be contemplating a change in the near future, as it's quickly becoming difficult to justify the top of the organizational depth chart at short given Espinosa's prolonged slump to begin 2016.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 6 hours ago

Harper went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI in the Nats' win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Prior to the multi-hit game Wednesday, Harper was mired in a 2-for-26 slump (13 strikeouts). He's now sitting with 10 home runs through 27 games this season, putting him on pace to threaten the 50-homer plateau by the end of 2016 if he can maintain his current power production.

Stephen Strasburg SP WSH 6 hours ago

Strasburg improved to 5-0 with six innings of two-run ball against the Royals on Wednesday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He fanned seven in the outing, while walking just one and scattering five hits. Strasburg will make a pair of home starts next week, first facing the Tigers on Monday before a turn against the Marlins on May 15.

Zach Davies SP MIL 6 hours ago

Davies struck out three and walked three while holding the Angels to two runs on five hits over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The quality start Wednesday is Davies' first of the 2016 campaign in four tries. Given the lack of alternatives, he'll continue to occupy a spot in the Milwaukee rotation for the foreseeable future, but his struggle with walks during his brief time as a big league starter continues to be problematic. At his best, Davies will keep the ball down in the strike zone and induce a steady supply of groundouts. He's lined up for a two-start week, beginning Monday at Miami followed by a May 14 turn at home against the Padres.

Alex Presley LF MIL 6 hours ago

Presley went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout while batting second for the Brewers in a losing effort Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He moved up to the No. 2 spot in the order while Jonathan Villar was in the leadoff spot Wednesday, thanks to another scratch for Domingo Santana (shoulder). Through 10 games, Presley is 6-for-21 with a homer, five RBI and a 3:4 BB:K in part-time duty for the Brewers. Currently, his playing time hinges on the health of Santana, Ryan Braun, and the performance of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ramon Flores.

Geovany Soto C LAA 6 hours ago

Soto went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Angels' win over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Wednesday's start marked the fourth time in the last six games that Soto has been given the nod behind the plate over Carlos Perez. If that distribution of playing time holds up, Soto may emerge as an option in deeper two-catcher formats thanks to his ability to provide cheap pop from behind the dish.

Mike Trout CF LAA 6 hours ago

Trout went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI in the Angels' win over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With seven hits in the series against the Brewers, Trout raised his season average from .286 to .317 over the course of three-game Interleague set. The long ball Wednesday was his second in three games, and the seventh in 28 games this season.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 6 hours ago

Santiago struck out four and walked four while giving up three runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings in a no-decision against Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Angels rallied against the Milwaukee bullpen Wednesday, preventing Santiago from getting the victory on a day in which he labored to the tune of 116 pitches. If the current schedule holds up, Santiago will make two starts next week, first taking the ball Tuesday at home against the Cardinals before a second turn May 15 at Seattle.

Joe Smith RP LAA 6 hours ago

Smith recorded a six-out save against the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon with a pair of scoreless innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He struck out two and allowed just one hit, throwing 28 pitches in the appearance. The Angels did not use Smith on Monday or Tuesday, and with an off-day on the schedule Thursday, he should be available as needed Friday for the team's weekend series opener against Tampa Bay.