Yasiel Puig (CIN) - Yasiel Puig injured his shoulder on Sunday and he remained out of the Reds lineup on Wednesday. Puig has had a disappointing start to his Reds career, but his batted ball luck seems to indicate he's been rather unfortunate. Puig has a career BABIP of .313, yet his current rate of .235 stands out as a possible outlier given his 35% hard hit rate, which actually falls a tick above his career level. He also hasn't realized any gains from moving to the Great American Ballpark, something that he should see given the favorable fences and hitting environment in Cincinnati. As the weather heats up in the Midwest, expect Puig numbers to rise. That's all assuming his shoulder injury doesn't result in any long-term impact.
Luis Castillo (CIN) - Luis Castillo posted his first true dud of the season on Wednesday afternoon after failing to make it through three innings against the Brewers. Castillo finished with a line of 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3BB and 2K. On the day, he allowed two homeruns and saw his season ERA rise from 1.90 to 2.38 and moved closer towards closing the gap between that number and his xFIP, which currently resides art 3.17. Despite the blip, Castillo's performance this season has been legitimate, supporting his great 31% strikeout rate with a SwStr% of 15.3% and inducing groundballs nearly 60% of the time. Look for Castillo to bounceback in his next start.
Robinson Cano (NYM) - Robinson Cano left Wednesday's game in the 3rdinning with tightness in his quad, while Triple-A second baseman Luis Guillorme was pulled shortly after Cano left. This move is possibly an indication of the Mets' overall concern regarding Cano, so his owners should start looking for contingency plans for this weekend's lineups. Cano is showing definite signs of age-related regression with a 4% spike in his chase rate and 3% jump in his swinging strike rate. His contact rates have also fallen drastically, once being among the league's elite and now barely at league average. It's an end of an era for the "would have been" hall of famer. It might take more banned substances to stop the age-related regression.
Mike Moutstakas (MIL) - Mike Moustakas tattooed his 12thhomerun in the slugfest in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Moose has seen a sizeable boost to his HR/FB rate this season versus last year, but at 18%, he's not far off his rates in Kansas City in 2016 and 2017. Moustakas still generates the majority of his power against right-handed pitchers, but he does have 6 extra-base hits against same side pitchers this season. He's always going to be a potential batting average liability, but it's tough to complain about his run production at his position eligibility.
Brendan Rodgers (COL) -Rookie Brendan Rodgers notched three hits, including his first double of his major league career in a victory over the Pirates on Wednesday night. Rodgers has seen an infuriating amount of playing time in nearly his first full week of action, appearing in just 3 games. This type of usage will do little to justify his cost in FAAB and will make roster decisions very challenging moving forward. Perhaps Wednesday's game will earn him more playing time, but more likely, he will remain in some form of convoluted rotation with Ryan McMahon, Ian Desmond and Daniel Murphy.
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