Polanco's third homer of the season gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of a game they'd go on to lose. After a slow start in the power department, he's now hit three homers in his last nine games to raise his slugging percentage to.539.
Pence's fifth bomb of the season came off Noah Syndergaard, and gave the Giants a three-run lead in a game the Giants won easily. He has now driven in three runs in back-to-back games to give him 22 on the season, and he raised his slugging percentage to.511.
Pagan exited Sunday's matchup with the Mets early after tweaking his leg, but now the specifics of the ailment are known. Considering the injury history of Pagan, look for the Giants to take a conservative approach with reintroducing him to action. In the meantime, Gregor Blanco should see some extra reps in the San Francisco outfield.
A limping Pagan was tagged out before reaching second base, but he was able to plate a run to give the Giants a 5-0 lead. Gregor Blanco entered the game in the bottom half of the inning to replace Pagan in left field. The Giants should provide more specificity with Pagan's injury after the game.
Van Slyke hasn't been cleared to do any baseball activities since being placed on the 15-day DL back on April 12, so until he resumes working out again, it'll be difficult to speculate on a return date. Fortunately for the Dodgers, they're about as well-stocked as any squad in the league in outfield depth, so Van Slyke's ongoing absence shouldn't hurt the team, especially with Carl Crawford (back) recently returning from the DL.
The talented sophomore is now working on an 11-game hitting streak, and has multi-hit efforts in the first two games of the series against the Indians. While the overwhelming majority of his hits over his current streak have been singles, Herrera has also been highly proficient in drawing ree passes. He's already walked 23 times on the season, and is now slashing .313/.462/.425 over his first 80 at-bats.
In the midst of a 5-for-39 slump, Puig was given the day off Saturday, but will return to a prominent spot in the batting order the very next day. Regular leadoff man Chase Utley will rest with a southpaw on the hill for the opposing Padres, but rather than roll with Enrique Hernandez atop the order (as manager Dave Roberts has done in the past), Puig will be called upon to get things going. A .313 OBP to start the 2016 season doesn't necessarily scream "leadoff man," but Puig does have two hits in three career at-bats against Pomeranz, potentially a sign of better things to come.
Due to the Dodgers' outfield depth, manager Dave Roberts will likely have the freedom to rest Crawford every time a lefty takes the mound for the opposing team, including Sunday's matchup against southpaw Drew Pomeranz. Crawford is just 5-for-25 at the dish since returning to the lineup, but that likely isn't the primary reason Enrique Hernandez will receive the start in left field.
Pederson will take a seat with lefty Drew Pomeranz on the hill for the Padres, allowing Trayce Thompson to get the start in center field. Thompson appears to be the regular option against southpaws, as he's started over Pederson each time the Dodgers have faced a lefty this year. After batting .216 against left-handed pitching in 2015 and starting this season 2-for-10, the Dodgers seem comfortable utilizing Pederson in this platoon.
Yelich gets his first off day of the year Sunday with manager Don Mattingly giving Ichiro Suzuki the nod in left. Through 23 games this season, Yelich has lived up to preseason expectations, slashing .346/.471/.481 with 18 walks against just 17 strikeouts. He figures to rejoin the lineup when the Marlins return from their road trip Tuesday to host the Diamondbacks.