It was a positive weekend for the rookie, as he took his first two walks of the season and capped off the series with his fourth homer. Renfroe's 18:2 K:BB ratio indicates that he is still the extremely-aggressive hitter we thought he would be this season, but the power has been as advertised as well.
Pence returned to the lineup Sunday after receiving a day off Saturday to rest his knee, so there was understandably a bit of concern when manager Bruce Bochy removed him from the game in the seventh inning. It turns out the Giants' skipper simply wanted to get his veteran out of what had become a blowout in an effort not to re-aggravate his knee. The 34-year-old has become injury-prone over the last two seasons after being the model health prior to 2015, but he appears to have avoided a serious injury for now.
Werth missed the finale against Atlanta and the first two games of the Mets series with a groin issue. Fortunately, it was not a setback of any kind that forced him out Sunday; rather Baker had planned all along to take Werth out late in the game on a cold night in New York. The skipper suggested he will do the same thing in Colorado.
Of course, the training staff could overrule Cespedes, but the 31-year-old seems confident he will get the green light to play in Tuesday's series opener against Atlanta. Cespedes sat out Sunday for a third consecutive game, but he was reportedly OK to pinch hit. The Mets were swept in the weekend series against the Nats, scoring a total of seven runs in three games without Cespedes in the lineup.
Pederson grounded in the top of the inning and then was replaced in the field by Enrique Hernandez half an inning later, which the team said was merely precautionary. Although hamstring injuries can be tricky, there is a decent chance he will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, assuming it's nothing worse than the team is letting on.
A late addition to the lineup, Kivlehan made the most of his opportunity, and his double in the bottom of the sixth inning put the Reds up 6-2. The 27-year-old outfielder has been limited to just 21 plate appearances this season, so without more consistent at-bats, his fantasy value is capped.
Schebler has squeezed the most out of his .175/.257/.397 slash line, as he has seven runs, four home runs and nine RBI through 70 plate appearances. He's shown nice power upside in the minors and currently sports an unsustainably low .159 BABIP, so the 26-year-old outfielder is still in play in deeper fantasy settings.
Werth said after he first got injured that he believed he'd be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, and it appears he was right. He'll look to continue his solid start to the season in which he has slashed .289/.347/.489 in 49 plate appearances thus far.
Hamilton flared a single in the bottom of the first inning and stole second and third base on the next two pitches. His .273 on-base percentage has limited his opportunities to steal bases to this point, but he's converted nine of 10 attempts and is locked into the leadoff spot. Reaching base is the key for the speedster.
As expected, Cespedes will remain out Sunday. In his place, Michael Conforto will start in left field. The Mets have Monday off, so consider Cespedes day-to-day heading into Tuesday's matchup against the Braves.