1. Yunel Escobar, Washington Nationals. Remember when the Nationals were the biggest flop since Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign? Now they've won 11 of 13 after Escobar went 5-for-5 in an 11-1 thrashing of the Diamondbacks. If that sounds familiar, that's because it is: Escobar went 5-for-5 on May 4. So, let's dig into our 5-for-5 history books.
Escobar is the first player in Nationals history with two 5-for-5 games in one season. Andre Dawson had two in 1983, back when the franchise was in Montreal.
The most recent player with two 5-for-5 games in a season is Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies in 2014.
Since 1914, via the Baseball-Reference Play Index, only three players have had three 5-for-5 games in one season: Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Stan Musial, Tony Gwynn and Ichiro Suzuki. Bunch of chumps.
Also since 1914, the distinction of most 5-for-5 games in a career belongs to Pete Rose, with eight. This is pretty neat: His last one came in 1986, 21 years after his first one in 1965.
2. Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers. Staked to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, Lewis held the Royals in check in an 8-2 victory in which he allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings. The Royals were held to five hits, which matched their lowest total of the season; they've gotten five hits four times in the past nine games after getting six or more in each of their first 22 games. Lewis has been solid all season for Texas, allowing a .220 average and just three home runs in 45 innings. On offense, the Rangers took advantage of a wild Danny Duffy, who walked six batters in 3 2/3 innings and has allowed 10 runs in 4 2/3 innings over his past two starts. Bonus: Adrian Beltre hit his 399th career home run, and Elvis Andrus tried to touch his head. Be careful, Elvis.
4. Ubaldo Jimenez, Baltimore Orioles. With each outing, we can start to believe a little bit more in Jimenez, who allowed two runs in seven innings in a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays. He has worked closely with former major leaguer Ramon Martinez to develop consistency in his mechanics and release point, and he has held hitters to a .188 average so far. There's some BABIP luck going on there, but Jimenez's well-hit percentage is .102 -- compared to .145 last year -- and he has improved both his walk and strikeout rates. The Orioles' rotation entered Monday ranked 27th in FanGraphs WAR, so the O's needed this one.
5. Atlanta Braves. The Braves handed Aroldis Chapman his second loss in his past two outings, as Phil Gosselin led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single, went to second on a Nick Markakis hit, stole third and then scored on a wild pitch.