Didi Gregorius has a .344 batting average and a name that sounds like it comes from Game of Thrones. What more could you want? The Yankees shortstop went 4-for-4 in a 5-3 win over the Angels. He’s currently riding a 14-game hitting streak and has multi-hit efforts in seven of his last nine games. Gregorius rarely walks (3.5 percent walk rate), but he’s managed to keep his strikeout rate at a reasonable 13.5 percent.
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Quick Hits: Part I
Aaron Judge slugged his 22nd home run of the season, a two-run shot that lifted New York in their win over LA … Yu Darvish pitched seven strong innings, struck out four and surrendered just one run in Texas’ 6-1 win over Houston … Darvish hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a game since April 18 … Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a run scored, RBI, walk and stolen base in Boston’s 6-5 win over Philadelphia … Betts is slashing .276/.360/.477 with nine taters in 34 RBI.
Cordero knocks first HR
Outfielder Franchy Cordero hit his first career homer in a 9-3 win over the Reds Monday night. Cordero is sporting a .298/.353/.511 batting line over 51 major league plate appearances this season. He doesn’t have much power, but his 29 runs scored and eight stolen bases in Triple-A show he has the burst to contribute on the base paths.
Haniger returns to form
Mitch Haniger was on fire before he hit the DL in late April. His average had soared as high as .338 before the injury. It looks like he’s picking up right where he left off with a four-hit, two-RBI effort in Seattle’s 14-3 rout of the Twins Monday. Haniger is now hitting .348 over 106 plate appearances with 24 runs scored and 18 RBI.
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Mazara bringing them home
Nomar Mazara added three more RBI Monday, bringing his season total to 44. Mazara is ranked seventh in the league among outfielders in RBI among some pretty impressive company. He’s just ahead of Marcell Ozuna (43 RBI) and right behind Jay Bruce (45 RBI) who’ve both been playing out of their minds this season.
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Taillon solid after surgery
Jameson Taillon returned just five weeks after cancer surgery to lead the Pirates to a solid 7-2 win over the Rockies. Taillon didn’t get the quality start, but he held one of the best offenses in baseball scoreless and picked up five K’s. When healthy, Taillon is a decent option on the back end of fantasy rotations. He posted three quality starts in April before he hit the DL.
Seattle reliever Edwin Diaz has given up just one run in his last eight appearances and is the proud owner of a hearty 11.47 K/9. Diaz struggled early in the season, but has flourished since manager Scott Servais briefly demoted him.
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Quick Hits: Part II
The Braves edged the Nationals in an 11-10 shootout … Nick Markakis went yard for the second time this season and drove in two … Bryce Harper launched his 16th moonshot of the season and scored twice … the game featured five lead changes and disastrous starts from starters Mike Foltynewicz and Stephen Strasburg … the two combined for 14 earned and six(!) homers over 8 1/3 innings … Atlanta’s Jim Johnson would eventually earn his 13th save of the season after Atlanta pulled ahead with a three-run ninth.