Wong went 2-for-3 with a RBI in the Cardinals win over the Brewers Tuesday. Wong is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak and outplaying his 2.7 percent ownership in FOX Fantasy baseball leagues. The fifth-year second baseman has shown patience at the plate with an 11.8 percent walk rate and 12.9 percent K-rate.
Quick Hits: Part I
It was a rough day at the office for several big names … Carlos Gonzalez came up just short of the infamous golden sombrero when he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts … Gonzalez is hitting just .216 this season and has just one hit after he was struck in the hand by a pitch on April 19 … Gonzalez’s Colorado cohort DJ LeMahieu was hitless in three at-bats Tuesday … Mike Napoli did in fact earn the aforementioned golden sombrero when he whiffed four times in an 8-7 loss to the Astros.
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The Giants Brandon Belt finished 2-for-5 with a double and two- RBI in Tuesday’s loss to the Dodgers. Despite his 26.7 percent K-rate, Belt is showing some nice pop with 12 extra-base hits, including four homers and 13 RBI. He’s also drawing a considerable amount of walks with 18 on the season.
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We have to give Buxton some credit for sticking it out through his ulcer-inducing April. After wandering through a hitless desert filled with strikeouts, Buxton has seven hits in his last eight games, including his first tater of the season. Sure it came against a pitcher with a 9.64 ERA and 1.93 WHIP, but you have to start somewhere.
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Philly’s towering 6-foot-5-inch outfielder is making Howie Kendrick’s eventual return from the DL a little more complicated. Kendrick is expected to return within the next week. Would manager Pete Mackanin really demote Altherr back to the pine after slashing .333/.404/.627 with two dingers and thirteen RBI? He will not maintain his .424 BABIP. Similar to Wong, Altherr is owned in just about 2.7 percent of FOX leagues. I would expect that number to rise quickly. Nab him now if you need production from the OF spot.
Milwaukee's catcher conundrum
How will Milwaukee handle their catcher situation? Both Jett Bandy and Manny Pina are hitting .300+ in almost the exact same number of plate appearances (57 for Pina, 56 for Bandy). Neither of them has spent any time at first base this season. It will be interesting to see how Brewers manager Craig Counsell changes anything going forward. Pina has been the better hitter in terms of average at .385. He is also sporting a .382 average against right-handed pitchers compared to Bandy’s .267. However, Bandy has shown more power with four homers.
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Quick Hits: Part II
Matt Harvey surrendered six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in New York’s loss to the Braves … Harvey has posted back-to-back starts in which he’s allowed six earned runs and a homer ... There were a few other terrible pitching performances to keep Harvey company … Kansas City’s Danny Duffy surrendered six runs in five innings against the White Sox … the Sox tagged him for 10 total hits … San Fran’s Matt Moore lasted just 3 1/3 innings when he was smacked around for nine earned runs, six hits and five walks … On the bright side, did you know R.A. Dickey was still alive? … The Braves starter engineered his third quality start of the season Tuesday, holding the Mets to three earned runs over six innings.
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Baez just short of cycle
Chicago’s utility man went 4-for-4 with a home run, falling a double short of the cycle in the Cubs win over Philadelphia. Baez has received spotty playing time this season, but he clearly has some fantasy potential in the right matchup. Last night’s game upped his line to .269/.315/.507, and he’s hitting a healthy .340 against righties.
The dreaded and mysterious “tightness” continues to plague major leaguers. Corey Kluber has reportedly been experiencing back tightness and may see a stint on the DL. He is listed as day-to-day for the time being.