Chris Shaw
Giants' Chris Shaw: Crushing the ball over his past ten games
Chris Shaw, 1B, SF
11:25 AM
News: Shaw is absolutely crushing the ball of late, slashing .487/.565/1.179 over his past ten games.

The Giants 2015 first round pick has picked up where he left off last season, now against better competition in High-A ball. With a 9:19 BB:K rate, his plate discipline is not bad for a power hitter. His season line now sits at a gaudy .372/.439/.663.

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Anthony Rizzo
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Extends hitting streak to seven games
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
9:43 AM
News: Rizzo went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a RBI and run in Tuesday's win against the Pirates.

Although his batting average is down, the 26-year-old first baseman is demonstrating growth in a majority of offensive categories. Through 91 at-bats, Rizzo is at walking more, striking out less, making more contact and power (all of which are at career-high levels). The only thing holding him back is a .206 BABIP, which should eventually work its way back near his career .284 average.

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Sean Rodriguez
Pirates' Sean Rodriguez: Starting at first base Wednesday
Sean Rodriguez, 1B, PIT
9:23 AM
News: Rodriguez is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs, MLB.com's Adam Berry reports.

Rodriguez will start for the third time in four games, and he will man first base and hit sixth against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Rodriguez has homered off Lester, but he also has just seven other hits and 14 strikeouts in 35 total at-bats against the Cubs lefty.

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John Jaso
Pirates' John Jaso: Not in Wednesday's lineup
John Jaso, 1B, PIT
9:07 AM
News: Jaso is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs, according to MLB.com's Adam Berry.

As has been the case the previous four times a left-hander started against the Pirates this season, Jaso will open on the bench Wednesday with Pittsburgh facing southpaw Jon Lester. Sean Rodriguez will take his place at first base, and Jordy Mercer will replace him atop the order.

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Ryan Howard
Phillies' Ryan Howard: Hits sixth home run against Cardinals
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
3:15 AM
News: Howard hit his a solo home run, his sixth, in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

The home run accounted for the only run of the game. Howard has been hitting for solid power this year, as his .226 isolated power would be his best since 2011, but he is striking out more than ever (34 percent) and will struggle to even reach the Mendoza line if he can't make more contact.

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Wil Myers
Padres' Wil Myers: Picks up two hits in win
Wil Myers, 1B, SD
1:39 AM
News: Myers went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and two RBI Tuesday against the Rockies.

Myers is getting excellent protection batting in front of Matt Kemp, and has taken advantage with hits in 15 of his last 16 appearances. The 25-year-old will liwkly take a small step back once his .392 BABIP regresses, but 2016 is still looking like a strong bounce-back campaign following an injury-plagued first season in San Diego.

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Chris Carter
Brewers' Chris Carter: Hammers two more home runs
Chris Carter, 1B, MIL
5/3/2016
News: Carter hit two home runs in Tuesday's win over the Angels, his eighth and ninth of the season.

Carter is slugging a ridiculous .713 as the cozy Miller Park seems to be working quite well with his swing. Eight of Carter's nine homers have come in Milwaukee, which had the highest home run park factor in the league last year according to ESPN. Carter is now on pace for 56 home runs, and while that's probably a touch unrealistic, this start gives him a solid chance to challenge his career high of 37, set in 2014 with Houston.

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Justin Bour
Marlins' Justin Bour: Dislocates left pinky, day-to-day
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA
5/3/2016
News: Bour dislocated his left pinky while sliding into a base and is considered day-to-day, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

Bour didn't even start Tuesday's contest, entering the game in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter. Fortunately, he avoided a fracture that would likely cost him extended time. He will have a chance to return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday but would likely be replaced at first by either Chris Johnson or Derek Dietrich should he be unable to go.

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Brandon Belt
Giants' Brandon Belt: Another three-hit game Monday
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
5/3/2016
News: Belt went 3-for-4 with a walk, a triple, an RBI and a pair of runs in Monday's 9-6 victory over the Reds.

Belt filled up the stat sheet with another three-hit game Monday, his second over his last five games. He is quietly having a breakout season at age 28. He doesn't hit a ton of home runs, which may suppress his perceived value, but if you look at his slash line of .310/.431/.517 (all career-highs), you can see that he is poised for a big season. While it isn't an exciting comparison, Belt should be in the same breath as Eric Hosmer in terms of value. The combination of excellent contact, plate discipline and gap power while hitting in the middle of a strong lineup should lead to career-highs in both runs and RBI this season.

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Ryan Zimmerman
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Two doubles in Monday's win
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS
5/3/2016
News: Zimmerman went 2-for-4 Monday with two doubles and an RBI in a 2-0 win over the Royals.

It's just his second multi-hit performance in his last 16 games, and Zimmerman's slash line has sagged to .234/.310/.338 on the season. Manager Dusty Baker continues to hit him in the cleanup spot behind Bryce Harper, but that could soon change if Zimmerman isn't able to pick up the pace.

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