Rizzo blasted his fourth homer in eight games. His two-run shot in the first inning proved to be the only scoring. He is 4 for 6 with three runs and three RBI in the last two games to improve his stat line to .279/.378/.517.Analysis:
Yeah, everyone can see he's batting .306 (19 for 62) with six home runs and a 1.096 OPS in August, and some might remember he's been a strong finisher in the past. But I'm talking about something that's been going on all season.
I'm talking about a career-high walk rate and a career-low strikeout rate. OK, so he technically had a better strikeout rate as a 25-year-old platoon player in 2005, but you get the idea: dramatically improved discipline.
For as many ways as players regress in their mid-30s, they do typically improve in that one area. Even though his batting average is now a perfectly sustainable .272 thanks to a horrendous July, LaRoche still has a .376 on-base percentage. He's averaged about as many Head-to-Head points per game this year (3.13) as Freddie Freeman (3.17).
Given his history as a strong finisher, I'd plan to stick with him the rest of the way.Analysis:
Morneau had missed the team's previous two games as a result of his injury, but is batting third and starting at first base for his return. LeMahieu had missed just the one game, and is batting eighth and playing second base Tuesday.Analysis:
Duda, who finished 1 for 3 with one walk, has three home runs in 18 August games. However, he is batting .217 with just six RBI this month.Analysis:
Jones is not only 12 of 63 against southpaws this season, but he's mired in a 3-for-31 slide overall in which he has hit safely in just two of his last 10 games. His .244 average is at its lowest point since May 13.Analysis:
In order to make room on the roster, the club optioned infielder Ben Paulsen to Triple-A. Pitcher Tommy Kahnle was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Michael Cuddyer was activated from the DL Saturday, filling Kahnle's roster spot.Analysis:
Votto has been out since July 8 with a strained left quad, and this move will keep him out until at least early September. He is still a few weeks from beginning baseball activities, so this likely does not change his timetable much.Analysis:
Campbell provided all of the Mets' offense with his fourth-inning home run, and that would prove enough to get them the win. He drove in three runs with his homer, while finishing the game 1 for 3 with a walk.
Campbell has been a productive bench option for the Mets, though Friday's was just his second home run of the season. He is hitting .299/.345/.403 in 134 at-bats.Analysis:
Belt will meet with the specialist in Pittsburgh. He's been out since August 6 after being hit in the face with a ball during warmups. Belt hit .237/.296/.446 in 186 at-bats.Analysis: