Plouffe had three hits and scored four runs in a rout to open the weekend series.Analysis:
Longoria, who had failed to record multiple hits in his previous six games, brought out with a 3-for-4 performance Friday. He added a double and a home run, driving in three runs and scoring once in the blowout.
Longoria has struggled through the worst season of his career so far, hitting just .254/.327/.397, with 16 home runs and 70 RBI in 128 games.Analysis:
His final numbers didn't look so hot, but he showed his potential with a couple nice weeks. When the White Sox finally shipped him to Triple-A Charlotte, he slumped so badly that he fell off the radar for a while, but he's rebounded in July and August, batting .288 (51 for 177) with six homers and 14 doubles. Most encouraging is his exceptional on-base percentage during that time thanks to a 35-to-30 strikeout to walk ratio. His plate discipline put him on the map as a prospect last year but hasn't been as evident during his time in the big leagues so far.
So why isn't he up yet? Good question, but MLB.com has reported he will be when rosters expand in September. My guess is he gets most of the at-bats then, and with an Ian Kinsler-like combination of power and speed, I could see him making an impact in Fantasy.Analysis:
Machado has been out since August 11 due to a knee sprain. He'll have surgery on his right knee next week, and will likely be lost for the season. Machado ruptured a ligament in his left knee last season. He's hit .278/.324/.431 over 327 at-bats.Analysis:
Lawrie has been sidelined since August 5 due to an oblique injury. Lawrie is currently rehabbing in Arizona. Manager John Gibbons said he has no idea when Lawrie will return. "When he'll be back, I have no idea, nobody knows," Gibbons said. Lawrie hit .247/.301/.421 over 259 at-bats.Analysis:
Middlebrooks replaced outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth inning. Cespedes left the game due to personal reasons. Middlebrooks wound up providing the only hit for Boston. He finished 1 for 2, with a double. Middlebrooks said his hamstring is not 100 percent, but he was able to play through the injury.Analysis:
Wheeler was sent down in early August to make room for the team's trade deadline acquisitions. He hit .267/.267/.467 in 30 at-bats with the Yankees earlier in the season.Analysis:
Aviles added two singles early in the game before going deep in the ninth inning. Aviles unloaded on an 89 mph cutter for the solo shot to start the ninth. He finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.Analysis:
Donaldson has just three hits in 21 at-bats since slugging two home runs in Kansas City on Aug. 12.Analysis:
Sano has misssed nearly the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. He's considered one of the team's best prospects.Analysis: