d'Arnaud broke a scoreless tie with his shot in the top of the fourth inning, but the A's were able to pick up four runs in the bottom half of the inning and hold the lead over the remainder of the game. He has hit .227/.293/.395 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 286 at-bats.Analysis:
Gattis homered just once in his first 20 games after the All-Star break, but he's collected two home runs in his last four games. He has hit .277/.330/.516 with 19 home runs and 48 RBI in 310 at-bats.Analysis:
At the time, he was expected to miss 8-12 weeks, but as I mentioned in my latest Rankings Review, where I touch on several of the changes I made to my-rest-of-season rankings, swinging a bat would seem to the biggest hurdle following surgery on his thumb. The Cardinals are fighting for their lives right now, caught in a tight battle for both the NL Central title and the wild card, so they'd like to have him back as soon as possible.
Besides, the surgery was nearly six weeks ago, so even if his return is still two weeks away, a player of his caliber is worth that sort of wait.
Molina was in a deep funk at the time of his injury and still ranked sixth among catchers in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. He ranked fourth and first in those formats a year ago.Analysis:
Sanchez will be out indefinitely following the revelation of a second concussion, and manager Bruce Bochy said there's a chance his season is over. The catcher has hit .196/.237/.301 with three home runs and 28 RBI in 163 at-bats.Analysis:
Ramos struck in the seventh inning. With his team down a run, Ramos clubbed a two-run shot out to center on an 82 mph slider. He also singled earlier in the game. Ramos finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.Analysis:
Castillo put his team on the board with his fifth-inning shot, which was his second home run in the month. He has hit .240/.305/.389 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 283 at-bats.Analysis:
Saltalamacchia has just six hits in his last 41 at-bats and hasn't homered since July 21. His average has fallen from .232 to .219.Analysis:
The blast ended a power outage for Grandal that had lasted since July 20 and had sent his slugging percentage tumbling from .388 to .365.Analysis:
Butera blasted off with a man on base in the second inning to give his team a 3-0 lead. It was his first RBI since June 6. He also singled in the victory.Analysis: