Perez is batting .286 with one double, one RBI, one run and five strikeouts in 11 games (seven starts) for Atlanta.Analysis:
John Mayberry will get the start in left field and bat fifth. Manager Terry Collins said Cuddyer would need a day or two off, but he does not think a DL stint will be necessary. Cuddyer is unlikely to play on Thursday.Analysis:
Byrd has homered three times in 10 games since coming off the disabled list June 19. Nine of his 13 home runs have been solo homers.
Byrd is batting .311 (14 for 45) with a .511 slugging percentage, .837 OPS, six runs, five RBI, one walk and seven strikeouts in his last 10 games.Analysis:
Crawford is on the disabled list with a torn right oblique. He has been sidelined since April 28.Analysis:
Braun has hit in five straight games and is 11 for 17 over that stretch. He's 8 for his last 10.Analysis:
Grichuk went 3 for 5 at the plate and he connected off Chris Sale in the fourth inning for a solo home run.
"I felt pretty comfortable up there," Grichuk said after his first time facing Sale, per MLB.com. "He blew it by me the first [at-bat], but ... I went into the dugout and still felt comfortable about the at-bat even though he did K me up. I went into the other at-bats confident and put good swings on good pitches."
Prior to his three-hit game Tuesday, Grichuk was hitting .289 with three home runs and seven RBI in his last 10 games.
"I have some at-bats where I have some hiccups," Grichuk said, "but I've felt, in total, that I've been putting together some good at-bats lately."Analysis:
Pence will initially swing a fungo bat off a tee before taking live batting practice. He has been sidelined since June 2 with a wrist injury.Analysis:
While Hamilton is currently batting leadoff as Brandon Phillips is sidelined due to injury, manager Bryan Price said Hamilton could stay in that spot if he continues to perform well.
“If he can do what he did yesterday on a regular basis, that would be great,” Price said, per MLB.com. “You guys know, the great importance of that role is you know that guy is going to get the most at-bats on your ballclub, and he needs to be on base.”
Price added Hamilton is still finding his way from the left side of the plate as a switch-hitter. Although, he is improving on bunt hits. After starting 0 for 6 on bunt-hit attempts, he is now 6 for 17 (.353).
“The more balls he gets on the ground, the more chances he has of getting on base,” Price said. “I still believe that’s the role he will fill for this team. It just has to come on a more consistent basis before he returns full-time to the leadoff spot.”Analysis:
Blackmon, who had his hitting streak end Sunday, has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. He has three of his 10 home runs in the last 15 games.
He is batting .316 (18 for 57) with a .596 slugging percentage, three home runs, 13 RBI, 10 runs, eight walks, 14 strikeouts and seven stolen bases in his last 15 games.Analysis: