Mercer returns on a roll. He was 14 of 36 in his last eight games before going down.Analysis:
Ramirez had 13 hits in his previous seven games before going down. His stat line on the season is .277/.362/.444.Analysis:
Segura has not driven in a run in his last 21 games.Analysis:
Though he was removed from the game in the fourth inning against Washington and was walking with a noticeable limp after the game, Simmons said it wasn't hurting him.
"It's not a sprained ankle," Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's more of an Achilles thing, up high, that bites him every once in a while. I didn't want to take a chance with it."
Simmons ended his six-game hitting streak with a 0-for-2 performance and now owns a stat line of .251/.297/.374.Analysis:
Hechavarria was dealing with an arm injury. He missed one game due to the injury. Hechavarria is hitting .281/.312/.366 over 495 at-bats.Analysis:
And that's an exciting prospect for Fantasy owners now that he's proven at least competent at the weakest position in the game.
In his last 18 games, he's batting .303 with five home runs and a .984 OPS. He has struck out just twice in 66 at-bats during that stretch. In 43 games since the All-Star break (or since his return from the minors, more accurately), he has struck out just nine times in 140 at-bats.
That was his calling card in the minors, where he never struck out even 80 times in a season and was typically between 60 and 70. The high contact rate often resulted in a .300 batting average -- particularly in the upper levels, when he began to develop the power to hit 15-plus homers and 30-plus doubles.
It's a skill set similar to the one Edgardo Alfonzo brought with him to the majors in the late 90s. If you were playing Fantasy then, you'll probably remember he had a few years when he was a pretty stellar option even at the height of the steroids era. And he wasn't even a shortstop during that time.
Desmond slammed a two-run homer in the sixth to break a scoreless tie, then doubled in the ninth and tallied on a wild pitch as he had his hand in all of his team's runs. He improved his stat line to .252/.308/.423 in the process.Analysis: