Rutledge missed Monday and Tuesday due to an illness, and it seems like he's getting better, as the team optioned a reserve infielder Wednesday. He has hit .307/.358/.486 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 140 at-bats.Analysis:
Gregorius gave his team a 5-1 lead with his fourth homer, a two-run blast in the ninth inning. He also singled and stole a base.
The second-year player has nine hits in his last 23 at-bats with two home runs.Analysis:
"Unless we do speed dating, I think that's safe to say [that any deal will wait until winter]," one person involved in the talks told Heyman.
Gonzalez and Tulowitzki are both under long-term deals with the Rockies, but the team's struggles have pushed them into considering a move. The Mets would likely have to part with much of their young pitching talent to get the deal done, but that will likely have to wait until the offseason. The report also indicates a deal for Gonzalez is more likely than Tulowitzki, once talks resume after Thursday.Analysis:
Rollins reached base twice and scored each time, and he did all the work on one of them. He slugged a solo home run in the third inning, and then scored following a walk in the seventh, finishing 1 for 4 in the win.
Rollins' overall average has tumbled all the way to .239 during the month of July, but he has remained productive while hitting six of his 14 home runs so far in the month.Analysis:
Adames is needed with Josh Rutledge out due to an upper-respiratory infection. He has hit .276/.332/.351 with two home runs, 40 RBI and seven stolen bases in 348 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A.Analysis:
Mercer has become an option to hit second when a left-handed starter is on the hill, as was the case Monday with Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner.
"I think he gives us, against left-handed pitching, probably the best dynamic in that spot right now," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "From last season into this season, he’s been one of our better hitters against left-handed pitching. He’s a guy we’ve used to play some small ball with, a guy who’s shown an ability to barrel the ball. He’s leading the team in RBIs against left-handed pitching in probably less at-bats than the other guys had."
Mercer is batting .319 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .809 OPS in 40 games against lefties this season.Analysis:
Owings has been sidelined since June 25 with a shoulder injury. He's been slow to recover. There's currently no timetable for his return. Owings was hitting .277/.313/.458 over 238 at-bats.Analysis: