Yangervis Solarte will get the start at first base Saturday with Myers getting the day off. Myers is mired in a slump at the moment, batting just .163 over his last 49 at-bats. He figures to return to the lineup Sunday after his rest day.
Gonzalez has now hit safely in five of seven games since coming off a 12-game disabled list stint with back and elbow injuries, and Friday's homer was his first of the season overall. The veteran has plenty of ground to make up in that department, as he's hit no less than 18 round trippers in any of his previous five seasons. He has been putting good wood on the ball in the seven games since returning, as he's sporting a 28.6 percent line drive rate and 33.3 percent hard contact rate over that span.
The sixth-inning blast was his 13th homer of the season, keeping Bour one ahead of Giancarlo Stanton for the team lead. The first baseman is as hot as any hitter in the league right now, popping five of those home runs in his last seven games while compiling a .414/.433/.966 slash line.
The blast was his team-leading 13th of the season, leaving him one shy of his total from last season, but it was also his first since May 9. Reynolds enjoyed a fast start to 2016 before fading over the summer, hitting .307 in April and May but .234 in June and July, and a similar pattern may be about to repeat itself this year.
At the 20-day juncture, the Cardinals must either bring Martinez back to the big-league club, option him to Triple-A Memphis or return him to the disabled list. The 28-year-old is projected to put in some time at first base while with Palm Beach, as the recent trade of Matt Adams to the Braves has opened up the top backup job behind Matt Carpenter.
Freeman hasn't been able to piece together much during his limited times in the big leagues, but he has hit over .300 each of the past three seasons at Triple-A. He'll likely fill an organizational depth role for the Dodgers, but he could move his way back to the show if injuries strike the major-league club.
Zimmerman has played every game since May 12, so he'll get a night off after going 0-for-4 Thursday night. Adam Lind will pick up a start at first base in his stead.
The oft-injured first baseman batted just .232 in 34 games with Triple-A Sacramento, so the Giants opted to part ways with him to make room for other higher-upside prospects. Blanks has a good amount of big-league experience to his name, but his injury history could deter any potential suitors in free agency.
Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to six games with an eighth-inning double off reliever Jared Hughes and ultimately came around to score on a wild pitch. The first baseman now sports a career-best 1.046 OPS, good for eighth in all of baseball among qualifiers. It's fair to argue that Goldschmidt may even be more valuable in the fantasy realm thanks to his 12 steals, a total better than all the players above him on the OPS list.
He's batted third the last couple days with Andrew McCutchen getting a break. In his last 13 games, Bell has hit five doubles and four homers, giving him a .989 OPS. His overall line of .242/.329/.484 has been hampered a bit by a .250 BABIP, but he's still seeing plenty of pitches (4.08 per at-bat). Bell has been charged with only one error at first base and seems set at that position for the foreseeable future. With nine homers and a .242 ISO, the 25-year-old has become a leading contender for rookie of the year honors.