Well, aside from the .333 batting average, that's Howard in a nutshell -- of his 87 at-bats this season, a whopping 41 have ended in either a homer (seven) or a strikeout (34). He's homered in consecutive games, but he's also posted five straight multi-strikeout games as part of a streak of 12 straight games with a whiff. Those fantasy owners willing to hold their noses and play Howard for the homers should know full well what they're getting into by now.
The Cubs first baseman had an extremely slow start to the season, but he has three straight multi-hit games. Rizzo has also reached safely in 11 of his last 12 games. Despite the poor batting average, Rizzo has been on base and hitting home runs all season long. He has nine home runs, a .467 on-base percentage and 1.159 OPS in 96 at-bats this season.
The first baseman has started May with a bang, going deep three times in the first three games of the month. Duda now has seven home runs, all of which have come since April 18. Since then, he is also batting .300 with 13 RBI and 10 runs.
Adams has been splitting time at first base fairly evenly with Brandon Moss this season, but in a surprise move, Yadier Molina will man first base Wednesday. That being said, Adams will likely get back into the lineup fairly soon, as Molina won't likely garner too many more starts at first base in the near future.
Moss and Matt Adams have been splitting time at first base fairly evenly, but in a rare move, Yadier Molina will garner the start at first base Wednesday. That being said, it's unlikely that Molina will get too many more starts at first base during the season, so Moss should be back in the lineup in the coming days.
Bour dislocated his left pinky finger in Tuesday's contest and it appears that it hasn't healed enough to get him back into the lineup for Wednesday's matchup. He'll remain day-to-day with his next opportunity to return coming Thursday for the series finale against Arizona. Derek Dietrich will fill in for him at first base Wednesday.
The Giants 2015 first round pick has picked up where he left off last season, now against better competition in High-A ball. With a 9:19 BB:K rate, his plate discipline is not bad for a power hitter. His season line now sits at a gaudy .372/.439/.663.
Although his batting average is down, the 26-year-old first baseman is demonstrating growth in a majority of offensive categories. Through 91 at-bats, Rizzo is at walking more, striking out less, making more contact and power (all of which are at career-high levels). The only thing holding him back is a .206 BABIP, which should eventually work its way back near his career .284 average.
Rodriguez will start for the third time in four games, and he will man first base and hit sixth against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Rodriguez has homered off Lester, but he also has just seven other hits and 14 strikeouts in 35 total at-bats against the Cubs lefty.
As has been the case the previous four times a left-hander started against the Pirates this season, Jaso will open on the bench Wednesday with Pittsburgh facing southpaw Jon Lester. Sean Rodriguez will take his place at first base, and Jordy Mercer will replace him atop the order.