Utley recorded his first triple of the season on Thursday, and is has had a hit in each of his last six games. He is hitting .450 (9 for 20) with four doubles, a triple and three RBI over that span. He owns a .169/.250/.292 slash line with three homers and 18 RBI over 148 plate appearances this season.
Philadelphia is considered an underdog (+245) at Washington, per VegasInsider.com.
Phillips bumped Zack Cozart to the No. 2 hole against right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
Phillips is hitting .357 (25 for 70) with two homers, 11 RBI and six walks over his last 19 games played. Cozart has just one hit over his last 16 at-bats.
Cincinnati is an underdog (+155) at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.
Owings has remained inconsistent all season. The latest example was a 12-for-22 outburst followed by his current 2-for-17 slide. It all adds up to a mediocre .252/.273/.367 slash line with just 10 RBI in 139 at-bats.
He is also striking out at a much higher rate in 2015 than he did a year ago. Owings has fanned 35 times.
However, Heyman writes the reality is there are issues with Baez and Vogelbach. Baez is working on cutting down his strikeouts and getting rid of the perception he "doesn't make contact," according to one rival's assessment. One scout said Vogelbach is a "30 fielder," using scout parlance for well-below average on the 20-80 scale.
Vogelbach was the Cubs' minor-league player of the month for April. The first baseman has a .328/.449/.515/.964 slash line through 39 games for Double-A Tennessee. He has a career .289/.382/.485/.867 slash line. He was a second-round pick in 2011.
Baez was sent to the minors after struggling in spring training. He missed some time due to a personal leave, but the former top-10 prospect has a .284/.369/.405/.774 slash line through 20 games for Triple-A Iowa. He has 22 strikeouts in 20 games.
Peterson went on a 20-for-51 tear in late April and early May to catapult his average from .171 to .293 and increase his on-base percentage to .362. He has not gone into a slump, but he has certainly cooled off. Peterson has just five hits in 27 at-bats since.
His slash line is now at .269/.346/.328.
For the first time in their major-league careers, rookies Russell and Kris Bryant smacked home runs in the same game, while pitcher Kyle Hendricks did his part by delivering a complete-game shutout to give the Cubs a win. Russell has hit .253/.302/.434 with three home runs, 11 RBI and one stolen base in 99 at-bats.
Utley will look to keep the hitting streak alive on Friday when the Phillies take on the Nationals. Utley is a career 1-for-7 hitter against Max Scherzer who will be on the mound.
Spangenberg took a seat on Wednesday but will return to the lineup spot he occupied in his previous five games. He's just 3 for 27 in the No. 1 slot this season but has hit .233/.305/.384 in 73 at-bats overall.
The Padres are home underdogs (+101) on Thursday, per VegasInsider.com.
But, with tough lefty Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers, Panik will cede the start at second base to Matt Duffy.
Utley is 4 for 14 with one home run lifetime against the Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa, who starts on Thursday.
Utley went 2 for 4 and scored a run on Wednesday and is still batting a disappointing .159 on the season.