With left-hander John Lamb taking the ball for Cincinnati on Friday, Gennett will take his .125 batting average against lefties to the bench for the day. Aaron Hill will take over at second base for him while Hernan Perez fills in at the hot corner.
Johnson has been cold as of late, batting just .125 over the past week, and with Adam Conley taking the mound for Miami, the Braves decided it would be best to keep the utility man on the bench. Gordon Beckham will slide over to man second base in his stead, while Chase d'Arnaud takes over at the hot corner.
Getting the start for Cesar Hernandez at second base, Blanco had an incredibly successful day, raising his average to .286. This was only the veteran's fifth start this month as it seems Hernandez has locked down the everyday role at second. Performances like this will certainly raise Blanco's stock, but such opportunities are few.
Dietrich got a rare start against a left-handed starter and playing in the outfield with regulars Giancarlo Stanton (side), Christian Yelich (back) and Justin Bour all out for the afternoon contest. Dietrich continues to swing a hot bat and it is nice to see him notch a double off of a left-handed starter. He'll continue to play the strong side of the Marlins' second base platoon and is a candidate for additional at-bats around the diamond while the team is playing shorthanded.
Perez pinch-hit for Scooter Gennett and made the most of his opportunity with a two-run triple. The two RBI gave him eight in the year, and while he's not known for his offense, he's having a breakout year offensively with three homers in 55 at-bats.
Segura showed no ill-effects in his first game back after being hit in the head and taken to the hospital on Tuesday. He's off to a nice start this season, slashing .318/.348/.480 through 198 at-bats. The infielder should be inserted back into lineups without hesitation moving into the weekend.
Harrison was held out of Wednesday' and Thursday's starting lineup due to an illness, but he seemed to be just fine as he blasted an opposite-field double off of the Diamondbacks' Jake Barrett. He'll likely reclaim his place in the starting lineup Friday as long as no complications arise with his health.
The recent surge pushes Johnson's slash line at .260/.296/.320 for the season. He does have nine steals in 37 games, but has been caught six times as well. It appears his 84-steal season from 2013 is a thing of the past, though Johnson does still have 30-steal capability.
The toolsy Westbrook has not been overwhelmed at this level despite his young age. He has been particularly hot lately, batting a scalding .474 with two home runs and 10 RBI over his last 10 games. He's small and has questionable defensive skills, but should still be on the prospect radar right now.
Murphy will get a regular day of rest, which marks his first day off since May 15. Stephen Drew will man the keystone in his stead, but expect to see Murphy back in action for Friday's matchup with St. Louis.