Beltre has made up for lost time with a .300/.379/.518 slash line, eight home runs, 31 RBI and 23 runs through just 46 games since returning from injury. With only 11 hits to go before reaching the prestigious the 3,000 mark, the veteran is closing in on elite territory, and it would be surprising to see him parlay the achievement into an excellent second half.
Moustakas has now hit four homers through his past four outings and sports an active seven-game hitting streak. He's put it all together this season with a .277/.307/.568 slash line and is showing no signs of slowing down.
The top prospect wasn't expected to start this one with lefty James Paxton taking the hill for Seattle. Devers will likely begin acting on the large side of a platoon at third base, starting with Tuesday's game, when right-hander Felix Hernandez will take the hill for the opposition. On Monday night, Deven Marrero will pick up a start at the hot corner, which will likely be the case whenever a lefty is on the hill moving forward.
This is good news, as Moran was carted off the field after he took a foul ball off the face the day before. No word has come forth as to whether he'll need surgery to repair the facial fractures, but the fact that he was already able to leave the hospital seems to bode well for him. More information should come forth on his status relatively soon.
Gallo, who supplied a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Rays, will hit the bench following three consecutive starts. Delino DeShields will serve as the indirect replacement in the lineup for Gallo, manning center field and batting ninth.
Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated after Sunday's game against the Angels that Devers would receive his long-awaited promotion to the big leagues, but the organization didn't make it official until Monday. Manager John Farrell has yet to reveal his lineup for the series opener with the Mariners, but Devers may not actually make his MLB debut until Tuesday, as left-hander James Paxton is starting for Seattle on Monday. In any event, it's expected that the 19-year-old will see the larger share of starts at third base while he remains with the big club, as he'll likely assume the strong side of a platoon with Deven Marrero. After dominating at Double-A Portland earlier this season to earn a promotion to Triple-A, Devers didn't see his production slow down during his brief stay with Pawtucket, batting .400/.447/.600 in 38 plate appearances. It would be unwise to count on him immediately thriving in his first trip to the majors, but Devers' polished, well-rounded skill set makes him a worthwhile speculative pickup in the event he surpasses expectations.
Though Cowart has played primarily third base during his minor-league career and his time in the big leagues over parts of the last three seasons, he could be in line for more work at the keystone in his upcoming stint with the Angels. Cowart, who has posted a .865 OPS while going 19-for-24 on steal attempts at Triple-A, has been seeing most of his starts at second base lately with Salt Lake, an indication that he could be an option to unseat the underwhelming platoon of Nick Franklin and Cliff Pennington at the position. Cowart is a career .187/.225/.223 hitter over 143 plate appearances with the Angels, so he'll probably need to find some success while seeing regular at-bats before warranting a speculative pickup even in deeper leagues.
The triple and base knock pulled Beltre to within 11 hits of 3,000 for his career, a benchmark he's expected to reach within the next couple of weeks. Even as he nears the end of his career, Beltre has shown no signs of slowing down at the dish. In fact, he's exhibiting better plate discipline than ever, with his 11.2 percent walk rate this season besting his previous career high by nearly two points.
It was the first multi-hit effort for Gallo since June 21, ending a 5-for-40 (.125 average) skid at the dish. Gallo's high strikeout rate will make him a perpetual sinkhole in terms of batting average, but his on-base skills and game-changing power should continue to lock him into an everyday role, at least against right-handed pitching. Gallo has been limited to playing first base for all of July while he's nursed a sore hamstring, but his activity on the basepaths Sunday suggests he could be ready to try his hand at third base or outfield in the near future.
Escobar is expected to see more consistent playing time moving forward, which will provide a modest virtual boost. He projects to remain a low-end asset in deep settings, but regular playing time provides a nice fantasy floor. For the campaign Escobar sports a .273/.328/.441 slash line with nine homers, 32 RBI and 29 runs through 247 plate appearances.