Beckham extended the Braves' lead to the final 7-2 margin of victory with a 404-foot blast to left center off reliever Edwin Jackson in the seventh. The 29-year-old now has two of this three homers on the season within the last four games, and is considerably outperforming his career numbers at the plate. Beckham's current .317 average sits 73 points higher than his career .244 figure, while his OBP and slugging percentage metrics are both north of .400. The current pace may be unsustainable over the long term, but he's undeniably swinging a hot bat that could provide handsome returns in any fantasy format at the moment.
Hill was very productive at the plate for the second straight day. After launching two homers Friday, this time the veteran got on base all four times and also added two hits to increase his average to .282. Hill has slashed .377/.473/.623 during May.
Flores was expected to be activated in time for Saturday's game, but it appears the Mets will wait an extra day before activating him. The Mets will again turn to Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera up the middle for Saturday's matchup with Kenta Maeda and the Dodgers.
Wright will get the night off as he battles some minor stiffness in his neck. The veteran said it's unrelated to the back issues that have notably plagued him, though, which is certainly a good sign for the Mets. Consider Wright day-to-day in advance of Sunday's series-concluding matchup with the Dodgers.
The Pirates will give Kang the day off Saturday and plug Matt Joyce into the DH spot against right-hander Yu Darvish, who is making his season debut. Kang has been on a tear over the past week, slashing .412/.444/.706 with six RBI. He figures to rejoin the lineup for Sunday's series finale in Texas.
Drew is simply getting a rest day, and will be replaced in the lineup by Stephen Drew. The timing of the day off is fortunate for Drew, who is 0-for-10 in his career against Adam Wainwright. Expect him to return to the lineup Sunday.
Carpenter was activated from the paternity list Saturday, and will immediately be put in the lineup. He will start at first base and bat leadoff. The Cardinals will face off against Gio Gonzalez; whom Carpenter is just 1-for-13 against in his career.
D'Arnadu walked away from the fender bender unharmed, but the Braves opted to give him the day off anyway. He'll be replaced at shortstop by Daniel Castro, who will bat eighth in the order. Expect d'Arnaud to return to availability Sunday.
The veteran apparently likes to get his homers out of the way in bunches, as the pair of gopher balls Friday were his first since a three-homer barrage versus the Reds on May 7. Those two games have accounted for all but one of Hill's home runs on the season, and are a big part of a resurgent month in which he's raised his season average over 100 points to .271. He's slashing .360/.448/.613 in May, and although that pace isn't sustainable over the long term, his aforementioned average is right in line with his career figure of .268, meaning that he's likely just ascended back to his natural level of proficiency at the plate.
As expected, Carpenter will rejoin the Cardinals after leaving the team on Wednesday following the birth of his child. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals DFA'd Ruben Tejada to clear a spot on the roster. The Cardinals are yet to release a roster for Saturday's matchup with the Nationals, but Carpenter figures to be available.