With Bruce sitting out, the Mets will head into Monday's contest with an outfield of Yoenis Cespedes, Alejandro De Aza, and Curtis Granderson. Over the last 14 games, Bruce has gone just 7-for-41 (.171), bringing his batting average down to .246 for the year.
Reddick will start in right field and bat sixth for Monday's series opener against Colorado. Reddick owns a dismal .180/.226/.260 line over the last month, but will look to get back on track when the struggling Jon Gray takes the mound for the Rockies.
Santana has really struggled against right-handers this season (.198 AVG, .658 OPS), so he will be held out Monday with tough righty Carlos Martinez on the mound for the Cardinals. Hernan Perez will get the nod in right field Monday night.
Broxton struggled at the plate over the last week, so manager Craig Counsell decided to give him a couple days off in a row as a mental break. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will start in center field again in Broxton's place.
Tightness in his quad kept Cespedes out of Sunday's lineup, but the issue is not considered serious, and the slugger will return to action Monday. Since returning from the DL on August 19, Cespedes is 11-for-31 (.355) at the plate with two doubles, four home runs and eight RBI.
Parker filled in for Hunter Pence (hamstring) and could see regular playing time until the latter returns to the lineup. He provides plus power but also strikes out at a high clip (27.9 K%), making him an all-or-nothing type of hitter. Pence could return Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, and if he does, Parker would be pushed into a bench role.
Span's power surge continues as he connected on his third homer over his last eight appearances. He isn't known for his power, but the recent uptick is just another sign that he is locked in at the plate right now. After a disappointing first half with his new club, Span is batting .333 with five homers and four steals in the second half of the season. He is locked into the leadoff spot for the Giants, and while the power likely won't last (the nine homers marks a career-high), he is providing great value right now.
It will be the third straight game Bourjos is held out of the lineup, as the 29-year-old is hitting just .231 on the month and is 1-for-9 over his last four games. In his place, Philadelphia will go with an outfield alignment of Jimmy Paredes in left, Odubel Herrera in center, and Aaron Altherr in right.
Taylor hasn't done much at the major league level this season, and has actually struggled even more in the minors with a .205/.285/.291 slash line in Triple-A, but he'll get another chance over the final month of the season. He doesn't figure to start much though, with Trea Turner establishing himself as the everyday center fielder. Lucas Giolito will head back to the minors to clear up space on the major league roster.
With A.J. Pollock back in the fold playing center, Bourn was bumped to right field in this one, and he eventually shifted over to left. Going forward, Bourn could lose some playing time, as the Diamondbacks look to get starts for Yasmany Tomas, Rickie Weeks and Brandon Drury in the corner outfield spots. Bourn is at least making the case for a regular role, as he's gone 17-for-54 (.315) with 10 runs over the last two weeks.