A day after breaking up Chase Anderson's no-hit bid, Ahmed added two more hits in Milwaukee. His RBI double in the eighth inning jumpstarted a four-run rally for the Diamondbacks, though the deficit proved to be too large. Ahmed has tallied a hit in 12 of his last 16 games, hitting .327 over that stretch.
Story has started all four games since his Wednesday return from a shoulder injury, but will give way to the left-handed hitting Alexi Amarista on Sunday afternoon. Since rejoining the fold, Story is 4-for-14 with two doubles and a home run, collecting a base knock in each of those starts.
He's hitting .500 in his last 24 at-bats since May 22. Mercer, who's been helped by a .556 BABIP, has his batting average up to .247, only nine points below his career mark (.256). The Pirates finally have a capable defensive replacement for Mercer at shortstop in Gift Ngoepe, which could help keep Mercer fresher down the stretch. He was taken out of Saturday's game after belting a ninth-inning, one-out double, with Ngoepe replacing him at short.
Owings started the first three games of the series for the Diamondbacks but will give way to Nick Ahmed at shortstop for the matchup against Jimmy Nelson. The utility man certainly isn't sitting for performance-related reasons, as Owings is riding a four-game hitting streak that has increased his season OPS over 20 points to .856.
Aybar isn't necessarily known for his offensive prowess, but he's been particularly poor in his last four games, going 0-for-11 to bring his average down to .196. The Padres will instead turn to Chase d'Arnaud at shortstop for the second time in four contests.
Riddle has made 13 starts in a row at shortstop for Miami, but Sunday will be the first time he's hit leadoff since joining the club in early May. A .254 on-base percentage may not be a mark typical of a leadoff hitter, but with Dee Gordon out of the lineup Sunday, Riddle will be manager Don Mattingly's choice.
Cozart's fifth homer of the year got the Reds on the board in the first inning of a road loss. He's been a fantasy superstar this year with his exceptional .355/.433/.592 slash line.
Turner launched his fifth homer of the season to put the Nationals on the board in the first inning of a winning effort. Other than his 11 steals, his subpar hitting has been a source of frustration for fantasy owners who paid a premium price to acquire him on draft day.
Diaz hasn't sat out since May 3, so he'll get a night off Friday. Greg Garcia will take over duties at shortstop for the evening.
Owings has failed to record multiple hits in his last four starts, which ties his longest stretch of the season, but fantasy owners shouldn't lose faith in the 25-year-old even as his .387 BABIP starts to normalize a bit. He's still hitting the ball with authority -- both his medium and hard contact percentages are career bests -- suggesting that the gains in power he's shown this season could be for real. In addition to the increased home-run potential, Owings has been able to take advantage of manager Torey Lovullo's willingness to act aggressively on the basepaths. He's already notched nine steals, putting him nearly halfway to last season's total of 21.