Trending Up, Trending Down: Adrian Gonzalez And Jimmy Rollins Stay Put

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Yasmani Grandal: Getting a start in four games this week, Grandal reached base safely 11 times in 15 plate appearances (.733 on-base percentage). He notched nine hits, four of them for extra bases, and drew two walks.

His performance on Thursday in which he went 4-for-4 with two home runs and eight RBIs will likely earn him the first National League Player of the Week honor of his career. Because of such a robust showing, his slash line increased significantly to .307/.411/.533.

Adrian Gonzalez: Gonzalez, who’s been a mainstay in this section for the entire season, had another solid week. In six games, he batted .450 (9-for-20) with two home runs and three doubles. To no surprise, his already impressive batting line raised to .377/.438/.737.

Zack Greinke: Making just one start this week against the Brewers, Greinke was lights out to say the least. In 7.2 innings pitched, he struck out seven and allowed only four baserunners (two hits, two walks) while giving up zero earned runs. With a perfect 5-0 record, his ERA lowered to 1.56 and WHIP diminished to 0.84.

Honorable Mentions:

Joc Pederson: Here’s the good — Pederson slugged three home runs and continued reaching base at an incredible pace (13 times in 28 plate appearances; .464 on-base percentage). The bad — he struck out at least once in every game this week, for a total of 10 times.

While the strikeouts aren’t fun, his consistent power and patience at the plate is something to be thrilled about, especially in the leadoff spot.

Brett Anderson: Like Greinke, Anderson also started against a former team — in his case the Rockies. He threw a five-inning, rain-shortened complete game while allowing seven baserunners and zero earned runs in the win.

Justin Turner: In three starts this week, Turner knocked five hits in 11 at-bats, including a go-ahead three-run home run in Tuesday’s game and a go-ahead two-run home run in Sunday’s game.


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