Chris Young- ARI- Hot- For the first time since the middle part of May, Young has consecutive multi-hit games. He followed up a 2-for-2 effort Sunday (in which he entered the game as part of a double switch) with a 2-for-4 effort last night, including a leadoff homer. Young has been plagued by bad luck this season (as demonstrated by his .189 BHIP) but he has not helped his own cause with a Batting EYE of .26, far below his career minor league mark of .51. At some point, it is likely that the luck will start to even out and his plate command will get back to where he demonstrated it could be in the minors, so there is upside here.
Kyle Davies- ATL- Cold- Davies hit a low point for a pitcher, failing to retire a batter in his start last night. He faced 5 hitters, walked three of them and gave up hits to the other two before manager Bobby Cox had enough and came with the quick hook. Only 2 of them scored, if you need to look for a bright spot. Davies had no sense of where the plate was located, throwing only 7 of his 22 pitches for strikes. He has been maddeningly inconsistent this season, with extreme performances being the norm for him (as oxymoronic as that sounds). Of his 17 starts, in 9 of them Davies has either pitched a quality start where he allowed only a single run (4 times) or failed to last beyond 4 IP (5 times). He is still only 23 years old, so there is room for development, but right now he doesn't have a lot to offer. With John Smoltz set to come off the DL tomorrow, Davies might be the one sent down to make room instead of Jo-Jo Reyes.
Dmitri Young- WAS- Hot- Young certainly did not hurt his trade value by going 2-for-3 with a homer, 3 RBI and a run scored. He is currently on an 8-game hitting streak in which he has gone 13-for-32 with 4 doubles, a triple, and 2 homers. Young will almost certainly be dealt by the end of the month, it's just a matter of where at this point.
Manny Corpas- COL- Rise Value- Corpas got his second save of the season with a perfect 9th inning yesterday. He is the short term substitute for Brian Fuentes and may still get some save opportunities when Fuentes comes back from the DL. Then, if Fuentes gets dealt by the trade deadline, Corpas would be in line to assume the closer mantle on a more permanent basis.
Adam Kennedy- STL- Hot- Kennedy is like a different player since coming back from the All Star Break. In 3 games he is 6-for-11 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 3 RBI and 4 runs scored. Kennedy was a victim of horrendous luck, as evidenced by his .199 BHIP, so a reversion to the mean was not unexpected. Kennedy has also shown a tendency to increase his production in the second half, making him a "buy low"candidate.
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