Michael Bourn- ATL- Hot- Bourn tied his career high for hits in a game with a 4-for-5 effort yesterday. He has pretty much picked up right where he was with Houston after being dealt to the Braves at the deadline. Bourn's average, OBP, steal rate and Batting EYE are all very close to where he was prior to the trade. With an overall .378 BABI, some regression to the mean may happen yet, but Bourn's primary value is in steals and those keep coming, with 8 in his first 23 games as a Brave.
Brandon Beachy- ATL- Hot- Beachy added another quality start to his resume, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits in 6 IP while striking out 8 and walking no one. He has been facing teams for the second time this season and is still performing well, so batters haven't solved him. With a K/9 ratio of 10.08 and a BB/9 ratio of 2.52, Beachy is looking solid.
Aramis Ramirez- CHN- Hot- Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 14 games yesterday, going 1-for-4. He is 29-for-54 with 4 homers in that span. Ramirez has a Batting EYE in the streak of 1.40. His BABIP of .423 in August has been a positive regression to the mean, coming after a .227 mark last month. Ramirez now has a BABIP of .311 for the season, so the pendulum might swing back some, but his power won't be affected.
Chris Young- ARI- Hot- Maybe we are going to see some regression to the mean start to kick in, which would be a good thing for Young. He has a very unlucky .143 BABIP so far for August, driving a .129 monthly average. Prior to his last 2 games, Young had been hitless in 6 straight games and 9 of 10. In those last 2 games, though, Young went a combined 2-for-6 with a double, homer, 2 runs and 3 RBI. Even during the hitless streak there were reasons for hope. Young walked 7 times and only struck out 6 and stole a base. His overall BABIP is still only at .261, so there is plenty of room for a positive correction.
Matt Holliday- STL- Hot- Maybe Holliday should get moths inserted into his ear periodically. In the three games since he had to come out after having the bug fly into his ear Holliday has gone 4-for-12 with a homer, double, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. It hasn't helped Holliday's Batting EYE at all, though, as he still hasn't drawn a walk since August 17th. That is uncharacteristic lack of strike zone control for a player with a .72 Batting EYE on the season.
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