Billy Hamilton was 2-3 with a homerun, 2 runs, and a walk. Hamilton has been a work in progress for the Reds. The only thing stopping Hamilton from wreaking havoc on the bases is his ability to get on base. Hamilton has a .296 OBP. He does have 25 SB, but he would be able to steal bases at a much higher clip if he could get his OBP in the .340-.350 range. The Reds are committed to Hamilton in CF and in the leadoff spot. They believe that he will make the necessary adjustments and improve his hitting. He hits the ball on the ground, which is what you want out of someone with his speed. Hamilton has been much better from the left side(.276) than the right side(.182). If you drafted Hamilton, you knew this could be a possibility, but you cannot be disappointed with the 25 SB.
Corey Dickerson had an off day Saturday as he went 0-5. Dickerson has seen regular playing time since Cargo went on the disabled list. Dickerson batted in the third hole Saturday, as Tulowitzki(toe) missed the game. Dickerson has had an excellent season so far, .325/8/23 with 4 SB. Dickerson is hitting .381 with 1 HR and 6 RBI over his last 7 games. Dickerson value has sky rocketed since he will be seeing regular playing time with both Cargo and Cuddyer missing extended times because of injuries. Dickerson may be due for some regression, since he will now be playing against left-handers more frequently. Dickerson is a career .216 against LHP, as opposed to .306 verses RHP. Dickerson is someone who could make some serious noise the rest of the way.
Ryan Vogelsong was not overly sharp on Saturday as he gave up 3 ER over 5 innings of work. He gave up 7 hits and a walk. Vogelsong has given up 15 ER over his last four starts. Opponents are hitting .308 of Vogelsong in the month of June. If you dig deeper into his stats, it seems that Vogelsong BABIP is much higher than usual and that he is getting unlucky. This would also be supported by his 2.99 xFIP for June, compared to his 5.84 ERA.
Starling Marte was 2-4 against the Marlins. Starling Marte now has multi-hit games in 5 of the last 6 games for the Pirates. Marte had been a major disappointment this year, but he has steadily improved each month. Marte hit .225 while striking out over 30% of the time in April. In May, he hit .265 and lowered his K% to 25%. In June, Marte is hitting .354 with 1 HR, 6 RBI, and 4 SB. His season line has improved to .262/5/23 with 16 SB. Marte provides the high stolen base totals with decent power, which makes him extremely valuable. Just beware that he will go through cold streaks because of his 30% strikeout rate.
Gregory Polanco went 2-5 with 2 RBI, a run scored, and a walk against the Marlins. Polanco now has played five games at the big league level and he has shown glimpses into what his future might hold. He has the potential to be a five-category stud in fantasy. The power isn't there yet, but it will come as he gets stronger and matures as a hitter. His impact this season will be predicated on his ability to score runs atop the underrated Pirates offense and his ability to steal bases. Polanco has the ability to steal 20+ bases the rest of the way, but it will be interesting to see how aggressive he is on the bases.
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