Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves - Teheran picked up his seven win of the season Sunday with 6.1 innings of shutout baseball against the Diamondbacks. He allowed six hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Teheran has been consistently inconsistent this year as he had a stretch this year with this set of innings and runs (I:R): 4:4, 6:0, 4.2:7, 6:7, 5:5, and 6.1:1 before this start. His current swinging strike rate is a career high 11.1% which might be the only thing saving his season with a 22% K% and a 11.6% BB%. He's allowing hard contact on 38% of his batted balls so if the swinging strike rates dip at all his 4.00 ERA could approach his mid-five's FIP in a hurry.
Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates - Polanco's season has been rough overall but he's been on an absolute tear since June 25th slashing .317/.391/.750 with seven homers and 17 runs driven in. For his season being a struggle so far he still has 16 homers for the season and owns a .337 OBP thanks to his 12.8%. Since July 2nd he's been hitting third in the lineup after hitting primarily 7th for majority of the season. He's been pulling the ball in the air a ton this year (44% pull, 50% fly ball) and with his hard hit rate rising (36.4%) he's got a good chance to at least keep the power numbers up.
Jose Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals - Martinez was held out of the lineup for the second straight day, but picked up a RBI in a pinch hit opportunity. There have been rumblings about Martinez potentially losing some playing time because of his horrific defense at first base, and we may be seeing that come into fruition now. He's definitely been great at the plate this season with a .363 wOBA and 13 homers and with Mike Matheney getting fired maybe the interim manager would be willing to play him at first full time despite the issues. If he could somehow get dealt to an AL team at the deadline that'd be what's best for him, and probably the Cardinals as well. Matt Carpenter played first and homered out of the leadoff spot.
Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves - Inciarte was held out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks and Patrick Corbin, one day after he was lifted late against a lefty. Inciarte has had a dreadful season overall, and it's been especially worse against lefties as he has a .536 OPS for the season. Even with a 200 hit season on his record last season, he still rated as just a league average hitter with a 100 wRC+ and doesn't need to be the leadoff hitter for the Braves at this point. Ozzie Albies hit leadoff for the team and Ronald Acuña slid into the second spot in the lineup as the main portion of the switch up. Charlie Culberson was in leftfield and Acuña was in center this game.
Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks - Corbin had one bad inning on Sunday against the Braves that really tilted his overall line with four runs allowed in six innings. Corbin has been excellent at punching out batters this year with a 10.96 K/9 but the Braves were extremely aggressive for the first two innings as he threw four pitches in the first and eight in the second, so I wouldn't be too worried about those totals. His run total may have been a bit lower too but on an Ozzie Albies infield single, Jake Lamb sailed a ball into right field which was a two base error.
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