Eloy Jimenez- OF- CHW- Hot- Jimenez extended his hit streak to 7 games by going 2-for-3. He is slugged his 3rd homer of the streak. Jimenez has batted .464 in this span and had multiple hits 5 times. Since August 10 he has gone 24-for 59 and has multiple hits in 10 of his 15 games with 7 homers. Jimenez has a HardHit% of 55.4% this season and his Barrel% has risen from 12.2% last season to 19.3% this year. He is not having any kind of sophomore slump and is outpacing his performance of 2019 on a pro rata basis.
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.- 3B- TOR- Hot- Vlad, Jr. went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles to add 10 points to his batting average in one day. It went from .245 to .255. There may be some regression to the mean happening. Guerrero had a .259 BABIP coming into the game and left with a .273. With a mark of .308 in his rookie season of 2019 there is more room for positive regression. He has a 9-game hitting streak in which he has hit .333. The outlook is good for Guerrero the rest of the way.
J.D. Martinez- OF-BOS- Cold- After going 0-for-3 with a walk yesterday Martinez has 2 hits in his last 6 games. His .213 average has been impacted by a .253 BABIP, far below his career mark of .344. So Martinez may see his average rise due to regression to the mean. His Statcast metrics have shown slippage from 2019, though. Martinez has an Exit Velocity of 88.5, down from 91.4. His HardHit% is 36.7%, significantly lower than his 2019 mark of 48.1%. Martinez has 3 homers and is well off a pace to get to his projected total of 13 homers. It's not looking good right now for Martinez to surge down the stretch.
Asher Wojciechowski- P- BAL- Cold- The Orioles have had some pleasant surprises this season. Wojciechowski has not been one of them. It's not that he has regressed in a big way from last season, when he posted a 4.92 ERA and 5.30 FIP in 82.1 IP. He has just produced pretty much more of the same with a little less. After giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3 in 4 IP, Wojciechowski has a 5.13 ERA and 6.04 FIP. His K/9 and BB/9 have gone from 8.74 to 8.20 and 3.06 to 3.42 respectively. Yesterday he threw only 49 of his 83 pitches for strikes. He does not look like sleeper material as the Orioles try to contend for a playoff spot.
Miguel Cabrera- 1B- DET- Hot- Cabrera extended his mini-hitting streak to 4 games, going 3-for-4. All of the hits were signals and might signal regression to the mean. His BABIP rose from .211 to .237. Cabrera's career mark is .343 and it was at .336 last year so there is still plenty of room for it to go up and take his average with it. Cabrera's Batting EYE is at 0.65, which is as high or higher than he ahs posted in 3 of the previous 4 seasons. His Exit Velocity has increased to 91.9 and HardHit% to 49.1%. The 37-year-old is in position to see a strong finish.
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