Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, and three stolen bases against the Pirates on Tuesday.
Hamilton has been on fire of late, going 10-for-21 (.476 BA) with four extra-base hits (2 HR), five RBI, seven runs scored and five stolen bases over his last six games. After a slow start to the season, Hamilton has really picked up the pace of late and is now just eight stolen bases off the pace of league-leader Dee Gordon (36) with 28 steals on 36 attempts as he continues to be a threat every time he gets aboard. As long as his on-base percentage (.311) remains on the upswing, he will be a great contributor in both runs and stolen bases as we get into the heart of summer. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored during Monday’s loss to the Angels.
Brantley has now hit safely in each of his last eight games, though this run has only produced one home run and two RBI. As expected, Brantley hasn’t been able to live up to his numbers from last season. Sure, he’s shown better plate discipline and the 11.2-percent walk rate is nice to see, but the power numbers and the speed are going to come up short. He remains a decent support outfielder, but he is not a team’s No. 1 which is, unfortunately, where you probably drafted him to be. Analysis: Howard Bender
Stephen Vogt went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI during Monday’s 9-2 loss to the Orioles.
The two hits broke an 0-for-24 run that was brutalizing his fantasy owners, but the drop-off here in the second half -- .140 with just three RBI over 50 at-bats – should have been seen coming. He’s a 30-year old catcher who has never caught a full season in the majors, and with the way the A’s were working him, you had to figure he’d tire and his numbers would regress. We’re not saying to give up on him, but you also shouldn’t expect more than just a barely-average second half either. Analysis: Howard Bender