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A.J. Burnett was tagged for seven runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts over just five innings against the Mets on Monday.
Burnett was certainly not on top of his game on Monday night, having now allowed six or more runs in two of his last three starts. He is now 6-10 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through 23 starts, while owning a sub-par 123:64 K:BB rate. This performance definitely did not help out his stock with the trade deadline just a couple days away, and with no more starts before the end of the month it looks like he is going to stay with the Phillies unless they take an extremely low offer on him. For now he is slated to take on the Nationals on Saturday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Prince Fielder went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Houston on Tuesday.
Good news. Fielder is making contact more regularly than he ever has. Bad news. Fielder is being less patient than he ever has. Good news. Fielder isn’t pounding the ball into the ground as often as he did in a short stint last year. Bad news. Fielder isn’t elevating balls out of the park. The good news is obviously good, but the bad news probably outweighs the good. Fielder needs to hit for power to have lasting value. Analysis: Brett Talley
Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Texas on Tuesday.
Valbuena hit a bomb of an upper-deck shot off Wandy Rodriguez. It was a bit of a surprise coming off a left-hander as Valbuena struggles against left-handers and often sits against them. But it was a good example of Valbuena’s power as he now has seven home runs. His BABIP is an impossibly low .188, yet he’s still been six percent better than league average according to wRC+. When the BABIP turns around, he should have some average to go along with the power. Analysis: Brett Talley