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When Ryan Schimpf was promoted from Triple-A, he was leading all players at the level with a .729 slugging percentage. He now leads the majors in slugging for July at .879. Schimpf has set the rookie team record with his ninth home run this month. He has 22 hits in the majors and 16 of them are for extra-bases. For the season, Schimpf is hitting .250/.368/.468 with nine home runs and 17 RBI in 31 games. While it seems like this is hard to sustain, Schimpf and the Padres will head to Rogers Centre for a three-game set the next three days.
With Melvin Upton Jr. on the trade block, there may be more playing time in the second half for Alex Dickerson and he is trying his best to make it happen. Dickerson had three-hits on Sunday, scored three runs with a double and a solo home run against the Nationals. He raised his slash line to .254/.303/.451 this year and has 11 runs along with 11 RBI in 28 games this year. With the team heading to Toronto, Dickerson may see time as the designated hitter as well.
It seems like a long time ago when Christian Friedrich fired six shutout innings at Coors Field with nine strikeouts. In the seven starts since, Friedrich has allowed at least three runs or more in every start and he has given up four runs or more in five of his last seven. Sunday was his shortest outing in the tough stretch and his ERA has now reached five on the season. Perhaps a home start against the Reds can get him back on track but due to his recent struggles, Friedrich will be difficult to trust in fantasy for the second half.