Hamilton was able to make the most out of his time on the base paths against the Cubs tonight, as he scored in two out of the three times that he reached first base. His two steals on the night brings his season total up to 19, which is close to the pace that he stole bases at in 2015. The 25-year-old has been losing out on playing time due to his streaky hitting, but has put together a nice month of June where he has hit .286 with five extra base hits in 16 games. Hamilton will face off against Jon Lester on Tuesday, and he could be a nice option for daily fantasy purposes as he’s hitting .714 with a home run and four runs scored in seven career at-bats against Lester.
Duvall and Joey Votto contributed almost all of the offense for the Reds on Monday, as they were the only two hitters to have multi-hit games, and they were also the only two hitters to drive in multiple runs. Duvall’s two hit game snaps an 0-for-11 hitless streak, and is hitting just .231 in the month of June. The 27-year-old has seemingly come out of nowhere to put up significant power numbers in 2016 as he’s hit 21 home runs and batted in 53 for the Reds. There are some concerns surrounding Duvall as he walks in just 4.4 percent of his at bats, which is significantly hampering his on-base percentage. He also strikes out at a very high rate, as this season he has struck out in 27.8 percent of his at-bats. The power numbers are definitely for real, but he’s probably not going to be putting up many multi-hit games down the stretch. He’ll face off against left-hander Jon Lester tomorrow, who has allowed just 23 earned runs in 98.2 innings pitched this season.
Votto’s two home runs tonight took his season total to 13, but ultimately his solid offensive effort was not enough to lead the Reds to victory. Tonight’s two home run game snaps Votto’s 16 game homerless streak, which dated back to the 7th of June. The Reds first baseman was just 5-for-28 in his last seven games, but has hit for a .325 average on the month as a whole. His power numbers have been down recently, having hit just four home runs this month and driven in six, but hopefully tonight’s game is a sign of good things to come. Votto will have a tough matchup tomorrow against left-hander Jon Lester, who has held left-handed hitters to a .210 average in 2016.