Todd Frazier went 4-for-5 with two doubles in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
Frazier's two doubles gave him 24 for the season, a fantastic indication of just how well he's been hitting. For comparison's sake, Frazier's career-high for doubles was 29 in 2013. That number should be bypassed soon enough. From the wider angle, he's currently hitting .289/.348/.610 with 25 home runs, 54 RBI and eight steals.
Jimmy Nelson tossed 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball in Saturday's win over the Reds.
Nelson struck out five and walked one, with the home run ball serving as his nemesis. Marlon Byrd and Ivan De Jesus Jr. took him deep for solo shots in the second and fifth innings, respectively, with the third run on his line coming across on a Byrd RBI single in the sixth inning. With the start under his belt, Nelson's worked his numbers to a completely average 4.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, plus an 83/36 K/BB ratio over 102 innings. Up next on the docket, a road start against the Dodgers.
Josh Smith was hit up for five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
This was Smith's third start in a row for the Reds. It did little to show that he deserves a fourth outing. Smith struck out two and walked three, running into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings to account for the five runs scored against his line. Triple-A Louisville seems like a probable destination for the pitcher following this performance, though the Reds have not announced a move on that front as of yet.
Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in Saturday's loss to the Twins.
Cain has been a hitting machine of late, with multi-hit efforts in four of his last five games. The recent hot streak has propelled his season triple-slash line to .309/.365/.467 and he's also hit six homers and driven in 38 runs. Cain's been very consistent this season and has turned into one of the more dependable players in the game.
Joe Mauer went 4-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Royals.
Did somebody ask for fireworks in Kansas City? Mauer wasted little time putting the Twins on the board this Fourth of July, taking Joe Blanton deep to right after a Brian Dozier single in the first inning and staking his team to a 2-0 lead. Mauer would also double and single in the contest to finish 4-for-5. Despite a relatively light (by his standards) slash-line of .272/.341/.388, Mauer's been a productive run-producer and has now driven in 43 runs. His career best for RBI in a season was 96 in 2009 and while he's unlikely match that this year, an RBI total in the mid-to-high 80's is within reach at the rate he's currently going.
Mike Pelfrey pitched inconsistently in Saturday's no-decision against the Royals, yielding three runs on seven hits over four-plus innings.
In addition to the seven hits allowed, Pelfrey also walked three batters in what was generally just an off start. The three runs on his line all scored to open the fifth inning. After a fantastic start to the season, Pelfrey's numbers have gradually started to slide and with a WHIP of 1.49, it's likely that his 3.98 ERA still has some upward movement in store for it. He'll continue his fight against the ravages of numerical inevitability in a home start against the Tigers next time he takes the ball.
Joe Blanton surrendered four runs on nine hits in five innings of work against the Twins on Saturday.
Three of those four runs scored in the first inning, when Blanton served up a two-run homer to Joe Mauer and an RBI out to Aaron Hicks. He settled down after the initial hiccup and finished with four strikeouts and no walks. Pitching between the bullpen and the rotation, Blanton is the owner of a 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 30/7 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a Thursday afternoon home date with the Rays.
Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mets.
Gonzalez took Mets starter Matt Harvey deep for his 15th homer of the year in the fifth inning and with the RBI, Gonzalez has now batted in an even 50 for the season. His season-long triple-slash looks solid at .293/.367/.514, but it should be noted that after a molten hot April, he's posted progressively lower numbers each of the last two months. In June, he hit just .248/.320/.381.