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Trending Up, Trending Down: Kiké Hernandez Joins Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw



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Zack Greinke: Getting two starts last week, one each against the Reds and Nationals, Greinke was brilliant once again.

In 13 combined innings, he allowed just one run while yielding 14 baserunners (12 hits, two walks) and striking out 14. For the season, his ERA and FIP improved to 1.58 and 2.54, respectively.

Clayton Kershaw: Coming off a start in which he allowed four earned runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kershaw returned to his dominant self against the Nationals. In eight shutout innings, he scattered three hits while striking out eight batters.

Over Kershaw’s last 55 innings dating back to July 3, he’s given up just five earned runs — good for a 0.82 ERA. Through 23 starts, his 11.4 strikeouts-per-nine-innings and 2.08 xFIP would both be career-bests if the season ended today.

Kiké Hernandez: Since becoming the everyday second baseman with Howie Kendrick on the disabled list, Hernandez has done nothing but make the most of his opportunity.

In 30 plate appearances, he reached base safely 12 times, collecting nine hits and drawing three walks. He homered once and doubled to go along with superb defense at second base. As another week concludes, his .300/.352/.513 slash line and 140 wRC+ are among the best in baseball.

Honorable Mentions:

Andre Ethier: Though he only started in four games, Ethier picked up five hits (one tripe, three doubles) in 11 at-bats — good for a .909 slugging percentage.

Jimmy Rollins: Starting in all but one game last week, Rollins accumulated eight hits in 26 at-bats (.308 batting average). He is slashing .269/.327/.442 with 11 extra-base hits in 113 plate appearances during the second half of the season.

Carl Crawford: Getting more starts due to his recent hot streak, Crawford totaled eight hits and walked twice in 13 plate appearances last week (.769 on-base percentage).

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Adrian Gonzalez Praises Kiké Hernandez

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