FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – As the mid-summer classic approaches, many MLB teams are finding their identities with many former Razorbacks stepping up in the spotlight.
After jumping into the show this season, Brett Eibner acquired an ankle sprain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. After fighting back from injury, Eibner hit his first career Major League home run off Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers in a game that saw another former Razorback, James McCann, homer also. In the past month, McCann has hit four of his 12 career home runs.
McCann has been on a tear in the month of June recording a hit in six of his last seven games while hitting .292 with four RBIs in that span.
Another former Hog, Logan Forsythe, has been as consistent as one can ask for. In his 12 games in the month of June, Forsythe has recorded five multi-hit games and holds the second highest batting average on the Tampa Bay Rays (.292) while placing in the top-three in on-base percentage, slugging and OPS.
#PROHOG OF THE WEEK – MATT REYNOLDS
After some unlikely injuries on the New York Mets roster, former Hog infielder Matt Reynolds has turned into a go-to player for manager Terry Collins to fill voids in both in the infield and the outfield on a daily basis.
Reynolds, who began the 2016 season in Triple-A with the Las Vegas 51s, has become a constant presence at the big league level and even clubbed his first home run on Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals.
Reynolds, who finished the game 1-for-3, also had another first in the game, playing the outfield. While most Razorback fans remember Reynolds manning the infield during his college career, Wednesday was the first time he played the outfield in his pro career. Collins raved after the game saying, “One thing Matt does, he makes the most of every opportunity given.”
Currently batting .276 through 18 games with the Mets, Reynolds has three of his eight hits as doubles and has driven in six to go along with his 3 runs scored. In his last 12 games, he’s 8-for-23 (.348) with 3 doubles, 1 home run and 6 RBIs.
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 22, 2016
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|Logan Forsythe (TB)||78||.275||48||87||20||2||10||29||26||.446||.340||73|
|Andy Wilkins (MIL)||16||.188||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||.286||.473||6|
|Matt Reynolds (NYM)||29||.255||7||13||6||0||2||10||2||.490||.283||18|
|James McCann (DET)||65||.202||17||43||3||1||8||33||14||.338||.251||68|
|Drew Smyly (TB)||3-11||5.14||124.1||129||77||71||23||2||32||128||.269||1.29|
|Dallas Keuchel (HOU)||6-11||4.86||139.0||145||78||75||17||2||43||119||.268||1.35|
#PROHOGS TO WATCH
Reynolds and the Mets play in prime time on Saturday when they take on the Atlanta Braves for the third of a four-game series starting at 6 p.m. CDT. The Mets are currently 38-32 on the year heading into the series and are 2nd in the National League Eastern Division, three and a half games back of the leading Washington Nationals. Saturday’s game can be seen on FOX.
Dallas Keuchel continues to be the ace of the Houston Astros after his Cy Young season. He gets the nod when the Astros face former Hog Brett Eibner and the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. in Kauffman Stadium. Keuchel has struggled a bit this year as he is 3-9 on the year with a 5.32 ERA, but he has gone five or more innings in each of his 15 starts this year and has struck out at least six batters in his last four outings. Friday’s game can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City
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