Lourdes Gurriel Jr
Manager Charlie Montoyo has eased off the workload for Lourdes Gurriel Jr as he has started just six of the game games, but the lighter load has helped him get his bat going. Gurriel Jr went 7 for 20 (.350) which has included three doubles and six RBI and has also drawn more walks (6) than strikeouts (4). Gurriel is still batting around 40 points lower than his career average but has amassed a career average of .242 through May, while boasting a career average of .295 once the calendar shifts over into June. I would start getting excited to see how he does for the remainder of the month.
The club has been without George Springer over the last couple of games due to an undisclosed illness, but he was his steady self through the first six wins. Springer went 7 for 22 (.318) with four extra-base hits and six runs. Like Gurriel, Springer walked (5) more times than he struck out (3). He returns to the lineup tonight against the Minnesota Twins.
The most important bat to get going during the stretch was two-time Silver Slugger Teoscar Hernandez. Prior to the win streak, Hernandez was struggling at the plate once he returned from the IL, sporting a slash line of just .149/.213/.257 with only two home runs on the season. Hernandez played in seven of the games and collected hits in each of them, including a pair of hits in the most recent three contests, in which he amassed four doubles and one home run.
Overall during the eight games, Hernandez is 10 for 26 (.385) and has seen his batting average rise 61 points. If Hernandez can sustain his current hitting, that should give Guerrero Jr the proper protection to get him going as well.