Evan Longoria turned back the clock in 2016, blasting a career-high 36 homers, tallying his best RBI total (98) and ISO (.248) since 2011, and his best slugging percentage (.521) since 2012. He was as durable as ever, playing 160 games for the second straight season, and he's now only missed six games in the last four seasons overall. There's no reason to believe an encore isn't possible despite the somewhat drastic jump in his home run totals, especially after he posted a near six-percent jump in hard contact in 2016. While his strikeout rate did see a slight bump up to 21.0 percent, Longoria's bat speed proved to be as healthy as ever last season given his power numbers, and he'll therefore profile as a top-10 fantasy option at third base in any format heading into the coming season. Overly aggressive bidders may regret raising his baseline, though.
Longoria went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 14-4 loss at the hands of the Yankees. Longoria has been white hot the past week, hitting four home runs in his last seven games. He now has 36 home runs on the season, extending his career high. Longoria also has 95 RBI, the most since 2011 when he hit 99.
Longoria went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Orioles. The veteran slugger took Ubaldo Jimenez deep for a two-run shot in the first to open the scoring on the night, his 34th round-tripper on the season. Although he's only hit .222 overall in 63 September at-bats, he's now tallied three straight multi-hit efforts and has gone 5-for-9 with two homers and seven RBI over the first two games of the current series versus the Orioles. His home run total is now a career high, while his 93 RBI represent his best number in that category since 2011.
Longoria went 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Thursday's win over Baltimore. Longoria hit his career high-tying 33rd homer with two on in the first inning and added a two-run single in the fourth to notch a season-high five RBI while increasing his team-high RBI total to 91. Overall, the veteran slugger has struggled mightily in September. Longoria's .186 batting average this month is far and away his worst for any month this season.
Longoria (hand) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Longoria was forced from Monday's game early after being struck by a pitch on the hand, but he apparently was no worse for the wear Tuesday. Longoria will play third and hit third like he regularly does.
Longoria left Monday's game due to what the team is describing as "right hand soreness," Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Longoria was hit on the hand with a pitch in the first inning, and ended up scoring after Logan Morrison left the yard. He did not make it to the dish again, however, as he was replaced in the game by Matt Duffy. Consider Longoria day-to-day heading into the second game of the series.