Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored from the leadoff spot in Monday's 10-2 rout over the Cubs. Hernandez now has multi-hit games in four of his last nine contests, upping his season slash line to an impressive .337/.385/.545 in 109 plate appearances. He's also at four home runs after hitting six all of last season. There are plenty of red flags, though: A 24.8 percent strikeout rate and .429 BABIP mean serious regression is coming, and you can't count on the power production to last. Hernandez is a sell-high candidate if there ever was one.
Hernandez is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday against the Marlins, Ryan Lawrence of The Philly Voice reports. The second baseman is off to a torrid start (.338/.376/.563 with four home runs, 10 RBI and three stolen bases in his first 18 games) but will get a breather. Hernandez is replaced at the keystone by Andres Blanco, who's batting sixth. Expect the typical starter to be back in action Friday.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a 5-2 win over the Braves on Sunday. The home run was Hernandez's fourth of the season, which is just two short of his career high. His .939 OPS is the best of of any second baseman in the National League. Manager Pete Mackanin told Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia that he attributes Hernandez's power production to an adjustment he made to level out his swing rather than the added muscle the second baseman put on in the offseason. Hernandez has an unsustainable 26.7 percent HR/FB and .434 BABIP, which should temper any expectations for this level of production continuing throughout the season. Also of concern is his 27.1 percent strikeout rate -- that's nearly a 10 percent increase over last season. If he continues hacking at that rate, he's going to struggle to replicate last year's .294 average.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs during Saturday's win over Washington. Hernandez's homer provided the game-winning run for the Phillies, and the speedster now sports an impressive .313/.353/.542 slash line. However, he's still looking for his first stolen base, which paired with his ability to reach base (.371 on-base percentage in 2016), is the main fantasy draw for the 26-year-old second baseman. The swipes should come sooner than later, but they'll likely be accompanied with a decline across the other categories. Still, with Hernandez entering his prime, he might also have a career year in store.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a 5-4 loss to the Mets on Wednesday. Hernandez has four multi-hit games through his first nine starts and is hitting .308/.357/.513 with a home run. He has yet to attempt a steal, but that should change in the near future. He showed signs of improvement in his stolen-base technique this spring leading to expectations of increased production in that category this season.
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