Peterson is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds. Peterson will rest after playing all three games against the Rockies following the All-Star break. The 26-year-old is having a career-best season, hitting .277/.360/.400 with four home runs and 15 RBI through 52 games.
Peterson is not in Friday's lineup against the Rockies. With lefty Jorge De La Rosa on the bump for the Rockies, Peterson will sit in favor of righty-hitting Gordon Beckham at the keystone. Peterson should continue to occupy the strong side of a second base platoon going forward in the second half.
Peterson is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox. Gordon Beckham will man second base while Chase d'Arnaud leads off against lefty Chris Sale, snapping a streak of six consecutive starts at the keystone and atop the order for Peterson. The 26-year-old Peterson was red hot throughout June but is off to a bit of a sluggish start to July (6-for-29). He's also 6-for-27 (all singles) against lefties this season, and the White Sox are starting another southpaw in Jose Quintana on Saturday.
Peterson now has a 13-game hitting streak after a 2-for-4 performance against Jose Fernandez and the Marlins in Saturday's 9-1 victory that consisted of a double, three-run homer and two runs. Peterson has started July off with an even hotter bat than he finished June with, as he's hit .429 (3-for-7) over the first two games of the new month. All three of his round-trippers on the season have come during the current hitting streak, and Saturday's performance marked his sixth multi-hit effort over that span as well. Discounting a one at-bat hitless outing against the Mets on June 18, Peterson has hit safely in every start since his June 10 return to the big league club from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Peterson will start at second base and serve as the Braves' leadoff hitter for the sixth straight game Sunday against the Mets. After getting demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett following a poor start to his season, Peterson returned to the big leagues earlier this month and has been able to reclaim his regular starting role. He's also helped his cause to remain atop the lineup by recording one hit in each of his last six games, but he's had a multi-hit effort in only one of those contests. Still, with Mallex Smith (hand) on the DL, Peterson should give the Braves an element of contact-hitting and speed in the leadoff spot, though don't look for him to produce many helpful counting stats.
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