Stephen Piscotty got off to a blazing start in his first full season as an everyday starter and was hitting .295/.370/.480 heading into the All-Star break. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to maintain that impressive line, as it dropped to .247/.310/.430 in the second half of the season. His dip in performance lined up with a decrease in contact, as he posted a 17.4 percent strikeout rate in the first half followed by a 24.3 percent second half clip. If he fails to make the necessary adjustments, Piscotty's batting average may not be as stable as one would expect, given his scouting report from his days as a prospect. Fortunately, he showed he can bring noteworthy power regardless, as he hit 11 home runs in each half of the 2016 season. His season line from 2016 probably paints a pretty accurate picture of his skill set: an above average hitter with enough power to be an asset in home runs and RBI and enough on-base skills to be an asset in runs.
Piscotty is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday against the Brewers. It appears to be a normal day off for Piscotty. The 26-year-old outfielder will be a good bet to return to action Saturday against Milwaukee.
Piscotty went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday. Sporting a .316 batting average with a double, two home runs and eight RBI over his last five games, Piscotty is settling into the season nicely. He's locked into the heart of the order and is a good bet to approach his 2016 numbers (86 runs, 22 home runs, 85 RBI and .800 OPS). There are probably some fantasy circles where he's undervalued, and he also warrants extra attention in daily contests when facing a lefty. He entered Saturday's game with a career .392 wOBA against southpaws, after all.
Piscotty went 3-for-5 with five RBI from a single, double and three-run home run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Nationals. Piscotty nearly accounted for all of the Cardinals' runs on the day and his 422-foot blast to left center in the ninth with two aboard closed out the scoring on the night. The 26-year-old appears unencumbered by the knee ailment that caused him to miss last weekend's games against the Reds, as he's gone 5-for-13 with Wednesday's homer and seven RBI since his return.
Piscotty (knee) went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles in Monday's 14-6 loss to the Nationals. Piscotty returned after a two-game absence and contributed some timely hitting, snapping ties in both the third and fifth innings with singles that plated Dexter Fowler. The 26-year-old right fielder has had a rough go of it health-wise thus far this season and is hitting .231 with no extra-base hits and Monday's two RBI in the early going.
Piscotty (knee) is starting in right field and hitting fourth Monday against the Nationals, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. After sitting out the last two games with a sore knee, Piscotty is set to return to action Monday. Although he's managed to piece together a .385 OBP to start the season, Piscotty has recorded just one hit through his first four games.