Santana is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals. Santana will get just his second day off of the season, as he hasn't been held out of the starting lineup since all the way back on April 18. Though he was hitless Saturday, Santana owns an .853 OPS in the month of June. He'll give way to Rhys Hoskins at first base for the series finale.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Nationals. The homer, Santana's 14th of the season, was a two-out shot off Tim Collins. Santana's batting average is still just .225 -- the lowest of his career -- though much of that can be attributed to a frustrating run of luck early in the season. Since May 1, the first baseman has hit .264 with 12 home runs. The veteran has been a strong all-around offensive asset this season outside of that poor batted-ball luck. He's on pace for 28 home runs, the second-highest total of his career, while his 17.8 percent walk rate (third in the league behind Mike Trout and Bryce Harper) and 13.4 percent strikeout rate are both career bests.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored during Friday's 12-2 win over the Nationals. He also took two walks. Hitting right-handed against reliever Matt Grace, Santana cleared the right field fences with a runner on in the sixth inning as the Phillies would pile on in the victory. Heading into this, Santana owned a .421 OBP in June but wasn't hitting for much power with a .393 slugging percentage. This blast offers optimism he can still deliver pop on a somewhat consistent basis.
Santana went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, a walk and two RBI in Friday's 12-4 loss to Milwaukee. Santana drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, followed by a solo homer in the seventh, but the Brewers had already pulled out to a huge lead. Across 61 games this season, Santana has struggled to hit for average (.223), although he's demonstrated plenty of power, smacking 10 home runs while driving in 37.
Santana went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Cubs. After sitting below the Mendoza Line for much of the opening two months, Santana's batting average is slowly creeping back up to respectability. The .220 average would mark a career worst over a full season, but he's sporting a .343 OBP. With five walks over the past two games, he now has more walks (39) than strikeouts (35) on the year.