Gennett went 1-for-4 with a solo home run to help the Reds to a 9-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday. Gennett's torrid first half shows no signs of slowing down, as the 28-year-old has now mashed 16 homers on the season following this third-inning solo blast off Carlos Martinez. He's now slashing .326/.372/.523 through 344 at-bats as he continues to prove last year's breakout showing was not a fluke.
Gennett has suggested that it is unlikely that he'll be traded by the Reds in advance of the July 31 non-waiver deadline, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "Just from the talks that I've had with the guys in control of all those things, I feel like they want me here. I feel like, just from what I've been told, they want me here for the long term," Gennett said. "What I'm getting is [CEO Bob Castellini] wants me here for a while. When it comes to all of the trade stuff, it would be going against what I've been hearing." Going into this season, the general consensus was that Gennett would not be able to replicate last year's breakout season - a sentiment expressed here with our outlook and projection. In a way it was right - only that Gennett has surpassed his 2017 levels, punctuated by another homer Friday night against the Cardinals. Instead of trading him, the Reds might extend Gennett, though they aren't under pressure to do so yet, as he won't become a free agent until after 2019.
Gennett is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Gennett began the series 0-for-8, but after picking up three more base knocks in Saturday's rout of Milwaukee, he brought his batting average back up to an NL-leading .332. He'll be rewarded with a day off for the series finale, however, with Alex Blandino getting the starting nod at the keystone.
Gennett went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, three runs scored and an RBi in Saturday's 12-3 win over the Brewers. The second baseman now leads the National League with a .332 batting average to go along with 13 homers, 48 runs and 53 RBI, as Gennett continues to demonstrate that last year's breakout was no fluke.
Gennett is out of the lineup against the Cubs on Friday. Gennett will receive a little breather following 11 straight starts, as Alex Blandino gets the call at second base with left-hander Jose Quintana on the mound for Chicago. Over that 11-game span, Gennett has continued to hit, going 13-for-45 (.289 average) with six RBI and base knocks in 10 of those games. Look for him to rejoin the starting lineup for Saturday's contest.
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