With 14 home runs last year, Andrelton Simmons nearly matched his total from the previous three seasons combined, and he did so while continuing to make contact with great consistency. His 10.4 percent strikeout rate was the third-lowest among qualified hitters, and Simmons improved his walk rate to a career-high 7.3 percent. He also established a new career high in stolen bases. It's tough to settle on a new power baseline for Simmons, but the home-run increase seemed to be at least partially due to a conscious effort to pull the ball more -- his pull percentage jumped from 35.7 percent to 45.3 percent. Keeping the green light on the basepaths will be big for Simmons' fantasy value, but he's still developing as a hitter at 28 years old, and his security in the everyday lineup (thanks to his world-class defense) gives Simmons a solid floor for counting production. There are more exciting options at the shortstop position, but Simmons should make for a decent consolation prize in the middle rounds.
Simmons is out of the lineup against the White Sox on Thursday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Simmons will head to the bench, along with most of the other starters, following the club's elimination from playoff contention. In his place, Cliff Pennington will receive a start at shortstop for the series finale.
Simmons went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI on Sunday in Texas. Simmons played a major role in his team's near comeback during the ninth inning, knocking in two runs with a bases-loaded double. Unfortunately, Los Angeles ultimately came up just short, stranding Simmons on third base in a 7-6 loss. The defensive dynamo is having his best season at the plate, slashing .288/.339/.445 with a career-high 64 RBI.
Simmons is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. It's a rare day off for Simmons, who will head to the bench for just his third time of the season. There has been no word of any injury at this point, so it appears to be a regular day off for the 27-year-old. Cliff Pennington will take over at shortstop for the game.
Simmons went 2-for-4 with a double and a go-ahead, three-run homer in Saturday's win over the Astros. Simmons channeled his inner Adrian Beltre, going down on a knee to get a Tyler Clippard offering in the bottom of the eighth. He has been slumping a bit lately -- Simmons was batting just .217/.292/.349 in August entering play Saturday -- but his season numbers are still excellent. He's easily been a top-10 earner at shortstop to this point with his cross-category production.
Simmons went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 5-4 win over Baltimore on Sunday. With 13 homers on the year, Simmons may be able to surpass the career-high 17 he hit in 2013. While that season appeared to be an anomaly, the 27-year-old has put together a well-rounded campaign in 2017 with a .292 batting average, 62 runs, 57 RBI and 17 steals to go along with his solid contribution in the power department.