Rondon hit a two-run home run in his lone at-bat during an 8-5 win over the Cubs in the first game of Friday's doubleheader. The 27-year-old has almost exclusively been limited to a pinch-hitting role over the last month. Rondon's homer Friday was his second of the year. He's added a .271/.333/.400 slash line with seven RBI, 12 runs scored and a pair of stolen bases in 78 plate appearances, but he has no path to regular playing time at this late date in the season.
Rondon entered Sunday's loss to the Royals as a pinch hitter and went 1-for-1 with a run. The sparsely-used utilityman has continued to make occasional appearances in a pinch-hit capacity, with Sunday's marking his fourth overall since the calendar flipped to August. Given his irregular usage, Rondon is a fantasy consideration in only deep formats at the moment, despite a .261 average and .327 on-base percentage.
Rondon entered Tuesday's loss to the Cubs as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and slugged a solo home run in his only plate appearance. Rondon hasn't logged a start since June 16, but he continues to make intermittent pinch-hit appearances. He's usually found success difficult to come by in that role, however, as he'd gone hitless over his previous eight plate appearances across nine games.
Rondon entered Tuesday's win over the Marlins as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning, recording a single and a stolen base in his only plate appearance. Rondon's presence proved pivotal to the Cardinals' success, as his steal of second base and advancement to third on a throwing error positioned him to come home with St. Louis' first run of the game in the sixth inning. The versatile utility man is seeing only occasional playing time and does not yet have an extra-base hit through 24 plate appearances, so his fantasy value remains significant capped.
Rondon went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run in a loss to the Reds on Sunday. Rondon drew his fourth start in his last six games, and he snapped out of a brief 0-for-11 slump with his first multi-hit effort since May 30. The 27-year-old utility man is slashing .222/.333/.222 across 21 plate appearances since being called up from Triple-A Memphis on May 29.
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