Albies is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Padres. It's a rare day off for the breakout second baseman, as Albies has started each of the first 70 games this year at the keystone. He's slowed down considerably in the month of June, however, slashing .131/.172/.295 across 64 plate appearances. After going hitless in another set of back-to-back games, manager Brian Snitker will send Albies to the bench in favor of Johan Camargo at second base. Dansby Swanson will get the call to bat atop the batting order for the series finale.
Albies went 1-for-5 with a grand slam in Tuesday's win over the Mets. Albies entered the month of June with a .278 average but has seen that figure tumble to .255 as he's now gone 6-for-45 (.133) over his last 10 games. Tuesday marked his first multi-RBI performance since May 19, but due to his strong start, the second baseman has now tallied 40 RBI on the season, good for the fourth-most among second basemen.
Albies went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Braves' 7-2 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. After a red-hot start to the season, Albies' average had dipped all the way down to .253 coming into this contest, but he got his first long ball since May 22 with this fourth-inning solo blast off Ross Stripling. He's now at 15 homers on the season, and he showed earlier this year that he can hit them in bunches, so hopefully this is a sign Albies is gearing up to go on another hot streak.
Albies went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in Monday's win over the Cubs. With three long balls in his last five contests, the diminutive second baseman now has 13 homers on the year -- tying him with more noted sluggers Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Mookie Betts and Jose Ramirez for the major-league lead. Albies' 28 extra-base hits on the season are tops in the NL. He is walking less and striking out more than he did last year in his debut, but given the charge he's putting in the ball when he does make contact, that's both understandable and forgivable. Albies has also started contributing on the basepaths -- after stealing only one base on three attempts through his first 24 games, he's a perfect 4-for-4 in his last 16.
Albies went 1-for-4 with a home run, two runs, a stolen base and a walk in Friday's loss to the Marlins. Albies has now recorded a hit in 14 of his last 15 games, bringing his slash line to .284/.322/.599. His 12 home runs and 37 runs lead all MLB second basemen, and his 30 RBI are good for second at the position. His on-base percentage is negatively impacted by a poor 8:33 BB:K, but otherwise he's proving to be a consistently productive force for a good-hitting Braves lineup.
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