DeJong went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Cleveland. His seventh-inning blast off Bryan Shaw proved to be the game-winning hit. DeJong has four of his 14 homers on the year in the last 12 games, a stretch during which he's produced a blistering .385/.429/.692 slash line.
DeJong is hitting .359 (14-for-39) with a double, three home runs, seven RBI, two walks and nine runs over his last 12 games. DeJong went 3-for-8 with an RBI and two runs over the last two games of the three-game weekend set against the Reds, keeping his average over the Mendoza Line (.203) for the time being. The slugging shortstop's recent surge at the plate was long overdue, considering he was hitting a miserable .157 as recently as June 24.
DeJong isn't starting Thursday's game against the Cubs, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. DeJong had crossed the plate in each of the last four games, and he went 2-for-13 with a homer, five runs and two RBI during that time. Edmundo Sosa will take over at shortstop and bat eighth.
DeJong went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Giants. DeJong continued his impressive stretch at the plate with a home run off Johnny Cueto to lead off the third inning. The 27-year-old is 10-for-18 over his last six games with three homers, five RBI and three runs scored. His season stats aren't worth raving over, however, as he's slashing .205/.299/.409 with 13 homers, 29 RBI, 27 runs scored, three steals and a 25:59 BB:K over 244 plate appearances.
DeJong went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Giants on Friday. Although all three hits were singles, they allowed DeJong to inch ever closer to the Mendoza Line. There were signs the slugging shortstop was starting to pick it up at the plate as the All-Star break approached -- he belted a pair of home runs over the last two games of the first half -- and with Friday's production, DeJong now owns a .355/.429/.613 slash line over the 35 plate appearances he's logged across 10 July contests.