Reynolds went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts against the Phillies on Sunday. Despite his rough day at the plate, he hit a pair of pitches just wide of the left-field foul pole that carried home run distance. The rookie is batting .242/.347/.323 with one homer and 10 RBI since June 28, a span of 72 plate appearances. He's started in 15 of 16 games in July and could be due for a break in the near future.
Reynolds went 3-for-4 with a double in a 7-0 loss to the Cardinals on Monday. After a 5-for-32 slide, Reynolds has collected five hits in his last eight at-bats. He's hitting .343 with a .428 BABIP. With 267 plate appearances, he is now less than 20 PA away from qualifying for the batting title. While the rookie's batting average will likely cool off in the second half, it's interesting to note that he hit better than .300 in each of his four minor-league seasons.
Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in a 6-5 victory against the Brewers on Sunday. The rookie had been slumping a bit coming into the afternoon, but he capped off a surprisingly strong first half with another incredible effort that led to a key Pirates victory. Although he deserved more consideration than he received, Reynolds is not headed to the All-Star Game, which might be a blessing in disguise because he could probably use a break. After batting .369 in June, he's begun this month hitting .227. Despite the slow start to July, he's hitting .342 with 27 extra-base hits, including seven homers, 33 RBI and 38 runs in 222 at-bats this season.
Reynolds went 0-for-4 against the Cubs on Thursday and has one hit in his last 17 at-bats. He has six hits in 28 at-bats since getting hit on the shin by a pitch June 23. Reynolds' batting average sat at a lofty .362 that day, so it's not surprising that he's cooled off, regardless of circumstance. Gregory Polanco (shoulder) isn't expected back until after the All-Star break, so look for the rookie to split playing time with Melky Cabrera in the interim. Reynolds is slashing .338/.403/.521 with six homers and 29 RBI in 238 plate appearances.
Reynolds is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs. Reynolds has an excellent .382/.478/.527 slash line over his last 15 games, but the Pirates' crowded outfield means that he's been on the bench for two of the last four games. Melky Cabrera gets the nod in right field.
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