Donovan went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a triple, a walk and two runs scored in a 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Cubs on Sunday. Donovan helped the Cardinals get to innings-eater Alec Mills early and often. He hit his first career triple in the bottom of the first before coming in to score a run on a Nolan Arenado single. He then led off the third with the first of three Cardinals solo home runs in the inning. The rookie left-handed bat has bounced around the Cardinals lineup so far this year, but with an elite .426 OBP it wouldn't be a surprise to see him continue to hit out of the two hole like he did Sunday.
Donovan went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk in a 5-3 win over the Cubs on Saturday. Donovan demonstrated good situational hitting by singling to shallow left with two men in scoring position to give his team an early 2-0 lead. The 25-year-old rookie has showed excellent plate skills since being called up to the big leagues, and he is now hitting .311 with a .422 on-base percentage. Donovan's 146 WRC+ and ability to play both infield and outfield positions should keep him seeing regular at-bats.
Donovan isn't starting Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports. Donovan will get a day off after he went 3-for-18 with three runs, two walks and seven strikeouts over the last four games. Nolan Gorman is starting at second base while Albert Pujols enters the lineup at first.
The Cardinals are finding creative ways to keep Donovan in the lineup, making him eligible at five different positions, and he continues to deliver multi-hit game after multi-hit game. His stats are beginning to look like those of Luis Arraez, and his matchups this week are hardly prohibitive.
Brendan Donovan wasn't supposed to be a big-ticket item when the Cardinals tasked him with replacing Paul DeJong in early May, much to the chagrin of everyone who was already stashing Nolan Gorman. He performed so well, though, that even with Gorman in the fold, Donovan has continued to play every day, picking up eligibility at first, second, third and the outfield in addition to shortstop. That alone makes him a handy player in Fantasy, as does him having more walks (21) than strikeouts (20). Ultimately, though, it's his line-drive swing and all-fields approach that make him relevant in a Luis Arraez sort of way, particularly with him going 7 for 9 in his past two games.