J.J. Hardy (BAL) –
The Baltimore shortstop has been able to avoid major injury this season and has been riding some serious hot streaks. He has gone 10-for-26 with 6 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI over the past week. His 23 HR in 2011 leave him just 3 shy of his career high from 2007.
Jose Constanza (ATL) –
The upstart rookie continues to rob former phenom Jason Heyward of playing time in the Braves outfield equation. Constanza is on a tear recently with 7 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI and 3 SB over the past 7 days.
Melky Cabrera (KC) –
It only seems like Cabrera has been in the major leagues forever. However, he is only 27 years old and has really settled into the Royals’ starting line up. He has already set career highs in HR and SB and with 3 more RBI, he will match his career high from 2007. He has also been on a torrid streak as of late hitting a scorching .500 (12-for-24).
Denard Span (MIN) –
Since returning after 2 months on the shelf from a concussion, Span is considering shutting it down for the rest of the season. He has been particularly futile offensively with a scant single over his last 19 at-bats.
Howie Kendrick (LAA) –
After an incredible first half of 2011, Kendrick has struggled recently at the plate. Yet to collect an RBI in August, he has hit a mere 2-for-20 with 1 R over the past 7 days.
B.J. Upton (TB) –
Unlike his brother, Justin, the long drought continues for the elder Upton in Tampa Bay. Sure to lose some playing time at some point if his offensive woes continue, B.J.’s bat is running cold at .136 (3-for-22) over the past week.