When your team scores 10 runs on 14 hits, its tough for anyone in the lineup to be left out. Harrison certainly wasn’t in the Pirates’ 10-3 thrashing of the Giants on Monday. Batting in the two-hole and playing second base, Harrison went 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. No player on the team added more to the win than Harrison, who posted a WPA (win probability added) of .154 as well as a wRC+ of 163. With the two hits in the game, he had a multi-knock effort for the second-straight day. That’s the first time since June 2 and June 3 that Harrison has pulled off that trick. Since the All-Star break, the two-time All-Star and prevalent trade target has been rounding back into form for the most part, with a slash line of .267/.313/.422 in 48 plate appearances.
Happ was kept out of the lineup on Monday as the Cubs began a series with the crosstown rival White Sox. Happ has been struggling since the break (.233/.281/.300) and the hope is that a little rest will help him come back refreshed and ready to find his swing once again.
It was another rest day for Walsh on Monday. Expect him to get work soon considering the hot streak he has been on (0.57 ERA in last 10 outings).
Three days removed from his last start (a gem by the way), Atkinson was on the bench on Monday as well.