Diamondbacks at Pirates: 5 Players To Watch
Aug 15, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta (6) hits a sacrifice fly scoring a run as Atlanta Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway (30) watches in the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Paul Goldschmidt might be the Diamondbacks’ best player overall, but there is no question that since late June, nobody has hit the baseball better on this team than Peralta.
Over his last 50 games, Peralta is hitting .339/.407/.593 and a 1.ooo OPS, with 24 XBH, and 35 RBI’s.
He is seeing the baseball well, and Chip Hale just can’t take him out of the lineup right now.
The most impressive thing about Peralta in 2015 is his improvement against left-handed pitching.
He is hitting .308 against righties which is expected, but he is also hitting .286 against southpaws. He hit under .200 against them last season.
Peralta has become the answer in the cleanup spot, providing a ton of protection to Goldschmidt. Pitchers can’t just walk Goldy anymore when they are in a jam.