A fully-healthy Neil Walker is starting to hit better in August. (Photo by: David Hague)
While the Pirates' overall offense is slowly accelerating this month (11th in the NL in runs, 6th in OPS), Neil Walker has shifted gears entirely. Pittsburgh's second baseman has been one of the league's most productive players in August, hitting .362 with an .893 OPS. Only Arizona's hot-hitting Aaron Hill (.391 BA, 1.146 OPS) is performing better than Walker this month among NL second basemen.
Walker has built a nine-game hitting streak, and even in that short period of time he has raised his season batting average to .262 from .244 and season OPS to .762 from .738. Part of his sudden statistical rise is that Walker missed about 25 games after suffering separate hand and rib injuries.
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