This week's Scout Hot Sheet came down to two rival backstops, in the Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal and the San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey. While Posey had the more impressive power surge -- a big league-best 4 home runs in 6 games, with a .429 batting average -- Grandal was simply the more productive of the two National League West catchers.
Grandal had just one home run over the last week, but he drove in 8 RBIs -- fourth-most in the Majors -- and led the big leagues with a .591 batting average, while coming in second in the big leagues in on-base percentage (.625), sixth in slugging (.909) and sixth in total bases (20).
In the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, Grandal got multiple hits in four of his six games this past week, with at least one RBI in all but one game. In fact, since the calendar turned to May, Grandal has driven in at least one run in all but two games. Thanks to last week, during which Grandal went 13-for-22, he's gone from hitting .214 to .292.
Grandal started with a 2-for-5 day on Monday, May 8, driving in 2 in a 12-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The next night was capped by a walk-off double from pinch hitter Austin Barnes, a conclusion set in motion by Grandal. Grandal's first hit of a 3-for-5 game was a two-run home run in the fourth inning, putting the Dodgers up 2-0. Before Barnes got a bite at the apple in the 10th, it was Grandal who led off the frame against reliever Daniel Hudson, lining a 1-2 offering into right. He was lifted for pinch runner Ross Tripling, who wound up coming home on Barnes's two-out, first-pitch double to right, clinching the 4-3 win.
Grandal went 3-for-3 on May 10 in the finale against the Pirates, scoring Los Angeles's third run of the game on a Chase Utley single in the first, and putting the Dodgers up 5-0 with an RBI double of his own in the eighth, en route to a 5-2 win.
In a rare pinch-hitting performance on May 11, Grandal was subbed for Chris Hatcher in the eighth, and sent a 2-0 two-run double to left as the Dodgers mounted a comeback that would eventually fall short against the Colorado Rockies, who beat back Los Angeles, 10-7.
Grandal finished the week with a 3-for-4 Sunday against the Rockies, with a walk and an RBI on a third-inning single. Though his run-scoring knock would give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead in the top of the third, Los Angeles ended up losing, 9-6.