First baseman Christian Walker has cooled off since a scalding June, finishing with seven home runs in July but hitting just .234. He has added two more home runs in August, but is batting .204 in his first 13 games this month to see his average fall to .257 on the season. Walker entered Friday with a .733 OPS in 112 games this season.
Since he was acquired from the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Alejandro De Aza in June, right-hander Joe Gunkel is 7-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 13 starts, with 54 strikeouts and 11 walks in 78 innings. He allowed one run on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts Thursday, earning...