Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Thursday at San Francisco.
Insight: Peralta has hit 12 home runs in 294 at-bats, up from 11 in 409 last year, and he also he 23 doubles, but he's batting just .241.
6/18/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta won't be in action Wednesday against New York. SOURCE: Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: Peralta has only a .182 lifetime average versus Mets starter Bartolo Colon so it's probably for the best. Daniel Descalso (.175, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will get a try at shortstop.
6/3/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .379 hitter (11-for-29) with three homers and a 1.136 OPS against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Peralta has nine homers and 24 RBI this season despite a lowly .229 batting average, but hasn't hit a long ball in 13 games. Perhaps today is the day.
5/21/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has just one hit in 21 lifetime at bats against Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: That's pretty awful. What isn't awful is Peralta's .339 average for the month of May. If you want to ride the hot hand on Wednesday, be our guest. Just know this isn't a good matchup.
5/20/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta has batted .339 with three homers in May.
Insight: Peralta went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer Tuesday against Arizona. The shortstop now has nine homers this season, putting him on pace to best his career high of 24.
5/18/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball during the month of May and has a good matchup in store Sunday.
Insight: Peralta has hit .340 with a .936 OPS this month, and he's gone 12-for-39 (.308) with two doubles and two homers against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
5/15/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta is a career .471 hitter with two homers, eight RBI and a 1.409 OPS versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Peralta has been hot over the past two weeks, batting .372 with a 1.041 OPS over 11 games. He's a must start on Thursday afternoon.
5/14/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta has been an excellent hitter in his career against Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: In 17 at bats, Peralta is hitting .471 versus Hammel with two homers and eight RBI. With a .372 average for the month of May, there are plenty of good reasons to have Peralta in your lineup on Wednesday.
5/9/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has gone 11-for-28 (.393) with two homers and four RBI in May.
Insight: Peralta hit his eighth homer of the season Friday at Pittsburgh. With two hits, his average is up to .240 after he hit .196 in April.
5/6/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is 11-for-36 (.306) with two homers lifetime against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
Insight: Floyd will make his Atlanta debut as well as his first start since April 27, 2013, Tuesday against the Cardinals after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Peralta has batted .385 (15-for-39) with four doubles and three homers in his last 10 games and is a must-start Tuesday.
5/4/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has dominated Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel in 15 previous at bats (.467, 2 HR, 8 RBI).
Insight: After getting out to a slow start, Peralta is now 12 for his last 32 (.375) with three homers and seven RBI. Fantasy owners can start Peralta with confidence on Sunday.
4/30/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta should be a great fantasy play Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: He's a .464 career hitter against today's starting pitcher, Matt Garza. Peralta has done well lately, going 8-for-21 (.381) over his last five games.
4/27/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit his fifth and sixth homers of the season Sunday against the Pirates.
Insight: Peralta has gone 5-for-9 with four extra-base hits in his last three games after going 0-for-20 in his previous six. Fantasy owners should be optimistic about Peralta for three reasons: he's hitting for power, striking out at a lower rate than last year and batting just .167 on balls in play even though there isn't anything peculiar about his batted-ball breakdown.
4/14/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .440 hitter (11-for-25) against Milwaukee hurler Matt Garza.
Insight: Peralta hasn't found his swing yet this season, batting just .111 through his first 11 games.
4/12/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Peralta's home run totals have been all over the place in his career. He hit 21-24 in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 but 11-15 in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. So far this season he's hit two homers, but they are his only hits this season (batting .063). Daniel Descalso will get the start.
4/5/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta launched his second homer in three games Saturday at Pittsburgh. His only two hits this season left the yard.
Insight: Peralta's home run totals have been all over the place in his career. He hit 21-24 in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 but 11-15 in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. His batting average has been similarly unpredictable the last three years (.299 in 2011, .239 in 2012, .303 in 2013).
11/24/2013 2:21:00 PM
Description: Jhonny Peralta's four-year, $53 million deal with the Cardinals will become official as soon as he passes his physical. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: Peralta missed roughly a third of the season while serving a PED suspension last summer but when he was out there, he was very productive (.303, 11 HR, 55 RBI). The deal also represents a sizable raise for Peralta, who earned $6 million in 2013.
11/23/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta is close to signing a multi-year deal with St. Louis. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: The shortstop duo of Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma struggled mightily in the World Series (combined 1-for-20) so Peralta represents an obvious upgrade. We'll have contract details when the deal becomes official.
10/21/2013 9:03:00 PM
Description: Impending free agent Jhonny Peralta is hoping to return to the Tigers in 2014. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Though it probably wouldn't be as a shortstop. Peralta's 50-game PED suspension this past summer allowed Jose Iglesias to settle in as one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball. Peralta did play a little bit of left field during the playoffs but the Tigers may opt to promote from within rather than overpaying for Peralta in free agency. The 31-year-old hit .303 in 409 regular season at bats.
10/14/2013 5:48:00 PM
Description: Jhonny Peralta will get the nod at shortstop Tuesday in Game 3. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: He's been splitting time between shortstop and left field. Jose Iglesias is the far superior defensive shortstop but the Tigers need Peralta's bat in the lineup.
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