Stock watch: Flowers on a hit parade

Tyler Flowers is batting .397 over his past 20 games. Brian Kersey/Getty Images


StreakingTyler Flowers, C: The revival of Flowers continued this past weekend. After going 1-for-2 at Seattle on Sunday (he was also hit by a pitch twice in that game), Flowers is batting .397 (25-for-63), with six doubles, four home runs, 14 RBIs and 19 runs scored over his past 20 games. It's a run that started at the All-Star break and has included eight multi-hit games. Flowers' batting average has risen from .213 to its current .250 mark.

Bullpen: Zach Putnam returned from injury over the weekend and now Matt Lindstrom is on the roster again after ankle surgery. Those reinforcements are enough to make it feel like a battered bullpen is on the rise again. But over the last three games there has been a bit of a resurgence, as the relievers have combined for 6 2/3 scoreless innings. That follows a dreadful run when they gave up 36 runs, 46 hits, eight of which were home runs, in their previous six outings.

Alexei Ramirez, SS: The All-Star looks all the way back from his midseason doldrums as he has delivered a hit in 19 of his last 22 games and is batting .341 (31-for-91) over that stretch with three home runs and 15 RBIs. He also has 12 multi-hit games in that run. Ramirez is second in games played at 118 and third in innings played at 1,030 2/3.


SlumpingOffense: After opening the second half with an offensive flourish, that has all gone away now. The White Sox are batting a combined .223 (44-for-197) with four home runs and nine runs scored over their last six games. That's a 1.5 runs-per-game average. The club also has a .133 average with runners in scoring position during that span. To show how hot they were when the second started, the White Sox still started the day first in the major leagues with a .290 batting average in the second half and were second in slugging percentage (.426) and OPS (.764).

Maikel Cleto, RP: Already designated for assignment once this season, Cleto isn't making much of his second chance. After having his contract purchased on Aug. 4, the hard-throwing right-hander has given up a home run in each of the two outings upon his return. The last was a two-run home run by the Mariners' Kyle Seager on Thursday. Going back to his previous stint with the club, Cleto has actually given up a home run in each of his last three big-league outings.

Adam Dunn, 1B/DH: The big man's one-inning pitching performance Aug. 5 against the Texas Rangers has been his only highlight of late. Dunn has just two hits over his last 23 at-bats and is batting just .212 (11-for-52) with three home runs, seven RBIs and six runs scored over his last 13 games. Perhaps interleague play is what he needs. Dunn is tied with the Tigers' Torii Hunter for sixth among active players with 46 interleague home runs.