As the baseball season moves into the final week of June, players and teams who continue to struggle are feeling as much pressure as ever to break out of their slumps and live up to expectations.
A couple of the players we highlighted last week answered with good performances that might ease the scrutiny a bit. On Friday, the Braves' Jair Jurrjens pitched into the eighth inning against the Red Sox, allowing one run and three hits. Later that evening, Tim Lincecum gave up three runs to the Oakland A's, his best outing in nearly a month.
Will any of this week's quintet of struggling players rebound like the Pirates' Brad Lincoln did against the Tigers on Saturday? Perhaps his job wasn't on the line, but giving up one run and two hits surely helped him remain in Pittsburgh's starting rotation.
Roster spots may not be at stake among this week's grouping, but their respective teams could certainly use a quick turnaround. Here are five National Leaguers who really need a good week.