Padres infielder Will Middlebrooks is in the starting lineup at shortstop for Saturday's game against Texas. It's Middlebrooks' second career start at short in 310 MLB and 490 minor league games. The other start came earlier this season, on May 23. Clint Barmes and Alexi Amarista, who have split the other 87 starts at short this season, are out of Saturday's lineup.
Shortstop Alexi Amarista continued his hot-hitting ways on Thursday, but the Padres ultimately fell to the Giants 13-8. Amarista went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI and scored a run on Thursday. The typically light-hitting shortstop is now batting .333 with a home run and five RBI over his last 11 games.
Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista and third baseman Will Middlebrooks provided the only offense for San Diego during a 10-2 loss Wednesday at Oakland. Amarista had a solo home run off Jesse Chavez in the sixth inning and Middlebrooks added a solo home run off Fernando Abad in the eighth inning. Middlebrooks hit eighth and Amarista hit ninth on Wednesday. Amarista, who has two home runs in 54 games, is doing well in June. He has hit safely in six straight games and is batting .333 (13 for 39) with one home run, three doubles, five RBI and five runs in 13 June games (10 starts). Middlebrooks, who has nine home runs in 64 games, isn't doing quite as well this month. He is batting .217 (10 for 46) with two home runs, six RBI, three runs and 14 strikeouts in 15 June games (12 starts).
Padres shortstop Clint Barmes is in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Reds. Alexi Amarista has started four straight games at the position, but he'll get a break on Sunday in favor of Barmes, who has hit .262/.304/.338 with one home run and two RBI in 65 at-bats. The Padres are heavy underdogs (+155) in Cincinnati on Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.
Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista had just seven RBI in May. He plated two runs in the second game of June, lifting his club past the Mets, 7-2, on Tuesday. Down one run, Amarista singled in a pair of runs in the second inning to give his club the lead and they never looked back. He finished 2 for 4 with a run scored, two RBI and two strikeouts. He is hitting .217 (5 for 23) with two walks, a double and three RBI over his last nine games played.