Parker is starting in right field and hitting third Monday against the Reds. The streaking Mac Williamson will get the day off and the slumping Brandon Belt was moved to sixth in the lineup, providing Parker with an excellent opportunity to do some damage Monday against righty Anthony DeSclafani. Williamson has seen the bulk of the recent starts in right field, but Parker remains in the mix while Hunter Pence (hamstring) is out.
Parker went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season in Friday's 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Parker has now homered in two consecutive starts. Unfortunately, those two starts have come over the Giants last four games. While a tradition platoon was expected to be deployed with Parker and Mac Williamson, manager Bruce Bochy has been mixing and matching in right field while Hunter Pence (Achilles) has been sidelined. This makes it tough to rely on a player like Parker -- who possesses monster power -- outside of DFS and very deep formats.
Parker is in the lineup and batting seventh for Monday's game against the Pirates. Parker will start in the outfield in place of Denard Span. The former second-round pick is hitting a lowly .228 through 21 games this season, but owns an impressive OBP of .353 still due to an elite walk rate of just over 13 percent.
Parker is back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers. Parker is locked into a hard platoon with Mac Williamson for the moment, and with the Giants finally facing a right-hander in Milwaukee's Chase Anderson, Parker will get back in the lineup for the first time since Tuesday. Runs of consecutive lefties like the four the Giants have seen in a row will be rare, so expect Parker to see more regular action over the next couple of weeks.
Parker remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers. Parker's absence is likely matchup-related, rather than for injury or performance reasons, as the Giants are facing young left-hander Julio Urias on Sunday evening. It will be the fourth day in a row San Francisco has faced a southpaw, and with Parker 2-for-15 against lefties this season, he'll take a seat in favor of Gregor Blanco in right field and Mac Williamson in left.