Realmuto is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. In an effort to both give his top backstop a rest and hand A.J. Ellis a start behind the plate in Los Angeles against his former team, manager Don Mattingly will hold Realmuto out of the lineup in the series finale. Realmuto was an on-base machine during the first three games of the series, going 3-for-10 with three walks, two runs and an RBI.
Realmuto went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. Realmuto has hit safely in each of his last eight starts and is proving that last season's .303/.343/.428 line was no fluke. The young backstop is exceeding each of those numbers thus far this season (.309/.356/.441) and has also seen a reduction in strikeout rate (18.3 percent to 16.4 percent) and corresponding increase in contact rate (80 percent to 82 percent). Considering the relative lack of catcher depth fantasy-wise, he's one of the more valued assets at the position in all formats.
Realmuto is out of the lineup for Wednesday's matinee against the Astros, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. It appears to be a routine day off for Realmuto, his second in the last four games. A.J. Ellis will start behind the backstop in his place.
Realmuto is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves. After starting the team's last five games, Realmuto will get a breather Sunday as the Marlins face off against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and the Braves. A.J. Ellis will draw the start in Realmuto's absence.
Realmuto went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Braves. Realmuto smacked a two-run homer in the seventh inning of a losing effort. Although this is his first homer since April 6, he has an outstanding batting average, making him a solid fantasy option at catcher.
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