Suarez homered as part of a 2-for-4 game with two runs scored and two RBI in Monday's win over San Francisco. Suarez is hitting a ridiculous .375/.423/.708 with two homers, two doubles and four RBI over his past seven games. With 17 home runs, he now ranks 12th among qualified third basemen in homers, but unfortunately, power has been his only bright spot this season. His batting line sits at an underwhelming .234/.301/.414.
Suarez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Reds manager Bryan Price will give the afternoon off to both of the team's regular members from the left side of the infield, as everyday shortstop joins Suarez on the pine. Both Cozart and Suarez had started each game since the All-Star break, so Sunday's day off will function as a welcome rest period as well as an opportunity for Price to work in some of the club's reserves. Ivan De Jesus will cover third base in Suarez's stead.
Suarez homered, a two-run shot, in a 1-for-4 game Monday against Atlanta. Suarez has struggled to make contact, as his two strikeouts Monday give him 95 in just 90 games. But the power is still there -- he now has 16 homers in 90 games after mashing 13 in 97 games last season. Suarez owns just a .265 BABIP and could produce closer to his .280/.315/.446 line from 2015 if he can just get a few more hits to fall in.
Suarez is not in the lineup for Sunday's tilt with Miami, Suarez, who's started the last 15 games, will get the MLB season's first half finale off in favor of Ivan De Jesus who's making a start at third. Suarez has been slumping of late, slashing just .228/.290/.281 in the last 15 games while going hitless in five of those.
Suarez went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and his fifth steal Wednesday against the Rangers. Of course, this being Suarez, he also struck out for the 79th time in 70 games. It's nice to see the slugging shortstop come out with a big game -- and he now has more homers this year than he did in 97 games last season -- but those strikeouts have been murder on his batting average. He's a good fastball hitter, but breaking balls have been awful tough on Suarez this year. That said, he's also been unlucky with a .273 BABIP despite improvements in his line-drive and hard-hit rates, and there aren't many shortstop-eligible players on pace to legitimately threaten 30 homers.