Gutierrez is batting 4-for-25 with two walks and 10 strikeouts in July. It has been a rough July for Gutierrez, but the 10-year veteran has slid into a role as the Mariners' platoon right fielder against lefties. It suits him because he hits southpaws much better, posting a.273/.357/.509 line compared to .170/.220/.319 against righties this season.
Gutierrez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Gutierrez has mostly occupied a platoon role with Seth Smith, but he had started five of the last six games and collected eight hits in that span, so he could be in line to see a more permanent bump in playing time. For the time being, though, he'll head back to the bench with right-hander Justin Verlander scheduled to pitch, while Nelson Cruz will get the start in right field and Norichika Aoki will man left.
Gutierrez will start in right field and bat second Sunday against the Red Sox for the fourth time in the last five games. Gutierrez has gone 5-for-10 with a double, two homers and six RBI over his last two starts, but it's tough to rely on him to continue that standout production Sunday with Red Sox ace David Price on the hill. The outfielder's season-long prospects are similarly limited, as he currently occupies the small end of a platoon with Seth Smith and will see his starting opportunities take a hit once the Mariners start to face right-handed starting pitching more frequently.
Gutierrez went 3-for-5 with a double, two homers and six RBI in Friday's 8-4 victory over the Red Sox. The veteran punished former teammate Roenis Elias, blasting homers in his first two at-bats against the Red Sox starter. The performance was a nice encore of Gutierrez's last multi-homer game, which also came at Fenway last August. He's been hot over the last two games in particular, hitting .500 (5-for-10) over that span.
Gutierrez is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rays. As has normally been the case, Gutierrez will head to the bench with a right-handed pitcher set to oppose the Mariners. Seth Smith will get the start in right field and bat second against Jake Odorizzi.