Reynolds is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets. Those hoping that Reynolds' huge 5-for-5, 10-RBI performance July 7 against the Marlins would translate to an uptick in playing time have been sorely disappointed, as he's started just two of the Nationals' last eight games. Matt Adams remains Washington's primary first baseman, though he'll cede starts at the position to Reynolds when lefties are on the hill, and the eventual return of Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) will complicate things further.
Reynolds went 5-for-5 with two home runs, a double, three runs scored and 10 RBI in Saturday's win over the Marlins. This was after Reynolds hit a walkoff, pinch-hit homer Friday. He lifted his slash line from .257/.330/.505 to .292/.358/.594 with Saturday's performance. While that's a great line, Reynolds has been playing primarily on the short side of a platoon at first base and his at-bats in that role could take a hit after the break with Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) inching closer to a return.
Reynolds went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in Friday's 3-2 win over the Marlins. Reynolds entered the game to pinch hit in the ninth, and he delivered with a solo blast to end the game. Though he's appeared in just 36 games, Reynolds is batting .257 with eight homers and 14 RBI in 101 at-bats.
Reynolds will start at first base and bat fifth Wednesday against the Red Sox. Due in part to Daniel Murphy getting increasingly comfortable with manning the keystone in addition to the Nationals facing left-handed starting pitchers in back-to-back days, Reynolds will be included in the lineup at first base for the fifth time in six games. Over the preceding four starts, Reynolds has rewarded the Nationals with six hits -- including a home run -- and four walks, but those solid showings aren't likely enough to lock into steady playing time. With Matt Adams (finger) returning from the disabled list Wednesday, Reynolds will likely settle into the short side of a platoon at first base for the time being. Playing time will be harder to come by for both players when Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) comes off the DL, perhaps at some point shortly before the All-Star break.
Reynolds went 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in Friday's rout of the Phillies. The homer was his first of the month and seventh of the year. With Daniel Murphy shifted over to first base until he's comfortable again defensively at the keystone, Reynolds has seen his playing time crater, and he's started only two of the past seven games. Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) and Matt Adams (finger) are also inching closer to returns from the disabled list, so Reynolds' window for fantasy value -- and potentially his tenure with the Nats entirely -- appears ready to draw to a close within the next couple of weeks.
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