Brantley is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Manager AJ Hinch will hold Brantley out for the day game after the night game, even though the veteran just picked up a breather Monday in Seattle. Brantley's move to the bench may have been influenced in part by his 0-for-9 showing in the first two games. It was just the second time since April 5 the smooth-swinging outfielder failed to record a hit in back-to-back games.
Brantley isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Brantley will head to the bench with lefty Wade LeBlanc set to serve as the primary pitcher Monday evening. Josh Reddick is slated to slot in as the designated hitter and will hit third in Brantley's place.
Brantley is not in the lineup Friday against Boston, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Brantley hits the bench after making 13 straight starts. George Springer returns from his back injury in right field, pushing Josh Reddick to left, though Brantley should continue to play a regular role as the Astros use the designated hitter spot to make room for their outfield depth.
Brantley went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 7-3 win over Boston. Brantley's first-inning double snapped a string of seven at-bats without a hit. In the last 12 games in which he's hit safely, Brantley has posted multiple hits 10 times. He's raised his season average to .331, which ranks tied for fifth in MLB.
Brantley went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two additional runs scored in Saturday's 11-4 rout of the Rangers. The former Cleveland outfielder continues to thrive in the heart of the Houston order. Brantley is now slashing .340/.387/.607 through 39 games with 10 homers, three steals, 25 runs and 29 RBI.
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