Blanco went 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Cubs. Blanco was making only his seventh start since the All-Star break with manager Torey Lovullo opting to give everyday center fielder A.J. Pollock a day off in the series finale. The irregular playing time has just about erased any fantasy value that Blanco held earlier in the season, but thanks to his on-base skills and defensive acumen, he still looks like the top reserve option in the Arizona outfield.
Blanco went 2-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and a run scored in Wednesday's 10-3 win over the Braves. The well-oiled Diamondbacks' hitting attack didn't lose any juice with Blanco picking up a rare start in left field, while also serving as the team's leadoff hitter with David Peralta resting. Blanco essentially manufactured the team's first run himself, singling in his first at-bat and stealing second and third before scoring on Jake Lamb's sacrifice fly. Even at 33 years old, Blanco is still a pest on the basepaths, and that skill along with his ability to defend multiple outfield spots capably should make him a dependable reserve and spot starter for the Diamondbacks all season.
Blanco went 2-for-3 with a home run, triple and two RBI in Thursday's 12-2 win over the Reds. After acquiring J.D. Martinez (hand) via trade from the Tigers earlier in the week, the Diamondbacks had room for one less outfielder on the active roster, but Blanco ended up sticking around over Rey Fuentes, who hit the 10-day disabled list with a thumb contusion. With manager Torey Lovullo giving all three of the Diamondbacks' regular outfielders -- Martinez, A.J. Pollock and David Peralta -- the afternoon off Thursday, Blanco entered the lineup for the first time since the All-Star break and paid out handsome dividends to those that rolled with him in DFS lineups. Since Martinez's hand injury is considered minor, it doesn't look as though Blanco will be in store for an extended opportunity to build on Thursday's performance. Instead, Blanco's main value to the Diamondbacks in the second half will likely come as a pinch hitter or late-inning defensive replacement.
Blanco went hitless in four at-bats while serving as the Diamondbacks' starting left fielder in Friday's 6-3 win over the Reds. After A.J. Pollock returned from an extended stay on the disabled list earlier this week, Blanco's run of semi-regular playing time in center field came to an abrupt end. The Diamondbacks still have a void in left field while Yasmany Tomas (groin) remains on the DL indefinitely, but it appears Daniel Descalso is manager Torey Lovullo's preferred replacement at that position. As was the case Friday, Blanco could still see occasional starts in left, but with a .188 average since June 20, the 33-year-old doesn't look like a major threat to Descalso at this time.
Blanco went 2-for-4 with a triple, double, RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 10-4 loss to the Cardinals. The two-hit performance ended an 0-for-16 skid over Blanco's last four games. Blanco still looks to have the edge over Rey Fuentes for the timeshare in center field, but he may only be the Diamondbacks' primary option at the position through the rest of the weekend. A.J. Pollock (groin, quad) has already played four games at Triple-A Reno during his rehab assignment and is trending toward a return from the 10-day disabled list for Tuesday's series opener with the Dodgers.
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