Pina went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's victory over the Reds. Pina has ceded a lot of starts to Erik Kratz in September, and his four at-bats Wednesday raise his total to just 26 this month. The two have worked in a pattern since Sept. 1 with Pina starting two games and Kratz starting the next three, so with Pina starting the last two games, there's a good chance Kratz will be behind the dish when the Brewers next play Friday night.
Pina sits for the second game in a row Monday against the Cubs. Erik Kratz starts over Pina for the fifth time in seven games. Pina is hitless over his last two games, but Kratz is hitless over his last five. That said, Kratz has had some big hits in big spots over the last few weeks and is an excellent pitch framer. The two should see roughly the same amount of playing time down the stretch, but Kratz appears to have a slight edge at the moment.
Pina is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Giants. Pina will get Sunday off after starting the first two games of the series, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Erik Kratz will start behind the plate for the Brewers on Sunday and is batting eighth.
Pina is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs. Pina sits for the third straight game, with Erik Kratz again starting behind the plate. It's unclear whether or not he's battling an injury or if Kratz has simply overtaken him. Pina is hitting .440 with a 1.196 OPS over his last 10 games, so it would be surprise if his absence was performance-related. He did miss a pair of games last week after requiring stitches in his lip, but he came back to start Saturday and Sunday and appeared to be fine.
Pina is not in the lineup Monday against the Cubs. Pina is in the midst of a five-game hit streak, but he'll head to the bench after starting consecutive games behind the dish. Erik Kratz will start at catcher and hit seventh in this one.
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