Descalso went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and three runs Saturday in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 win over the Padres. Though his playing time has tailed off over the last few weeks, Descalso enters the regular-season finale with career-best marks in runs (54), extra-base hits (37), home runs (13), RBI (57) and on-base percentage (.354). The 31-year-old will become a free agent this winter, but Arizona will likely have interest in retaining him in a utility role.
Descalso is not in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks. As per usual, Descalso will head to the bench with a lefty in Clayton Kershaw starting for the Dodgers. In his place, Ketel Marte will start at second base and hit third.
Descalso is on the bench Sunday against left-handed starter Kyle Freeland and the Rockies. Descalso hasn't started against a southpaw since May 1. Ketel Marte will be the second baseman Sunday.
Descalso is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Descalso has started 10 of the team's 16 games this month, slashing .194/.310/.417 with a pair of homers and seven RBI over that stretch. He'll give way to Ketel Marte at the keystone in this one, something that could happen more often down the stretch if Descalso continues to struggle at the plate.
Descalso went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 loss to the Astros. Descalso made things interesting in the ninth inning when he slugged his career-best 13th home run of the season off Roberto Osuna, but the Houston closer struck out Ketel Marte a batter later to end the Arizona threat. Descalso has pilfered more starts from Marte at the keystone in September, but the 31-year-old hasn't performed well enough to run away with the gig just yet. Over his 12 appearances on the month, Descalso is hitting .212 while striking out 28.2 percent of the time.