Escobar is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Wednesday. Escobar will head to the bench for a rare day off as manager Torey Lovullo decided to rest most of his starters with the Diamondbacks slipping out of playoff contention. Ildemaro Vargas will start at third base and bat second.
Escobar went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies. Escobar took Colorado starter Jon Gray deep in the third inning for his 21st home run of the season. The 29-year-old had been slumping a bit of late, but he's now tallied five hits over the last three games to bring his average to .260 since coming to Arizona. He's now matched his career-best total in home runs and has already set a personal best with 81 RBI.
Escobar went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run Monday in the Diamondbacks' 13-2 loss to the Rockies. It was Escobar's first multi-hit effort since Aug. 18, with the third baseman slashing a lowly .176/.260/.294 in the 19 games in between. While the prolonged slump has come at an unwelcome time with the Arizona offense struggling as a whole, Escobar has more than justified his low cost of acquisition in drafts and auctions heading into the season. The 29-year-old sits on a career-best .271 average and has already established personal highs in RBI (79), runs (68), hits (137) and doubles (45), with his mark in the last category trailing only the Astros' Alex Bregman (49) for the major-league lead.
Escobar went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 5-3 win over the Braves on Friday. The Diamondbacks' trade-deadline acquisition of Escobar paid immediate dividends when the third baseman slashed .306/.361/.532 across his first 17 games with the club, but the switch hitter has since fallen into the prolonged offensive skid. Escobar hasn't recorded more than one hit in any of his last 16 starts, limiting him to a .203 average over that span. Given that Escobar is still in the midst of a career-best season and few attractive alternatives loom off the bench, he should be locked into a full-time role throughout September in spite of his ongoing slump.
Escobar went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Dodgers. Escobar took Clayton Kershaw deep in the second inning to record his 20th home run of the season. He's now reached the 20-homer plateau for the second consecutive season, though he's significantly improved on last season's slash line and is nearly certain to set new career-best marks in home runs, RBI and runs scored.
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