Pirela is not in the lineup against the Phillies on Wednesday. Pirela receives a standard day off after starting the past 10 games in the field, hitting .324/.432/.649 with three home runs and seven RBI in that span. Cory Spangenberg slides over to left in his place, while Yangervis Solarte draws the start at third for the series finale.
Pirela went 1-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season in Friday's win over the Dodgers. Pirela's eighth-inning blast off of Ross Stripling proved to be a clutch one as it was the deciding run in a 4-3 win over a division foe. The 27-year-old has been red-hot recently, collecting a hit in 21 of his previous 25 contests, slashing .313/.370/.576 over that span. Pirela's breakout season has earned him the right to bat third in the Padres' lineup since the All-Star break.
Pirela went 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and three runs scored in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Reds. The 27-year-old is now hitting .345 (20-for-58) over his last 14 games with three homers, nine RBI and 11 runs, pushing his OPS on the year to an impressive .875. Pirela has little track record of this kind of success at the plate in the minors, although he did slash .305/.351/.441 at Triple-A for the Yankees in 2014, so it's impossible to say how long he might be able to keep it up.
Pirela went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Monday's 11-3 loss to the Reds. The 27-year-old continues his breakout season with the Padres, upping his slugging percentage to .515 after connecting on his sixth and seventh homers. Pirela attributed his success to a swing adjustment that was made to help elevate the ball more during his time with Triple-A El Paso. The change has obviously paid dividends for the utility man -- he's not only carving out an everyday role with the Friars, but also providing solid fantasy value to those who took a chance on Pirela after his hot start in the majors.
Pirela went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Twins. It's been 19 games since Pirela's last homer, but he has stayed relevant in deeper fantasy leagues over that span with a .282/.317/.474 triple slash. The super-utility man has been a nice find for the Friars this season, and he should remain in the heart of the batting order until further notice.
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