Pirela went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Monday against the Giants. Pirela took southpaw Derek Holland deep in the fourth inning to record his fourth home run of the season. Pirela has lost at-bats due to the crowded Padres' lineup, stuck behind Cory Spangenberg at second base while also seeing his role in the outfield diminished due to the emergence of Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes. Overall, Pirela has put together a disappointing campaign, slashing just .247/.301/.331 across 456 plate appearances.
Pirela will start at second base and hit eighth Sunday against the Cubs. The Padres are opposing a left-handed starting pitcher (Jon Lester) for the fourth time in six games, with Pirela entering the lineup at the keystone on each occasion. In his prior three starts, Pirela went just 1-for-10, which won't make a compelling case for manager Andy Green to move the 28-year-old back into a full-time role. Instead, Pirela looks to be locked into the short side of a platoon at second base with Carlos Asuaje.
Pirela went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks. He had sat the previous two games in favor of Carlos Asuaje at second base, and Pirela's playing time may continue to trend downward with Asuaje faring well since his return from the minors. Even after the homer, Pirela is still slugging just .359 this season. According to Fangraphs, Pirela has been a below-replacement-level player so far in 2018.
Pirela is not in Thursday's starting lineup against the Diamondbacks, Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona reports. Pirela will get the day off after going 3-for-11 with a double and two walks over his last five games. Carlos Asuaje will bat second and play second base in his absence.
Pirela is out of the lineup against Pittsburgh on Friday. Pirela will retreat to the bench after going 1-for-4 with one run scored during Wednesday's loss to the Rangers. In his place, Cory Spangenberg will man second base and bat fifth. Look for Pirela to rejoin the starting nine for Saturday's contest.