Bell is out of the lineup versus the Cubs on Wednesday. Bell will take a seat with southpaw Jose Quintana on the bump for the Cubs. In his place, Jose Osuna will start at first base and bat third in the order. Bell may remain on the bench for the series finale Thursday with lefty Jon Lester set to pitch.
Bell went 3-for-5 with an RBI double against the Cardinals on Monday. He's homered twice in the last three games and has reached base eight times in his last 13 plate appearances. Bell nearly went deep Monday, doubling in the ninth inning off the left-field fence. The first baseman is 2-for-9 with a walk and an RBI against Tuesday's starter, Miles Mikolas.
Bell has hit home runs in back-to-back games following a two-game benching, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. An 18 at-bat hitless stretch led Bell to work on finding a consistent approach at the plate. "I just tried to keep my hands inside the ball," Bell explained. "That's my initial move. That's the most important thing. At times, I've gotten too big and too long with my stride." His two-homer showing follows a 263 plate-appearance stretch during which he hit only four home runs in 71 games. With just 10 dingers overall, Bell will look to make up for lost opportunities over the final three weeks.
Bell went 1-for-2 with two runs, two walks and a solo home run in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Marlins. Bell was 0-for-13 in his last four games before the series against the Marlins, but now has home runs in back-to-back games. The 26-year-old has a .256/.349/.404 slash line with 10 home runs and 57 RBI in 433 at-bats this season.
Bell went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Marlins. Bell handed Pittsburgh an early 2-0 lead after clubbing a two-run homer in the second inning. Prior to Friday's ballgame, the 26-year-old had been struggling at the dish, going hitless in his previous four contests. Bell sits with a .255/.345/.397 slash line through 128 games this year.