Nicholas went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Wednesday's 12-2 loss to the Astros. Nicholas was making just his eighth appearance and fifth start of September, during which he's gone 6-for-20 at the dish. With primary backstop Robinson Chirinos sitting out with a hamstring injury Wednesday and likely to be shut down for the season, Nicholas should pick up at least a couple more starts before the season winds down. No. 3 catcher A.J. Jimenez should also receive a turn behind the plate.
Nicholas went 1-for-3 with a base hit in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Astros. Nicholas started behind the plate while regular backstop Robinson Chirinos rested for the day game, marking the former's second appearance since Aug. 20. With the Rangers in the thick of the American League wild-card race, it's expected that the hot-hitting Chirinos will start at catcher in just about every scenario except day games after night games, so don't expect Nicholas' at-bats to pick up until Texas is eliminated.
Nicholas went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk and three RBI in Thursday's 9-8 win over the White Sox. Nicholas hit a two-run shot in the first inning and forced in what turned out to be the winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. The catcher has now homered in each of his past two games played while driving in six runs over that span. Nicholas has already made six starts behind the plate this month and will take an even larger share of the work away from Robinson Chirinos if he continues to produce at the dish.
Nicholas went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Astros. Following a 21-minute rain delay in the first inning, Nicholas kicked off the scoring for the evening with a three-run blast off Mike Fiers in the second, marking his first long ball of the season. Nicholas was picking up his second start behind the plate in three games, and his performance Saturday only gives manager Jeff Banister further reason to hand the 29-year-old more regular at-bats. Robinson Chirinos has served as the team's primary catcher following the July 30 trade of Jonathan Lucroy, but with a 5-for-25 (.200 average) showing at the dish since that time, he may have seen his hold on the role loosen.
Nicholas went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Twins. Nicholas was making just his second start behind the plate since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on July 24. The 29-year-old had initially served as the Rangers' third catcher, but the July 30 trade of Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies will now lock Nicholas in as the primary backup to Robinson Chirinos. Expect Nicholas to pick up one or two starts per week, unless Chirinos' ongoing offensive struggles eventually prompt manager Jeff Banister to roll with a timeshare at catcher.
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