Marte is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins. Marte will head to the bench for a breather after starting five straight games for the Diamondbacks, going 5-for-19 over that stretch. Adam Rosales will start at shortstop and bat eighth in his place.
Marte went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and a run scored in Friday's 13-11 win over the Marlins. Marte has churned out a.270/.352/.365 batting line in September while chipping in 12 runs and two steals in 18 games, offering the Diamondbacks quality production while serving as the team's starting shortstop. Though Marte's power numbers have dipped since the All-Star break, his solid on-base skills and capable glove should lock him into an everyday role the rest of the way.
Marte went 1-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI in Wednesday's 13-7 win over the Padres. Though he collected his 15th extra-base hit in 64 games, Marte's power production has tapered off dramatically in recent weeks. He's delivered a home run and a pair of doubles over his last 91 at-bats, slashing a meager .220/.301/.275 over that span. Due to his strong defense up the middle along with a lack of attractive alternatives, Marte's starting role still looks to be secure, though that could change heading into the postseason if Chris Owings (finger) proves healthy once he's activated from the 60-day disabled list Sept. 29.
Marte went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Giants. Marte's production has lagged over the last few games, but he's still sporting a solid .283/.377/.370 line in September while walking more times (seven) than he's struck out (six). Chris Owings (finger) is on track to return from the 60-day disabled list when first eligible Sept. 29, but Owings' long layoff coupled with Marte's success as a replacement in the middle infield should be enough to lock the 23-year-old Dominican into a starting role heading into the postseason.
Marte is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres. Marte has picked up two hits in three consecutive games and scored four runs in that time. However, despite his tremendous display of hitting, the Diamondbacks will start Adam Rosales at shortstop and give Marte the day off.
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