Dietrich went 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk and two RBI in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Astros. Dietrich slugged one of the Reds' two first-inning home runs against Justin Verlander, which staked Cincinnati to an early three-run lead. The two-run shot to right field ended a 13-game stretch in which Dietrich recorded only two extra-base hits (both doubles) and batted .167 with a 27.1 percent strikeout rate. After starting at the keystone Tuesday, he'll shift over to first base Wednesday and bat cleanup with Joey Votto getting the day off.
Dietrich will sit against lefty Wade Miley and the Astros on Monday. Dietrich remains in his platoon role despite his offensive breakout, starting just once against a lefty all season. Kyle Farmer gets the nod at second base.
Dietrich is not in the lineup Saturday against lefty Mike Minor and the Rangers, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Dietrich has started just once against a lefty all season, a situation that makes sense considering he owns a career 83 wRC+ against southpaws compared to a 117 mark against righties. Kyle Farmer gets the nod at second base.
Dietrich is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the Nationals. Dietrich has four home runs in his last three games but will nonetheless take a seat with Patrick Corbin on the mound for Washington. Kyle Farmer will start at second base and bat eighth in the series opener.
Dietrich went 3-for-4 with three home runs, six RBI and three runs scored Tuesday against the Pirates. Dietrich continued to showcase his power in the Reds' four-game set against the Pirates, taking Jordan Lyles deep once and Geoff Hartlieb yard twice. He now has 17 homers on the season, seven of which have come in his past nine games. While he has just 11 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers on the season, Dietrich has carved out regular playing time against righties and has been batting cleanup in recent starts.
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