Caratini went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and two total runs scored in Friday's 10-0 win over the White Sox. Somewhat surprisingly, this was Caratini's first home run in 42 games this season, as he hit 11 bombs in 95 games a year ago. The 27-year-old remains behind Willson Contreras at catcher but he has been seeing time as the designated hitter, through manager David Ross can also deploy the likes of Jason Kipnis, Nico Hoerner and David Bote at DH. Caratini's playing time in the playoffs will likely be based on matchups and whether he can get hot at the plate.
Caratini isn't starting Wednesday against the Pirates. Caratini will hit the bench for a second consecutive game as his playing time has dipped recently. Kyle Schwarber will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday with Cameron Maybin starting in left field.
Caratini is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates. Caratini has been in the majority of the Cubs' lineups this season, getting the nod in 33 out of 55 games, but his role appears to be slipping of late. He's been on the bench in four of the last six games. A loss of playing time shouldn't be a big surprise given that he's hitting just .240/.331/.308 on the year. Willson Contreras will be the catcher Tuesday, with Jose Martinez serving as the designated hitter.
Caratini will serve as the designated hitter and bat ninth in Monday's game against the Pirates. Caratini caught Yu Darvish on Sunday and will now make his second straight start after spending the previous three games on the bench. The 27-year-old has been slumping lately with a .494 OPS across his last 10 games, though the Cubs have several regulars who are struggling at the plate, so Caratini could earn more playing time if he gets hot.
Caratini is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Twins. Caratini has been on the bench for the past three games but will return to the lineup Sunday as the personal catcher for Yu Darvish, with Willson Contreras shifting over to designated hitter. Other than catching when Darvish starts, Caratini seems to have lost a grip on regular playing time, which limits his fantasy appeal the rest of the season.
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