Pinder will start in left field and bat second Sunday against the Giants, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. The Oakland utility man will collect his fifth consecutive start Sunday, with three of those assignments coming in left field. That position looks like Pinder's easiest path to playing time at the moment, given that the top option on the depth chart, Matt Joyce (back), remains on the disabled list. Pinder has been a solid replacement option thus far, collecting six hits -- including two home runs -- in 12 at-bats and drawing three walks over his last four contests.
Pinder went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, two walks and a run in a win over the Astros on Wednesday. Pinder's fourth-inning round tripper blew the game open for the Athletics, doubling their lead to 6-0 at the time. The 26-year-old drew the start in place of Stephen Piscotty (wrist), and he continues to see relatively regular playing time due to his ability to fill in at multiple positions.
Pinder went 2-for-2 with a walk, a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Padres. Pinder has recorded a hit in seven of his last 10 games, bringing his slash line to .250/.316/.443 in the process. The 26-year-old now has eight homers, 18 RBI and 26 runs on the season. Last year the young outfielder hit 15 home runs and 42 RBI in 282 at-bats for Oakland.
Pinder went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run in a win over the Tigers on Thursday. Pinder closed out the scoring for the Athletics relatively early with his fourth-inning two-bagger, which brought home Stephen Piscotty. The 26-year-old has now hit safely in six of the last seven games, a stretch during which he's posted a .308 average.
Pinder, who went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run against the Tigers on Tuesday, is slashing .276/.323/.552 over his last eight games. Pinder has reached safely in six of those contests while slugging a pair of homers and driving in three runs. He's been squaring up on the ball, as evidenced by a .370 wOBA and 59.1 percent hard contact rate during that stretch. The 26-year-old brings some decent pop, and his ability to play multiple infield and outfield positions is currently affording him fairly regular playing time.
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