Pinder went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday. Pinder was one of four Athletics to leave the yard in the six-run win, as he provided his third long ball of September. The versatile 26-year-old has continued to see regular playing time due to his ability to fill in at multiple positions, and Wednesday's round tripper leaves him just two shy of equaling the career-best 15 he hit in his rookie 2017 campaign.
Pinder recorded a solo home run and also walked after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning Thursday against the Angels. Pinder took Francisco Arcia deep in the seventh inning to record his 12th home run of the season. He has found himself on the bench since September 11, appearing only as a pinch-hitter and recording six plate appearances as a result. That lack of playing time greatly limits Pinder's value, though he has shown some pop by blasting 12 home runs across 281 at-bats this season.
Pinder is on the bench for the fourth time in five games Sunday against the Rays. Pinder has hit just .174 with a .513 OPS over his last nine games. Nick Martini has gone 7-for-12 over that same stretch, earning him an increasing number of at-bats.
Pinder is out of the lineup for Friday's game at Tampa Bay, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Pinder hits the bench for the third straight game as Nick Martini garners another start in left field. Martini is 6-for-8 since coming up from Triple-A Nashville last Sunday, and will likely continue to see opportunities while holding a hot bat.
Pinder is not in the lineup Thursday against the Orioles. Pinder will head to the bench for a second straight game -- and the third time in four contests -- as Nick Martini picks up another start in left field in his place. The 26-year-old Pinder is hitting just .250/.276/.429 through nine games this month, which could be contributing to his more frequent time on the bench as of late.