Ervin went 6-for-6 with a double, a triple, a run scored, three RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's wild 17-9 win over the Rockies. The six hits tied a franchise record for the Reds held by three other players, although it had been 70 years since anyone had joined the club. Ervin's steal was also his first of the year, and the huge performance boosted his slash line to .357/.410/.571, albeit in only 61 plate appearances. Despite the historic night, expect the 26-year-old to remain primarily a platoon option against LHP, limiting his fantasy appeal.
Ervin is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers. Ervin started all three games of the Reds' series with the Cubs over the weekend, going 5-for-10 with a home run, three RBI and three runs in those contests. Each of the starting assignments came with the Reds opposing left-handed pitchers, so Ervin looks like he'll merely serve as a short-side platoon option in the outfield. Jesse Winker will check back into the starting nine in favor of Ervin with right-hander Adrian Houser on the hill for Milwaukee.
Ervin started again in left field for the Reds on Saturday in place of Jesse Winker after going 2-for-4 with a homer and double in Friday's win over the Cubs. It's interesting that he got the nod over Jose Peraza, who in the past got some starts in the outfield when the Reds were facing a left-hander on the mound. We'll see what happens again on Sunday with the Reds due to face another lefty.
Ervin was recalled by the Reds on Saturday. Ervin has recorded an .838 OPS in 10 games for the Reds this season and owns an .867 OPS in 40 games for Triple-A Louisville. He'll likely fill a bench role during his time in Cincinnati. Wandy Peralta (hip) landed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Ervin was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday. Ervin had gone 4-for-16 with four walks in his 20 plate appearances for the Reds this season. He'll make way on the roster for reliever Matt Bowman, who was called up from Louisville in a corresponding move.
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