Ervin is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers. Aside from a 3-for-3, two-homer performance Sept. 7 against the Padres, Ervin has provided limited production for the past three weeks. Over his last 18 games, the outfielder is slashing .204/.328/.352, resulting in a 28-point crash in his season batting average. Ervin still seems secure in his everyday role with the Reds, but he'll take a seat in the series finale while Mason Williams receives a turn in left field.
Ervin went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI, four runs scored and a walk in Friday's 12-6 win over San Diego. Ervin slugged a solo home run in the fourth inning to give the Reds a one-run lead, and he followed with a two-run blast to right in the seventh. The 26-year-old can't be expected to put up this type of performance often, sitting with six home runs and 29 RBI through 62 games this season.
Ervin is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Ervin sits for the second time in four games. Mason Williams will get the start in left field, batting eighth.
Ervin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals. Ervin has emerged as a regular in the Reds' outfield since the All-Star break, but he'll get a day off in the series finale while he remains stuck in a rut at the plate. Over his last eight games (seven starts), Ervin has managed only five hits in 25 at-bats, though a 5:3 BB:K in that span suggests he's at least seeing the ball well.
Ervin is out of the lineup against Milwaukee on Wednesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Ervin will receive a day off for the first time since Aug. 17, as he's started the past 10 games for Cincinnati. During that span, he's hit .314 with an .832 OPS and seven RBI. In his place, Preston Tucker will bat sixth and start in left field.
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