Diaz is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Diaz started the past 15 games and will receive Saturday off after posting a .203/.266/.254 slash line during that stretch. Isaac Paredes will start at third base and bat seventh versus Pittsburgh.
Diaz went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored in a 7-6 win over the Orioles on Saturday. Diaz reached base four times and came in to score the winning run on a Harold Ramirez sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. He has been consistently average all season long. Diaz hits for a quality batting average (.279) but hasn't shown much power or stolen base upside with just three home runs and one steal in four attempts. He could be a player for fantasy managers to keep an eye on when the Rays have favorable streaming matchups, as they did versus Kyle Bradish and the Orioles.
Diaz went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored Wednesday against the Yankees. Diaz led off the sixth inning with a ground-rule double and came around to score on a double by Manuel Margot. Diaz had gone nine games game without an extra-base hit prior to Wednesday's effort, though he still managed to reach base at a .353 clip in that span. That stretch has exemplified his production this season, as he has a .398 on-base percentage but is slugging just .354 across 216 plate appearances.
Diaz will be on the bench for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Diaz starts after starting six straight games at third base, a stretch in which he went 8-for-16 with nine walks. Isaac Paredes will fill that spot Tuesday.
Diaz went 1-for-1 with a double, three walks, a stolen base and two runs scored in Friday's 6-3 win over the White Sox. Diaz wasn't able to do a lot with the bat, but his continued solid plate discipline kept the line moving Friday. In his last four games, he's 5-for-11 with six walks and a hit-by-pitch. His walk rate for the season is at 16.9 percent, a strong mark even for the patient 30-year-old. Diaz sports a .271/.407/.361 slash line with three home runs, 12 RBI, 21 runs scored, four doubles and a steal through 177 plate appearances.
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