Narvaez is not starting Monday against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Narvaez has sat against the last five lefties the Mariners have faced. He doesn't have major platoon splits, posting a career 106 wRC+ against lefties to go with a 113 mark against righties, but the Mariners evidently feel the arrangement is a good way to balance playing time between Narvaez and fellow catcher Tom Murphy, who gets the call behind the plate Monday.
Narvaez will sit Friday against the Twins. Narvaez sits for the second time in three games. Tom Murphy gets the nod behind the plate.
Narvaez isn't in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Athletics, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Narvaez will get the night off after slugging his seventh home run of the season Monday in the series opener. Tom Murphy replaces him behind the dish and is set to bat eighth.
Narvaez went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday. The Mariners appeared to have garnered one of the steals of the offseason in Narvaez, who's now slashing .304/.386/.522 across 132 plate appearances. The veteran backstop already has 11 extra-base hits (four doubles, seven homers) on the campaign as well, and his improved plate discipline has led to a career-best 4.14 pitches per plate appearance, along with a solid 11.4 walk rate. Narvaez is also squaring up on the ball better than at any other time in his career. Factoring in Sunday's performance, he sports new high-water marks in ISO (.218) and hard-contact rate (33.3 percent).
Narvaez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday. Narvaez closed out the scoring with a ninth-inning solo shot, his first homer since April 19. The backstop already has a trio of multi-hit efforts in May, while his .297/.383/.486 season line (128 plate appearances) is fully comprised of career-best figures.
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