Mathis isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Royals. Mathis got Sunday's series finale off, and he's slated for another off day Tuesday night. Isiah Kiner-Falefa will draw the start behind the dish and bat ninth.
Mathis is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Mathis will ride the pine for the second time in the series while Isiah Kiner-Falefa receives another turn behind the plate. The Rangers continue to deploy a rough timeshare between the two backstops, but the arrangement has tilted slightly in Mathis' favor thus far. He's drawn 20 starts to Kiner-Falefa's 18 this season.
Mathis is out of the lineup for Friday's game at Houston. Mathis started five of the last seven games behind the plate but went 1-for-14 with a double and five strikeouts, dropping his season slash line to .148/.200/.213. Isiah Kiner-Falefa -- who has also struggled offensively -- will catch and bat ninth for the Rangers on Friday.
Mathis will start at catcher and bat eighth Wednesday against the Pirates, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Rangers' timeshare at catcher has tilted in Mathis' favor lately, with the veteran settling in behind the plate for the fourth time in six games. Isiah Kiner-Falefa offers the more intriguing fantasy profile of the two backstops, but Mathis' pitch-framing skills should earn him at least semi-regular work throughout the season.
Mathis is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Mathis and Isiah Kiner-Falefa have been alternating starts behind the plate over the past week in what looks to be a true timeshare at the position. Even if he ends up seeing a larger portion of the starts over time, Mathis, who is primarily valued for his pitch-framing skills, won't offer much fantasy appeal.
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