Suzuki will start at catcher and bat fifth Sunday against the Cubs. With four hits over his last eight at-bats, Suzuki will be rewarded with his third start in four games along with a move up in the batting order. Despite the recent uptick in his workload, Suzuki still look to be stuck in a roughly even timeshare behind the plate with Yan Gomes, whose strong defense should keep him relevant throughout the season.
Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Mets. The veteran catcher capped the Nats' four-run first inning with an RBI double, then brought home Gerardo Parra with what proved to be the winning run in the seventh with a single. Suzuki continues to enjoy a late-career resurgence at the plate and is now slashing .280/.321/.520 through 24 games with five homers and 16 RBI.
Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Phillies. Suzuki plated his team's only run on the day with a solo blast to left center field, his fifth of the season. The 35-year-old backstop continues to share playing time with Yan Gomes but has made the most of his chances, slashing .298/.339/.596 with seven extra-base hits and 14 RBI over 18 games.
Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a double in Friday's loss to the Phillies. Suzuki put the Nationals ahead with his solo shot off Seranthony Dominguez in the sixth inning, though the Phillies would respond with a homer of their own in the bottom of the frame to claim the lead for good. The veteran backstop has now started 13 games this season, while fellow catcher Yan Gomes has garnered 18 starts.
Suzuki is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants. Suzuki had started three of the Nationals' last four games, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he's emerged as the team's top backstop. Manager Dave Martinez still appears inclined to deploy a true timeshare behind the plate, with Yan Gomes' defensive acumen continuing to earn him work. Gomes will thus check into the lineup Thursday in place of Suzuki, who has been the better fantasy producer of the two this season with a .240 average, two home runs and eight RBI in 29 plate appearances.
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