Nola, who's hitting .250 (4-for-16) with one RBI and two runs over his first six Cactus League games, will split playing time at catcher with Tom Murphy fairly evenly this season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The Mariners traded Omar Narvaez to the Brewers this offseason, leaving the primary backup job at catcher to Nola, who logged time most of his time at first base during his rookie 2019 campaign. However, manager Scott Servais confirmed Thursday that he envisions Nola being very close in playing time to Murphy in an effort to help prevent wear and tear on both players. "I think it's really going to be a balance," Servais said. "Everybody says, 'Oh, Murphy is the starting catcher.' He'll start Opening Night, probably. We'll see. But those guys are going to be more of a 55-45 [percent split]. They're both going to play a very similar amount."
Nola went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in a win over the Athletics on Friday.
Nola is seemingly getting back on track at the plate as the season comes to a close. He's now hit safely in three straight games after a brief 0-for-14 skid and has driven in a run in each of the last two contests, pushing him over the 30-RBI mark for the season. The 29-year-old rookie has generally made good use of his long-awaited first exposure to big-league pitching, slashing a solid .268/.341/.455 across 259 plate appearances.
Nola entered Wednesday's loss to the Astros as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning and singled with one out in the ninth to break up Zach Greinke's no-hitter.
The rookie played spoiler in the shutout loss and snapped the 0-for-14 funk that had encompassed his four prior games in the process. Nola has slowed down considerably since a red-hot first month and a half at the big-league level (80-point drop in batting average to .262 since Aug. 1), although he did spike for nine hits over a four-game period earlier in September.
Nola is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Nola is hitting .210 with three home runs and a .748 OPS through 18 games this month. Daniel Vogelbach is starting at first base in his place, with Omar Narvaez covering DH duties and Tom Murphy starting behind the dish.
Nola is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Nola has been playing close to every day for Seattle, and he's still hitting enough to justify the playing time (.884 OPS, three homers in September). He should be back in there Sunday to face lefty John Means.
Nola went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in a 6-0 victory against the Pirates on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old is scorching at the moment, having gone 7-for-9 (.778) with three RBI in his last two games. He's been on base in eight of his last 10 plate appearances. Overall, he's hitting .280 with 10 home runs, 27 RBI, 35 runs and one steal in 200 at-bats this year.
Nola went 4-for-6 with two RBI, a run scored and a walk in Sunday's 11-10 win over the White Sox.
Since Aug. 21, the rookie utilityman was stuck in an 8-for-62 (.129 average) slump with just one multi-hit effort. Sunday's big day at the plate brought his OPS back up to .816 with 26 RBI and 34 runs scored this season.
Nola is not in Saturday's lineup against the White Sox.
He is hitting .179 with two home runs and one steal in 28 September at-bats. Shed Long gets a start in left field while Tim Lopes starts at designated hitter and Daniel Vogelbach starts at first base.
Nola went 1-for-2 with an RBI single, a walk and two runs in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.
Nola set the table nicely in the win, and he's now crossed the plate on seven occasions in his last five games. That elevated figure is one of the byproducts of Nola's eye-popping .444 on-base percentage over the first eight games of September, with Nola reaching safely on 11 occasions over his first 27 plate appearances of the month.
Nola is not starting Saturday against Houston, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Even with a two-homer game Thursday, Nola is still hitting just .149/.255/.298 over his last 14 contests. Daniel Vogelbach will start at first base Saturday, with Omar Narvaez serving as the designated hitter.
Nola went 3-for-6 with a pair of homers, a double and five RBI while scoring three times in a loss to Houston on Thursday.
Nola plated Seattle's first run with a double in the first inning, crushed a two-run homer to left field in the second and went deep again in the seventh. The long balls were the first for Nola since he left the yard in three straight games Aug. 17-19. The 29-year-old rookie is slashing .277/.337/.497 with nine homers and 23 RBI in 60 games this season.
Nola remains on the bench Monday against the Cubs.
Nola owns an awful .088/.179/.088 slash line over his last 10 games. Daniel Vogelbach again starts at first base.
Nola is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
Nola will take a seat after going hitless in 15 at-bats while starting each of the past four games. With Nola on the bench, Daniel Vogelbach will occupy first base, opening up the designated-hitter spot for Omar Narvaez.
Nola is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Nola sits after starting 11 straight games, a stretch in which he hit .318/.400/.568. Daniel Vogelbach starts at first base in his absence, with Omar Narvaez serving as the designated hitter.
Nola went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a two-run home run, a walk and two runs overall in a win over the Rays on Monday.
Yet another multi-hit effort for Nola pushed his season line to an impressive .320/.370/.560, the latest chapter in what has been an excellent and long-awaited rookie campaign. Nola has four multi-hit tallies in the last five contests, a stretch that includes homers in each of his last three games. The 29-year-old toiled in the minors for seven-plus seasons before finally earning his first promotion to the big leagues this past June, and the combination of his hot bat and defensive versatility figures to keep him up with the Mariners for the balance of the team's non-contending campaign.
Nola went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Sunday against Toronto.
Nola smacked a solo homer in the fourth inning, marking his sixth long ball of the season. The 29-year-old is now slashing .314/.362/.537 with 14 extra-base hits and 13 RBI over 45 games in 2019.
Nola went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Serving as the first baseman, Nola had an infield single in the second inning and led off the fourth with a solo homer off Trent Thornton to break a 1-1 tie. The 29-year-old started August with a 1-for-20 cold stretch but has since rebounded to go 9-for-23 in his last six games. For the season, Nola is slashing .310/.360/.517 with five homers and 12 RBI in 116 at-bats.
Nola went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in a win over the Tigers on Thursday, snapping a 4-for-31 skid.
Nola had put a fitting cap on a highly successful July at the plate with back-to-back three-hit efforts, but he promptly stumbled out of the gate in August. The versatile rookie went 1-for-20 over the first six games of the month, but he's now 6-for-16 in the subsequent four contests. Thursday's multi-hit effort vaulted Nola's average back up over the .300 mark while also pushing his on-base percentage to an impressive .350.
Nola will start at first base and bat fifth Thursday against the Tigers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Dee Gordon's recent return from the 10-day injured list has resulted in Nola surrendering his everyday role at second base, but the latter's versatility has allowed him to maintain a regular lineup spot while shifting around the infield and outfield. Nola may not necessarily have much leash as a full-time player in light of his recent slump, however. Through nine starts in August, Nola has gone 4-for-31 and has reached base at a .182 clip.
Nola went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs overall in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
The rookie continues to feast on big-league arms, with his multi-hit night qualifying as his fourth in the last six games. Nola wrapped up July with a flourish, going 10-for-23 with four doubles, one triple, Wednesday's homer and four RBI over the last six games of the month. His positional versatility -- Nola has logged time at catcher and each infield position except shortstop thus far -- is helping to afford him consistent playing time, but his outstanding work with the bat (.356/.405/.630 across 80 plate appearances) certainly is helping cement his case as well.
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