Akiyama is not in Wednesday's Game 1 lineup against Atlanta.
The Reds are only starting three lefty hitters (Joey Votto, Mike Moustakas, Jesse Winker) against southpaw Max Fried. Aristides Aquino will start in left field and bat sixth.
Akiyama is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.
One reported lineup had Akiyama leading off in the regular-season finale, but it will be Aristides Aquino in left field and leading off against lefty Rich Hill. Akiyama had two hits and a steal in Saturday's loss and is getting on base at nearly a .500 clip this month, but the Reds seem to like this platoon arrangement atop the order.
Akiyama went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Twins. It was his seventh steal of the season.
Akiyama has an OBP just shy of .500 over his last 16 games, but he has just two extra-base hits in that span (both doubles) and is still without a home run this season. The complete absence of power we've seen from Akiyama in his MLB debut presents a dilemma for fantasy players -- his skills will clearly play at the highest level, but it's generally tough to start a player with a goose egg in the home run column.
Akiyama will hit the bench against lefty Brett Anderson and the Brewers on Tuesday.
Akiyama has made just a single start against a southpaw this season. Aristides Aquino will lead off and play left field in his absence.
Akiyama isn't in Saturday's lineup against the White Sox.
Akiyama will take a seat with lefty Dallas Keuchel on the mound for Chicago. Aristides Aquino will take over as the left fielder in his absence.
Akiyama will start in left field and will serve as the Reds' leadoff hitter in the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Pirates.
Akiyama is currently enjoying one of his better stretches of what's been a tough first season in the big leagues. Over his past six games, the 32-year-old has gone 8-for-22 with a double, four walks, three runs, two RBI and two stolen bases. Manager David Bell will reward Akiyama with his fourth straight start out of the leadoff spot, but the rookie could soon be headed for a bench role. The Reds will bring back everyday center fielder Nick Senzel (undisclosed) from the 10-day injured list Monday, and Akiyama may be squeezed out of a regular spot in the outfield once Jesse Winker (back) -- who will sit out a fourth straight game -- is cleared to return.
Akiyama went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored, a pair of walks and two stolen bases in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.
Akiyama reached base multiple times for the third straight game and registered his first multi-steal game as a major leaguer in the loss. The 32-year-old collected five hits and three walks over 12 plate appearances in the three-game series against the Cubs. That could earn him more playing time moving forward, though it remains to be seen the extent to which the looming return of Nick Senzel (undisclosed) will affect Akiyama's momentum.
Akiyama went 2-for-3 with a walk Tuesday in the Reds' 3-0 loss to the Cubs.
Akiyama's two hits represented nearly half of the Reds' total (five) on the day, as Chicago starter Alec Mills and three relievers combined to shut out Cincinnati. In spite of the positive day at the dish, Akiyama is still slashing a lowly .210/.314/.267 on the season. He's likely to transition to a fourth-outfielder role once Nick Senzel (undisclosed) returns from the injured list.
Akiyama isn't in the lineup Monday against the Brewers.
With left-hander Brett Anderson taking the mound for Milwaukee in the series opener, Akiyama will get a day off. Jesse Winker will take over in left field in his absence.
Akiyama isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.
Akiyama went 1-for-9 with one walk and one strikeout over the past three games, and he'll get a day to rest Saturday with left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim starting for the Cardinals. Jesse Winker will start in left field with Phillip Ervin starting as the center fielder.
Akiyama started the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader in center field and is in line for added playing time for as long as Nick Senzel is out, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Travis Jankowski will also get a start occasionally, but because both players bat left-handed, this isn't a platoon situation. Akiyama is off to a slow start this season, hitting .231/.322/.308 in 52 at-bats so far.
Akiyama is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
Akiyama heads to the bench against lefty Kris Bubic, as he's done against each of the southpaws the Reds have faced this season. Jesse Winker, who also swings left-handed, will start in left field in his absence.
Akiyama remains on the bench Saturday against the Brewers.
Akiyama has yet to start against a lefty this season and will be on the bench against a second straight southpaw, Brett Anderson, in this one. Jesse Winker starts in left field in his absence.
Akiyama is out of the lineup Friday at Milwaukee.
Akiyama started eight of the past nine games and will head to the bench against lefty Eric Lauer after going 6-for-30 with 11 strikeouts during that stretch. Phillip Ervin will start in right field for Cincinnati on Friday.
Akiyama isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
Akiyama led off and provided the game-winning hit during the first game against the Tigers on Sunday. However, he'll be replaced in left field by Phillip Ervin, who is leading off in Game 2.
Akiyama will start in center field and lead off against the Cubs on Tuesday.
After all the Reds' talk about liking Akiyama's on-base skills atop the order, Akiyama hit sixth in his first two major-league starts. He will finally get a chance to lead off against right-hander Alec Mills. Akiyama is 2-for-7 with an RBI and a stolen base so far this season.
Akiyama isn't in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.
Akiyama didn't start in the Reds' series opener against the Cubs, and he'll take a seat again Tuesday, even with the Reds facing right-hander Alec Mills. Aristides Aquino will once again start in left field and bat seventh.
Akiyama is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.
Reds manager David Bell will stock up on some extra right-handed bats in the series opener with southpaw Jon Lester on the bump for Chicago. As a result, the lefty-hitting Akiyama will give way to Aristides Aquino in left field. After sitting out the Opening Day win over the Tigers on Friday, Akiyama drew starts in the last two games of the weekend, going 1-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base.
Akiyama had an RBI pinch-hit single in his major-league debut Friday night in the sixth inning of the Reds' win over the Tigers.
With the Tigers starting left-hander Matthew Boyd, Akiyama gave way to Phillip Ervin for the start, but he came on in the sixth when righty Jose Cisnero entered game and fought off a 95 mph fastball for his first major-league hit.
Akiyama is not in the lineup for Friday's season opener against the Tigers.
With the left-handed Matthew Boyd on the bump for the visitors, the Reds will turn to a trio of righties (Phillip Ervin, Nick Senzel and Nick Castellanos) across the outfield, with another righty (Matt Davidson) serving as the designated hitter. Akiyama should get the chance to make his first major-league start Saturday against righty Ivan Nova.
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