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Jul 22, 2024 1 0 0 0 0.5
Jul 21, 2024 0 0 0 0 1
Jul 20, 2024 2 1 1 1 6.5
Jul 19, 2024 1 0 0 2 4
Jul 14, 2024 0 0 0 0 -0.5

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Despite serving as the No. 2 option in Houston behind Martin Maldonado, Yainer Diaz cracked 23 homers and finished as a top-12 fantasy catcher last season. Diaz slashed .282/.308/.538 and Statcast says he actually underperformed in regards to batting average and slugging -- his .287 xBA and .546 xSLG both ranked in the top eight percent of the league. Diaz is not particularly interested in taking walks (2.9 BB%) and his chase rate leaves open some questions about the sustainability of his contact. Further, Diaz's 21.9% HR/FB seems destined to fall, even with the boost provided by the Crawford Boxes. That being said, the Astros have already committed to Diaz being "the main guy" in 2024, and any giveback in the rate stats should in theory be softened by an increase in playing time. He wasn't a big name when he was traded in 2021, but fast forward a few years and Diaz is looking like a key piece on a championship-caliber ballclub.

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2024 2242.5 40 8 52 15 1 .284
2023 2812.7 51 23 60 11 .282
2022 30.5 1 1 .125
3y Avg. 1432.6 26 12 30 6 .275
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Slugs homer in win

    Diaz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mariners. Diaz singled in his second at-bat and later added a solo homer in the eighth to extend Houston's lead to two runs. The long ball was Diaz's eighth of the season and his first since June 7 against the Angels. It also marked his sixth multi-hit performance this month, during which he's now batting .306 (19-for-62) with 11 RBI and six runs scored. Additionally, Diaz has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Drives in three

    Diaz went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Marlins. Diaz opened and closed the scoring Wednesday, delivering an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run single in the sixth. This was his seventh three-hit game over his last 15 contests, a span in which he's batting .406 (26-for-64). The catcher is up to a .286/.312/.415 slash line with seven home runs, 48 RBI, 38 runs scored, 15 doubles, two triples and one stolen base over 81 games this season. Diaz isn't a high-end defensive catcher, but his place in the lineup is secure when he's swinging the bat as well as he has lately.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Extends hitting streak to 10

    Diaz went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI on Sunday against the Mets. Diaz was productive throughout the game, though his biggest contribution came in the 11th inning when he kept a rally going that resulted in five runs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games with the effort, which has been highlighted by four three-hit performances. In that span, Diaz has hit .429 with eight RBI and 10 runs scored.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Three hits in Wednesday's win

    Diaz went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's 7-1 win over the Rockies. The 25-year-old backstop extended his hitting streak to seven games, a stretch in which he's batting .407 (11-for-27) with seven RBI. Diaz has yet to go yard since taking a foul tip off his finger and missing a few games earlier this month, but his current hot stretch has pushed his slash line on the season up to .271/.298/.415 with seven homers, 32 runs and 40 RBI in 69 contests.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Returning to lineup

    Diaz (finger) is batting fifth and is the designated hitter for Friday's game against the Tigers. Diaz missed three straight games with a right index finger injury, but he'll be back in action Friday. Considering his injury impacts his throwing and accuracy, Diaz could require a few more games at DH before working behind the dish. The 25-year-old had a six-game hit streak prior to being injured with four homers during that stretch.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Expected back Friday

    Astros manager Joe Espada expects Diaz (finger) to be available to return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Diaz will miss a third straight start Wednesday in San Francisco due to a sore right index finger, but Espada indicated the catcher is nearly recovered and will be available off the bench. Espada also noted that Diaz's finger issue primarily affects his throwing and accuracy, per Chandler Rome of The Athletic, so it's possible that Diaz could return to the lineup as a designated hitter initially.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Out of lineup again Wednesday

    Diaz (finger) remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in San Francisco, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports. Diaz is still feeling the effects of a foul tip off his right index finger and will miss a third straight start. He remains day-to-day and could be ready to play Friday versus the Tigers after the Astros' off day Thursday. Victor Caratini will handle the catching duties again Wednesday.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Sitting Tuesday

    Diaz (finger) isn't in the Astros' lineup Tuesday versus the Giants. X-ray and MRI results on Diaz's right index finger came back negative before Tuesday's game, but the Astros will opt to hold him out of action rather than using him as their designated hitter. Victor Caratini, who figures to start regularly until Diaz is cleared to catch again, will get the nod behind the plate and bat ninth.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Dealing with soreness

    Diaz isn't starting Monday's game against the Giants due to soreness and limited range of motion in his right index finger, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. Diaz took a foul tip to his right hand during Sunday's game against the Angels, and he didn't feel healthy enough to start Monday's series opener. However, manager Joe Espada noted Diaz will be available to pinch hit if needed. Victor Caratini draws the start behind the dish and will bat ninth in Diaz's place.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Keeps slugging Friday

    Diaz went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Friday's 7-1 win over the Angels. Diaz opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning and added a two-run homer in the seventh. He's gone yard in four straight contests, an impressive run of power after he went 39 games without a homer prior to this surge. The catcher is at a .258/.285/.416 slash line, seven long balls, 32 RBI, 22 runs scored and 10 doubles over 56 contests. With Kyle Tucker (lower leg) going on the injured list Friday, Yordan Alvarez has seen more time in the field, giving the Astros the option of moving Diaz to designated hitter rather than having him at catcher full-time in the short term.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Homers in third straight contest

    Diaz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Cardinals. Diaz got Houston on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning, smacking a solo shot off Miles Mikolas the opposite way to cut the Astros deficit to 3-1. It's the third straight game with a home run for Diaz, who's up to six long balls on the season. The 25-year-old backstop is now slashing .250/.278/.397 with 29 RBI and 21 runs scored across 216 plate appearances this year.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Smacks fifth homer

    Diaz went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 8-5 win over the Cardinals. Diaz's third-inning blast gave the Astros a 6-1 lead, which was ultimately enough for the win. The catcher sat out the first two games of June, and he's responded with homers in back-to-back contests after going 39 contests without a long ball. He's up to five homers, 28 RBI, 20 runs scored, 10 doubles and a .249/.277/.383 slash line through 213 plate appearances this season. With his bat coming around, Diaz should be able to maintain a starting role at catcher over Victor Caratini.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Getting breather Saturday

    Diaz is not in the starting lineup Saturday versus the Twins. Diaz will get a day off after he went 0-for-3 in Friday's 6-1 loss to Minnesota. Victor Caratini will handle the catching duties while batting ninth.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Absent from lineup

    Diaz is absent from the lineup for Monday's contest in Seattle. Victor Caratini will do the catching for Framber Valdez. Diaz -- who had started the last three games and five of the last six -- has just a .501 OPS in May.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Getting breather Wednesday

    Diaz is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels. He'll be getting a breather for the series finale after starting behind the dish Monday and Tuesday while going 3-for-8 with a pair of doubles, two runs and an RBI. Victor Caratini will handle the catching duties Wednesday.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Starting to find some power

    Diaz went 1-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Athletics. Diaz has hit well for average this season, but he has struggled to find much power as he has just a .119 ISO. He's started to show more pop of late, tallying three of his eight doubles on the campaign in his last nine games. Despite the lack of extra-base knocks, Diaz has managed 16 runs scored and 21 RBI across 42 games and comfortably remains Houston's top option behind the dish.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Takes seat Wednesday

    Diaz is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Guardians. Diaz will rest after he had drawn starts in each of the past six games (four at catcher, two at designated hitter). Victor Caratini will replace Diaz behind the dish Wednesday.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Heater continues

    Diaz went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Monday's win over the Blue Jays. Diaz tacked on a third multi-hit game to open up the 2024 campaign, with both knocks coming on solo homers Monday. The backstop ranks second in runs batted in for Houston and is slashing .444/.500/.778 in five games and 18 at-bats -- an impressive start after putting up 23 homers and a .282 average in 2023.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Out of lineup for Game 4

    Diaz is not in the lineup Wednesday for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Twins. Diaz takes a seat after going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts as the Astros' designated hitter Tuesday in Game 3. Yordan Alvarez will fill the DH role Wednesday in Game 4, with Michael Brantley patrolling left field and Martin Maldonado again handling the catching duties.
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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Will be DH for Game 3

    Diaz will start at designated hitter in Game 3 of the ALDS versus the Twins on Tuesday, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports. Diaz had an excellent rookie season for the Astros but has been limited to one pinch-hitting appearance in the first two games of the ALDS. Presumably, his start in Game 3 will come at the expense of Michael Brantley, with Yordan Alvarez playing left field.
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