Moustakas is not in the lineup Friday against the Twins, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports. After starting the past nine games for Kansas City, Moustakas will get the night off with southpaw Hector Santiago taking the hill for Minnesota. Cheslor Cuthbert will pick up a start at the hot corner in his stead.
Moustakas went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run and an additional RBI in Sunday's victory over Baltimore. The third baseman's blast, his ninth of the year, led the Royals to a five-run fourth inning. Moustakas' four RBI were a season high and propelled his team to a come-from-behind victory that finished off a three-game sweep of the O's. He's off to a fine start -- especially when taking into account the Royals' anemic offense -- slashing .250/.282/.493 with 18 RBI and 19 runs through 34 games.
Moustakas went 2-for-6 with his eighth homer and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rays. He'd been patently awful over his last nine games, going 6-for-37 (.162) with no homers and nine strikeouts. Moustakas tends to be a streaky hitter, so this could be the start of a powerful stretch from him. The 28-year-old's counting stats have been rather disappointing, but it won't take that much of a rally for him to pull them back in line with expectations.
Moustakas is not in the lineup Monday against the Rays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Moustakas will head to the bench as Cheslor Cuthbert gets the start at third base in his stead. Although he hasn't connected on a long ball yet in April, Moustakas is leading the Royals with seven homers this year, putting him in position to make a run at surpassing his career high of 22 homers, set back in 2015.
Moustakas is out of the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Moustakas will have the night off as the Royals are starting Cheslor Cuthbert at third base. Moustakas should return to action Wednesday when Kansas City takes on Chicago.
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