An ankle injury landed Brandon Moss on the DL for a 25-game stretch during July, but when healthy, his power proved to be valuable to the Cardinals. Over the course of the season, Moss spent time in both right and left field along with first base. However, he had another predictable season at the plate despite the aforementioned pop. When the year came to a close, Moss owned a .225/.300/.484 line, had hit 28 home runs, and had plated 67 runs. This marked the third consecutive season that his batting average was well below .250, and it's becoming increasingly likely that he'll remain a drain in that category going forward. Although his strikeout rate continues to rise, Moss has averaged 69 RBI and 24 home runs over the last three seasons. Moss landed with the Royals over the offseason and seems primed to be their primary DH following the departure of Kendrys Morales.
Moss agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Royals on Sunday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports. Moss spent the 2016 season with the Cardinals, slashing .225/.300/.484 and belting 28 home runs in 464 plate appearances. The 33-year-old still has plenty of pop in his bat, but he's also prone to striking out. He posted a career-worst 30.4 percent strikeout rate late season. Moss figures to see plenty of time as the team's designated hitter, but it also capable of filling in at first base and the corner outfield spots when needed.
Moss is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Reds. Moss is an ugly 6-for-80 (.075) this month and has just one hit since Sept. 18, so manager Mike Matheny decided to hold him out of the lineup for Thursday's key contest. Jose Martinez will get the start in left field in Moss' place.
Moss homered, scored twice and tallied two RBI in a 2-for-3 game Tuesday against the Cubs. Moss was a brutal 4-for-52 with 17 strikeouts over 19 games since his last home runs, both of which came August 25 against the Mets. With 26 home runs in 112 games, Moss has his highest total since he hit 30 in 145 games for the Athletics in 2013. With Matt Holliday still on the disabled list, look for Moss to be in the Cardinals lineup most days down the stretch, giving him a real shot at 30 home runs for just the second time in his career.
Moss will get the day of Monday against the Pirates. The Cardinals will go with a starting outfield of Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk and Jeremy Hazelbaker as Moss sits for the first time since last Tuesday's matchup with Milwaukee. Moss is coming off of a month in which he hit .272, but he's 0-for-10 at the plate in three September games.
Moss is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers. Moss is sizzling this month with an .891 OPS, but he will get a day off after going 1-for-11 with five strikeouts over his last three games. With Moss opening on the bench, the Cardinals will give Tommy Pham the start in left field, and use Matt Carpenter at first base.