Gomez, who went 0-for-3 in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday, is hitting .077 (2-for-26) in September. The veteran appeared to have finally found his stride back in July, when he hit .321 and boosted his season average 24 points. However, he slipped right back into a malaise in August (8-for-37), and his bat has only gotten colder in the final month of the season. Gomez's .299 on-base percentage -- unsightly as it may be -- is actually within the range of several other sub-.300 figures he's generated over his long career. However, his current .210 average equals a career low, while his .330 slugging percentage is the second lowest in his last 13 seasons. Gomez played on a one-year, $4 million contact this season, leaving his status and destination for 2019 in doubt.
Gomez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Orioles on Sunday. The round tripper snapped an atypical power drought for the veteran that had last seen him leave the yard July 14. Gomez had just four extra-base hits (all doubles) in the second half of the season prior to Sunday's blast, and he's only seeing semi-regular playing time at this point since the acquisition of Tommy Pham from the Cardinals.
Gomez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Braves on Wednesday. The 32-year-old has been unable to follow up an impressive July with an equally strong encore in August, as Wednesday's effort represented only his second multi-hit tally of the month. Gomez has also been in a prolonged long-ball drought, as he's yet to leave the yard in the second half of the season. There are some modest signs his bat may be starting to heat up again, however, as he's now 5-for-14 with a double, four RBI, four runs and two steals across his last four starts.
Gomez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports. Though the Rays' outfield became less crowded when Mallex Smith (infection) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday, it hasn't been enough to guarantee a full-time role for Gomez. The veteran will sit for the second straight day while manager Kevin Cash gives rookie Brandon Lowe back-to-back turns in right field.
Gomez went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI, two runs scored, a steal and a strikeout in Wednesday's win over the Royals. Gomez rounded out the box score in this one, tallying a multi-hit effort and swiping his 10th base in 13 tries. The 32-year-old had been mired in a slump since the calendar flipped to August, and even after Wednesday's performance, he's still just 5-for-25 (.200) for the month.