Mark Trumbo had nowhere to go but down in 2017 after leading the majors with 47 homers in his age-30 season, but even most pessimists wouldn't have predicted such a significant collapse as a power hitter. There was no change in Trumbo's plate discipline and no lengthy absence due to injury to explain his home-run drop-off; instead, Trumbo simply drove the ball with less authority. His barrel rate declined steeply from 10.5 Barrels/PA to a more pedestrian 4.8, with his hard-hit rate following a similar trend (39.3 percent to 30.4 percent). Due to his poor outfield defense and on-base skills, Trumbo offers little value from a real-life or fantasy perspective if he isn't consistently slugging, and his struggles last season were further magnified by the league-wide power surge. Under contract for two more years, Trumbo will get a chance to redeem himself as the Orioles' primary DH to open 2018.
Trumbo is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays. Trumbo, hitting just .186 in September, will not start Friday for the fifth time in six games. Pedro Alvarez will serve as the Orioles' designated hitter Friday night.
Trumbo is out of the lineup Wednesday night against the Pirates. Trumbo's playing time has drastically declined recently. His absence from Wednesday's lineup marks the sixth time over the last 11 games that he's been held out of the starting lineup. In that time he's gone just 1-for-17 (.059) and struck out eight times. However, Baltimore's decision to not start Trumbo on Wednesday isn't entirely performance based, as they're playing in a National League ballpark and can't use a designated hitter.
Trumbo is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. As the O's playoff hopes have dwindled in recent weeks, so has Trumbo's playing time -- this is his fifth absence in 10 games -- with the team turning its focus to 2018. Trumbo has battled a variety of injuries and he's taken a massive step back in terms of performance in his age-31 season, but he figures to continue on as the team's primary DH for the foreseeable future after signing a three-year deal in January.
Trumbo isn't in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays. Trumbo has started five of the Orioles' last seven games. In that time, he's picked up just one hit over 16 at-bats and struck out eight times. Pedro Alvarez will start Sunday's game at designated hitter and bat seventh with Trumbo out.
Trumbo is not in the lineup Friday against the Rays. Over the last three games, Trumbo has gone 0-for-9 and struck out five times across 10 plate appearances. He'll head to the bench Friday night while Pedro Alvarez serves as Baltimore's designated hitter and hits eighth.