Moustakas declined his 2019 option with the Brewers and elected free agency. Moustakas will hit the open market for a second consecutive offseason after splitting time with the Royals and Brewers in 2018. The 30-year-old hit a combined .251/.315/.459 with 28 homers and a career-high 95 RBI in 152 games in 2018.
Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 7-4 win over the Pirates. His seventh-inning shot gave Moustakas six homers in 39 games as a Brewer and 26 in total on the year, boosting his slash line in Milwaukee to .277/.340/.475. He'll continue to sit against left-handers, but the team's current schedule has the Brewers set to face only one southpaw over the next two weeks, giving him the opportunity for a big surge to close out the regular season.
Moustakas is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Moustakas, who is hitting .238/.333/.381 through seven games in September, will head to the bench with left-hander Jose Quintana toeing the rubber for the Cubs. In his place, Travis Shaw will man third base and hit sixth.
Moustakas is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Giants. Moustakas will get the day off with left-hander Derek Holland slated to take the hill for San Francisco. Travis Shaw will handle the hot corner and bat sixth with Moustakas out of the starting nine.
Moustakas is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Moustakas will stick on the bench for a second straight game with the Cubs throwing another left-hander in Mike Montgomery. The Brewers face another southpaw (Jose Quintana) in Wednesday's series finale, though manager Craig Counsell may not want to keep Moustakas' bat out of the lineup for a third straight game. Travis Shaw is starting at third base and hitting sixth in this one.
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