The 30-year-old enjoyed a career year in 2017, finishing inside the top-10 in home runs and top-25 in barrel rate (min. 190 batted-ball events). Logan Morrison lifted his walk rate to 13.5 percent, his highest mark since his rookie year, and while his 24.8 percent strikeout rate was also a career high, the walks and home runs went a long way toward making up for the whiffs. Unfortunately, there were other warts; Morrison hit .233/.342/.419 with six homers against lefties, and graded out as a fairly significant negative in the field. Those issues loom large with Morrison hitting free agency this winter, as he's at risk of falling into a strict platoon at DH with another American League club. While his batting average would benefit from reduced exposure to lefties, his power and counting totals would suffer. Invest at your own risk.
Morrison went 2-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and two walks in Friday's 7-0 win over the Orioles. Morrison's career-high 38th homer came in the seventh and was his fifth of September. The veteran slugger has also hit safely in five of his last six contests, and although he's sports just a .227 average this month, he also has a .363 on-base percentage and .485 slugging percentage.
Morrison is out of the lineup against the Yankees on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Morrison will give way to Lucas Duda at first base following eight straight starts in the Rays' lineup. During that span, he's hit .222/.364/.370 with one RBI and nine strikeouts.
Morrison is not in the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox. Lucas Duda will start at first base and hit cleanup as the Rays give Morrison another day off. Since the start of September, Morrison has gone just 7-for-36 (.194) at the plate. However, three of his hits were home runs.
Morrison is out of Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He is in a brutal 0-for-19 slump over his last eight games. Lucas Duda gets the start at first base and will hit fourth while Corey Dickerson gets the nod at DH, hitting sixth.
Morrison is out of Friday's lineup against the Red Sox. The Rays face lefty Chris Sale so they will go with a righty-heavy lineup. Trevor Plouffe starts at first base and will hit cleanup.