Moreland is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Giants. Moreland has struggled with a .498 OPS in 17 games since being acquired by the Padres, and he will head to the bench for Friday's matinee with lefty Tyler Anderson starting for the Giants. Tommy Pham will bat seventh as the designated hitter while Jurickson Profar starts in left field.
Moreland is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels. Though the Padres are facing a right-handed pitcher (Jaime Barria) in the series finale, the lefty-hitting Moreland will take a seat as manager Jayce Tingler gives Manny Machado a day out of the field and deploys him as San Diego's designated hitter. Moreland has predictably cooled down since arriving in San Diego on Aug. 30 after an unsustainably hot start to the season while he was with Boston. Through his first 16 games with the Padres, Moreland is hitting .172 with five extra-base hits (one home run, four doubles) over 58 at-bats.
Moreland will sit against lefty Justus Sheffield and the Mariners on Saturday, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Moreland started against a lefty (Yusei Kikuchi) on Friday, but now that Eric Hosmer is back from his fractured finger, he won't have to any more. Both he and Hosmer are lefties, though, so it's still possible he's the one to get the nod against a southpaw occasionally. Hosmer will start at first base in this one, with Tommy Pham serving as the designated hitter.
Moreland will be on the bench Monday against the Dodgers. Moreland sits with Clayton Kershaw lined up to start for the Dodgers. The first baseman hasn't done much in his first 11 games for his new team, hitting .167/.231/.306. Jake Cronenworth will slide over to first Monday, with Jorge Mateo entering the lineup at second.
Moreland went 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Wednesday against the Rockies. Moreland took Antonio Senzatela yard in the opening inning, his first in a Padres uniform. He's yet to hit his stride in San Diego in all aspects of his performance as he's collected just five hits -- two of which have gone for extra-bases -- in 27 at-bats. Overall between two teams, Moreland's numbers still look good as he is hitting .287/.380/.628 across 108 plate appearances.
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