Grichuk went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's season-ending 6-1 loss to the Brewers. Grichuk wrapped up an uneven 2017 in strong fashion, launching his second round tripper of the final six contests. The 26-year-old outfielder spent nearly a month in the minors refining his swing after slashing just .222/.276/.377 over his first 181 plate appearances of 2017. He showed a solid level of improvement upon returning June 25 -- generating a .249/.291/.539 line that included 32 extra-base hits (11 doubles, three triples, 18 homers) -- but he still sported a bloated 30.3 percent strikeout rate that was actually a tick higher than the 29.8 percent figure he'd tallied before the demotion. Grichuk undeniably has power to spare, so his primary offseason goals are likely to center on improving a subpar 68 percent contact rate and 5.9 percent walk rate.
Grichuk went 2-for-4 with a triple, a homer and two RBI in Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Cubs. Grichuk hit an RBI triple in the first inning and added a solo homer to make it 8-3 in the seventh. The latter proved to be an important insurance run when Chicago cut the deficit to one with an eighth-inning rally. He hadn't started a game since Sept. 21, but this performance could earn Grichuk more playing time in the final days of the season.
Grichuk went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Sunday's win over Pittsburgh. The long fly gives Grichuk his second consecutive 20-homer showing, and he reached the benchmark in just 106 games. The 26-year-old outfielder has been showing more pop of late, racking up five bombs and a .551 slugging percentage through his past 15 contests (49 at-bats). Unfortunately, Grichuk isn't locked into the lineup daily and is still striking out 29.5 percent of the time. It's probably wise to view him as a boom-or-bust fantasy asset until he proves otherwise.
Grichuk is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Padres. Grichuk will head to the bench for a breather after starting seven of the last eight games, going 6-for-28 (.214) over that span. In his place, Stephen Piscotty is starting in right field and batting sixth.
Grichuk is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants. Grichuk went 0-for-3 Saturday to snap a streak of homering in three games, but the return of Tommy Pham (thumb) will allow manager Mike Matheny to award Grichuk the day off. With Pham back in action, look for Grichuk to see a slight reduction in playing time, as he'll now have to compete with Stephen Piscotty for regular reps in right field. The recent power surge certainly won't hurt his case, however.
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