Rendon went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and three runs scored overall in Wednesday's 7-3 extra-inning win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. Rendon blasted a solo home run in the eighth inning off Clayton Kershaw to pull the Nationals to within 3-2, and Juan Soto followed with a solo homer of his own to tie the game. Rendon also doubled off LA starter Walker Buehler in the sixth and again off reliever Joe Kelly in the 10th.The impending free agent slashed .319/.412/.598 with a career-high 34 homers and a league-leading 126 RBI during the regular season, and he's followed that up by slashing .350/.423/.650 in six postseason games. The Cardinals will have their work cut out for them trying to quiet Rendon's bat in the National League Championship Series.
Rendon is not in Sunday's lineup against the Indians. The Nationals have secured home-field advantage for Tuesday's Wild Card Game, so it makes sense that they would give their best position player a breather on the final day of the season. Wilmer Difo is starting at third base and hitting eighth.
Rendon is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies. Rendon will be rewarded with what appears to be a regular day off after the Nationals a clinched a spot in the playoffs Tuesday. The veteran third baseman is hitting just .182 over his past 10 games, though he owns an impressive 10:3 BB:K over that stretch. Asdrubal Cabrera is covering the hot corner in his place, with Brian Dozier starting at second base.
Rendon went 0-for-3 with three walks, a stolen base and a run scored Saturday against the Marlins. Rendon didn't reach base with a hit but was productive nevertheless with three walks and also providing his fourth stolen base of the season. Despite a three-game hitless streak, Rendon is still hitting an incredibly impressive .326/.412/.613 across 139 games this season.
Rendon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Cardinals. His sixth-inning shot tied the score at 2-2, but the Nats couldn't muster any more offense after that. Rendon is slashing .321/.438/.604 through 15 games in September as he tries to keep his team in the wild-card picture, and on the season he's hitting .333 with 34 homers and 119 RBI -- all career highs -- as he steams towards a huge payday in free agency.
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