Gamel went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Sunday's 7-1 loss at Houston. Gamel's third-inning long ball was all the offense his team was able to muster against Justin Verlander and the Houston bullpen. Seattle has to be extremely happy after taking of advantage of the Yankees' roster crunch to acquire the outfielder last season, as he's managed to hold down an everyday role while hitting .278/.327/.412.
Gamel is out of Saturday's lineup in Houston, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. He will take a seat with lefty Dallas Keuchel on the hill for the Astros. Taylor Motter will start in left field and hit ninth.
Gamel went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 10-3 win over the Rangers. Gamel got the Mariners' hit parade started early with a 372-foot shot to right in the second with two aboard. It was a much-needed breakout for the 25-year-old, who is still hitting just .206 over 34 plate appearances in September. However, Gamel has also been a bit on the unlucky side over that span, as a .227 BABIP has undermined an impressive 25.0 percent line drive rate and 41.7 percent hard contact rate.
Gamel is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels. The Mariners are sending out a righty-heavy lineup against left-hander Andrew Heaney, so -- despite going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Friday -- Gamel will take a seat on the bench. In his place, Taylor Motter will draw the start in left field.
Gamel went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels. The 25-year-old has cooled down in a major way lately, slashing just .118/.151/.196 over his prior 15 games before Friday's outburst. Gamel should remain in the starting lineup most nights with the Mariners only on the fringes of the AL wild-card chase, but if the team gets closer to a postseason berth and he hasn't snapped out of his funk, he could find himself on the bench more often over the final weeks of the season.
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