Almora is not starting Monday against the Reds. Almora sits for the second straight game after previously starting seven of eight contests. Jason Heyward again starts in center field, with Kris Bryant in right.
Almora went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit solo home run and walk in an 8-3 victory against the Pirates on Sunday. The 25-year-old received a chance to bat for Jose Quintana in the sixth and increased the Cubs' lead with a homer. He stayed in the game to play center field and walked in his only other plate appearance. On July 4, Almora hit his first homer since May 27, and now he has two long balls in his last 15 at-bats. Almora is batting .250 with nine homers, 26 RBI, 30 runs and two steals in 256 at-bats this season.
Almora is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Pirates. Almora started off the second half 1-for-7 with three strikeouts through the first two contests and will take a seat Sunday. David Bote is starting at third base in the series finale, pushing Kris Bryant to right field and Jason Heyward to center.
Almora is not in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox. Almora owns a poor .550 OPS over his last 15 games. Jason Heyward will slide over to center field in his absence.
Almora went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Thursday against the Pirates. Almora took Jordan Lyles deep in the second inning to record his eighth home run of the season. It was his first long ball since May 27, though he continues to play regularly thanks to his strong defense in center field. He's now hitting .249/.286/.396 across 263 plate appearances.
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