Vogelbach will sit against lefty Patrick Corbin and the Pirates on Tuesday. Vogelbach has had stretches as more than a platoon player this season, but he's now been on the bench against four of the last five southpaws the Pirates have faced. His .111/.231/.133 line in 52 plate appearances against lefties this year suggests he probably shouldn't be facing same-sided pitching very often. Josh VanMeter will be the designated hitter Tuesday.
Vogelbach is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. Vogelbach has a .364 OPS in 52 plate appearances against left-handed pitching this season, and he'll head to the bench Sunday with southpaw Shane McClanahan on the mound for the Rays. Bryan Reynolds will rest his legs as the designated hitter while Jack Suwinski starts in center field.
Vogelbach will sit Thursday against the Cubs. Vogelbach will take a seat after he went 4-for-10 with two doubles, four RBI, four runs and four walks in the first three games of the series. Yu Chang will get the start at designated hitter and bat sixth Thursday.
Vogelbach went 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, two RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Cubs. Vogelbach singled and doubled in consecutive plate appearances to account for the majority of his damage Tuesday. He has been a big part of Pittsburgh's hot offense to start its series against the Cubs, collecting four hits with two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored across two games. Overall, Vogelbach is hitting .226/.314/.423 across 191 plate appearances on the season.
Vogelbach went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, two RBI and three runs scored Monday against the Cubs. Vogelbach delivered a two-RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 9-1. He also scored each time he reached base, marking the third time in his last five starts that he has scored multiple runs. Despite a multitude of recent prospect promotions, Vogelbach has remained the Pirates' primary designated hitter. However, he is hitting just .217/.299/.410 across 187 plate appearances on the season.
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