Haniger is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Haniger started 71 of the last 72 games and has emerged as one of the Mariners' top players this season. The 27-year-old has a .285/.366/.493 slash line with 26 home runs and 93 RBI entering the regular-season finale. Guillermo Heredia leads off and will start in center field as the Mariners all but empty their bench Sunday.
Haniger went 2-for-4 with a double, a bases-loaded walk and a run in a win over the Rangers on Friday. Haniger has been a revelation in the leadoff spot, as he's slashing .328/.385/.581 with 29 extra-base hits (19 doubles, two triples, eight home runs) and 20 RBI when hitting atop the order. The outfielder's ninth multi-hit effort of the month pushed his September average to .306, while his .365 on-base percentage for the season tops the Mariners and ranks 10th in the AL.
Haniger is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Haniger is slashing .450/.489/.775 with eight extra-base hits in his last 40 at-bats but has a planned off-day Sunday after starting the last 65 games. Guillermo Heredia will bat eighth and start in center field for the Mariners.
Haniger went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored against the Rangers on Saturday. Haniger played a big role in the Mariners' offensive outburst Saturday, recording his seventh multi-hit game in his past 10 starts. He's also collected eight extra-base hits in that span, raising his slugging percentage to a career-best .502. Haniger's built on his 2017 breakout and has chipped in solid numbers across the board through 572 at-bats this season.
Haniger went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and three runs overall in a win over the Astros on Wednesday. Haniger was a thorn in the side of Astros pitching throughout the night, both by setting the table for those hitting behind him and by contributing a run himself with his 26th round tripper. The slugging outfielder has now reached safely in 11 straight games, pushing his September average to .309 and his second-half line to a stellar .303/.379/.509 (248 plate appearances).