Taylor returned to the starting lineup Monday, going 2-for-3 with a walk and his 20th home run of the season in a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia. Taylor notched No. 20 in style when he scooted around the bases for an inside-the-park homer in his first at-bat of the contest. The breakout star has also stolen 16 bases in addition to his unexpected power output, giving him an outside shot at a 20-20 campaign with 12 games left in the regular season.
Taylor is out of Saturday's lineup against the Nationals, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Taylor has finally cooled off after his ridiculous first five months of the season (.305/.376/.530). He is hitting .214/.241/.304 with one home run and one steal in 56 at-bats in September. Joc Pederson will start in center field and hit eighth against righty A.J. Cole.
Taylor is not in the lineup Monday against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Taylor will head to the bench for a breather after starting eight of the last nine games and hitting just .176/.176/.294 in 34 at-bats over that stretch. Cody Bellinger will patrol center field in his absence.
Taylor isn't in the lineup for Friday's matchup against the Rockies. With Taylor getting the night off, Joc Pederson will start in center field. Taylor, who's put together a .305 batting average and .897 OPS over 121 games this season, should be back in the lineup for Saturday's outing.
Taylor went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 6-4 loss to San Diego on Sunday. Taylor has now hit safely in seven consecutive contests, bringing his batting average up to .307 on the year. The breakout star continues to strike out in a quarter of his plate appearances (25.9 percent strikeout rate), but the whiffs have been offset by a fortuitous .394 BABIP. Taylor has provided five-category production all season, and he doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
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