Moran is not in lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Moran will take a seat for the second straight contest with another left-hander taking the mound in Jose Quintana. Jung Ho Kang will start at the hot corner and bat fifth in his absence Sunday.
Moran is not in the lineup Saturday against the Cubs. Jose Osuna gets the start at third base and will bat sixth against Chicago left-hander Jon Lester. Moran has started 11 of the past 12 games and is 8-for-16 with three RBI and three runs scored in his last five games. The left-handed-hitting third baseman has a .621 OPS in 29 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, and only three of his 49 RBI this season have come against southpaws.
Moran, who has settled into a nearly everyday playing role, is slashing .294/.335/.480 with 10 homers and 49 RBI in 269 plate appearances. He's started 26 of the team's last 32 games, playing mostly at third base but also logging nine appearances at second base in 2019. Thanks to a couple monster games at PNC Park, Moran has compiled striking home/road splits. He's slashing .350/.392/.567 at home and .242/.281/.402 on the road. His improved offensive production is one of Pittsburgh's biggest surprises, and Moran compiled 11 extra-base hits (seven doubles, four homers) in June alone. By comparison, he totaled 10 extra-base hits from June 18 to Sept. 26 in 2018, a span of 226 plate appearances. Moran's defense is adequate at best, but he continues to find the field because of his bat.
Moran went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs in Saturday's 12-2 win over the Brewers. Moran has now posted 10 hits through the Pirates' first six games of July, with nine of those knocks coming in just two contests. He'll stick in the lineup as the Pirates' third baseman and No. 6 hitter Sunday in the series finale.
Moran is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs. With the two teams wrapping up their series with a day game and a lefty (Jose Quintana) on the bump for Chicago, Moran will take a seat while Jose Osuna receives a turn at the hot corner. Moran had started each of the past seven games and recorded eight hits, with five coming in the series opener Monday.
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