Moran is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Moran will stick on the bench for a second straight game with the Cubs sending out another left-hander in Mike Montgomery. Jose Osuna will once again start in his place at third base, hitting sixth.
Moran is not in the lineup Monday against the Cubs, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. As per usual, Moran will hit the bench with a southpaw in Cole Hamels starting for the opposition. With the Cubs expected to send three more lefties to the mound over the next three games, Moran may continue to sit. Jose Osuna gets the start at third base in this one.
Moran will sit for the second straight game Sunday against the Brewers. Moran's absence Sunday is no surprise, as the Pirates face the left-handed Wade Miley. Jose Osuna will start in his place at third base.
Moran is not in the lineup Saturday against Milwaukee. Moran is just 2-for-13 in his last seven contests. Kevin Kramer will get the start in his place.
Moran delivered a pinch-hit homer against the Royals on Tuesday. While he reached double digits with the homer, Moran has compiled a disappointing .741 OPS in 2018. The rookie has started only six of 11 games since Sept. 4, but he does offer a .313 batting average with two homers and five RBI for the month. He's likely done enough to retain his starter's job at third base for 2019, but his lack of range in the field and underwhelming power at the plate could push Pittsburgh into considering alternative options.
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