Albies is not in the lineup Sunday against the Phillies. Albies is one of five Braves to get a rest after Atlanta clinched the division Saturday. Ryan Flaherty starts at second base in his place.
Albies went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Phillies. Albies clubbed his 23rd home run of the year in the seventh inning off reliever Pat Neshek to fuel the Braves' eventual comeback win. Although Albies hasn't hit much in September (.219 average), he's still tied for second among all MLB second basemen in home runs (23) while leading in runs (103) and ranking second in doubles (39) at the position. The 21-year-old is hitting .267/.310/.460 with 70 RBI and 13 stolen bases on the year.
Albies will start at second base and bat sixth Wednesday against the Cardinals. With Albies managing only one hit in his last 14 at-bats and sitting on a .238 average in September, manager Brian Snitker has opted to drop the youngster four spots in the lineup. Ender Inciarte will check in as the club's No. 2 hitter and could stick in that spot until Albies breaks out of his extended funk at the plate.
Albies went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Giants. Albies' second half has been a far cry from his brilliant first half, as even with Monday's production factored in he's still batting just .253/.294/.353 since the All-Star break (170 at-bats). Those struggles have resulted in Albies falling to the bottom third of the batting order recently, but his season stats remain beyond impressive for a 21-year-old and he's shown improvement from the right side of the plate, providing a silver lining during this rough stretch.
Albies is not starting Saturday against the Pirates. Albies hit just .245/.297/.309 in August. Charlie Culberson will start at second base in his place.
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