Moncada is out of the lineup against Cleveland on Thursday. Moncada will retreat to the bench after starting the past 29 games. Over that span, he's hitting just .195/.238/.322 with three home runs, eight RBI and a whopping 43 strikeouts. In his absence, Yolmer Sanchez will start at second base while Matt Davidson gets the nod at third.
Moncada has gone hitless with five strikeouts in eight at-bats in the first two games of the series against his former team, the Red Sox. Moncada's slump extends beyond the present series, so it's not just a matter of the opponent's familiarity with him. The second baseman has one hit in his last 19 at-bats, during which he's fanned 10 times (52.6 K%).
Moncada went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's 7-2 loss to the Twins. One night after going 0-for-5 with five strikeouts, Moncada made contact in all four plate appearances Thursday. Moncada has hit safely in 17 of his last 23 games but is batting just .215 over that stretch and .242 for the season, despite a generous .347 average on balls in play. Making contact remains an issue for the 23-year-old second baseman, who has struck out in nearly 34 percent of his plate appearances.
Moncada went 1-for-4 and had his sixth stolen base in Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Brewers. Moncada has been invisible since coming off the disabled list May 15. He entered Saturday having hit .206 with a .551 OPS over 74 plate appearances in 17 games since being activated. On a slightly more positive note, Moncada's stolen base was the third attempt in the last five games after going 26 games without an attempt.
Moncada went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored Thursday against the Rangers. Moncada recorded his first extra-base hit in three games since returning from the disabled list. He is 4-for-12 in that span and has shown no signs of his hamstring injury slowing him down with the bat. It remains to be seen just how much he'll run for the remainder of the season, but his health presents no red flags for the time being.
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