Molina is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs. With the Cardinals officially out of playoff contention as of Saturday night, they will give their veteran backstop a day off Sunday. Molina will finish the season with a .261 batting average, 20 home runs and 74 RBI. Francisco Pena will replace him behind the plate for the season finale.
Molina went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 12-4 loss to the Brewers. Molina connected for a three-run shot -- his 20th of the year -- off Gio Gonzalez in the fourth inning to bring the Cardinals back to within three at the time. Molina is now two home runs shy of his career-high 22 that he set back in 2012 and his 74 RBI this season are good for third among all MLB catchers. The 36-year-old is hitting .267/.319/.445 in 120 games this year.
Molina went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in an extra-inning win over the Giants on Saturday. The veteran backstop's 402-foot shot to left in the seventh with Jedd Gyorko aboard knotted the game at 4-4, setting the stage for a Tyler O'Neill walkoff blast in the 10th. Molina has heated up some over the last six games, hitting safely in five of them while tallying 10 of his 14 RBI for the month during that stretch.
Molina went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Braves on Monday. He was also hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. That's five RBI over the last two games for Molina, who has all nine for September in just three games. The veteran backstop is hitting a solid .279 and owns an impressive .452 slugging percentage over 115 plate appearances with runners in scoring position this season, leaving him on pace to exceed 70 RBI for the fourth time in his career.
Molina went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles in a win over the Dodgers on Sunday, his first two hits over 11 at-bats since returning to action from a hamstring injury. Molina had gone 0-for-7 over his previous three contests following a six-game absence due to the hamstring issue. However, he was involved in the Cardinals' final three runs of the night Sunday, sandwiching his two run-scoring hits around a fielder's choice groundout in the sixth that saw Marcell Ozuna cross the plate on an error by the Dodgers' Justin Turner. The 36-year-old Molina has shown no signs of slowing down in 2018, and he's now just one home run short of the 18 he hit last season in 83 additional at-bats.
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