Brandon Moss put together a disappointing campaign in his first year with the Royals. While the 34-year-old managed to swat north of 20 homers (22) for the fifth time in six seasons, he saw his batting average and OBP slip to .207 and .279, respectively, both easily the worst marks of his career in any season in which he's played more than 20 games. He also posted a career-worst strikeout rate (31.9 percent), marking the third consecutive season in which his whiff rate has been above 30 percent. While his consistent production in homers, runs and RBI used to be enough to largely overlook his tumbling batting average and contact rate, he scored just 41 runs and plated 50 last season, numbers that could continue to fall if the Royals are unable to re-sign some of their big-name free agents. Still, at this point Moss figures to play against most or all right-handed pitchers between first base and DH.
Moss isn't in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. Moss had a tough time at the plate Saturday as he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He'll head to the bench for the season finale while Melky Cabrera occupies the designated hitter spot. The 34-year-old regressed this year and hit to the tune of a .208/.238/.431 line, down from the .225/.300/.484 line he turned in over the 2016 season.
Moss is out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale against Detroit, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Moss will take a seat on the bench after going 0-for-4 during Wednesday's contest. In his place, Lorenzo Cain takes a day off from the field and slides into the DH spot while batting second in the order.
Moss is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Yankees, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Moss will head to the bench for a second straight game as Lorenzo Cain takes over DH duties in his place. Manager Ned Yost has been deploying position players as his designated hitter recently to give them a game off their feet, so Moss could lose out on a few starts in the final week if that trend continues.
Moss is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Moss had a solid game Saturday as he went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. He'll get the day off while Mike Moustakas moves to designated hitter Sunday.
Moss is out of the lineup against the Blue Jays on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Moss retreats to the bench for the second day in a row with left-hander J.A. Happ taking the mound for Toronto. In his place, Jorge Bonifacio will draw another start at the DH spot.