Morales isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees. Jose Bautista will serve as designated hitter with Morales sitting out. Morales saw his batting average fall from 2016's mark of .263 to .250 during his first season with the Blue Jays. However, his power remained intact as he slugged 28 home runs and notched 85 RBI.
Morales went 2-for-5 with his 28th home run of the year -- a two-run shot -- against the Red Sox on Tuesday. So ends a 17-game power outage. He's credibly followed up last season's 30-homer, 93-RBI campaign, as Morales will finish close to both those figures; his RBI total is now at 84. The veteran DH hasn't helped owners in batting average or OBP, but he hasn't been bad enough in those categories to detract from his power contributions.
Morales is out of the lineup for Friday's matchup against the Yankees, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Miguel Montero will be used as Toronto's DH in place of Morales on Friday night. Over his last 10 games Morales has slashed .306/.342/.361 and driven in three runs while scoring once.
Morales is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins. Jose Bautista will occupy the designated hitter spot as Morales gets the day off. Since the start of September, Morales has slashed .219/.261/.459, with each mark being below his season line of .249/.305/.450.
Morales went 3-for-4 with his 25th double of the season in Wednesday's loss to Baltimore. The first-year Blue Jay surpassed last season's total for doubles in 17 fewer games, but his .250 batting average has put a dent in his OBP and slugging percentage compared to his 2016 with Kansas City. He remains on pace to reach 30 home runs for a second straight year, and the third time in his 11-year career, but it's unlikely Morales can meet the 90-RBI mark that he's accomplished over the past two campaigns. On the bright side, the DH is riding a modest six game hitting streak in which he gone 9-for-23 (.391), and looks poised to provide owners with a strong finish.
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