Howard has been out since Sept. 14 when he took a throw off his left knee. The knee is basically healthy at this point, but Howard has not faced pitching in weeks, so the Phils have opted to shut him down. He finishes the year hitting .229/.277/.443 with 23 home runs in 467 at-bats.
Santana posted his third two-hit outing in the last four games, and has four RBI over the first two games of the season-ending series against the Red Sox. Although he did suffer a drop in homers this season, Santana has now matched last season's 85 RBI and has crossed the plate 72 times, four more than his total in 2014.
He sits at .338 while Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts is hitting .320 with one game remaining. The homer was significant -- it ended a career-long streak of 29 games without one. It was his 18th home run of the season, but his first since Aug. 26 and just his third since the middle of June. His home run total was down last season, too, so at 32, he could be changing his game as he ages. It bears watching, although he'll still go off the table early in 2016 drafts
While he stayed in the game, it's tough to imagine Freeman will start Sunday's game as he continues to deal with a variety of injuries, including most notably a chipped bone in his wrist.
Alvarez hasn't recorded a hit in his last four appearances and with lefty Brandon Finnegan set to take the mound for the Reds, Alvarez will take a seat in favor of Mike Morse who will hit sixth in the lineup and man first base.
Bour had played in the previous 22 games prior to Friday, so his absence in these last two games is a little surprising. However nothing official has been announced regarding any potential injury so it appears to just be a bit of rest for the 27-year-old as the season winds to a close. Casey McGehee will take over at first base and hit sixth in the lineup.
Freeman was able to record a pinch-hit appearance Thursday, however he hasn't been able to find his way into the starting lineup since Wednesday and with just one more game to go, it's likely that trend will continue Saturday as well.
Goldy just continues to get it done, adding his 38th double and 107th RBI on the season in this game. All the numbers across the board are ridiculous for the first baseman and he's making a strong case for MVP, albeit his team being below .500. No first baseman provides the power, speed, and average combo that Goldy does and that makes him immensely valuable going into next season.
Rosario has really fallen out of favor in Denver, but he's always been able to hit. He got the start Thursday because he is batting well over .300 against lefties with an OPS just shy of 1.000 over his last three seasons. If Rosario can find a DH role in the AL next year or an everyday catching job for a team who wants to take a risk, he'd become instantly fantasy relevant.
The two RBI now give the Cuban 101 on the season and he's making history, as one of the first players to have two 30-100 season in their first two years. Imagine how good his season could have been if the White sox lived up to the lofty expectations they had at the beginning of the season. One more bat to protect Abreu could do him a world of good next year and will only raise his already sky-high value.