Davidson entered Friday with a crippling .136/.183/.258 slash line through 18 September games, so he's been off the fantasy radar of late. Friday's outburst has him up to 26 homers and 67 RBI for the season, so he was moving the needle before his recent funk. It's definitely worth noting that Davidson's slump correlates with his return from a stint on the disabled list due to a wrist injury, which could explain his struggles.
Beltran has started three of Houston's last four games. In that time he's gone 0-for-11 at the dish, bringing his line down to .189/.231/.297 for the month of September. Evan Gattis will get the nod to start at the DH spot Friday night while Beltran gets the night off.
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.
Davidson was scratched from Thursday's lineup, but is set to return for Friday's series opener against Kansas City. Davidson has struggled quite a bit over the month of September. Since the start of the month he's hit just .136/.183/.258 over 18 games, dropping his batting average from .233 to .219 in that time.
Over the last three games, Trumbo has gone 0-for-9 and struck out five times across 10 plate appearances. He'll head to the bench Friday night while Pedro Alvarez serves as Baltimore's designated hitter and hits eighth.
With the Red Sox playing in a National League ballpark, they won't be able to use a designated hitter. As a result, Ramirez will head to the bench. Boston could opt to use Ramirez at first base instead of Mitch Moreland at some point over the weekend. However, if they choose to keep Ramirez out of the lineup, he'd likely return to the DH spot Monday against the Blue Jays.
The veteran slugger snapped the would-be shutout with a 375-foot shot to right in the seventh, his second round tripper in as many games. Cruz hasn't quite been able to maintain the torrid pace he established in August (.341/.413/.747 line), but he boasts a .507 wOBA, .458 ISO and 52.9 percent hard contact rate over the 30 plate appearances spanning his last seven games.
The 34-year-old has hit safely in all but two of his starts so far in September. He's cleared 30 homers for the sixth straight season and set a new career high with 101 walks, but his contributions have been overshadowed by other standout offensive performances this season. It's possible Encarnacion falls to the third round in a lot of drafts next spring.
Willy Garcia replaced him in the lineup, batting seventh and serving as the White Sox's designated hitter against lefty Dallas Keuchel and the Astros. His status for Friday's series opener against the Royals remains up in the air.
There has not been word on Davidson's status at this point in time, although it appears that the 26-year-old is dealing with some sort of ailment. In his place, Willy Garcia will draw the start in the DH spot.