AL Lineup Analysis (5/30/19)


  • Luis Rengifo has started eight straight games with no power (.034 ISO) and zero stolen base attempts.
  • Since Zack Cozart went on the IL, the players in the lineup have stayed constant besides Jared Walsh giving Albert Pujols a break every third day or so.



Blue Jays


  • Oscar Mercado has moved up to the second spot after hitting .333/.404/.476 in his first 47 PA.
  • Greg Allen has started four of the last five games hitting .231/.333/.769.
  • It’ll be interesting to see if Leonys Martin (.223/.302/.353 and 3 for 8 in SB) starts getting squeezed for playing time with Jordan Luplow, Allen, and Mercado all hitting.
  • Mike Freeman has started three of the last four games at second or third.


  • A complete mess right now with Kyle Seager returning and J.P. Crawford and Dee Gordon on the IL.
  • Seager (.238/.304/.286) hit second for a couple of games.
  • Shed Long (.242/.359/.394) as started three straight games.


  • Hanser Alberto (.299/.314/.395) is leading off.
  • Keon Broxton has started in center field and is hitting .318/.348/.636 since going the Orioles.
  • D.J. Stewart has started two games in right field and is batting in the bottom half of the lineup.
  • There are not enough outfielders spots for the two previous bats, Dwight Smith Jr., and Steve Wilkerson. Someone is going to have to sit.


  • It’s a playing time nightmare since Elvis Andrus has returned from the IL. Andrus is the only one playing every day with two “regulars” sitting and Willie Calhoun will increase the frustration when he comes off the IL.
  • Rougned Odor is hitting worse over the last two weeks (.543 OPS) than on the whole season (.574 OPS). If the Rangers take their playoff chances seriously, he probably needs to be demoted.


  • They continue to use two platoon lineups with Ji-Man Choi sitting against lefties and someone random against righties.

Red Sox


  • For the last week, it has been the same lineup out every day.
  • Chris Owings hasn’t played in five games.


  • Lots of changes.
  • Christin Stewart has hit second in the last three games.
  • Niko Goodrum is moving all over the field but still playing every day.
  • Dawel Lugo (.235/.270/.324) has been sitting with Brandon Dixon (.306/.333/.597) heating up and starting the last four games.


  • They have been rolling out the same players for a while with changes in order just coming versus a right- or left-handed starter.
  • With Nelson Cruz out, every player is taking a break as the DH with Marwin Gonzalez as the replacement.

White Sox

  • The outfield is interesting with all four outfielders hitting the same. Eloy Jimenez will have a long leash since he’s supposed to be the teams’ future star but his OPS (.637) is lower Ryan Cordell (.703), Charlie Tilson (.703), and Leury Garcia (.698).
  • Tilson has started every game since being promoted.
  • Tim Anderson returned to the lineup after missing a few games with a wrist injury.


  • Aaron Hicks continues to struggle (.209/.314/.279) since returning from the IL.
  • Kendrys Morales has started four of the last five games at 1B or DH.

Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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