I’m not sure how helpful this article will be this week. There are just so many players coming back from the IL after the break, it’s tough to guess how each situation will shake out. It’s such a nightmare but the overall picture should be clearer come Monday.
- David Fletcher has led off the last two games.
- Since his promotion, Matt Thaiss has started three games and has a whopping .300 OPS.
- A really straight forward lineup.
- With Carlos Correa on the mend, he’s going to eventually push Alex Bregman back to third and then one of Yuli Gurriel (.787 OPS), Yordan Alvarez (1.108 OPS), or Tyler White (.655 OPS) will need to sit each game.
- Mark Canha has started 10 of the last 11 games while hitting .257/.395/.486 over that time frame.
- Franklin Barreto is hitting just .087/.087/.261 since taking the second base job from Jurickson Profar.
- In the three games since returning from the IL, Justin Smoak has hit sixth, right behind Jansen.
- Rowdy Tellez (.721) continues to struggle for regular playing time (started six of last 10 games). He is nearly impossible to roster except in AL-only.
- Eric Sogard, Teoscar Hernandez, and Brandon Drury are sharing two outfield spots.
- The lineup is almost always the same expect Jordan Luplow sneaking his way in against lefties.
- At the end of May, Jake Bauers was hitting .217/.307/.339. Since then he has hit .296/.333/.541 and started nine straight games.
- This lineup has been a mess the last two weeks.
- Rio Ruiz sits against lefties for Richie Martin Jr..
- They have too many outfielders, especially when the ghost that is Chris Davis pushes Trey Mancini to the outfield. All of Keon Broxton, Anthony Santander, Steve Wilkerson, Dwight Smith Jr., and Mancini are splitting time.
- Delino DeShields only starts against lefties and Willie Calhoun versus righties.
- Rougned Odor’s OPS has gone up each month, .458 to .628 to 746 to 1.051.
- Ronald Guzman (.698 OPS) is losing his starting job to Danny Santana (.841 OPS) who has started four of the last five games at first base.
- Normally, it’s nearly impossible to find any consistency here but with Ji-Man Choi and Brandon Lowe returning soon, it’s worse.
- I like how Mike Brosseau’s performance (1.061 OPS) in his two call-ups. It’ll be interesting to see if he sticks, especially with Joey Wendle struggling (.533 OPS).
- Travis d’Arnaud (.771 OPS) has become a must-own catcher since he’s leading off against lefties and playing first base.
- The lineup is consistent but may see an adjustment with Mitch Moreland coming off the IL soon.
- When Christian Vazquez catches, he has been batting 6th.
- With JaCoby Jones (.618 OPS) out, Victor Reyes has started four straight games in center and led off.
- Brandon Dixon has cooled off from his hot start. In April and May, he hit a .922 OPS but in June and July, it was just .625. Because of the struggles, he’s started losing playing time.
- Since being promoted in late June, Jeimer Candelario has started 11 straight games and hit .350/.435/.725.
- The lineup is fairly consistent.
- The biggest question moving forward is who of Luis Arraez (.976 OPS) and Marwin Gonzalez (.739) will take over the utility role when C.J. Cron returns from the IL because Miguel Sano moved to first and Arraez is playing third.
- The heart of the lineup is set.
- Jon Jay (.286/.350/.343, 0 HR, 0 SB) has started 10 of the last 11 games.
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.