AL Lineup Analysis (8/29/19)




Blue Jays

  • The Derek Fisher (.670 OPS) experiment is almost over with him starting only four of the last seven games.
  • Rowdy Tellez has started eight of the last 10 games. Justin Smoak has started seven during that same 10 game period. I see the Jays going more and more with Tellez to know what they have in him going forward.




  • Remains a bad yet consistent lineup. No major changes.


  • A steady lineup for now until Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo return from the IL.
  • Nick Solak (.357/.486/.536) has taken over the DH duties while starting nine straight games.


Red Sox


  • Ryan O’Hearn is back to playing everyday batting fifth or sixth.
  • Cheslor Cuthbert has only started only three of the last eight games while hitting .214/.265/.33 since the All-Star break.
  • Brett Phillips has started nine of 12 games since being called up while hitting .179/.281/.321. At least he’s hitting better than Bubba Starling (.200/.241/.269).


Who would even care to roster any of the following? Disgrace.


  • Jake Cave has started nine straight games against a right-handed starter while hitting .407/.484/.815 over that time frame.
  • I’m not sure C.J. Cron is 100% healthy after an IL stint earlier in the season for his thumb. Since coming off the IL, he’s hitting .229/.308/.371 with just three homers.
  • Jonathan Schoop is playing in only a third of all games and is unrosterable in all formats.

White Sox

  • It has stabilized with all the main pieces back. Ryan Goins (.749 OPS) has been the big playing time loser.
  • Adam Engel and Jon Jay are sharing one outfield spot.


  • Situation normal, someone gets hurt, someone else steps up. This time it’s Mike Ford (.229/.325/.524 and 9 HR in 120 PA).
  • Cameron Maybin is no longer playing on a regular basis.

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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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