American League Lineup Analysis

After just going over the National League lineups, it’s time for the American league. Again, my analysis was to focus on the lineups used, not manager speak.

Note: This article was submitted late on Wednesday for editing so the second Oakland-Seattle lineups were not available to analyze.



  • With Devers hitting a .975 OPS in Spring Training, the Red Sox have been batting him 2nd or 3rd in the lineup. The rest of the lineup seems similar to last season.


  • With Francisco Lindor out, there is quite a bit of Hanley Ramirez (.621 Spring Training OPS) near the lineup’s top couple spots.
  • Kevin Plawecki has been consistently batting 5th or 6th. He could be a sneaky catcher buy.




Kansas City


New York


  • With the A’s, a regular season lineup exists against a lefty:

Orange County

  • There are some unknows for sure with Justin Upton not being available but on Tuesday he led off. Check up on it in a few days to see any consistency emerges.


  • Besides Oakland, the Mariners have given everyone a peek under the curtain sans Mallex Smith lineup.

  • I’m not really surprised by anything.
  • Possibly Gordon and hold the leadoff spot this year.


  • I hate figuring out the Rays this year is no different. Only Tommy Pham is set in the #2 spot.



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 four FSWA Awards including on for his Mining the News series. He's won Tout Wars three times, LABR once, and got his first NFBC Main Event win in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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3 years ago

For the A’s Matt Olson is now out with hamate surgery for about 7 weeks. Mark Canha is expected to take his slot and play first. You’ll see more Grossman because the A’s lost their only LH hitter. They might call up Fowler for another lefty bat.