It’s now time to go over the American League lineups. I feel some are just not set but it’s interesting seeing some of the early season adjustments.
- Zack Cozart leads off against lefties, Kole Calhoun against righties.
- The lineup may go into some flux with Andrelton Simmons possibly missing some time.
- Tommy La Stella, David Fletcher, and Cozart are in a three-way timeshare at second and third base.
- The lineup is set with Michael Brantley batting cleanup.
- Josh Reddick and Jake Marisnick split time in the outfield.
- Tyler White is not getting full-time at-bats at DH as some players are cycling through the position.
- Robbie Grossman leads off against righties, sits against lefties.
- Marcus Semien leads off versus lefties, bats 7th against righties.
- Stephen Piscotty has hit 3rd in every game.
- Kendrys Morales and Mark Canha are in a first base platoon.
- Chad Pinder is in a part-time role, sitting against most righties.
- It’s tough to know their plans going forward with so many roster changes. No more Kevin Pillar. Justin Smoak is hurt. Socrates Brito and Allen Hanson have been added.
- Brandon Drury is the only person to start in seven of the eight games. Rowdy Tellez and Randal Grichuck have started in six.
- They have a set lineup but it doesn’t matter since no one is hitting besides Carlos Santana (.450/.522/.500).
- Hanley Ramirez may move up from the 5th spot since he is also sort of kind of hitting.
- The order has been in flux with Mallex Smith getting healthy, Domingo Santana hitting great, and Edwin Encarnacion dealing with a hand injury.
- Jay Bruce is hitting 3rd or 4th.
- Dee Gordon is hitting 9th and will stay there until he takes a walk.
- The team isn’t buying Tim Beckham’s resurgence and continues to bat him 6th or 7th.
- Cedric Mullins II sits against lefties. He’s pretty much unplayable in any league shallower than 20 teams. Joey Rickard and Renato Nunez cycle in-and-out of the lineup also.
- Dwight Smith Jr. (.310/.333/.379) has batted 2nd in every game.
- Trey Mancini is playing every day and batting 3rd or 4th. He might end up as a sneaky option by season’s end based on playing time alone.
- After playing in only one of the first two games, Shin-Soo Choo led off the next four and is hitting (.238/.333/.429).
- Delino DeShields leads off against lefties and bats 9th against righties.
- The Rays lineup will always depend on the starters handedness.
- Only three non-catchers were regulars before the Joey Wendle injury, Tommy Pham, Willy Adames, and Kevin Kiermaier. After the injury, it looks like Daniel Robertson is now a regular.
- Media darling Brandon Lowe is not facing lefties. He’s not horrible against lefties (84 wRC+ for his career), but Robertson is better (111 wRC+).
- The lineup’s top half is set with some combination of Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Dever, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts.
- Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting 8th or 9th every day.
- The 6th to 8th spot just has everyone plugged in some random order.
- The Royals have used the same lineup three times and another one twice. Ned Yost loves his consistency.
- As expected, Billy Hamilton is batting 9th.
- In 15-team leagues, don’t overlook Alex Gordon batting 3rd and Jorge Soler batting 4th.
- The team has some steady playing time contributors but only Niko Goodrum has been hitting (.318/.486/.591). The team as a whole is hitting .166/.264/.255.
- They are likely getting JaCoby Jones back soon who could be a decent add in 15-team or deeper leagues.
- During the first four games, they had the same lineup except swapping the catcher out.
- Jonathan Schoop is buried at the 7th spot and Byron Buxton at 9th.
- Everyone’s darling, Williams Astudillo has only played in two games so far this season.
- It’s set with Leury Garcia leading off and Eloy Jimenez batting 5th.
- The bottom spots have moved around with Tim Anderson on paternity leave.
- With Miguel Andujar likely out of the season, D.J. Lemahieu has taken over at third base and on Wednesday, batted leadoff against a lefty starter. Otherwise, he has been batting 5th to 7th.
- Two of Greg Bird, Mike Tauchman, and Clint Frazier are in the lineup every day. The problem is that one must sit killing each one’s value in shallower leagues.
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.