American League Lineup Analysis



  • It’s set with the exception of Marwin Gonzalez playing more since he’s heated up (.268/.316/.563 over the last 28 days).


Blue Jays




  • The Orioles are giving everyone a chance.
  • Adam Jones has sat three straight days and Joey Rickard had played left field and batted second.
  • John Andreoli (vs LHP) and Tim Beckham (vs RHP) seem to be in a shortstop platoon.
  • The top five in the lineup has been the following over the last three games
  1. Cedric Mullins II (0-2 on SB attempts, was 21-22 in the minors)
  2. Joey Rickard
  3. Jonathan Villar
  4. Trey Mancini
  5. Chris Davis (sits at times vs LHP)


  • The lineup is set in stone with everyone healthy.


  • They have two lineups based on pitcher handedness. Ji-Man Choi and Carlos Gomez face lefties and Jake Bauers and Brandon Lowe are in against lefties.
  • I haven’t noticed how much Bauers is struggling by hitting .194/.315/.373 with nine homers and four stolen bases (caught five times). He probably wouldn’t be playing much but Choi just can’t hit lefties (.067/.176/.067)

Red Sox


  • The Royals have set the top of the lineup as:
  1. Whit Merrifield
  2. Raul Mondesi
  3. Alex Gordon
  4. Hunter Dozier
  5. Ryan O’Hearn
  • Brett Phillips’s injury has put the outfield in a little bit of disarray.


  • I haven’t even heard of half these players.
  • Jim Adduci is playing first base. He sometimes sits against LHP.
  • Dawel Lugo is playing every day (2B) and should be a decent source of empty batting average.
  • Christin Stewart just got promoted and looks to be taking over in left field.


White Sox

Month: OPS
Mar: .984
May: .736
June: .685
July: .686
Aug: .751
Sep: .782

He missed time in May because of back spasms which may have cost him some production.


  • All the regulars are generally playing but the infielders all seem to get a day off every week with Neil Walker (.221/.304/.340) stealing most of the playing time.
  • Luke Voit has started 10 straight games at first base.

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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I enjoy this update, Jeff. But, I think Christin Stewart goes with the Tigers rather than the O’s.