Lineup Analysis (10/1/22) by Jeff Zimmerman October 1, 2022 American League Angels • Catcher-qualified Matt Thaiss (.614 OPS, 2 HR) has started in six of the last 10 games. • Livan Soto (.333/.357/.513, 1 HR, 1 SB) has started in 11 of the last 12 games. He had 18 SB in AAA. Astros • No changes. Athletics • No one is rosterable. Blue Jays • Whit Merrifield (.718 OPS, 4 HR, 1 SB with Toronto) has started nine straight games. • Raimel Tapia (.263/.287/.383, 7 HR, 8 SB) has started in 12 of the last 13 games. Guardians • Gabriel Arias (.716 OPS in AAA, .589 OPS in the majors) has started in five straight games. • Will Brennan (.333/.400/.333, 2 SB) only faces righties. Mariners • Jarred Kelenic has started eight straight and has a 1.000 OPS with 3 HR since being recalled. • Dylan Moore (6 HR, 21 SB, .744 OPS) has started four straight games (seven out of 10). Orioles • Nothing different. Rangers • No noticeable changes. Rays • In a weird sort of way, they have more regulars than guys sharing roles. • Manuel Margot (.700 OPS, 3 HR, 7 SB) has started 10 straight games. Red Sox • Triston Casas (.843 OPS, 5 HR) has started 10 straight at first base. Royals • Edward Olivares (.786 Sep OPS) has started in 11 of the last 12 games. • Nate Eaton (11 SB in 111 PA) has started in eight of the last 10 games. Tigers • Akil Baddoo (.229/.339/.396, 1 HR, 2 SB in September) has leadoff for the last two games. Twins • Ryan Jeffers (.218/.295/.381, 7 HR) has started two of three games since coming off the IL. • Jake Cave (.653 OPS, 5 HR) has eight straight starts. White Sox • No noticeable change for this geriatric squad. Yankees • DJ LeMahieu is back so the infield will be back to cycling a player to the bench every game. • Harrison Bader (.476 OPS with the Yankees) has started in eight of 10 games since returning from the IL. National League Braves • Since September 9th, Vaughn Grissom is hitting .163/.250/.163 with a 29% K%. Because of those struggles, Orlando Arcia has started instead over the last three games. Brewers • Willy Adames, Hunter Renfroe, and Christian Yelich are the only guys not in some form of a timeshare. Cardinals • Albert Pujols is now back to only starting against lefties. • Four outfielders (Yepez, Dickerson, Carlson, and Nootbar) are splitting time. Cubs • Such a hodgepodge of playing time and roles. It seems like whoever was in charge of the Rockies lineup decisions is now in charge of the Cubs. Diamondbacks • Pavin Smith (.218/.297/.371, 9 HR in 259 PA) is off the IL and has started four straight as the DH. • Josh Rojas (20 SB) has made four straight starts (vs one LHP) with Emmanuel Rivera (.343 OPS over the last two weeks) heading to the bench. Dodgers • Steady. Giants • Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski are the only two regulars. Marlins • Jon Berti (38 SB) has leadoff for 10 straight games. • A Jordan Groshans has started in nine of the last 10 games. Mets • No major changes. Nationals • CJ Abrams (5 SB) has hit second in the last three games. Padres • José Azocar (.641 OPS, 5 SB, 6 CS) has started in 11 of the last 12 games. • Josh Bell (.573 OPS with the Padres) has only started in five of the last 10 games. Phillies • Nick Castellanos (.710 OPS) has started two of three games and hit sixth since returning from the IL. Pirates • Miguel Andújar (.574 OPS, 1 HR, 4 SB) has started three straight games, hit third or fifth, and played in leftfield since joining the Pirates. • Ji Hwan Bae (.703 OPS, 2 SB) has started in five of the last six games. • Cal Mitchell (.620 OPS, 5 HR, 3 SB in 224 PA) has started in eight of the last 10 games. • Catcher qualified Zack Collins (.155/.231/.320, 4 HR) has started in seven of the last 10 games, six times at the first baseman. Reds • Jake Fraley isn’t even starting against all righties (two starts in the last five games). • Stuart Fairchild (.803 OPS, 5 HR in 82 PA) has started in five of the last six games. • Matt Reynolds (.665 OPS, 3 HR, 5 SB) has started in six of the last seven games. Rockies • Top prospect, Ezequiel Tovar, has started at short in five of the last six games. • Alan Trejo (.770 OPS) has started in nine of the last ten games at second, third, and short. • Sean Bouchard (.288/.472/.423, 2 HR) has started eight straight.