Lineup Analysis (6/7/24)

American League

Angels

Kyren Paris (.466 OPS) and Luis Guillorme (.728 OPS) are splitting time at second base.

Kevin Pillar (1.039 OPS) and Mickey Moniak (.429 OPS) are splitting time in center field.

Astros

• Over the last two games, Jake Meyers (.777 OPS, 6 HR, 4 SB) has hit cleanup.

• Since returning to the team, José Abreu has not started three or more straight games. Over that time frame, he’s hitting .174/.208/.304 with 1 HR.

• In the 15 games since returning from the IL, Chas McCormick has only started in seven of them.

Athletics

Tyler Soderstrom (.616 OPS), J.D. Davis (.642 OPS), and Aledmys Díaz (.182 OPS) are splitting time at first base.

Blue Jays

• No changes.

Guardians

Kyle Manzardo (.608 OPS) is the DH unless one of the good regulars needs a break.

Daniel Schneemann (1.000 OPS) has started three straight games since being promoted at three different positions (2B, SS, CF).

Mariners

Josh Rojas (vs RHP) and Ryan Bliss (vs LHP) are in an infield platoon.

Luke Raley (vs RHP) and Victor Robles (vs LHP) are in a left field platoon.

Dominic Canzone (vs RHP) and Mitch Haniger (vs LHP) are in a right field platoon.

Orioles

Cedric Mullins (.539 OPS) has only started in six of the last 10 games. The outfield is crowded with Mullins, Colton Cowser (.748 OPS), Austin Hays (.591 OPS), Ryan O’Hearn (.814 OPS), Kyle Stowers (.775 OPS), and Anthony Santander (.754 OPS).

Connor Norby (.700 OPS) has started in three of four games since being promoted.

Rangers

Nathaniel Lowe (vs RHP) and Ezequiel Duran (vs LHP) are still in a platoon.

Robbie Grossman (.570 OPS) is only facing lefties.

Rays

• Besides Yandy Díaz, Randy Arozarena, and Isaac Paredes, everyone else is in some form of timeshare.

Red Sox

Enmanual Valdez (.597 OPS) has played second base and hit second over the last two games vR, sitting the other two vL.

Dominic Smith (.908 OPS over the last two weeks) has started six straight games at first base including one against a lefty.

David Hamilton (.276/.339/.410, 2 HR, 9 SB) only starts against righties. Who starts against lefties has been rotating.

Royals

Nick Loftin (.264/.328/.264) has started six of the last eight games at second base. Out of 14 Hits, 0 XBH. 0% Barrel%. 99.9 mph maxEV. With the complete lack of power, he’s trying to hit more flyballs (45%) than groundballs (34%).

Tigers

• Since being promoted, Justyn-Henry Malloy (.700 OPS) has started three games, all at DH.

Mark Canha (.717 OPS) has started the last three games at first base after Tork’s demotion.

• Outfield and third base are getting crowded with Matt Vierling (.792 OPS), Gio Urshela (.668 OPS), Akil Baddoo (.761 OPS), Wenceel Pérez (.741 OPS), and Zach McKinstry (.561 OPS) fighting over three spots.

Twins

• It has been three games since Royce Lewis has returned from the IL. Alex Kirilloff and Carlos Santana both have started only two of three games during that stretch.

Byron Buxton (.639 OPS) has started six of seven games in center field.

White Sox

Corey Julks (.912 OPS) has started in 11 of 12 games.

Nicky Lopez (vs RHP) and Danny Mendick (vs LHP) are in a platoon.

Yankees

• Steady but the Juan Soto injury will shake things up going forward…. if he hits the IL. Early indications suggest he won’t, but stay tuned.

National League

Braves

Brian Anderson (career .685 vs LHP, .757 OPS vs RHP) might be on the short side of the platoon with Jarred Kelenic.

Brewers

Andruw Monasterio might be on the short side of a platoon with Brice Turang (career .505 OPS vs LHP, .664 vs RHP).

Sal Frelick (vs RHP) and Jackson Chourio (vs LHP) are in right field platoon.

• Since Rhys Hoskins returned from the IL, Jake Bauers has started in three of six games, all against righties.

Blake Perkins (.690 OPS) has started in 14 of 15 games.

Cardinals

Masyn Winn has only started in four of the last six games. Wynn hasn’t slumped (.888 OPS over the last two weeks) while Brandon Crawford has been garbage (.495 OPS).

Cubs

• Since being recalled Pete Crow-Armstrong (.598 OPS) has started in five of seven games.

• The team is loaded with 1B/3B/DH types with at least one and sometimes all three of this group sitting.

Name: OPS
Michael Busch: .765 OPS
David Bote: .000 OPS (5 PA)
Patrick Wisdom: .780 OPS

• Mike Tauchman (career .708 OPS vs LHP, .732 OPS vs RHP) sits against lefties.

Diamondbacks

Jake McCarthy (.732 OPS), Pavin Smith (.859 OPS), and Randal Grichuk (.732 OPS) are sharing one outfield spot.

Dodgers

• The lineup’s bottom third remains garbage with three different third basemen in the last three games. There isn’t anyone rosterable out of the group.

Giants

Luis Matos is back in the minors. After the greatest weekend ever (11 RBI in two games), he’s hit .153/.190/.153 and earned his trip back to AAA. The center field position is in the air right now with Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski filling in.

• Another position up in the air is shortstop with Brett Wisely (.813 OPS), Casey Schmitt (.698 OPS), and Tyler Fitzgerald (.736 OPS) all playing there this past week.

Heliot Ramos (.918 OPS) has started in 24 straight games.

Marlins

Dane Myers (vs LHP) is now platooning with Jesús Sánchez (vs RHP).

• With some movement involving first base and the DH, Nick Gordon (vs RHP) and Emmanuel Rivera (vs LHP) are in a platoon.

Mets

Jeff McNeil (vs RHP) and Jose Iglesias (vs LHP) are in a second base platoon.

Nationals

Ildemaro Vargas (vs LHP) and Luis García Jr. (vs RHP) are in a platoon.

• One of Joey Meneses (.589 OPS), Eddie Rosario (.594 OPS), and Joey Gallo (.616 OPS) sits every game.

Padres

Donovan Solanon (vs LHP) and David Peralta (vs RHP) are in a platoon.

Phillies

• It’s tough to know exactly what is going on with three straight lefties to start the week; Brandon Marsh to the IL, and the promotion of David Dahl (two starts in three games).

Johan Rojas (.572 OPS) and Cristian Pache (.551 OPS) are sort of in a platoon. Pache only starts against lefties, but not every one.

Pirates

Oneil Cruz (career .844 vs RHP, .487 vs LHP) is sitting against lefties. Nick Gonzales changes position and Jared Triolo faces those lefties.

• By moving around the DH, Edward Olivares (vs LHP) and Rowdy Tellez (vs RHP) are in a platoon.

Reds

• Two outfield spots and the DH are in platoons. Jake Fraley, Will Benson, and Jacob Hurtubise start against righties. Stuart Fairchild and Blake Dunn face lefties. The DH spot against lefties is a little random but Tyler Stevenson has hit there the last two times. Ed. note: Remember when they had “too much” offense and *haaad* to trade one?!

Rockies

• Besides Brenton Doyle, the other outfielders are in a timeshare and I’d rather be sold a timeshare than roster them.

• With Kris Bryant on the IL, Elehuris Montero (.570 OPS) has taken over the first base job.





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 twice, and got his first NFBC Main Event win in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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Crazyhurdlers
8 days ago

The Incredible Julks!