Lineup Analysis (6/8/18)

Big Five Value Movers

  1. Danny Valencia looks to be hitting fulltime in Baltimore.
  2. Greg Bird is batting 3rd for the Yankees.
  3. Cleveland’s and Houston’s outfields are in flux with players returning from the DL.
  4. Heyward and Almora are playing fulltime with the Cubs.
  5. Joe Panik is leading off for the Giants.


  • I can’t believe the lack of talent surrounding Mike Trout. In their last game, the Angels figured Martin Maldonado was their fifth best hitter.
  • For the few fantasy-relevant hitters on this team, they are set at the lineup’s top except Albert Pujols who has been dealing with an ankle injury the past few years days.


  • Josh Reddick’s return has caused a ripple effect with Tony Kemp, Jake Marisnick, and Marwin Gonzalez each seeing their playing time cut. For now, I would stay away from them all.
  • Evan Gattis is back to being the permanent DH. After struggling out of the gate, he has hit .286/.350/.714 over the past month with nine home runs.



  • Ender Inciarte is headed back down the lineup after hitting .220/.304/.363 with only two stolen bases in six attempts over the last 28 days.
  • Charlie Culberson (vs. lefties) and Preston Tucker (vs. righties) are sharing time in left field.


  • Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana are taking turns starting. It doesn’t seem to be a strict platoon. The swapping continued while playing at American League parks while Ji-Man Choi with his career .181/.271/.381 DH’ed each day.



  • Albert Almora Jr. has taken over as the full-time center fielder.
  • Jason Heyward is batting second because of his .321/.350/.482 slash line over the past month.



  • Max Muncy is playing full-time as the first baseman or some third base while Turner deals with an injury.
  • Chris Taylor is back to leading off after struggling to hit out of the gate. He has a .295/.417/.538 triple slash line over the last 28 days.




  • Nothing


  • While the lineup positions have changed quite a bit, the team is running out the same players.
  • Over the last few games, Derek Dietrich has hit third.






  • Nick Williams is getting is playing fulltime with Rhys Hoskins out with a broken jaw.
  • J.P. Crawford is back from the DL. His playing time is not set with Maikel Franco playing third while Crawford was out. Both have struggled to hit so I’d not be surprised to se them split time at third.


  • None



  • The heart of the lineup has become stable but the leadoff spot and the back few spots are not.
  • Jake Bauers has joined the team and has hit sixth.

Red Sox

  • Nothing


  • Tucker Barnhart is hitting second and could be a great source of counting stats, for a catcher. Owners should take a look and see if Barnhart might be a better option than their current option.
  • The corner outfield spots are a rotation of Jesse Winker, Adam Duvall, and Scott Schebler.


  • A steady lineup since DJ LeMahieu returned from the DL.


  • Since Miguel Cabrera’s return, the leadoff spot and the bottom half has changed nearly every day besides Jose Iglesias batting 8th.
  • They have some interesting bottom end power-speed threats, JaCoby Jones, Leonys Martin, and Niko Goodrum, but none are regulars. All three are not playable except in 20-team leagues are deeper right now.
  • John Hicks stayed on the team as the backup catcher.


  • Nothing


White Sox


  • The lineup has been fairly steady near the top since Greg Bird returned (batting 3rd). The bottom half changes daily but with mainly the same players moving around.

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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4 years ago

Today is the second day in a row that Schebler has led off for the Reds, after hitting sixth or seventh most of the season.