NL Lineup Analysis by Jeff Zimmerman August 20, 2018 Braves This lineup is scary consistent. Brewers Travis Shaw is sitting against lefties with Hernan Perez slotting in. This season, Shaw is posting a .565 OPS against lefties and .890 against righties. Jonathan Schoop has really struggled (.163/.180/.204) since being traded to the Brewers. While he started regularly right after the trade, Orlando Arcia is cutting into his playing time. One outfield slot switches between Eric Thames and Ryan Braun with Thames always sitting against lefties. Cardinals Since getting rid of Matheny, the lineup has been stable expect Tyler O’Neill has played right field since Jose Martinez is dealing with hip soreness. Second base isn’t set with Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia splitting time with Yairo Munoz on the DL. Cubs Again, I hate trying to figure out what is going on. Only one of Ben Zobrist, Ian Happ, or Albert Almora Jr. plays every day unless another regular heads to the bench. Diamondbacks Jon Jay, David Peralta, and Steven Souza Jr. are taking turns manning the two corner outfield spots. The infield has settled down with the regulars being Ketel Marte at second, Nick Ahmed at short, and Eduardo Escobar at third. Dodgers Matt Kemp has been useless over the last 28 days hitting .129/.222/.186. Max Muncy (.174/.240/.478) and Chris Taylor (.198/.258/.296) have also been unproductive. Teams are using every possible left-handed starter they have versus the Dodgers who are hitting just .229/.313/.384 against southpaws. Giants Steven Duggar has started in center in 10 of the last 11 games. They’ve started four different left-fielders (Alen Hanson, Enrique Hernandez, Hunter Pence, and Austin Slater) in the last five games. Marlins Rafael Ortega has led off for nine straight games and had stolen four bases. Austin Dean has started the last four games in left field while hitting near the bottom of the lineup. Derek Dietrich has been playing first base after Justin Bour was traded. Isaac Galloway and Magneuris Sierra have been splitting time in center field. Mets Jose Reyes (vs LHP) and Jeff McNeil (vs RHP) are in a second base platoon. When McNeil plays, he normally bats second with Amed Rosario leading off. Austin Jackson is now the everyday center fielder. Jose Bautista continues to find everyday at-bats at third or the outfield. Nationals Adam Eaton (vs RHP) and Michael Taylor (vs LHP) are in a platoon. Matt Adams plays once a week against a righty while Ryan Zimmerman sits. Padres Too many below-average part-time players for any single one to have any fantasy value except in 20-team or deeper leagues. Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, Hunter Renfroe, and Freddy Galvis are the only regulars. Phillies One of Scott Kingery, Asdrubal Cabrera, or Maikel Franco must sit every day with the other two playing short or third. Pirates Colin Moran (vs RHP) and David Freese (vs LHP) are in a third base platoon. At second base, Josh Harrison is playing 2/3rds of the time and Adam Frazier otherwise. Adeiny Hechavarria has taken over the shortstop job with Jordy Mercer on the DL. Reds The last two games the Reds have run out the following same six sluggers at the top of line up …. Billy Hamilton Jose Peraza Scooter Gennett Eugenio Suarez Phillip Ervin Tucker Barnhart … and have scored 18 runs. It’s magic. Preston Tucker, who has hit .168/.200/.248 against lefties over career, sits against them. Rockies The Rockies have a couple time splitting situations. At first base, Ryan McMahon and Ian Desmond are splitting time with Desmond playing more often. In the outfield, David Dahl, Carlos Martinez, and Gerardo Parra are taking turns manning the two corner outfield spots.