Some Lineup Observations (7/30/22)

Note: Real life got in the way yesterday and had to cut short the article. I wasn’t able to get to each team but here are some observations on some teams.

American League


• Steady.

Nolan Jones (.288/.383/.500, 2 HR) has started in nine of the last ten games.


Kyle Lewis (.737 OPS) has started in only four of seven games since being promoted.


Ramón Urías (.261/.302/.454, 11 HR) has started 16 straight games.


Ezequiel Duran (.250/.290/.386, 2 HR, and 3 SB in 93 PA) has started in seven of the last eight games.

Josh H. Smith (.213/.315/.269, 1 HR, 2 SB) has started in eight of the last 10 games.


Luke Raley (.205/.319/.333, 1 HR, 0 SB) has started six straight.

Roman Quinn (.550 OPS, 0 HR, 4 SB) has started in five of the last six games.


• Since Benintendi was traded, Kyle Isbel (.237/.282/.357, 2 HR, 5 SB) has started both games.


• The corner infield and DH situations are still murky. Jose Miranda and Byron Buxton are the only two to start all three games since Miguel Sanó (.361 OPS) came off the IL. When Buxton was the DH, Sano and Urshela sat.


Andrew Benintendi (.320/.387/.398, 3 HR, 4 SB) has started both games since being acquired. Matt Carpenter has sat in both of those games.

National League


Josh Rojas (.283/.357/.422, 6 HR, 11 SB) is sitting against lefties and I’m still not sure why.


Thairo Estrada (.265/.317/.412, 9 HR, 15 SB) has started 14 straight games.


Luke Williams is now starting against righties while hitting .242/.319/.323 with 1 HR and 6 SB in 69 PA this season.

JJ Bleday (.182/.217/.409, 1 HR, 1 SB) has started in six straight games while hitting either third or fifth in the lineup.

Lewin Díaz (.252/.323/.492 and 19 HR in 368 AAA PA) has started four straight at first base.


• Track over the weekend to see how Tyler Naquin is used.

Daniel Vogelbach (vs RHP) and J.D. Davis (vs LHP) are in a platoon.


Victor Robles (.239/.300/.319, 3 HR, 12 SB) has leadoff for four straight games.


Cal Mitchell (.216/.254/.342, 3 HR, 1 SB) has started in eight of the last nine games.


• Just one lineup to go off after Naquin was traded to the Mets. Matt Reynolds (.264/.335/.368, 3 HR, 4 SB in 194 PA) looks to be the most likely to see more playing time.


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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