MLB Lineup Notes 7/27-8/2

With some teams missing games due to COVID-19, I will not be including some of them into this summary as there is not much to take away from teams who only played three games or did not play at all.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Towards the end of the week the Diamondbacks swapped Starling Marte back to the two-spot in the lineup, which doesn’t change too much for him.
  • Christian Walker was shifted to the third spot in the order, a boost for his fantasy value as he will have direct opportunities to drive both Ketel Marte and Starling Marte in.

Atlanta Braves

  • Ozzie Albies sat two of the last three games over the weekend against the Mets with a wrist injury. It is something to keep an eye on.
  • With Albies missing a few games, Dansby Swanson moved up to replace him at that two-spot. With the way he’s hitting and getting more at-bats, I am buying this breakout for Swanson and would be looking to keep him on rosters if I have him.

Baltimore Orioles

  • With the injury to Jose Iglesias, Renato Núñez has been moved up to the middle of the Orioles order. Núñez becomes an interesting name in deeper leagues with that power potential and the ability to drive in runs from the middle of the order.
  • Hanser Alberto continues to move towards the top of the order, a good name to keep in mind in deeper leagues as he will get the at-bats up there and have run potential.

Boston Red Sox

  • Andrew Benintendi sat the last two games against LHPs in order to get Kevin Pillar into the lineup. When he has been in the lineup against LHPs, he was shifted down to the 8 or 9 spot. This move would worry me if I was a Benintendi owner.
  • José Peraza continues to earn his way into the lineup every day, making him a must-own in all leagues.

Chicago Cubs

  • No major changes for the Cubs lineup, but with Bryant scratched on Sunday keep an eye on lineups this week to see if he misses more time.
  • Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner continue to gain everyday playing time, starting six of seven games.
  • In two-catcher leagues Victor Caratini deserves a mention, as he started five of seven games at catcher or DH during the week. As with all catchers in fantasy, playing time is a major factor, and with him having this amount he is worth a look.

Chicago White Sox

  • With the injury to Tim Anderson, Luis Robert slid into the leadoff spot, which is a major boost to his value for fantasy.
  • Though he is batting ninth, Nick Madrigal getting called up and playing every day makes him an interesting name to keep an eye on if he can move his way up due to his great speed and bat-to-ball skills.
  • Keep an eye on where Nomar Mazara slides into the lineup, as he was activated from the IL on Monday.

Cincinnati Reds

  • No major changes have been made to the lineup, except for when Joey Votto missed due to an illness. But he should be back and the lineup should remain the same besides a minor switch between Suarez to 5 and Castellanos to 3.

Cleveland Indians

  • A name to keep an eye on is Bradley Zimmer, as he started five out of seven games this week. If he continues to get playing time he will be worth a pickup in some deeper leagues.
  • Other than that, the lineup has pretty much stayed the same at the top, as planned.

Colorado Rockies

  • I am getting worried about Garrett Hampson, as he only started two of the seven games this week, making him more difficult to roster in a shortened season.
  • Over Garrett Hampson, guys such as Matt Kemp, Raimel Tapia, Chris Owings, and Sam Hilliard all started two or thee games this week.

Detroit Tigers

  • No changes have really been made to the Tigers lineup this past week.
  • With Cameron Maybin going to the IL, Victor Reyes has slid into that spot of the lineup more times than not, so keep your eye on him in deeper leagues.

Houston Astros

  • Has Kyle Tucker finally been freed? He started all six games this week, including one game in the leadoff spot and one game in the cleanup spot. I would be a little hesitant to say that yet, since they did not play any left-handed starters this week.
  • Other than that the Astros did not change anything with their lineup in terms of moving people around in it.

Kansas City Royals

  • The Royals have moved Mondesi down in the lineup, hitting in the 6 or 7 spot the last few games, a big hit to his lineup if he stays down there.
  • With Mondesi moving down, Jorge Soler has moved to the 2 spot, not really changing his value too much.
  • Salvador Perez has moved to the third spot in the lineup, and even started a game at first base this weekend. If he continues to get those at-bats he could end up back in the top-5 for catchers, and even gain first base eligibility.
  • The breakout for Franchy Cordero that we were hoping for may have to be put on hold, as he has only started four out of seven games this week (mostly at the seven or eight spot). Though he did move up to cleanup on Sunday, it’s something to keep an eye on.

Los Angeles Angels

  • No major note from the past week as Trout missed time on the paternity list but is scheduled to be back on Monday.
  • Tommy La Stella sat the last two games. Keep an eye on that, as he was gaining interest based off his starts early in the season.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • A.J. Pollock is starting to get more playing time, putting him back on the radar for your fantasy leagues, hitting in the middle of this Dodgers lineup.
  • Other than that, the lineup has stayed pretty similar with Enrique Hernandez sitting more than it seemed earlier in the season.

Minnesota Twins

  • With Josh Donaldson missing a few games with a minor injury, everyone moved up a spot from their normal spot in the lineup with Marwin Gonzalez playing third base.
  • Byron Buxton is back for the Twins and sitting once in a while as they ease him back into things.

New York Mets

  • Getting more playing time lately is Dominic Smith, who started the last two games of the weekend.
  • Now with the opt out of Yoenis Cespedes, a spot in the everyday lineup may open up for him.
  • With that opt out, any lineup notes from last week may not be useful as the lineup may undergo some new changes.

New York Yankees

  • No major changes to the Yankee lineup.
  • Luke Voit is not losing out on at-bats as some feared, hitting 5th or 6th and starting every game this past week.

Oakland Athletics

  • Khris Davis sat two out of three games this weekend, with that slow start he’s off to this is very concerning.
  • Mark Canha continues the excitement we had for him as a breakout, playing pretty much every day and hitting in the middle of the order.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Adam Frazier continues leading off after the switch over the weekend, making him an intriguing name in deeper leagues, along with Kevin Newman who’s hitting behind him at the 2 spot.
  • More excitement as a pickup is Colin Moran, as he has moved his way up to cleanup, providing for more RBI opportunities.
  • The fantasy value for Bryan Reynolds drops a bit, as he has lost at-bats moving down to fifth in the order–he won’t score as many runs there.

San Diego Padres

  • The top of their lineup has stayed mostly the same, juggling spots a bit but nothing major when there is a LHP.
  • With Eric Hosmer going on the injured list, Jurickson Profar has moved up in the lineup making him an intriguing name to keep an eye on in deeper leagues.

San Francisco Giants

  • With both Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria returning from the IL, they have slid into the 4 and 5 spot respectively.
  • Mike Yastrzemski is a must-own now with his hot start and hitting atop their lineup, which will gain him the most at-bats and potential for fantasy production.
  • Any of the deep league interest we had in Mauricio Dubón should be eliminated now, as he only started three out of seven games this week, hitting 9th in those.

Seattle Mariners

  • J.P. Crawford has moved to the top of the Seattle order. With that move, the potential for runs increases and he becomes a name you should look into as he will get more at-bats as well.
  • Daniel Vogelbach started the week not getting much playing time, but over the weekend earned some more at-bats, starting three out of four games.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • The Rays lineup continues to be a complete mystery day-to-day.
  • After leading off most games, Ji-Man Choi sat four out of seven games this week, leading to Brandon Lowe and Yandy Diaz stepping into that spot depending on the handedness of the starter.
  • José Martinez has jumped over Yoshi Tsutsugo in getting everyday playing time in the middle of the order, making him now a name I want to keep an eye on.

Texas Rangers

  • After expressing concern about how Calhoun was faring after being hit with a pitch in Spring Training, Calhoun seems to have fallen into a platoon, sitting against LHPs this past week. But when he was in the lineup, he continues to hit closer to the middle of the lineup, so he’s still rosterable in fantasy because of it.
  • There is a little bit of concern as Elvis Andrus was down hitting seventh in the lineup, that he wouldn’t be able to gain fantasy value there. However, over the weekend he was moved back up hitting either first or second, which will get him the necessary at-bats to produce the value he was drafted for.

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