Lineups are my niche. It all began with the #LineupTakeaways on Twitter in 2020. You can still see them there if you search the hashtag. It evolved into a spring training lineup chart (which you can view here). Now, with the help of Jon Anderson (@JonPgh on Twitter), we bring you the best in-season lineup tool.
I present to you: MLB Lineup Tracker. For the best results, you will need to open up the link on a computer as tableau is not very user-friendly on mobile. I will be discussing the functions of this chart and why it is a very useful tool for all fantasy managers during the season.
What is the MLB Lineup Tracker?
This tool is for in-season lineup monitoring and it has many functions and uses. Here are a few examples of information you can find utilizing this tool:
- Lineup spot (overall or vs LHP/RHP)
- Team, Player, and/or Date range
- Stats paired with where someone hit in the lineup over a range of dates
- It will be updated in-season (only includes 2021 for now)
- Full lineups are sortable for each team. Which are also sortable by date ranges.
- Comparison view: you can view in one spot how many times a player hit in a spot vs LHP and RHP.
- Here is an example: D.J. LeMahieu hit 5th twice and both times came against RHP. That info was found simply by searching his name on this page.
- You can take it a step further with the “Stat by Spot Compare” section. It will allow you to view where a player hit in the order and you can dive deeper by filtering vs LHP or vs RHP and it will give you their stats in that spot as well.
These are just some of the ways to utilize this chart. But why are lineups important? Why do I put such an emphasis on them? How do I find this information helpful? Well, let’s get into that.
What is the goal of the lineup tracker?
The goal here is to identify trends as they are occurring in real-time. A move in the lineup can occur for a few reasons. A player could be injured allowing another to move into their spot. Someone could be performing very well and getting an opportunity to hit at the top of the order. The “why” is important but catching it occurring in real-time is very important. This could have led to getting Yoshi Tsutsugo, Ian Happ, or Lane Thomas (among others) down the stretch and could be the difference in winning your league.
If someone breaks out, running hot, or earning extra at-bats that could lead to long-term fantasy value this strategy of monitoring lineups and coinciding production could help spot it quicker. This chart will allow you to look over a set date range to allow just that. It also offers a larger-scale look so you can look at the big picture. This is what the “Daily Lineups” function will provide you. This is how I do my lineup analysis in season and spring training. I will continue to do so but this will allow you to do your research!
This information is publicly available on various sites but it would typically take me hours to rummage through various sites to get it all. This will allow me to expedite the process with quick access to the information while simultaneously allowing you, the reader, to do the same. I hope you enjoy the tool and find it as useful as I do. Please feel free to reach out to me @Mike_Kurland or Jon Anderson @JonPgh on Twitter with any questions, requests, or feedback.
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