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I had to call an audible here. I decided the only way for this section to remain relevant daily is better to break down a full team’s lineup trends instead of picking separate individual trends. This article is a new concept so of course, there are growing pains. Let’s get to it.
- The injuries are piling up and there are short-term paths to playing time for a few players that might be able to help you in the deepest of formats. – Currently on the IL: Tyler Naquin, Mike Moustakas, Jonathan India, and Donovan Solano.
- TJ Friedl was called up to fill in and he led off while playing centerfield in his 2022 debut. Unfortunately, he went 0-4 with two strikeouts. He showed us a little power/speed combination last season so we know the skill set exists. If he continues to get run leading off in the interim he could have NL-Only and deep league relevance. With Nick Senzel coming off the IL and typically starting in centerfield this might just be a one-off as it is. It is TBD for now.
- Nick Senzel was activated but did not start last night. Should be starting soon.
- Aristides Aquino has started seven straight games. However, a 50% strikeout rate and just one home run while hitting .050/.111/.147 leaves little to be desired.
- After going 0-23 to start the season, Tommy Pham over his last four games is hitting .333/.375/.800 with two home runs over 16 plate appearances.
- With Mike Moustakas out, it will be Colin Moran getting the starts at third base. This is strictly a deep-league depth play. Although Moran has shown us flashes in the past, there is a little appeal here. So far on the year he has just one run and one RBI and is hitting below .100. The plate discipline is solid – 17.6% walk rate and 23.5% strikeout rate – but that is about it right now.
We’re Going Streaking
Now that we finally are getting samples it is time to focus on seven-to-fourteen day windows to try and capture hot and cold streaks as they are occurring or about to occur.
Patrick Wisdom, 3B, Chicago Cubs
Patrick Wisdom has started eight of eleven games this season. After a terrible start, he has turned things around quickly. However, when you strike out nearly 40% of the time you will likely be streaky. Over the last seven days, Patrick Wisdom has played in seven games and hit .348/.400/.826 with two home runs and seven RBI. He does start most games and will pinch-hit at times when he is not starting. He is running hot now with home runs in back-to-back games. Ride the hot streak.
Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners
Things have been improving for Kelenic over the last seven days. Hopefully, it is a sign of things to come.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, New York Yankees
With an uncharacteristic 35.4% strikeout rate and sub 10% walk rate I am willing to wait for this cold start out. His O-Swing% is 45%. This is about 20 points higher than his typical chase rate. All things considered, I would bet he is pressing a bit at the plate. All his underlying metrics appear out of whack compared to his career norms. It is too early to panic here.
On The Peripheral
This is simply a spot to drop a name that could provide value or be relevant in general in deeper formats. This will have an emphasis on playing time.
Zack Collins, C, Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays need a LHH in the middle of the order and Zack Collins has delivered just that early on for the Blue Jays. Two home runs while hitting .400. He is running hot and in two-catcher formats, he can be a streamer. AL-Only he is worth a look as well. The 33.3% strikeout rate and 22% SwStr% won’t let this good time last forever so enjoy it while it is here.
Notable Injuries and Lineup Fallout
We will break down the most notable injuries from the day prior and discuss those who gain from the increased opportunity.
Gavin Lux was scratched from the lineup last night with back tightness. Waiting for an update.
This could mean more runs for Edwin Rios vs RHP. The injury seems minor but if not there is no reason Edwin Rios cannot get a shot as they maneuver players around to make it work. The Dodgers have the flexibility.
Tyler Stephenson has been diagnosed with a concussion. Placed on the 7-day concussion IL.
This is where you turn to your waiver wire and pick the hot hand or whoever has a pulse to plugin.
Just a final section of added tidbits I want to throw in about anything I think is interesting or of note.
Royals Closer Situation
Greg Holland was cut, and Scott Barlow’s velocity is down as he struggles to get that going (still effective though), so this has left us with Josh Staumont getting saves in back-to-back outings. Although it can change at any moment with this team, it is Staumont who appears in the driver’s seat for saves in Kansas City.
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