Lineup Takeaways: Breaking down the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup trends, Cold starts, and more

Mike Kurland discusses the early lineup trends, production, and other key information of the Arizona Diamondbacks that we should keep an eye on.

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Lineup Takeaways

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.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Cooper Hummel continues to lead off against every LHP. At least he has to this point in the season. He has only started one game against an RHP. There is little reason to believe he will find more playing time against RHP right now. It is frustrating because he is giving us home runs with two and stole a base. This comes with solid on-base skills – .317 OBP and a 19.5% walk rate. Part of the issue is the batting average which is just .152. Regardless he has fantasy allure with the skill set and is worth placing on your watch list. As soon as he starts getting playing time against RHP he is an add in deeper formats.
  • Seth Beer might have moved out of a platoon and into an everyday role. He plays against all RHP and has started against the last two LHP after sitting against the first four LHP. On the year he is hitting .326/.426/.457 and has strong plate discipline. Walking 11.1% of the time and striking out just 22.2% is a great approach and should help the success continue as long as it sustains. Oh, and Beer slots into the middle of the order regularly.
  • Ketel Marte is off to a slow start but plays every day and even stole a base. Maybe we can get more stolen bases than expected but I would not hold my breath. Ultimately, there is a strong track record of good plate discipline and hit tool that I would bank on returning sooner than later.
  • Geraldo Perdomo has started in the majority of the games this season and has played three different positions. Over the last week, he has hit .313/.353/.563. He bats at the bottom of the order and is only deep league and NL-Only relevant right now.
  • Pavin Smith is not flashy but has been hitting well over the last week and playing every day while batting 6th of late. Over the last week in eight games he is hitting .381/.462/.524 but the stats otherwise have been pretty empty.
  • Daulton Varsho, David Peralta, and Christian Walker all remain steady at the top of the order.

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.

Jazz Chisholm, Miami Marlins

We saw this to start last year but Chisholm is crushing to start the year. It does not hurt that he has been leading off lately as well.

Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

Hitting just .049 over the last week is just flat-out bad. What makes it worse is that he has only recorded a single run and no other stats. He also has an uncharacteristic 36% strikeout rate over this span. Part of the issue is also the spike in ground ball rate. It is currently a career-high 48.8%. Reynolds is too good of a hitter not to figure it out.

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

Johan Camargo, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

With Didi Gregorius dealing with his injury and now with Bryson Stott in the minors, Camargo could continue to play a good bit. Over the last week, he has played six games and is hitting .318/.318/.455 with a home run and four RBI. He is batting at the bottom of the order but at least he is playing and producing.

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.

LaMonte Wade Jr. (knee) is expected to play five innings Tuesday in a minor league rehab game at Triple-A Sacramento.

With Steven Duggar out, Wade would be able to fill the void in the outfield as soon as he returns and coming off 2021 where he had 18 home runs, six stolen bases, and hit .253 in just 109 games. With what should be more run than last season he will have deeper mixed league appeal and value.

Jose Altuve (hamstring) fielded ground balls again on Monday at Globe Life Field in Texas.

When he returns he should slot right back into the leadoff slot.

Brandon Marsh (illness) is expected back in the Angels’ lineup Tuesday.

Jo Adell appears to be the odd man out here in L.A.

Extra Innings

Just a final section of added tidbits I want to throw in about anything I think is interesting or of note.

Kyle Gibson, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Coming off a start where Gibson had a 39% whiff rate and a 34% CSW rate. He is starting the year strong yet again after doing something similar in the first half of 2021 in terms of producing beyond expectations. There is no velocity change but there is a small tweak to the pitch mix is going on. He is throwing the slider 8.1% more and the cutter 5.5% more compared to 2021 while dropping usage of the curveball, changeup and four-seamer. The K-BB% of 17.8% is currently a career-high and with the SwStr% at 16% and O-Swing% (both above average) there is room for growth for strikeout gains if this sustains. It is early but he is inducing a strong groundball rate (54.2%) while inducing more swings-and-misses than usual. There is a lot to like here and Gibson is worth plugging into your lineup and riding this out.

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