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Playing Time analysis: A breakdown of playing time – hitters who are seeing more of it.

Happy Summer everyone! 

Life has kept me busy these past few weeks! I haven’t been on social media much lately, but I’ve been in and out of the SPStreamer discord chat the past few weeks. While we’re at – join the SPStreamer and try out the full package – It’s seriously AWESOME. The group on the discord chat rooms are fun, fantastic, knowledgeable, and very engaging. Highly recommended!

Earlier this month I had a blast being a guest on The Next Pick podcast hosted by the wonderful tandem of Drew Wheeler and Peyton Skinner! We talked about baseball, College World Series, the upcoming draft, and fantasy baseball trades! Fun times!! Hope to do it again soon. 

Let me get your eyes on something else now: 

Playing time. 

The goal of this piece is to give you an idea of who’s getting more time in the lineup regularly. I will try to continue exploring this more and more and include even more teams in the future.  I would like to structure it on a positional basis to give the fantasy community a look at who’s worth rolling the die with or not. 

Let’s take a look at who is getting some playing time now, but first a quick recap of last month’s lineup analysis from my post last month on SPStreamer:

Christopher Morel 2B/3B/OF (Cubs)

still playing regularly, batting leadoff. 

Brandon Drury 2B/3B/OF (Reds)

still playing regularly, batting 2nd. 

Tyrone Taylor OF (Brewers)

has cooled off considerably, but still getting playing time now with Lorenzo Cain gone. 

Edwin Rios 1B/3B (Dodgers)

Injury shut him down indefinitely. 

William Contreras C (Braves)

Playing time has turned into a full-on platoon with Travis d’Arnaud. 

Here are some players who are now regulars in lineups.  I’ll add a suggestion at the end of each player note.  

Albert Almora Jr. OF, Reds (2%Yahoo, 1.5 ESPN, 9% Fantrax)

Called up from AAA on 5/3. Played sporadically up until 5/26. Since then, Almora Jr. has played in every game except for two (a total of 22 games played). He’s been in the lineup batting 7th or 8th at right field. 

He’s hitting .287 with 5 HR, 22 RBI accompanied by a wRC+ of 109. Worth a look for a short while. The biggest concern for me is the lack of walks – he has only 3 in 120 PA. 

Matt Duffy 1B/2B/3B, Angels (1% Yahoo, 0.3% ESPN, 7% Fantrax) 

Has had semi-regular playing time since 5/22, but is seeing even more time in the lineup since 6/15 primarily at 3B since Rendon went down. Angels don’t seem to know exactly where they want him as he’s been anywhere from batting cleanup(!) to 5th, 6th or 7th. 

He’s hitting .266 with 0 HR and just 5 RBI. His wRC+ is 78. He’s playing for the Angels, but he shouldn’t be on your fantasy team. 

Jon Berti 2B/3B, Marlins (66% Yahoo 27.1% ESPN, 70% Fantrax)

Berti has been in the lineup since 5/27 every day except for two days. Mattingly had him in the lineup batting 7th four times, 6th five times, 2nd twice, and leadoff 10 times. Batting leadoff with his elite speed is where we would like him as long as he continues to hit as he has this year.

Well, hello Mr. Berti! I don’t know what’s gotten into him this season, but I’ve certainly bought into it. He is hitting and he is swiping bags at an insane pace (21 as of this writing).  Berti’s got 2 HR, 14 RBI, 25 runs scored batting .286. His wRC+ is 129. Buy, hold. I don’t see how Mattingly can justify sitting Berti while he’s basically become a catalyst for this offense.   

Orlando Arcia OF, Braves (21% Yahoo, 5.9% ESPN, 36% Fantrax)

With Ozzie Albies going down with an injury that sidelines him for weeks, Arcia becomes the first man up for the job. He’s become a regular in the lineup batting 8th and at 2B. 

He’s certainly earned his spot as a regular. He’s sporting a .329 BA, 3 HR, 13 RBI with a wRC+ of 146 (!).  Arcia’s BABIP is at .397 and his xBA on statcast notes a .314.  Scoop him up and run him out there while he’s scorching hot.  

Nomar Mazara OF, Padres (2% Yahoo, 1% ESPN, 18% Fantrax)

Since being recalled from AAA earlier this month, Mazara has seen regular playing time (mostly against righties). The former Rangers top prospect has been batting primarily in the 6th spot for the Padres. 

Mazara’s got a homer with 10 RBI, batting .298 with a wRC+ of 111. He’s got 2 BB in 60 PA’s and his xBA on statcast is .234. Pass.  

Taylor Trammell OF, Mariners  (1% Yahoo, 0.5% ESPN, 22% Fantrax)

The former top prospect was recalled on 5/22 and is playing regularly in right field for the M’s. Mainly bathing 8th and 9th, but has been moved up to the 6th order the past two games (22nd and the 23rd of June).  Sitting against lefties. 

He’s sitting at 3 HR, 8 RBI batting .254 with a wRC+ of 153. He’s still only 24 so I’d keep an eye out on him. 

Oscar Gonzalez OF, Indians (8%Yahoo, 5.2% ESPN, 39% Fantrax)

Is OGO a thing? No? I might be trying too hard with that one, but the point is – I am all in on Oscar. Since his call-up on 5/26 Oscar has played in every single game (twenty-six straight as of 6/24!). He started his career mainly batting 6th in the order and climbed up to 5th and is now fluctuating between 4th and 5th in the order playing against both LH and RH. 

He’s hitting the ball hard (max EV of 113.1), with 2 HR coming recently. He’s also got 13 RBI with a batting average of .323 and a wRC+ of 141.  Buy and hold, my friends. Buy and hold.  

The weather is finally heating up and so are the hitters. The dead-ball era seems to be behind us so keep an eye on more hitters getting hot and forcing their way into the lineups regularly. 

Till next time! 

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Thanks for reading!

Eliezer V.

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