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Daily Dose: Launchin' Lindor

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


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Don’t tell Francisco Lindor that leadoff hitters aren’t supposed to be big RBI guys.

 

Lindor belted a grand slam and also a three-run home run in the Indians’ 9-3 victory over the Royals on Monday. The seven RBI represented a career high for the stud shortstop, and he also scored an additional run after reaching on an error.

 

Lindor has gone deep in three straight games -- hitting four longballs overall -- and driven in 10 over that span to give him a total of 55 RBI on the season. That’s quite a number for a guy who has made 77 of his 82 starts in the leadoff spot. He’s on pace for a career-high 107 RBI.

 

As long as we’re talking paces, here’s some more on Lindor for you. In addition to the 107 RBI, the 24-year-old is also on pace for 45 home runs, 142 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. His batting line sits at .298/.373/.581. Keep in mind, Lindor and the Indians often played in freezing temperatures during the first month of the season. He hit .245 with four dingers that month. He’s batted .323 with 19 bombs since.

 

Heading into Monday’s game, Lindor ranked first among shortstops and fifth among all hitters in fantasy value this season, per the handy Rotoworld Season Pass Player Rater.

 

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Arizona Outfield Getting Healthy

 

The Diamondbacks were already sitting atop the National League West before they received an unexpected boost Monday. A.J. Pollock is back.

 

Pollock was surprisingly activated from the disabled list prior to the Snakes’ game against the Cardinals, ending a seven-week absence following an avulsion fracture of his left thumb. The seven weeks missed isn’t a surprise when considering his original timetable of 4-8 weeks, but Pollock healed more slowly than expected and just one week ago was cleared to resume swinging a bat. He played only two rehab games, homering and reaching base four times in the second tilt to convince Arizona he was ready.

 

Pollock was in the midst of a huge start to the season before getting injured, posting a .293/.349/.620 batting line with 11 home runs, 33 RBI and nine stolen bases over his first 166 plate appearances. He still ranks as a top-40 fantasy outfielder even after missing almost two months of action. Unfortunately for Pollock owners in weekly leagues, the news of his activation came well after the lineup deadline with there being an afternoon game. Still, they’ll no doubt be happy to welcome him back into their lineups next week.

 

Pollock isn’t the only outfielder that the Diamondbacks should be back soon, as Steven Souza is on the comeback trail.

 

Souza began a rehab assignment last Tuesday as he works his way back from another pectoral injury, but he was limited to designated hitter duty in his first four rehab contests, going 7-for-17 at the plate and stealing a couple bases. The D-backs wanted Souza to continue working on his throwing progression before he returned to playing the outfield and he advanced sufficiently in that regard to be cleared to play the field Monday at Triple-A Reno. He also belted a homer in the game.

 

Souza has been limited to just 14 games this season because of pectoral issues, and he’s batted only .163/.234/.186 in those tilts. However, don’t forget that this is a guy who broke out with 30 home runs and 16 stolen bases last season. He’s a legitimate power/speed threat even if batting average and injuries can be a concern. Judging by his 20 percent ownership rate in Yahoo leagues, it appears many have moved on from Souza. It presents you with a buying opportunity on a guy with some upside.

 

Greene Gone

 

Closers on rebuilding teams are often trade pieces at the July deadline. One guy that figured to be dangled was Tigers’ ninth-inning man Shane Greene, but it’s not going to happen now.

 

Greene was placed on the disabled list Monday with a right shoulder strain. It’s an ailment that he’s apparently been dealing with for a while, which doesn’t come a surprise when he look at what he’s done lately. He took the loss in back-to-back days from June 25-26, giving up a total of three runs. He managed a scoreless inning in his last appearance Sunday, but his velocity was down significantly.

 

Greene has largely been effective since assuming Detroit’s closer role in August of last season, posting a 3.47 ERA and 65/20 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings while converting 28-of-32 save opportunities. He is under team control through 2020 but seemed like a good bet to be traded, anyway. Now, the Tigers will just have to hope he doesn’t miss significant time. Greene will be re-evaluated later this week.

 

Assuming Greene’s vacated closer role will be Joe Jimenez. It didn’t take long for him to get his first opportunity, as he was handed the ball with the Tigers nursing a one-run lead in the ninth inning in Toronto on Monday. Things didn’t go well, as he allowed a hit and walked three – including one with the bases loaded to tie the game – to blow the save. It wasn’t a total loss, as he avoided further damage and wound up with a win after the Tigers re-took the lead in the top of the 10th.

 

The shaky performance Monday notwithstanding, Jimenez looks like a fine option to close for Detroit and for fantasy owners. The 23-year-old posted a dominating 1.56 ERA and 241/52 K/BB ratio over 167 1/3 innings during his time in the minors, earning the “closer of the future” tag for the Tigers. He really struggled during his time in the majors in 2017 but has rebounded in a big way in 2018 with a 2.93 ERA and 45/12 K/BB ratio across 40 frames. Jimenez’s stuff matches the numbers with a fastball that touches the upper 90s and a wipeout slider.

 

The Tigers are bad, of course, with a .442 winning percentage that’s likelier to get worse before it gets better. We also can't discount the possibility that Greene makes a relatively quick return and gets his job back. That said, closers on bad teams get saves, too, and Jimenez has the repertoire to be a lights-out stopper as long as he has the gig. He remains unowned in nearly 75 percent of Yahoo leagues as I type this.

 

 

American League Quick Hits: Danny Salazar has been ruled out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday … Masahiro Tanaka (hamstrings) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday before rejoining the Yankees’ rotation next Monday if all goes well … The Twins activated Byron Buxton from the disabled list Monday and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester … Mike Fiers was denied a win after tossing eight innings of one-run ball against the Blue Jays on Monday … Jon Heyman of Fan Cred has reported that trade interest in Mike Moustakas has "picked up a bit" … Robbie Grossman went 2-for-4 and hit a grand slam against the Brewers on Monday … Lonnie Chisenhall will be placed on the disabled list after suffering another calf injury during pregame Monday … Avisail Garcia went 2-for-4 with a solo homer on Monday against the Reds … Jose Abreu is considered day-to-day after having to leave Monday's game against the Reds with a bruised left ankle … Dustin Pedroia will remain in New York this week in order to get his ailing left knee examined … Ryan Borucki was handed a no-decision after allowing two runs over seven innings and whiffing eight batters Monday against the Tigers …

 

National League Quick Hits: Matt Kemp went 5-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and four runs scored in the Dodgers’ blowout win over the Pirates … Ronald Acuna had an RBI double and a go-ahead, two-run homer in the 11th inning on Monday’s win over the Yankees … Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in a victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday … Luis Castillo worked 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Monday, striking out six in a no-decision against the White Sox … Christian Yelich (back) missed his fourth straight game Monday but worked out pregame and felt good … Scott Schebler doubled and homered Monday in the Reds' defeat of the White Sox … Daniel Murphy singled and clubbed his first home run of the year Monday versus the Red Sox … Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-4 with an RBI in a loss to the Cardinals on Monday … Jose Urena (shoulder) will rejoin the Marlins' rotation Wednesday against the Rays … J.T. Realmuto singled and popped his 11th home run of the year Monday in the Marlins' defeat of the Rays … Wei-Yin Chen fanned five and allowed just one unearned run over six innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Rays … Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday … Matt Adams (finger) will play a rehab game Tuesday and could be activated Wednesday … Jon Morosi of MLB.com has reported that the Red Sox have been in touch with the Marlins about relievers Kyle Barraclough, Adam Conley and Drew Steckenrider … 



Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. He can also be found on Twitter.
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