May 5, 2014
Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Dominic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player that is gaining at bats.
AL at NL:
NL at AL:
All four of the big four outfielders started against the two righties. Because of a rainout, lefty Kris Johnson started a game; as a result, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier both sat and Justin Turner got a start at shortstop with Hanley Ramirez getting a day at DH.
AL at NL:
Toronto: see notes under “Last Week.” This means that Lawrie most likely gets his third start at second base.
Jose Abreu is not coming out of the lineup; thus, Adam Dunn will either start over Dayan Viciedo in the outfield or he will be on the bench. Robin Ventura has mentioned that Adam Dunn could see some time in the outfield. My guess is that Dunn starts game one, and unless he lights it up, we will see Viciedo in game two of the series.
Absent the DH, and with Shin-Soo Choo healthy, it looks like Michael Choice and Mitch Moreland will both be relegated to bench duties. Ron Washington could choose to give Choo a day off against the lefty and start Choice in left field.
It looks as if Billy Butler will get two starts at first base against the lefties, but he has been hitting so poorly that it would not surprise me if Eric Hosmer steals a start against a lefty. In the past, Hosmer has moved to the outfield to make room for Butler against righties, but I do not see that happening here, given the left-handed-ness of the two corner outfielders.
My guess is that Alfonso Soriano is the odd man out for two out of three games, with one of the other outfielders getting one day off during Soriano’s lone start.
NL at AL:
Against righties the Cubs have played Mike Olt at DH while putting Luis Valbuena at third base and have played Ryan Sweeney in the outfield while moving Nate Schierholtz to DH. With the injury to Ryan Sweeney, it looks like the former strategy will be employed against the righty. I think either Schierholtz or Ryan Kalish gets the extra start against the lefty.
With Wilin Rosario now on the disabled list, my guess is that Carlos Gonzalez gets a start DH against the righty with Brandon Barnes starting in the OF. I think that Barnes gets a start at DH against the lefty.
For our first interleague makeup game of the season, it looks like Chris Heisey will start in left field with Ryan Ludwick moving to DH. If Billy Hamilton has still not returned to the lineup, Skip Schumaker probably replaces him in the lineup and in the field.
For Addison Reed’s return to Chicago, I imagine that Eric Chavez will get the start against the righty, and it is not clear who starts against the lefties. Arizona could move Miguel Montero to DH for a game and start real human Tuffy Gosewich at catcher, or start Cliff Pennington at second base, giving Aaron Hill a start at DH, for the other game.
Given what we saw last week (see: Last Week section), we will most likely see Tyler Moore against the lefties, Nate McLouth against the righty, and Kevin Frandsen against all three. We could also see a Zach Walters start to give Danny Espinosa a day off or Ian Desmond a day at DH.
AL at NL:
Similar to the Yankees’ bullet in “This Week,” my guess is that Alfonso Soriano is the odd man out for both games unless he gets hot. If so, one of the other outfielders will get a day off during Soriano’s lone start.
NL at AL:
Against the righty, I think the Mets start all four outfielders by giving Eric Young Jr. a start at second base with Daniel Murphy moving to DH. Against the lefty, my guess is that both Josh Satin and Lucas Duda start.
Give what we saw last week, it looks like we will see Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez both starting in some combination of first base and DH.