UPDATES & NEWS
Billy Hamilton went 1-for-3 with an RBI and his 40th stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.
Hamilton has his safely in four of his first six games since returning from the All-Star break, more importantly he has now logged a stolen base in back-to-back games. His fantasy value relies solely on his speed, and up to this point he has certainly lived up to the hype, batting .281 with 40 steals and 49 runs scored through 356 at-bats. It would be nice to see him get on base at a higher clip (.312 OBP), but that will come as he progresses in his big league career. Either way he is an elite base-stealer that is a must-own in all formats. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
T.J. House allowed three runs and four hits with four walks and three strikeouts in three innings against the Tigers on Saturday.
House has been awful through three starts, and he may not get too many more as the Indians originally planned to skip this turn in the rotation for House. That’s too bad because House showed a lot of positives last year. His walk rate was much better than average and supported by a good first pitch strike rate. And his strikeout rate was close to league average and came along with an above average swinging strike rate. He also induces a ton of groundballs. Groundballs, swinging strikes, and few walks? That’s everything we’re looking for. If the Indians remain patient with House, you should as well and keep an eye on him. Analysis: Brett Talley
Manager Paul Molitor said he considered batting Joe Mauer leadoff on Saturday.
Mauer gets on base a lot and will hit for a good average, which is what you look for in a leadoff hitter, but his lack of speed means that he probably will never leadoff more than just a couple times a year. Danny Santana, who was expected to lead off for the Twins this season, has struggled at the plate thus far and has yet to take a walk. Santana could be moved down in the order if he can't get it going on offensive. Analysis: Ben Diamond