|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||440.00||8.00||.275||48.00||41.00||2.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Toronto||21||6||0|| .400|| .381|| .286|
|vs Buehrle (Career)||9||3||0|| .556||.333||.333|
|vs LHP||35||15||0|| .474|| .486|| .429|
|05/22/2013||James Loney, 1B TB|
J.P. Arencibia, C TOR
|J.J. Hardy, SS BAL|
Chris Archer, SP TB
|05/22/2013||J.B. Shuck, LF LAA|
Aaron Hicks, CF MIN
|James Loney, 1B TB|
Adam Dunn, 1B CHW
|05/22/2013||Jose Altuve, 2B HOU|
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B LAD
|Tim Lincecum, SP SF|
James Loney, 1B TB
Mat Latos, SP CIN
|Last 10 Games|
|James Loney thriving without walks|
|by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com|
(5/16/13) A major-league leading .379 average has catapulted Rays first baseman James Loney near the top of the most added list, getting closer to 60 percent owned heading into week eight. But the fact that he’s only walked four times in the last 15 games could indicate that he’s due for a decline.
During an interview on Thursday’s Fantasy Baseball Today, MLB Network’s Brian Kenny said he’s not buying James Loney at this level: “Plate selection – you can take the plate selection with you … and it’s not there for him yet.”
|Trade James Loney as soon as you can|
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(5/13/13) James Loney is currently the most-added hitter in CBSSports.com leagues, so plenty of owners are buying into his hot streak, which is now well into its fourth week. Over the last 24 games, the Rays' first baseman has hit .456 with nine doubles, three home runs, 15 runs and 16 RBI.
Loney has always been a good contact hitter, but over the last five seasons, that hasn't amounted to extra-base power or a .300-plus batting average. This season, he's been aided by a .342 batting average on grounders and a 31 percent line drive rate. Both marks would be highly unusual for any player and especially for Loney.
While this streak has had some staying power, it's unlikely to go on for much longer. Loney is playing at a level far beyond what he has established, and there haven't been any trends pointing towards accelerated improvement of the kind we have seen over the past month. While Loney is still gaining some credibility among Fantasy owners, now is the time to deal him, before discouragement sets in when the streak starts to fade.
|Rays confident James Loney can continue to hit|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/12/13) Rays first baseman James Loney entered Sunday against the Padres with a .371 batting average, which was second-highest in the AL. He homered Saturday and has seven three-hit games, which is tied for the major-league lead.
Loney, who homered again Sunday and had two more hits to raise his average to .376, has provided a huge lift to the Tampa Bay offense in his first year with the club.
"He's been our hottest hitter," third baseman Evan Longoria told MLB.com. "Really, it's no surprise to me."
Loney has been on a tear since late April. Including Sunday's game, he's batting .431 (28 for 65) with two home runs, six doubles and 11 RBI in his last 18 games (15 starts).
"He's shown me some things that I think this guy is way more competitive than people realize," manager Joe Maddon said. "But then again, he's able to process things well, so that's why I think he can hit."
|James Loney cements spot in lineup|
|by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com|
(5/10/13) Rays first baseman James Loney was in the starting lineup for the seventh straight game Friday against San Diego, surpassing his previous season high for consecutive starts (six). Loney has been sizzling during his first season with Tampa Bay and ranks just one behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera for the AL lead with a .381 batting average.
The veteran infielder had his five-game hitting streak halted Thursday against Toronto but did reach base on three walks. He has also posted five multi-hit outings in his past eight games.
|Be ready to cut or bench Jamey Loney when time comes|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/5/13) Rays first baseman James Loney has been one of the league's best hitters the last few weeks, racking up multi-hit games like they were going out of style. Loney is batting .510 (25 for 49) with a .714 slugging percentage in his last 16 games (10 starts).
You don't need me to tell you that there's no way Loney is going to keep this up. You look at his career numbers -- even in the minors -- and he's not this good of a hitter over long stretches. In stops where he played more than 100 games in the minors -- three times -- Loney's best slash line was .284/.357/.419/776 as a 21-year-old in Double-A.
Nothing in Loney's plate-discipline numbers, per FanGraphs.com, point to a huge anomaly, but he has been making a little more contact to start the season than his career average. This is just one of those cases Fantasy owners need to ride the hot streak and be ready to cut bait when the tide starts to turn.
Rays outslug slumping Orioles
Kelly Johnson hit a three-run homer and an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 12-10 victory over the slumping Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
Hit Parade for Week 8
Some heavy hitters are finally starting to return to form and good health, leaving owners with many tough decisions. Our Scott White looks at all of the streaks and matchups in his latest Hit Parade.
Red Sox rock Tampa Bay closer Rodney, rally over Rays
Will Middlebrooks had a three-run double off closer Fernando Rodney with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Boston Red Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Thursday night.
James Loney thriving without walks
Brian Kenny's take: James Loney
MLB Network's Brian Kenny joins Fantasy Baseball Today and discusses what he's seen in James Loney's hot start to the season.
|If you take the stats James Loney put up in his 30-game stint with the Red Sox – after being sent back in the Josh Beckett/Carl Crawford megadeal -- and extrapolate them over an entire season, things don't look pretty. Loney hit .230 (a would-be career low) with two home runs and two doubles in 100 at-bats. We're willing to give Loney, now a Tampa Bay Ray, the benefit of the doubt with the average, as he's a career .282 hitter, and imagine a world where he hits about 12 home runs and 30 doubles in his new home. All 2012 Red Sox stats should be taken with a grain of salt and Loney had the extreme case of playing out a disastrous season with a new team on the opposite coast of where he spent his entire career. He offers little power at a position packed with it, but makes for a safe AL-only play and a decent CI option in deeper leagues. He's a late-round grab, at best, in mixed leagues. (Updated 12/3/12)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/22/13||@ TOR||4:37 pm||Mark Buehrle|
|5/24/13||NYY||7:10 pm||David Phelps|
|5/25/13||NYY||4:10 pm||Vidal Nuno|
|5/26/13||NYY||1:40 pm||CC Sabathia|
|5/27/13||MIA||3:10 pm||Jose Fernandez|
|5/28/13||MIA||7:10 pm||Kevin Slowey|
|5/29/13||@ MIA||7:10 pm||Tom Koehler|