Choo has been strong with a .309/.456/.549 line in 162 at-bats. He will be replaced by Shane Robinson, who will hit leadoff. He should return to the lineup Tuesday against Mets' starter Jonathon Niese.Analysis:
"It's going great," Raburn told MLB.com. "It's not something I haven't ever done before. It's not an easy task, but it's definitely something that I believe is giving me the ability to stay around and give me some time in the big leagues."
Raburn came into play Monday against the Mariners hitting .298 with a .512 slugging percentage in 26 games (22 starts). He added to his totals Monday with a three-run homer in his first at-bat.
"Anytime I'm in the lineup, I'm amped," Raburn said. "I love playing this game. I love playing with this team. I look forward to every moment I get a chance to go out there and try to help the ballclub."Analysis:
Martin's main drawback earlier in the season was his timeshare with Craig Gentry in center field. But Martin has started seven of the last eight games for the Rangers, and, with the regular playing time, is proving to be a solid regular. Gentry, hitting .250 with six steals, has started two games since May 12.
Martin, who hit .323 in 533 minor league at-bats, could be a nice source of steals, average and might be able to contribute a handful of home runs (in just over 500 minor league at-bats, he hit 16). Momentum is shifting in Martin's direction, but -- more importantly -- he's getting the playing time. Owned in just 27 percent of leagues, Martin is a smart grab for an astute owner in 12-team Roto leagues and deeper.Analysis:
Diaz has been dealing with a left knee bone contusion. The move was retroactive to May 19. First baseman Jordan Brown has been called up from Triple-A New Orleans to take Diaz's spot on the active roster.Analysis:
DeJesus has been a much better hitter against righties over his career. In 3,157 at-bats, DeJesus has a .293/.368/.453 line against right-handers. DeJesus has continued that success and is hitting .314/.382/.559 in 118 at-bats against righties this year.
Although a platoon isn't ideal for Fantasy owners, DeJesus is in the better half of a platoon situation. He should see a fair amount of playing time against right-handers, and that should keep him in the lineup fairly often.Analysis:
Gordon is batting .382 (26 for 68) with three home runs, five doubles, 11 runs and 12 RBI in 16 May games. Since moving to the third spot in the lineup May 9, Gordon is batting .450 (18 for 40) with a home run, five doubles and six RBI in 10 games.Analysis:
Cespedes entered Sunday in a 7-for-49 slump in his last 13 games. He did have three home runs and five RBI in that span.Analysis:
One of Johnson's biggest issues the past two years was his declining contact rate. Johnson made contact on about 71 percent of pitches over that time. He's increased his rate to 79.6 percent this season.
Johnson has always shown decent power and speed numbers, even during his down years. With an increased contact rate, Johnson is hitting .274/.348/.492 in 124 at-bats. Fantasy owners should take note. As long as Johnson is making better contact, his resurgence should continue.Analysis: