The homer was Alonso's first as an Athletic and the three RBI doubled his total for the season. Alsono has had a very rough start to the season, hitting .174 with a .466 OPS through his first 69 at-bats. His defense, and past history of decent offense (career .719 OPS), will keep him in the lineup whenever the A's face a right-handed pitcher.
Adams drove in his first run in the first inning to give the Cardinals a brief lead, and later, his two-run bomb got the team to within a run in the eighth inning of a game they'd go on to lose. He's only had 42 at-bats this month, and his struggles have led to a slash line of .238/.289/.429.
Howard is hitting a weak .214 on the year, but he has shown a flair for the dramatic with five home runs and 10 RBI to help the surprising Phillies build a 13-10 record. He'll sit against many tough lefties, and the average is not likely to be much help in fantasy circles, but he can still hit the ball a long way when he connects.
Freeman has started to hit a bit, logging multi-hit games in five of his last seven starts, including a pair of home runs in his last three. He has his average up to a modest .259 with three home runs and seven RBI, but the 5-18 Braves are going to need others to step up as well if they are going to improve on the worst record in baseball.
Moss was deployed in right field for the first time this season Thursday, but he'll move back to the bench for Friday's matchup with the Nationals as the Cardinals start Stephen Piscotty in right. That said, Moss appears to have carved out a regular role in the Cardinals' lineup, having appeared in five of the last seven games before Friday's day off.
Rua has been fantastic against left-handed pitchers thus far, hitting .429, which is the primary reason he is in the lineup against Angels' southpaw Hector Santiago.
Huntington acknowledged that Bell -- despite gaining muscle mass -- is moving more athletically since his 2012 knee injury. He's currently biding his time behind John Jaso at first base and the outfield trio of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. Jaso has a history of injury and trips to the DL, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Bell debut at first base in the second half of 2016.
For the most part, Smoak was giving way to Colabello with lefties on the hill before the suspension. Even with Edwin Encarnacion and Matt Dominguez capable of filling the void, it sounds like the switch-hitting Smoak will take on most left-handers going forward. The first baseman is worthy of a roster spot in many formats simply by virtue of the volume of at-bats he's schedule to get the Jays' explosive offense.
Thursday was his fourth multi-hit performance in the last six games, raising his average to .247 through his first 77 at-bats. Freeman's numbers so far have certainly been a disappointment as he's notched just five extra-base hits - only two of which were homers - and six RBI in the first month of the season. The first baseman has loads of talent, but is stuck on the worst team in baseball which limits his production and allows pitchers to work around him. Freeman has earned the right for owners to be patient with him, but the lack of talent around the 26-year-old may be too much to overcome this season.
His seventh homer of the season was the front side of a back-to-back job with Mark Trumbo. Through the first month of 2016, Davis' production has been fairly typical for his career (low average and high power). However, there are a couple of encouraging peripherals in that his walk rate is continuing to climb and his strikeout rate is continuing to decline.