With a .579 OPS on the season, Hardy has been one of the worst-performing regulars in baseball, but he's at least turned the corner recently with three two-hit performances in his last five starts. While he'll give way at shortstop to Paul Janish on Sunday, Hardy still seems fairly secure in an everyday role at the position.
Iglesias slotted in as the Tigers' leadoff hitter in their first two games without Ian Kinsler (hamstring), but manager Brad Ausmus has since settled on Andrew Romine as the team's table setter. With Iglesias now back at the bottom of the order, his opportunities to produce runs and steal bases are expected to take a hit.
Motter's versatility had allowed him to pick up a start in each of the last three games, but he failed to record a hit in any of his nine at-bats over those contests. Most of the sheen from Motter's early-season power binge has worn off at this point, as he's contributed only three extra-base hits -- all doubles -- while batting .175 in May.
It's the first time Lindor will receive a day off this season after starting in each of the preceding 47 contests. The lightly used Erik Gonzalez will draw into the lineup while Lindor rests up.
Though he was rested Saturday, Troy Tulowitzki experienced no issues with his hamstring in his return from the disabled list Friday and looks poised to take back his usual duties at the everyday shortstop, leaving no regular spot in the lineup for Goins. The 28-year-old could still receive a couple starts per week at either second base or shortstop when manager John Gibbons chooses to give either Devon Travis or Tulowitzki a day off.
With a .947 OPS over 63 plate appearances this season, Pinder has made a case for regular at-bats, but he'll find himself on the bench for the third time in five games nonetheless, as manager Bob Melvin continues to lean on Adam Rosales as the team's primary shortstop. Until Pinder begins to see more consistent starts, it may not be worthwhile to keep him in lineups outside of AL-only formats, but he still make for an intriguing bench stash in most deeper mixed leagues.
Escobar's lone hit of the day proved to be a big one, as his two-run double in the sixth inning off Danny Salazar broke a 2-2 tie. He got the Royals on the board in the first inning after reaching on an error by Jason Kipnis, scoring on a Salvador Perez sac fly. Despite collecting hits in four of his last six games, Escobar's average still sits well below the Mendoza Line, and his .205 OBP has contributed to him failing to steal a single base this season. He's averaged nearly 25 stolen bases in his previous six seasons with the Royals.
Lindor's 401-foot blast off Jason Vargas in the first inning put the Indians on the board and extended his hitting streak to 12. Lindor is hitting .313 with three long balls during the streak, raising his season average to .283. Even at a loaded shortstop position, Lindor is one of the best options in the game.
He is hitting .239/.280/.391 over his last 12 games, but has still earned the starting nod in each of the previous four contests. Ehire Adrianza will start at shortstop and hit ninth in his stead.
With six homers and nine steals just over 30 percent of the way through the season, Andrus is well on his way to finishing with double-digit totals in both categories for the first time in his career. His .315 on-base percentage may leave something to be desired in the upper half of the lineup, but with Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli struggling even more to reach base, Andrus isn't a candidate to move down in the order in the near future.