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Saturday, March 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: YANKS LIKELY TO USE AARON JUDGE AT LEADOFF VERSUS LEFTIES

With stolen bases down to just 0.52 per game, MLB teams more than ever are going the non-traditional route when it comes to who mans their leadoff position.  Just like when the Cubs decided to have hulking slugger Kyle Schwarber operate as a the team's leadoff hitter to begin 2017, it looks like the New York Yankees will be doing the same with 52-homer monster Aaron Judge versus lefties.  Judge was the team's leadoff batter during Friday's exhibition outing (he went 1-for-4) and manager Aaron Boone apparently liked what he saw enough to say he will likely be there on Opening Day when they face lefty J.A. Happ and the Toronto Blue Jays.  Following Judge on that alignment would be Giancarlo Stanton. Greg Bird, and then Gary Sanchez; with the speedy Brett Gardner ninth.  When a righty is on the mound, Judge would drop to second behind Gardner followed by Stanton, Sanchez, and Bird.  In terms of what this will do for Judge and his fantasy baseball value, leadoff generates the most at-bats in a game which is what you want from all of your fantasy baseball hitters.  The leadoff spot as a result boosts counting numbers across the board outside of average and so this is nothing but a good thing for Judge.  Yes he may not have a guy to drive in during the first inning but the lineup will then quickly turn over from there with Gardner in front of him the rest of the game.  Nothing but a good thing. 


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