Description: The Rockies are looking for a new first baseman and James Loney appears to be high on their list. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: Loney experienced a career resurgence last year with the Rays (.299, 13 HR, 75 RBI in 158 games). In Colorado, he'd be replacing Todd Helton, who recently announced his retirement after 17 seasons.
10/8/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney 10-for-31 (.323) with a pair of home runs against Boston starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Loney is swinging a hot bat in the postseason, batting .625 (5-for-8) with a 1.602 OPS. Start him.
9/24/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney is hitless in nine at-bats versus Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Loney, who didn't start Monday, but won the game with a pinch-hit homer, has put together a solid season batting .296 with 13 HR and 71 RBI. However, this is an unfavorable matchup.
9/23/2013 2:11:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: It's just a planned rest day, no injury that we are aware of. Loney has put together a solid season batting .294 with 12 HR and 70 RBI.
9/12/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney owns a .321 lifetime average against Boston's Jake Peavy.
Insight: Loney was a member of the Dodgers for most of his career so he faced Peavy often when the right-hander was on the Padres. He's 9-for-28 with four doubles and two home runs against Peavy. After batting .247 with a .566 OPS in August, Loney has gone 12-for-36 (.333) with two home runs and five walks in 10 games this month.
9/11/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney is 2-for-21 (.095) with an ugly .186 OPS versus Boston starter Ryan Dempster.
Insight: His impressive early season start has turned sour after the All-Star break as his OPS was .832 before the break and .699 after. He's still hitting for a decent average, however.
7/30/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney is 6-for-13 (.462) with a home run and a 1.423 OPS against Arizona starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: The new daddy is batting .344 in the eight games since returning from paternity leave. Add in the favorable matchup and Loney is a must start.
7/22/2013 6:25:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney has returned from his paternity leave.
Insight: Loney (.314, 9 HR, 43 RBI) missed the team's weekend series against the Blue Jays. He'll hit cleanup Monday night against the Red Sox.
7/19/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney is on the paternity leave list and could miss the weekend series.
Insight: Loney (.315, 9 HR, 43 RBI), to the surprise of many, is actually having a great season, but will miss some time. Sean Rodriguez is likely to cover Loney's position, but he offers little for fantasy owners.
7/11/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney hasn't been able to do much damage against Mike Pelfrey in ten prior at bats.
Insight: He's hitting .100 versus the Twins righthander. Loney (.313, 9 HR, 43 RBI) is actually having a great season but we wouldn't recommend using him Thursday against Pelfrey.
6/25/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney has hit safely in seven straight games.
Insight: Loney lost 25 points off his average by going 6-for-41 (.146) from June 11-22, but is 7-for-13 over his last three games.
6/23/2013 7:56:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney broke out of his recent slump with three hits and two RBI Sunday.
Insight: Loney lost 25 points off his average by going 6-for-41 (.146) from June 11-22. He pushed his average back over .300 Sunday.
6/19/2013 11:07:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney is just 2-for-19 (.105) against Boston starter Ryan Dempster.
Insight: Loney is 0-for-18 over his last six games, and hasn't been able to solve Dempster. Get him on the bench Wednesday.
6/7/2013 12:07:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney has a career .303 batting average and three home runs versus Baltimoe starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Loney (.328, 7 HR, 32 RBI) is on quite a power surge with a .908 OPS through 59 games. He's hitting a home run every 27.42 at-bats, well above his career average (42.02). Start him.
5/12/2013 8:19:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney swatted his third home run of the season Sunday against San Diego.
Insight: Loney (.376, 3 HR, 20 RBI) is on quite a tear right now. Over his last nine games, he's hitting .412 with two homers, nine runs and seven RBI. Somehow Loney is only owned in 26 percent of ESPN leagues, though that's an 18 percent increase from last week.
5/3/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney's bat has come to life -- .524 over his last 42 at-bats -- but Rockies starter Jeff Francis has limited him to one hit in 17 at-bats.
Insight: The Rays briefly resurrected the career of another light-hitting first baseman Casey Kotchman in 2011, and they are doing it with Loney this year. Loney's average is up to .375 after he went 5-for-30 (.167) over his first 13 games. While he has never hit Francis or lefties in general very well, he's a solid short-term add for this weekend with right-handers Jon Garland and Tyler Chatwood starting the next two games at Coors Field.
4/18/2013 11:00:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney is 6-for-8 with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs over his last two games.
Insight: Loney was hitting .167 prior to yesterday's game against Baltimore but he has put together two strong games in a row to raise his average to .289.
4/17/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney snapped out of a 1-for-16 slump by providing three hits Wednesday in a win over Baltimore.
Insight: Loney had some fantasy intrigue a couple years ago when he played for the Dodgers but we're not counting on him to have a big year for the Rays. Since entering the league in 2006, Loney has only hit over .290 on one occasion (.331 AVG in 2007).
4/15/2013 10:14:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney is an ugly 2-for-15 (both singles) against Boston right-hander Ryan Dempster.
Insight: Loney isn't known as a home run hitter (career best of 15) so when he's not hitting for a high average, he's currently batting .192, he's got very little fantasy value. Sit him.
4/2/2013 11:11:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney isn't known as a home run hitter, but he has hit three off of Baltimore starter Jason Hammel and owns a lifetime .310 batting average against him.
Insight: Loney batted just .228 this spring, but it appears the Rays are committed to him for a while. He's a lifetime .282 hitter, but his fantasy value has never been very high because of his lack of power (.758 OPS). He might be worth a flier in the opener based on his past success against Hammel.
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