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Designated Hitter Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
David Ortiz, DH, BOS5/4/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is just 1-for-13 (.077) versus Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Insight: Ortiz is a career .293 hitter versus right-handers versus .266 against left-handers, so this is out of character for Big Papi. Ortiz is on a six-game hitting streak, but faces an unfavorable matchup which should be avoided.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN5/3/2015 12:38:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler is getting the day off on Sunday.
Insight: Mark Canha will DH, but Butler will be available to pinch hit.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET5/3/2015 10:40:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez has a .353 career BA against Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: It seems all of Detroit's big guns hit Guthrie well. J.D. Martinez hits .333, Miguel Cabrera hits .320, and Ian Kinsler is a .333 lifetime hitter against Kansas City's starting pitcher. It could be a big day for Tigers' hitters.
Kennys Vargas, DH, MIN5/1/2015 10:46:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas was 2-for-3 and scored the game-winning run in the, 1-0, victory over the White Sox on Friday.
Insight: Vargas scored on a wild pitch in the fifth and that proved to be the difference on Friday. Vargas has had a rough start to the season, however, as he is hitting .194 with one home run and four RBI this season.
Adam Lind, DH, MIL5/1/2015 12:41:00 PM
Description: Brewers 1B Adam Lind is a career .103 hitter (3-for-29) with 12 strikeouts against Jon Lester and should be avoided on Friday.
Insight: Lind batting .333 this spring with a .975 OPS, but this unfavorable matchup should be avoided. He might even get the day off to rest. Update: as expected Lind will get Friday off.
Adam Lind, DH, MIL5/1/2015 9:43:00 AM
Description: Brewers 1B Adam Lind is a career .103 hitter (3-for-29) with 12 strikeouts against Jon Lester and should be avoided on Friday.
Insight: Lind batting .333 this spring with a .975 OPS, but this unfavorable matchup should be avoided. He might even get the day off to rest.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET4/30/2015 11:21:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez had two hits in the, 8-1, loss to the Royals on Thursday.
Insight: Martinez and Miguel Cabrera, who went 1-for-2 with two walks, that had solid at-bats versus Danny Duffy. Martinez was 0-for-9 in the previous two games, so it was nice to see Martinez get two hits Thursday, but he still doesn't seem like himself due to his knee issue. It shouldn't be a surprise if Martinez hit the disabled list at some point.
Kendrys Morales, DH, KAN4/28/2015 9:32:00 PM
Description: Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales was 3-for-5 with four runs and three RBI in the, 11-5, victory over the Indians on Tuesday.
Insight: Morales hit a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Royals their first lead since the second inning. He also scored in the fourth, sixth and nine innings. Morales is hitting .321 with three home runs and 14 RBI this season.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS4/28/2015 3:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz may not be the best option Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Ortiz is 0-for-10 against opposing starter Drew Hutchison with three strikeouts. Ortiz is always a threat, but will have his work cut out for him on Tuesday.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN4/28/2015 3:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler has struggled versus Angels pitcher Jared Weaver in his career.
Insight: Butler is 11-for-63 (.175) against Weaver with 11 strikeouts. Butler is hitting .325 with a .887 OPS in 77 at-bats this season, so it is understandable if owners just want to start him anyway, but the matchup suggests he won't have a good game.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS4/24/2015 10:42:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz blasted his fourth homer of the season.
Insight: The homer was a three-run shot, and Ortiz now has eight RBIs overall this season.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS4/23/2015 3:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will appeal his one-game suspension for bumping an umpire and is in the red Sox Thursday lineup.
Insight: That doesn't mean you need to start him. Ortiz is batting just .208 this season and is 1-for-10 lifetime against Jake Odorizzi.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN4/22/2015 9:48:00 AM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler accounted for the Athletics' only run on Tuesday by hitting a solo home run in the, 14-1, loss to the Angels.
Insight: The Athletics only had five hits, and two of those belonged to Butler. He hit his solo bomb in the third. He is hitting .375 with two home runs and eight RBI in 56 at-bats this season.

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