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2015 Avg.
.200
 
Career Avg.
.288
Name  Michael Brantley
Born  5/15/1987
Height  6-2
Weight  200
Number  23
Position  LF
Bats  L
Throws  L
4/18/2015 12:11:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 in his return to the field on Friday versus the Twins.
Insight: Brantley missed a week with a sore back. Hopefully, he can stay in the lineup and start hitting like he did on Friday. Brantley, however, didn't play left field. He was the designated hitter versus the Twins.
 
4/17/2015 5:56:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is back in the Indians lineup on Friday.
Insight: Brantley is the DH rather than playing left field, but fantasy owners don't care. His sore back has kept him out nine of the last 10 days, so it is good to see Brantley at least hit.
 
4/14/2015 3:29:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scheduled to take batting practice on Tuesday, but he's not in Tuesday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Brantley missed the last two games with a strained lower back and he could be held out until the weekend.
 
4/14/2015 10:40:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley will take batting practice on Tuesday, but unless he is 100 percent don't expect him out on the field for Tuesday night's game.
Insight: Brantley missed the last two games with a strained lower back and he could be held out until the weekend.
 
4/12/2015 11:07:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in the lineup on Sunday according to Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes.
Insight: Brantley also missed Saturday's game with back pain. Hopefully, he can return on Tuesday. Jerry Sands, who had two doubles on Saturday, is in left field on Sunday.
 
4/11/2015 1:09:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is back out of the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Our guess is that manager Terry Francona is just being cautious with his star and with a tough left-hander in David Price on the mound will give him a day of rest.
 
4/10/2015 12:09:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has missed the past two games with a tight lower back, but has a favorable matchup if he plays Friday afternoon. Update: Brantley is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He's a career 6-for-9 (.667) with a 1.589 OPS against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, plus the wind is expected to be blowing out to right at about 19 mph. Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season. Perhaps it starts on Friday.
 
4/10/2015 10:29:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has missed the past two games with a tight lower back, but has a favorable matchup if he plays Friday afternoon. Update: Brantley is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He's a career 6-for-9 (.667) with a 1.589 OPS against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, plus the wind is expected to be blowing out to right at about 19 mph. Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season. Perhaps it starts on Friday.
 
4/9/2015 11:44:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched Wednesday due to lower back stiffness and is still out for Thursday's game against Houston.
Insight: Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season.
 
4/9/2015 10:58:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched Wednesday due to lower back stiffness and is still questionable for Thursday's game against Houston.
Insight: Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season.
 
4/8/2015 6:50:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched Wednesday due to lower back stiffness.
Insight: Mike Aviles will start in his place, and owners should consider Brantley day-to-day for now.
 
3/26/2015 2:20:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is dealing with a tight lower back.
Insight: He's had the problem earlier this spring, so it's looking like an ongoing issue. brantley was a breakout star last season with a .327 batting average, 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runsand 23 steals. It's tough playing at a high level with a bad back so fantasy owners should be concerned by this.
 
Hot9/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Insight: That's too bad. Brantley has had a career year but was three RBI away from 100. He still hit the 200 hits, 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 20 stolen bases marks though.
 
Hot9/28/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley recorded his 200th hit of the season in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.
Insight: Brantley is the first Indian to reach the 200-hit plateau in single season since Kenny Lofton did it in 1996. Brantley is also the first Indian to have 200 hits, 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 20 stolen bases in one season. In addition, he is sitting with 97 RBI with a game to go.
 
Hot9/23/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 in the loss against the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Brantley continued his hot September, in which he is batting .419 with 12 runs and 12 RBI. His OPS for the month is 1.037. Brantley is hitting .327 with 20 home runs and 97 RBI for the season.
 
Hot9/21/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley continued his breakout season on Sunday.
Insight: He finished the game 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Brantley now has 97 RBI on the year, ranking ninth in the AL.
 
Hot9/14/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley hit a two-run home run to give the Indians a 2-0 lead in the top of the first against the Tigers on Saturday, but Cleveland could not hold the lead and lost, 5-4.
Insight: Brantley finished the game 2-for-4 and remains one of the hottest hitters around baseball. He is batting .417/.481/.521 in September. That's a 1.002 OPS. He has 20 hits in the month, and 17 of them have been singles. He also has eight RBI, seven runs and three steals.
 
Hot9/12/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 but did not drive in a run or score as the Indians lost to the Tigers, 7-2, on Friday.
Insight: Despite the loss, Brantley is still one of the hottest hitters around, going 5-for-10 in his last three games. He is hitting .400 in the first 12 days of September and has raised his season batting average to .318, which is good enough for fifth in the American League. He also has 18 home runs and 91 RBI.
 
Hot9/7/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a RBI against the White Sox on Sunday to continue his hot streak.
Insight: Brantley extends his hitting streak to 11 games and is now hitting .413 over that stretch. In September, Brantley is batting .462 with a .962 OPS. If he keeps this up, he will put himself in the batting title conversation. Ok, maybe not, but his average is up to .317 for the year.
 
Hot9/6/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 3-for-4 with a RBI against the White Sox on Saturday.
Insight: As expected, Brantley had a big day against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. The left fielder came into the game 8-for-17 against Quintana in his career. Brantley is an extremely hot hitter at the moment. He has a 10-game hitting streak and over that span, Brantley is hitting .395 with seven doubles and six RBI. Brantley is now batting .315 with 18 home runs and 88 RBI this year.