Brandon Crawford SS SF 2 weeks ago

Crawford went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs, and his 52nd RBI in Saturday's win over the Phillies.

Crawford has really cooled off after a strong start to the season. With a .188 batting average in July along with a .217 average in June, May's .340/.386/.528 is starting to look more and more like an outlier. He is still providing power stats (12 homers and 52 RBI) from a usually powerless position, but he is definitely going to go through stretches where hits are few and far between.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 3 weeks ago

Crawford is out of the lineup Monday against the Mets, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

With lefty Jon Niese on the mound Monday for the away team, manager Bruce Bochy determined Monday would be a good night to give Crawford a rest before the impending All-Star break. Crawford will be replaced at shortstop by Ehire Adrianza, who is batting second in the Giants' lineup.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 3 weeks ago

Crawford smacked his 12th home run of the season Sunday, a solo-shot in the loss to the Nationals.

June was Crawford's worst month of the year, as he slashed just .217/.308/.402 with three homers. Although his batting average sits at a paltry .176 through five July games, he does already have two bombs. A career .246 hitter, it was unrealistic to expect Crawford to continue to bat .300-plus on the year, but the new development in power appears to be real.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 1 month ago

Crawford is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.

Crawford's absence Thursday likely relates to the left-handed Mike Montgomery on the mound for the Mariners. He's gone 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in the past two contests, so perhaps a day off will do him some good. The Giants will turn to Joaquin Arias (batting ninth) at shortstop Thursday in his place.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 2 months ago

Crawford batted sixth and went 1-for-4 with his ninth homer of the season in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

The home run came off of Mets' lefty Jon Niese, and was Crawford's third long ball off of a lefty this season. He is actually raking against fellow southpaws, slashing an incredible .422/.480/.733 on the year.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 2 months ago

Crawford is out of the lineup Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

Crawford has dominated all aspects of the game so far this season, slashing .297/.369/.511 while offering plus defense at shortstop. He has two home runs in his last three games and should be back in the lineup in short order. Joaquin Arias will get the start at shortstop and hit eighth Wednesday.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 2 months ago

Crawford's only hit Sunday was a solo blast in the second inning of the loss to the Braves.

Crawford went back-to-back with his teammate Brandon Belt on Sunday. The Brandons have carried the Giants' offense to a 21-win month of May and they are tied for the team lead with seven home runs each. Crawford is well on his way to surpass his career-high of 10 home runs. While a slight regression is likely, there is no reason to not continue riding arguably the best shortstop in fantasy this season.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 2 months ago

Crawford continued his breakout season Friday, going 2-for-4 with his 33rd RBI and third stolen base of the season in the win over the Braves.

Surprisingly, Crawford has been far better against left-handed pitching (.417/.488/.722) that he has against righties (.269/.345/.438). There are a couple of red flags when looking at Crawford's underlying numbers. His BABIP is currently .352, which is more than 50 points higher than his career average. Also, his 14.0 HR/FB ratio is an extreme outlier. It's not inconceivable that he has simply developed into a well-polished hitter at age 28, but the numbers indicate there will be a slight regression as the season carries on. Regardless, owners should continue to enjoy the ride as Crawford has been the best shortstop in fantasy so far this season.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 2 months ago

Crawford is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rockies, Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Crawford played all 18 innings of Saturday's doubleheader, and will get the day off as a result. Joaquin Arias will take his place at shortstop for the afternoon contest.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 2 months ago

Crawford went 3-for-9 with a double, a triple and three RBI during Saturday's doubleheader in Colorado.

It was a long, rainy day, but Crawford wasn't bothered, as he extended his hitting streak by two games in one day -- it's now at nine. Amazingly, he's only struck out twice in that span. Always considered a defensive specialist, Crawford has never posted a full-season average over .249, but has been quite arguably the best-hitting shortstop in fantasy so far this year.