Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 4 days ago

Santana went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and walk in Saturday's 9-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After leading off Friday, Santana was in the five-hole Saturday, and prevented a shutout loss by homering with two out in the ninth. The 30-year-old has now hit safely in six of his last seven games, and has tallied five of his eight homers on the season during May.

Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 5 days ago

Santana went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a run scored in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 30-year-old continues to thrive out of the leadoff spot, and now has now hit safely in seven of his last nine games. Santana has also drawn an outstanding 25 walks in 18 May games, and appears to be regaining some of his power stroke as well. His four homers this month already exceed his April total, while his 10 RBI fall only one short of the 11 he posted in the opening month of the season.

Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 7 days ago

Santana went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers and a walk against the Reds on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

That's as many homers as Santana hit in his last 22 games combined, so it's nice to see the three-time 20-homer man find his power stroke again. Santana's one of the most bizarre hitters in the majors -- he's a switch hitter with the reputation of a borderline star who he strikes out very little while walking plentifully, yet he's also a dead-pull hitter from both sides of the dish who's been an utter disaster against lefties (.167 with no homers). His lack of speed makes it easy for teams to run extreme shifts against him, resulting in a very low BABIP (.229 now) that's not in for as much positive regression as it may seem on the surface. But hey, at least owners in leagues that count walks or OBP are getting their money's worth.

Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 1 week ago

Santana is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Indians are without the luxury of the DH in an NL park, and manager Terry Francona has decided to go with Mike Napoli over Santana at first base against lefty Brandon Finnegan. Santana is batting .218 so far in May (12-for-55) and the switch-hitter has struggled in a major way against lefties so far this season (.431 OPS).

Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 1 week ago

Santana went 2-for-4 with two walks, two RBI and two runs scored during Tuesday's 13-1 win over the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Santana's patient eye at the plate has netted him a .342 on-base percentage to date this season, making him a solid leadoff batter for the Tribe despite his lack of speed. Unfortunately for those in standard 5x5 leagues, Santana's batting average remains a sinkhole, and that's unlikely to dramatically change over the course of the season. Still, he's a solid roster option in the corner infield given the respectable pop in his bat along with the high run-scoring potential he has at the top of the order.

Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 3 weeks ago

Santana went 1-for-3 Sunday, spoiling the Phillies' shutout effort with a ninth inning solo shot off Hector Neris in a 2-1 loss.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's climbing out of the hole he dug in the middle of April, and Santana is now hitting .333 (13-for-39) over his last 10 games with two homers, four RBI and seven runs scored.

Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 1 month ago

Santana went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a steal and two runs in Wednesday's win over the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A stone-cold start to the season has melted away over Santana's last six games, as the Indians' first baseman has racked up four multi-hit efforts in that span, including five extra-base knocks. That's coincided with a switch to the leadoff spot -- an odd fit for a guy who isn't known for his speed, but one that seems to be working out. Batting average remains a huge question mark for the former catcher in the aftermath of two consecutive seasons at .231, but his pop and on-base ability will ensure that he remains a fixture in Cleveland's lineup.

Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 1 month ago

Santana was 2-for-4 with a solo home run as Cleveland downed the Tigers on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Batting lead off for the first time in his seven-year major league career, he made the move to the top spot in the order look good as he smacked his third home run in the top of the first inning. It's hard to say whether the move to that spot in the batting order will last - he generally displays good on base skills, but has very little speed - but if he remains there it is likely to reduce his RBI opportunities.

Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 1 month ago

Santana will bat leadoff against the Tigers on Friday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Friday's start is Santana's first atop the batting order in seven major league seasons. Manager Terry Francona flirted with idea of having Santana lead off during spring training, but Santana has hit almost exclusively out of the five-hole to this point. It's uncertain if this will stick, but what Santana lacks in terms of speed he makes up for with on-base ability.

Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 1 month ago

Santana was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran slugger put the screws to an Addison Reed pitch in the ninth with one one and two out, making matters highly interesting until Jeurys Familia came on to get the final out after some struggles of his own. Santana has endured a rough start to the season, managing a .207/.294/.448 line through the first eight games. However, the considerable pop he carries in his bat figures to afford him plenty of playing time and opportunity to break out of his current slump.