Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 days ago

Smoak provided all of the team's offense in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Rangers. He went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It took 23 games, but Smoak finally blasted his first homer of the season. With Chris Colabello (formerly suspended, Smoak has a huge opportunity to solidify himself as a pillar in the potent Jays' offense. The first baseman has now notched a hit in eight of his last 11 games while raising his average to a season-high .267.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 5 days ago

Smoak is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the Blue Jays opting to give Jose Bautista a day out of the field to serve as the DH, that means Edwin Encarnacion starts at first base, leaving no room in the lineup for Smoak. The 29-year-old is still in line to see most of the playing time at first base while Chris Colabello serves his 80-game suspension.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 7 days ago

The team plans on giving Smoak a majority of the work at first base following the suspension of Chris Colabello, Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

For the most part, Smoak was giving way to Colabello with lefties on the hill before the suspension. Even with Edwin Encarnacion and Matt Dominguez capable of filling the void, it sounds like the switch-hitting Smoak will take on most left-handers going forward. The first baseman is worthy of a roster spot in many formats simply by virtue of the volume of at-bats he's schedule to get the Jays' explosive offense.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 week ago

Smoak is not in the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smoak received a day off Monday as well, so it's a bit surprising to see him out of the lineup on consecutive days. Edwin Encarnacion will take over at first base Tuesday, while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 weeks ago

Smoak is not in the lineup Monday against the White Sox, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smoak has cemented himself as the primary first baseman for the time being while Chris Colabello is suspended, but he'll take the day off Monday anyway. Edwin Encarnacion will take over at first base while Josh Donaldson takes over designated hitting duties while the switch-hitter is not in the lineup.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 weeks ago

Smoak has cemented his role as the everyday starter at first base for the Blue Jays with Chris Colabello suspended, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Chris Colabello has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, which leaves Smoak to take over the first base responsibilities on a regular basis. Smoak's fantasy value is surely on the rise as he becomes a regular in the Blue Jay's explosive lineup. While he has performed well facing right-handers, he tends to struggle against lefties and the team may look to the Triple-A to pick up an extra bat for such situations. He has secured a hit in each of the past three games and he'll look to continue the streak Friday against Oakland's Sonny Gray.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 3 weeks ago

Due to the struggles of Smoak and Chris Colabello, manager John Gibbons said Edwin Encarnacion may begin to see more playing time at first base with someone else taking over the DH duties, the Toronto Sun reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Between Smoak and Colabello, the two first baseman are 3-for-37 with 18 strikeouts. Smoak has a solitary single in 12 at-bats through the team's first 13 games. Smoak is never going to hit for a high average. He has a big swing with a lot of moving parts. He's in a difficult spot because he needs more repetitions and there just aren't any extra at-bats for him right now. The 29-year-old has had a mediocre (at best) six-year MLB career, but he is certainly a player that would be a prime candidate for optioning to the minors if he cannot adequately fill the platoon role.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 3 weeks ago

Smoak is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Chris Colabello will take Smoak's spot at first base for Thursday's series finale, batting seventh in the order against the flame-throwing Nathan Eovaldi. Smoak has only made a handful of starts at first base this season and has yet to get into a rhythm at the plate, collecting just one hit in 12 plate appearances.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 3 weeks ago

Smoak will bat eighth and play first base in Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smoak has struggled in limited playing time this season, getting just six at bats across seven games as he's mostly used as a defensive substitute. All of his outs have been strikeouts, which has long been a problem for the former first-round pick, but he's shown good pop when he can get a bat on the ball. He replaces Chris Colabello in the lineup.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and two walks in Tuesday's 16-1 win over the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The long ball was Smoak's third homer and sixth extra-base hit of the spring (30 at-bats). Smoak batted just .226 last year in his first season with Toronto, but had a .768 OPS on the strength of a .243 ISO and above-average walk rate. It looks like Smoak will be used in a sort of loose platoon at first base this season, though Edwin Encarnacion's oblique injury could open up more regular time to begin the campaign.