Justin Smoak 1B/DH TOR 3 days ago

Smoak went 1-for-4 with a home run, his fourth of the year, and three strikeouts in Friday's game against the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

When Chris Colabello was suspended for a failed drug test in April, the thought was Smoak would become a must-start first baseman in most formats. However, to the disappointment of many, that has not panned out quite yet. His contact rate (65 percent) and ISO power (.155) are both well-below his career averages. Overall, he's done fine and is a viable asset to most fantasy teams, but so far, it's not what owners thought they'd be getting.

Justin Smoak 1B/DH TOR 2 weeks ago

Smoak attributes much of his recent success to an adjustment he made last September with Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby on being more balanced in the batter's box, the Toronto Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smoak had a habit of leaning more on his backside and Jacoby worked with him to be more "50-50" in his stance. "Just kind of feeling 50-50 in both legs," Smoak explains. "I finished the season well. I didn't play much in the playoffs because (Colabello) was hot, but I went into the off-season trying to feel what I felt in September, and make it better if I can. I feel like I've done that, and mentally I'm in a good place." Since taking over as the team's primary first baseman, Smoak is hitting nearly 100 points higher than his career batting average while he's drawing walks at almost twice the rate he had previously in his career.

Justin Smoak 1B/DH TOR 2 weeks ago

Smoak went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday at the Rangers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smoak's third bomb of the season was part of a three-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the game to extra innings. He's now hit safely in each of the last five games in which he's had a plate appearance to raise his slash line to .314/.448/.500.

Justin Smoak 1B/DH TOR 3 weeks ago

Smoak is out of the lineup Monday at San Francisco, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Since his last day off on May 1, Smoak has been lighting it up, batting .423 (11-for-26) with two homers, four RBI, five runs, and four walks versus seven strikeouts. With the Blue Jays kicking off a three-game series in a National League park, he could be the odd man out to ensure that Edwin Encarnacion retains a spot in the lineup.

Justin Smoak 1B/DH TOR 3 weeks ago

Smoak went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The power-hitting first baseman continues to excel in May, and is now slashing .389/.500/.722 for the month following Saturday's performance. Those figures partly consist of three multi-hit outings and two homers. The hot streak has seen Smoak raise his average from the .189 he finished April with to the current .271 figure.

Justin Smoak 1B/DH TOR 4 weeks 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/DH TOR 1 month 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/DH TOR 1 month 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/DH TOR 1 month 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/DH TOR 1 month 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.