Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
1 week ago

Smoak is out of the lineup for Tuesday's interleague matchup with the Diamondbacks, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the club playing in a National League ballpark, Edwin Encarnacion will transition from the DH spot to playing first, which pushes Smoak to the bench. The Blue Jays only face the Diamondbacks twice during the shortened series, so Smoak could sit again Wednesday if manager John Gibbons wants to keep Encarnacion in the lineup.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
2 weeks ago

Smoak agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract extension with the Blue Jays on Saturday. The deal also includes a $6 million option for 2019.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak is a career .225 hitter against both lefties and righties and he is slashing just .234/.333/.402 with nine homers in 246 plate appearances this season. The Blue Jays are essentially extending a replacement-level player. With Edwin Encarnacion set to become a free agent at the end of the season, Smoak should continue to see plenty of at-bats in 2017 as the Blue Jays await the arrival of first base prospect Rowdy Tellez.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
2 weeks ago

Smoak hit .231/.326/.401 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 212 at-bats prior to the All-Star Break.

EDGE Analysis

The first-half results for the first baseman left much to be desired from fantasy owners. Many thought Smoak was in for a huge year once platoon-mate Chris Colabello was suspended 80 games for a failed drug test. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old Smoak couldn't capitalize on the opportunity, leaving the door wide open for Colabello to rejoin the party once his suspension ends on July 23. Through 81 games, Smoak has a career-high 31.8 percent strikeout rate, astronomically larger than his lifetime average of 23.5 percent. Of the 35 first baseman with 150-plus at-bats this season, Smoak ranks 27th in slugging percentage. In a position loaded with talent and power, Smoak's fantasy value is extremely low, and it will only get worse during the second half if Colabello is put back on the roster.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Smoak is not in Saturday's lineup against Detroit, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak will get a regular day off after starting the past two games for the Blue Jays. The 29-year-old is hitting just .230/.324/.397 with nine home runs and 23 RBI this year, as he has seen his power numbers slightly decline from last season. He will be replaced by Edwin Encarnacion at first base Saturday, as Josh Donaldson takes the role of the DH for the afternoon contest.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Smoak is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has been seeing somewhat uneven playing time of late, starting four of the last seven games in American League parks. The lack of steady playing time is limiting his value in shallower formats. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Michael Saunders will get the nod at DH on Wednesday.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Smoak is out of the lineup Monday against the Royals, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak will take a seat against right-hander Edinson Volquez, against whom he is 0-for-5 in his career. In his stead, Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base, while Josh Donaldson serves as the DH.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Smoak is not in Saturday's lineup against the Indians, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak will get the day off Saturday as Edwin Encarnacion will man first base for the matinee. The 29-year-old hit a game-tying home run during Friday's 19-inning contest and went 1-for-6 throughout the course of that game. He recently missed some time with a knee injury, and has only started the past two games dating back to June 22. Smoak will likely be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Indians.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Smoak went 1-for-6 with a game-tying solo homer in Friday's 2-1, 19-inning loss to the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

The slugger is essentially the one to blame for Friday's marathon outing, as he tied the game in the sixth with a solo shot off Josh Tomlin. Smoak had been mired in an 0-for-13 slump over the last six games he'd registered an at-bat in, and the round-tripper was his first since the most recent contest in which he'd hit safely, June 17 versus the Orioles.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
1 month ago

Smoak is back in the lineup Thursday against the Indians, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak hasn't started a game since June 22 as he has been out with a knee injury. For Thursday's game against the surging Indians, he is slotted into the seventh spot in the lineup while manning first base. Smoak has been in the midst of a struggling month of June, posting a .157/.259/.314 slash with two home runs and seven RBI during that span.

Justin Smoak
1B/DH TOR
1 month ago

Smoak (knee) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the Rockies in a National League park, it is not surprising that Smoak remains sidelined. If healthy, he could return to the lineup Thursday when the Blue Jays host the Indians.