Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox.

While he doesn't see a ton of at-bats, Smoak has been making the most of his opportunities, with a career-high .849 OPS on the season in 115 at-bats. Used primarily as a pinch hitter or as a defensive substitute, Smoak will continue to battle for at-bats, particularly with the return of Dioneer Navarro, who has usurped the designated hitter role on a regular basis. While Smoak seems like the odd-man out, when he's in the lineup, he's still swinging a hot bat.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak is not in the lineup Wednesday for the second straight day, according to Sportsnet's Barry Davis.

Smoak will be held out again with the Blue Jays opting to start both catchers -- including one as the DH -- for the second straight day. He owns a career-best .780 OPS on the season, but has started just three games since June 14.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.

Smoak has three hits, including a home run, in his career against Rays starter Chris Archer, but he also tallied just one hit over his last 14 at-bats, so he will not start Tuesday. Edwin Encarnacion will man first base for the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 months ago

Smoak is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Smoak had started the previous four games at first base, batting 6-for-16 with four extra-base hits and five RBI. The minor hot streak could allow Smoak to hang on to a semi-regular lineup role, though Chris Colabello will cover first base for him Sunday.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 months ago

Smoak was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBI, a triple, and a home run in Toronto's come-from-behind win over Boston on Friday night.

Smoak with a .275 average, five home runs, and 20 RBI, has been extremely productive as a part-time player in the Jays' explosive lineup, but his fantasy value suffers from the crowded conditions at 1B/DH. When healthy, Edwin Encarnacion is going to man one of those two spots, so he may have to continue his rate of run production to win more playing time.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 months ago

Smoak went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's victory over the Marlins.

Smoak hit multiple extra-base hits for the first time since May 3, 2014. After a tough season in Seattle last year, he's rebounded nicely, hitting for a .256/.347/.453 slash line in 86 at bats. While the former first round pick hasn't lived up to the expectations he once had as one of the top prospects in baseball, he's carved out a role for himself as a stout defensive first baseman who can hit at a decent clip.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 months ago

Smoak will get the night off Monday against the Marlins.

After appearing in all three games of the series against the Astros (starting two of them), Smoak gets the night off against the right-handed Jose Urena. With Chris Colabello struggling in the outfield but swinging a hot bat, Smoak finds himself the odd man out when it comes to a starting spot. He should continue to see semi-regular at-bats throughout the course of the season.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 months ago

Smoak is not in Toronto's lineup for Saturday's game against Houston.

Smoak is getting some rest while Houston left-hander Brett Oberholtzer takes the mound. Chris Colabello will move down from left field to man first base while Danny Valencia enter the lineup and plays at left. Smoak had been hitting .333/.417/.524 in his last 10 games.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 months ago

Smoak is in the lineup Monday against the Nationals, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

Smoak has seen some at-bats as a pinch hitter of late, but Monday will mark his first start since May 25 against the White Sox. He'll take over for Edwin Encarnacion at first base and bat fourth against Washington starter Jordan Zimmerman.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 months ago

Smoak went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a walk in Monday's 6-0 win over the White Sox.

Smoak has not seen a ton of playing time over the month of May, collecting just 26 at bats while Jose Bautista continues to DH while recovering from a shoulder injury. However, when he's been in the lineup, he's been a solid contributor, hitting .269 with a home run and five RBI. He will continue to see spotty playing time, but when in the lineup, he's an intriguing value play in daily leagues.