Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
14 hours ago

Joyce blasted a fourth-inning solo homer in Saturday's 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran got his Oakland tenure off to a momentous start while splitting right field duties with Chris Parmelee and hitting out of the three-hole. Come the regular season, Joyce is expected to form a productive platoon with Mark Canha, while preying on the right-handed pitching that he walloped to the tune of a .381 wOBA and .234 ISO with the Pirates last season.

Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
1 week ago

Joyce, who arrived in A's camp Thursday, is expected to thrive in a platoon role in his first season in Oakland, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

The left-handed veteran signed a two-year, $11 million deal this offseason and is expected to be deployed in right field when right-handed starters are on the mound. Joyce brings 106 career homers over nine major league seasons, and compiled an impressive .381 wOBA, .234 ISO and 12 of his 13 homers against righties in 2016 while with the Pirates. He also excelled as a pinch hitter, with his 15 RBI and 21 walks in that role both ranking tops in the majors. However, it's his proven ability to adapt and even thrive in platoon roles that has manager Bob Melvin most encouraged. "He's another guy that's used to (a platoon role)," Melvin said. "I don't know that he's ever happy about that. But the guys that are used to that and know how the system works, it's easier for them to acclimate and easier for them to prepare."

Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
3 months ago

Joyce agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with the A's on Wednesday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Joyce figures to occupy the strong side of a right field platoon in Oakland, with Jake Smolinski spelling him against lefties. He boasts a career .252/.353/.449 slash line against righties, and last year he improved upon that career line, thanks largely to a 20.3 percent walk rate and 12 homers in just 197 at-bats against righties. If he can maintain that kind of patience, he could work his way into a spot near the top of Oakland's lineup. The fact that he won't be an everyday player and lacks standout tools makes him less appealing in standard leagues, but in deeper leagues and AL-only formats he makes for a relatively cheap, high floor option thanks to his established excellence against righties.

Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
5 months ago

Joyce came off the bench on Monday to go 1-for-2 with his 13th home run of the season.

EDGE Analysis

On the aggregate Joyce has had himself a fine season as the Pirates' fourth outfielder. However, Joyce has hit just .163 since the All-Star break after posting a .295 average prior to the Mid-Summer Classic. Joyce is a bad bet for production over the final week, collecting just four hits in 35 September at-bats.

Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
5 months ago

Joyce grounded out in a pinch-hitting appearance and is batting .156 (5-for-32) since Aug. 9.

EDGE Analysis

The outfielder has walked 12 times in the last month, giving him a .400 OBP, but he has no home runs after hitting 12 homers earlier in the year. Oddly, the worse Joyce does for the remainder of September, the better the likelihood he re-signs with Pittsburgh in the offseason as he becomes an affordable option.

Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
6 months ago

Joyce went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Joyce's RBI double got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, as the veteran took advantage of a rare night in the lineup. His usual duty as a pinch-hitter limits the former Rays slugger's effectiveness, though.

Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
7 months ago

Joyce went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs Sunday against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Joyce left the yard for the 10th time this year to tie the game at four in the sixth inning of a Pirates' win. He now has two homers in his last four games, and he's slashing .285/.415/.563 in 146 at-bats on the year.

Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
7 months ago

Joyce went 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk and four RBI in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

He got the Pirates off to a fast start, coming up as the fourth hitter in the first inning and socking a three-run homer. Joyce later added another RBI on a fielder's choice. It's been tough times for the veteran outfielder lately -- he hadn't collected a hit since July 7 and hadn't homered since June 24. Still, he's carrying an OPS over .900, so it's hard to complain about what Joyce has been able to do in a part-time role for the Pirates.

Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
7 months ago

Joyce will be hitting cleanup for the Pirates on Thursday as Starling Marte was scratched with an illness.

EDGE Analysis

Joyce will play right field and face right-hander Matt Garza. On the season, Joyce is hitting .272/.394/.526 against right-handed pitchers. Joyce has three hits in seven career at-bats against Garza.

Matt Joyce
LF/RF/DH OAK
7 months ago

Joyce (quadriceps) will start in right field and bat fifth Friday against Stephen Strasburg in Washington.

EDGE Analysis

Joyce faces a tough matchup in Strasburg but is batting .295/.417/.571 against right-handed pitching in 105 at-bats. He was limited to pinch-hitting duties just prior to the All-Star break.