The Detroit Tigers have one of the wider team platoon splits in baseball, 37 points of wOBA (.342 versus lefties, .305 versus righties), so a week like this in which they’re scheduled to face at least three left-handed starters is a big plus for them. You already know plenty about Nicholas Castellanos’ and Jeimer Candelario’s prowess against left-handed pitching, but the ones whom you might not be aware of are catcher-eligible John Hicks (available in roughly 70 percent of ESPN leagues), a .272/.345/.466 hitter against lefties since the beginning of last season, and Jose Iglesias (available in nearly 90 percent), a .286/.322/.421 hitter against lefties during the same time span.
Billy Hamilton has picked up the pace recently, with multihit performances in three of his past four games (through June 21), and he’s lined up for one of the more favorable schedules for his skill set. In addition to facing Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers catchers who grade below-average to poor at throwing out opposing base stealers, the only scheduled opponent the Cincinnati Reds will face who is better-than-average against left-handed hitters is the pitch-to-contact Chase Anderson. Six of the seven starters the Reds face, in addition, are right-handed. Hamilton, available in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues, is in fact entering a great 10-day portion of his schedule and is well worth the Week 13 start.
Laken is a very talented player who has improved consistently since joining the team one week before last year’s season opener, 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. This offseason, his hard work and dedication paid off as he continued to progress and performed at a high level. We were confident we could work out a contract extension with Laken and we are fired up to get that done before training camp.
Tomlinson was a first-round pick by the Lions in 2015 but the Niners declined to pick up his fifth-year option earlier this offseason. At the time, Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan indicated the Niners were hoping to re-sign Tomlinson to an extension that would bring him back at a lower rate than the more than $9.6 million that the fifth-year option would have required.
Retaining Tomlinson gives the 49ers some more stability on the offensive line. In addition to Tomlinson, left tackle Joe Staley, center Weston Richburg and right tackle Mike McGlinchey are all entrenched in their positions, which leaves what is expected to be a heated competition for the starting job at right guard. That battle is expected to come down to Joshua Garnett, Jonathan Cooper and Mike Person.
The 49ers are scheduled to open training camp on July 25.
It’s just one of those deals, Anderson said. That’s kind of been my thing since I was a kid. Obviously, I need to correct it and work on it and get better at getting guys out quicker. Something to work on.