Chase Headley got off to a brutal start to 2016, as he hovered at or below the Mendoza Line for the first six weeks. He found a way to right the ship after that, but the end result was more of the same as the third baseman's 14 home runs, 51 RBI and .253 batting average resemble the kind of player he has been over the course of his career, save for his fluke 2012 season. The 32-year-old brought down his strikeout totals a bit, but he still whiffed in 22.3 percent of his plate appearances. It's unlikely he'll have much competition at the hot corner in the Bronx, so he figures to be in the lineup most nights again next season (he's played in at least 135 games five straight years), but at this point in his career it's fair to continue expecting more of the same. Headley lacks standout tools and has posted a 92 wRC+ in back-to-back seasons. He should continue to perform as a slightly below league-average hitter.
Headley went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer against the White Sox on Wednesday. Moved up to the second spot in the order, he didn't exactly play the part of an on-base machine, but Headley kept his hot start to the season going even though his average dropped under .400 to .396. We've seen Headley get hot like this before, but his mediocre overall track record and tendency to get banged up mean there's no reason to think he's having an age-33 breakout.
Headley will start at third base and bat second in the order Wednesday against the White Sox. Headley has been one of the unsung heroes behind the Yankees' 9-5 start to the season, slashing an impressive .409/.519/.614 over 54 plate appearances. Manager Joe Girardi will reward Headley with a promotion up in the lineup from the No. 5 spot, where his on-base skills figure to play well.
Headley is not in the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox. After starting in each of the Yankees' first 13 games, Headley will take a seat for the first time all year as Ronald Torreyes slides over to third base while Pete Kozma mans shortstop. The 37-year-old is off to a nice start to the season, going 17-for-43 with two homers, 10 RBI and three stolen bases. He should be back in the lineup for the series finale Wednesday.
Headley went 2-for-4 with two runs during Wednesday's 8-4 win over Tampa Bay. It was the fifth multi-hit outing of the season for the veteran, and he's now up to nine runs, two home runs, three RBI and a .393/.485/.643 slash line. The hot start should have your attention, but third base is a deep position, and Headley hasn't had a strong fantasy campaign since his career year in 2012.
Headley went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, an RBI single and a stolen base in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Rays. That's now five hits in two games to begin the year for Headley. The 32-year-old hasn't posted an OPS above .716 in any of the last three seasons, though, so don't expect his hot start to last too long.
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