Chris Young has improved his average in every season since an abysmal 2013 campaign with Oakland where he hit .200 in 107 games. In 2016, he slashed .276/.352/.498 in 227 plate appearances over 76 games while battling through various injuries. Young improved against right-handed pitchers in 2016, increasing his average from .182 to .246 against righties, while maintaining a strong .329 average against southpaws. He hit nine home runs and stole four bases over the course of the season. Considering that he only played in 76 games, nine home runs isn't bad for an aging outfielder like Young. He doesn't possess the same speed he used to, however, as he once stole 28 bases in a season as an everyday center fielder. He played just three games in center last year, as he's made the switch to the outfield corners. Given his role as a small-side platoon player, Young is more interesting as a DFS spot starter than as a season-long filler.
Young went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a walk during Saturday's loss to Baltimore. The veteran outfielder is sporting a .245/.344/.283 slash line and projects to see a decline in playing time with Jackie Bradley Jr. back from a knee injury. Still, Young has an impressive track record against southpaws with a .405 wOBA over 273 plate appearances dating back to the 2015 season. He's on the DFS radar whenever Boston faces a lefty.
Young is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. With Jackie Bradley (knee) returning from the disabled list, Young is expected to return to a platoon role in the Boston outfield, with most of his opportunities coming against left-handed pitching. Young is just 1-for-10 so far this season against lefties, but he hit .329/.410/.589 against southpaws in 2016 (compared to .246/.319/.446 against right-handed pitching).
Young is out of the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Young's absence Thursday will break a streak of six straight starts in left field, over which he's gone 4-for-22 at the plate without an extra-base hit. Brock Holt will get the call in left for the series finale.
Young went 1-for-2 with a walk in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Rays. Young's seventh-inning at-bat, in which he came back from down 0-2 to draw a walk, set the stage for Sandy Leon's game-deciding RBI. Young has played most days since Jackie Bradley (knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list, but that window is closing this week. Bradley, who is eligible to return from the DL on Wednesday, is set to begin a rehabilitation assignment Tuesday and should join the Red Sox in Toronto later this week.
Young will draw the start at designated hitter and bat in the cleanup spot Sunday against the Tigers, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox will get Mookie Betts (illness) back in the lineup following a week-long absence, but Hanley Ramirez (illness), Jackie Bradley (knee) and Xander Bogaerts (bereavement) remain unavailable, allowing Young to stick in the lineup for the fourth straight game. Though Young has recorded just two hits in 12 at-bats this season, all but three of his plate appearances have come against right-handers, who have gotten the better of him throughout his career. He'll have a much more favorable assignment against Tigers lefty Daniel Norris on Sunday, and his presence in the heart of the lineup could make him an attractive DFS option. Over his career, the 33-year-old has slashed .266/.364/.480 against southpaws.
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