Brandon Crawford is a fine player, but he's better in real life than in fantasy and he's probably not going to find another level to his game. He walked just 7.4 percent of the time last season (down from 9.1 percent) and gave a little back in terms of contact, leading to a 37-point drop in OBP and 26-point drop in wOBA (.301 wOBA, .312 xwoBA). While he hit for a little more power, 2015 looks very much like the outlier in that regard (16.2 percent HR/FB in 2015, 8.4 percent for career). Crawford was successful on just three of eight stolen-base attempts last season, and while speed was never a big part of his game, he may be a zero in that category moving forward. He also took a step back against lefties (.239/.295/.366). Crawford will continue to play everyday regardless given his strong defense, but he lacks standout offensive skills and plays in a pitcher's park, so he's unlikely to be a big needle mover.
Crawford is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Crawford is just 3-for-15 in his career against Tuesday's opposing starter, Robbie Ray, so he will get a day off following a string of 10 straight starts. Kelby Tomlinson will start at shortstop in Crawford's place.
Crawford went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Rockies. Crawford's bat has cooled during his team's current homestand that began Sept. 11 (5-for-22), but he was able to crush a ball through the cold San Francisco night and deliver his 14th homer of the season. Despite enduring a brief slump, the 30-year-old has looked like a different hitter in the second half, slashing .273/.339/.440 with six homers and 27 RBI since the All-Star break.
Crawford is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports. Crawford will be given the night off against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers after starting 14 consecutive games. Kelby Tomlinson will fill the void at shortstop and bat eighth in his stead.
Crawford went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a pair of runs scored in a 9-2 win over the White Sox on Friday. It was Crawford's third multi-hit performance in seven September starts. This comes on the heels of a decent August in which the shortstop batted .292 with three home runs and 12 RBI. Crawford had a rough start to the season (.225/.266/.369 in the first half), but his late push has raised his numbers closer to the levels we had become accustomed to over the last few years.
Crawford had a big day at the plate Friday, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a two-run home run in a loss to St. Louis. Crawford had a home run taken away from him Thursday due to an incorrect ruling by the umpiring headquarters in New York. There was no controversy surrounding his homer in the second inning after the ball bounced off the outfield wall and cleared several rows of bleachers in left field. The 30-year-old has been on a tear over his last 10 contests, batting .417 with 10 extra-base hits (three homers) and eight RBI.