Allen is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers. After starting four times in a five-game stretch, Allen now finds himself on the bench in back-to-back contests. On a roster full of poor hitters, Allen has been one of the worst offenders in the early going, managing just one hit and striking out nine times in 20 at-bats.
Allen will start in left field and bat seventh Sunday against the Blue Jays, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Allen is making his fourth start in five games and seems to have at least separated himself from Jordan Luplow as the Tribe's fourth outfielder. However, Allen's 1-for-17 showing at the plate to begin 2019 probably makes it too early to conclude that he has established himself as an everyday player, even though corner outfielders Jake Bauers and Tyler Naquin have only performed marginally better.
Allen is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Allen has been withheld from the starting nine for both of the Tribe's first two games, with manager Terry Francona having seemingly settled on Tyler Naquin, Leonys Martin and Jake Bauers as his preferred outfield against right-handed pitching. The switch-hitting Allen will likely swap in for Naquin versus lefties but could still struggle to see enough opportunities to provide the boost in stolen bases his fantasy managers may have expected heading into the season.
Allen has gone 13-for-31 at the dish (.419 average) during Cactus League play, collecting five extra-base hits to go along with two steals. Most of Allen's 2018 fantasy value came in the form of his 21-for-25 mark on stolen-base attempts, but the 26-year-old showcased some growth as a hitter down the stretch, too. He slashed .310/.379/.405 in the second half, with an eight-point drop in his strikeout rate from the first half aiding his improvement. Allen shouldn't be counted on to provide much power this season, but his steal production coupled with what should be a palatable batting average makes him a decent late-round flier in mixed leagues. His ability to capably defend all three outfield spots should also help his case for sticking in the lineup on a full-time basis.
Allen will likely be relegated to a reserve role when Josh Donaldson (calf) returns from the disabled list Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Donaldson's return is set to push Jose Ramirez to second base and Jason Kipnis to the outfield, leaving Allen as the odd man out. The speedy outfielder has been solid since rejoining the Indians at the end of July -- slashing .283/.343/.354 with nine stolen bases -- so he should still see occasional starts as players are rested down the stretch, though this certainly cuts into his fantasy value. Allen could also find value as a pinch runner.