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5 Kevin Pillar RF

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August 1, 2020 10:08 AM
Red Sox's Kevin Pillar: Leads off Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar started in right field and batted leadoff in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Yankees. He went 1-for-4.

Per usual, Pillar was in the lineup against a left-hander, but this was the first time he's batted leadoff. Until now, Jose Peraza has been leading off against southpaws. The promotion in the batting order makes sense; Pillar has hit safely in five of six games, including two three-hit games, with a 1.117 OPS.

July 28, 2020 11:44 PM
Red Sox's Kevin Pillar: Raps out three hits
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Pillar went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Mets.

Getting the start in right field and hitting fifth with rookie southpaw David Peterson on the mound for New York, Pillar was one of the few Boston hitters to have any real success. The veteran outfielder is now 7-for-12 to begin the season with four of his hits (three doubles and a homer) going for extra bases, but despite the hot start his playing time will likely depend on how often Boston continues to face left-handed pitching.

July 27, 2020 06:04 PM
Red Sox's Kevin Pillar: Cranks homer Sunday
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Pillar started in right field and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-4 loss to Baltimore.

With the Red Sox facing a lefty for the second time in three games, Pillar was placed in the starting lineup. He had three hits in Friday's opener as a fill-in for Alex Verdugo in right field; Sunday, Verdugo moved to left field in place of Andrew Benintendi to make room for Pillar. However lineups and defensive positions shake out, Pillar is expected to start against left-handers, likely in right field, while Verdugo, Benintendi or Jackie Bradley are reseted.

July 25, 2020 05:24 PM
Red Sox's Kevin Pillar: Starts in right field
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Pillar started in right field Friday and went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and a run scored in a 13-2 win over the Orioles.

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke made the surprising decision to sit lefty-hitting Alex Verdugo against left-hander Tommy Milone, opting instead for the right-handed-hitting Pillar. The decision proved to be a sage one. Verdugo slashed .327/.358/.485/.843 over 109 plate appearances last year, so it's hard to believe he'll be platooned after what the Red Sox sent to the Dodgers to acquire him. Pillar is expected to start whenever a lefty is on the mound, per Christopher Smith of, but he could replace Andrew Benintendi or Jackie Bradley, not just Verdugo.

July 21, 2020 01:16 AM
Red Sox's Kevin Pillar: Could fill part-time leadoff role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar and Jose Peraza are in consideration for the leadoff role against lefties, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

Andrew Benintendi is expected to lead off against righties but may not wind up getting that assignment against same-sided pitching. A part-time leadoff role would boost Pillar's value, but he's likely to be on the bench against right-handers, which could limit his viability to deeper leagues. Additionally, with on-base percentages no higher than .303 in any of the last four seasons, it's not clear that Pillar is the best choice for the task.

July 3, 2020 11:20 PM
Red Sox's Kevin Pillar: Regular against lefties
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar is expected to be in the lineup whenever the Red Sox face a left-hander, Ian Browne of reports.

With J.D. Martinez expected to serve as the everyday designated hitter, the door is open for the right-handed-hitting Pillar to be the fourth outfielder. That puts him in line to replace any of the three left-handed-hitting starters -- Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley or Alex Verdugo -- against southpaws.

March 14, 2020 07:56 AM
Red Sox's Kevin Pillar: Hitting for Boston
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Pillar is batting .355/.394/.484 with four doubles and two RBI over 12 spring appearances.

Pillar joined the Red Sox during the second week of spring training and was immediately penciled in as a reliable backup at all three outfield spots. When news broke that Alex Verdugo, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade, may not be ready for the start of the season due to a stress fracture in his back, Pillar was presumed to be the logical fill-in starter in right field. Recent events leading MLB to push out Opening Day two weeks might give Verdugo enough time to be ready. In that event, Pillar goes back to being a backup and possible fill-in for center fielder Jackie Bradley, who has a history over extended batting slumps.

February 12, 2020 11:32 AM
Red Sox's Kevin Pillar: Reaches deal with Boston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar agreed Wednesday with the Red Sox on a one-year contract, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Pillar likely profiles as Boston's fourth outfielder when the team is at full strength, but the shaky health of the newly acquired Alex Verdugo (oblique) could allow the 31-year-old to emerge as an Opening Day starter. While splitting time between the Blue Jays and Giants in 2019, Pillar posted a career-high .719 OPS to go with 21 home runs and 14 stolen bases, so he could have some appeal in mixed leagues if he ends up finding consistent playing time in a Red Sox lineup that still looks strong even with 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts no longer in the picture.

February 12, 2020 11:48 AM
Kevin Pillar: Nearing deal with Boston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar is close to a deal with the Red Sox, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Pillar would help the Red Sox by giving them a right-handed hitting outfielder with premium defense, qualities that could help alleviate the loss of Mookie Betts.

December 2, 2019 08:32 PM
Kevin Pillar: Doesn't receive contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar was non-tendered by the Giants on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

In a surprising move by the Giants, Pillar will become a free agent after being non-tendered. He put together a .259/.287/.432 slash line with 21 homers, 88 RBI and 14 stolen bases over 161 games in 2019 and figures to draw plenty of interest on the open market.

September 30, 2019 03:36 PM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: Gets breather in season finale
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Pillar is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Maria I. Guardado of reports.

After starting each of the Giants' last 11 games, Pillar will be rewarded with a well-deserved breather as the team closes out its season. Though he's valued primarily for his aptitude with the glove, Pillar will wrap up his 2019 campaign with a career-high .720 OPS, buoyed by 21 home runs and 61 extra-base knocks in total.

September 28, 2019 07:20 PM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: Tallies 14th steal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 9-2 loss to the Dodgers.

Pillar provided about as robust of a stat line as a player could without registering a hit. The 30-year-old has put together his most complete fantasy season (.259 with 21 homers, 88 RBI, 83 runs and 14 steals) despite moving from a neutral home ballpark in Toronto to cavernous Oracle Park. Pillar will look to finish the regular season on a high note against a pair of scheduled southpaws this weekend (.831 OPS versus lefties in 2019).

September 19, 2019 09:56 PM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: Scores twice, swipes bag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar went 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and two runs Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Pillar was productive early and often Wednesday, recording his RBI in the first inning prior to swiping his 12th base of the season two frames later. Though he has at least one hit in seven of his last eight starts, Pillar had managed only one RBI and three runs scored in that span prior to Wednesday's performance. Overall, he's hitting .261/.287/.441 in 603 plate appearances on the season.

September 15, 2019 01:48 PM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: Day off Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.

Pillar will receive a breather after starting the last 38 games, a stretch in which he slashed .313/.338/.511 with eight home runs, 23 runs scored and 23 RBI. Joey Rickard, Mike Yastrzemski and Mike Gerber will start from left to right in the outfield Sunday.

September 7, 2019 03:28 PM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: On base three times
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's 5-4 win over the Dodgers.

Pillar was moved up to third in the batting order for just the fifth time this season (all against southpaws). The 30-year-old is slashing a healthy .303/.331/.577 against southpaws this year, so it is a bit surprising that we are only seeing the outfielder in the heart of the order this late in the year. Manager Bruce Bochy's loyalty to his long-time veterans likely plays a role, but whatever the case, Pillar hitting higher in the order against left-handed starters will allow him to build on an already career-high 79 RBI.

September 5, 2019 08:32 PM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: Smacks 21st homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Pillar took Giovanny Gallegos deep in the eighth inning to record his 21st home run of the season. It was his second long ball in his past four games and fourth multi-hit effort in his past 11 starts. Pillar has quietly put together a solid campaign, as he now has 79 RBI, 73 runs scored and 11 stolen bases across 139 games.

September 1, 2019 09:36 PM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: Knocks two-run shot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Padres.

Pillar's first-inning blast was his 20th of the season, the first 20-homer season of his career. He has seven homers and 19 RBI since the start of August, raising his OPS from .689 to a career-high .742 during that span.

August 27, 2019 08:48 AM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: Stays hot with two more hits
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Monday's 6-4 loss to Arizona.

Pillar's torrid month of August continued Monday when he smacked his 16th extra-base hit over 22 games this month. The 30-year-old has already set career highs with 19 homers and 73 RBI this season, and his current .454 slugging percentage would also be the highest mark of his eight-year career. Pillar's increase in power -- coupled with his modest speed -- has made him a relevant fantasy outfielder in almost all formats.

August 25, 2019 01:52 AM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: Picks up 11th steal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a stolen base in Saturday's 10-5 win over the Athletics.

Pillar got his steal in the second inning after reaching on an error. He then hit the go-ahead double in the eighth inning as part of an eight-run rally. Pillar is up to 11 steals, 71 RBI and 68 runs scored in 124 games with the Giants this year.

August 22, 2019 08:08 PM
Giants' Kevin Pillar: Homers in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pillar went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 12-11 loss to the Cubs.

Pillar launched a homer in the sixth inning off Yu Darvish, bringing his career-best season total to 19. Meanwhile, the veteran outfielder is slashing .267/.297/.467 with 69 RBI and 67 runs scored.

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