LINEUP OUTLOOK: MJ Melendez and Tommy Pham are batting first, could Joey Meneses provide power?

With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, many teams will adjust lineups for the stretch run, or provide players with auditions for 2023. Two different batters will be featured in this week's lineup outlook who have eyes on batting leadoff for their respective teams. Plus, those seeking a power boost may benefit from a late-age breakout in Washington, though it's a limited sample size. 

MJ Melendez (C/OF, KC)

Since July 27, Melendez has hit leadoff in 13 of the Royals last 15 contests. He's primarily hitting first against right-handed pitching and he's surging in the second half. Since the All-Star break, he's accrued 86 plate appearances with 12 runs, five doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and a .293/.361/.560 slash line in 20...


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