This article is part of our In Some Depth series.
Here come the days of summer when canine comparisons are frequently made. The rest of this post contains zero references to dogs (or cats or gerbils), but rather references to observations on depth chart happenings from around the league.
Without any further ado, here are 10 depth chart situations to monitor while the rest of your league watches fake football:
I hit on this situation two weeks ago when Nate McLouth and Lew Ford were in a platoon, but it is worth bringing back up since McLouth has essentially taken this job and ran with it. The Orioles have not seen a left-handed starter in a week, so Ford may still have the edge on those types of pitchers, but McLouth has simultaneously become the team's No. 3 batter. That's right – Nate McLouth is batting third for a team in playoff contention. He lacks many of the characteristics of your prototypical third-place batter (ie: any semblance of power or reliable on-base ability), but he does have three steals in three attempts. Endy Chavez, Xavier Henry and Bill Hall are all at Triple-A Norfolk and could be up in September.