This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
I'm pinch hitting for Erik Halterman on the column this week. There's a lot to cover given all the movement at the trade deadline. The focus of this edition of the Barometer will be a combination of things, including playing time losers from all the recent player movement, but also hopefully identifying more under-the-radar risers and fallers based on performance in the last 30 days.
Springer's tenure with the Blue Jays started slowly as he was limited to only 17 plate appearances prior to June 22. Upon his return, he primarily batted fifth. Quietly, at the beginning of July he began hitting cleanup. Even more quietly, he's supplanted Marcus Semien from the leadoff role across the past week. Springer has gotten on-base at a .476 clip in nine games since he's hit atop the order while also scoring 11 runs and driving in eight. While those numbers aren't sustainable, the short-sample is an illustration of the power of the Jays' lineup.
For bad teams, lineup analysis can perhaps be over-analyzed. However, the Jays are among the best hitting teams regardless of your preferred metric, whether it be wOBA, wRC+, or WRAA. Sticking in the leadoff spot should have strong implications for Springer's ability to rack up counting stats in the final two months of the season.
Riley has been on an incredible power surge, tallying seven home runs in his last 10 days. This is the second such stretch of his season, as he produced