Cleveland Indians
2015 Avg.
.317
 
Career Avg.
.290
Name  Michael Brantley
Born  5/15/1987
Height  6-2
Weight  200
Number  23
Position  LF
Bats  L
Throws  L
5/23/2015 12:48:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. Brantley has continued to build on last year's success and is batting .319 with four homers, 26 RBI, 20 runs and a half dozen stolen bases.
 
Hot5/19/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is a career .500 hitter (10-for-20) against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Brantley is batting .333 in 16 May games with a 1.079 OPS so should be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
 
5/16/2015 12:04:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs in the, 8-3, victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Insight: Brantley was dealing with a back injury in April, but he is hitting his stride now. Brantley has a hit in nine of his last 10 games. He is slashing .349/.427/.560 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 109 at-bats this season.
 
5/14/2015 4:32:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 1-for-3 with a solo bomb in the, 2-1, loss to the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Obviously, Brantley accounted for the only Cleveland run. He hit the home run in the sixth to give the Indians the lead, but the Indians bullpen yielded a two-run homer to Matt Carpenter in the eighth. Brantley is hitting .330 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 106 at-bats this season.
 
5/5/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley hit his second homer of the season Tuesday versus Kansas City.
Insight: It was his lone hit in three at-bats, andit was a two-run shot. Brantley is now hitting .351 with 14 RBI overall.
 
5/1/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley had two hits in the, 9-4, victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Insight: Brantley went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs on Friday. One of those hits was a two-run homer in the fourth that gave the Indians the lead for good. Brantley is hitting .344 with one home run and nine RBI this season.
 
4/30/2015 10:39:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the, 5-1, loss on Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Brantley singled in the fifth to score Miek Aviles. Brantley hasn't hit for much power yet, mostly due to a back issue, but he is hitting .339/.381/.458. He also has no home runs and seven RBI in 59 at-bats.
 
4/25/2015 10:50:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is a career .583 hitter (7-for-12 with three doubles and six RBI versus Detroit starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Brantley had three hits in the first game of the series to raise his average to .286. Fantasy owners are expecting a lot from Brantley after his breakout season of a year ago, but he started slowly this season due to back issues.
 
4/22/2015 9:14:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley had two hits in the, 6-2, victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: Brantley is off to a bit of a slow start mostly due to a back issue, but the two hits raised his average over 40 points. Brantley is hitting .250 with two extra-base hits and four RBI.
 
4/18/2015 12:11:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 in his return to the field on Friday versus the Twins.
Insight: Brantley missed a week with a sore back. Hopefully, he can stay in the lineup and start hitting like he did on Friday. Brantley, however, didn't play left field. He was the designated hitter versus the Twins.
 
4/17/2015 5:56:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is back in the Indians lineup on Friday.
Insight: Brantley is the DH rather than playing left field, but fantasy owners don't care. His sore back has kept him out nine of the last 10 days, so it is good to see Brantley at least hit.
 
4/14/2015 3:29:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scheduled to take batting practice on Tuesday, but he's not in Tuesday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Brantley missed the last two games with a strained lower back and he could be held out until the weekend.
 
4/14/2015 10:40:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley will take batting practice on Tuesday, but unless he is 100 percent don't expect him out on the field for Tuesday night's game.
Insight: Brantley missed the last two games with a strained lower back and he could be held out until the weekend.
 
4/12/2015 11:07:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in the lineup on Sunday according to Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes.
Insight: Brantley also missed Saturday's game with back pain. Hopefully, he can return on Tuesday. Jerry Sands, who had two doubles on Saturday, is in left field on Sunday.
 
4/11/2015 1:09:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is back out of the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Our guess is that manager Terry Francona is just being cautious with his star and with a tough left-hander in David Price on the mound will give him a day of rest.
 
4/10/2015 12:09:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has missed the past two games with a tight lower back, but has a favorable matchup if he plays Friday afternoon. Update: Brantley is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He's a career 6-for-9 (.667) with a 1.589 OPS against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, plus the wind is expected to be blowing out to right at about 19 mph. Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season. Perhaps it starts on Friday.
 
4/10/2015 10:29:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has missed the past two games with a tight lower back, but has a favorable matchup if he plays Friday afternoon. Update: Brantley is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He's a career 6-for-9 (.667) with a 1.589 OPS against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, plus the wind is expected to be blowing out to right at about 19 mph. Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season. Perhaps it starts on Friday.
 
4/9/2015 11:44:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched Wednesday due to lower back stiffness and is still out for Thursday's game against Houston.
Insight: Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season.
 
4/9/2015 10:58:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched Wednesday due to lower back stiffness and is still questionable for Thursday's game against Houston.
Insight: Big things are expected from Brantley this season after he batted .327 with 20 HR, 97 RBI, 94 runs and 23 steals last season.
 
4/8/2015 6:50:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was scratched Wednesday due to lower back stiffness.
Insight: Mike Aviles will start in his place, and owners should consider Brantley day-to-day for now.