Texas Rangers
2014 Avg.
.259
 
Career Avg.
.259
Name  Mike Napoli
Born  10/31/1981
Height  6-0
Weight  215
Number  12
Position  1B
Bats  R
Throws  R
8/21/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli was out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms and will take another day off Thursday.
Insight: After a quick start in April (.305, 5 HR, 15 RBI) Napoli has wilted with the summer heat, batting just .257 in July and .231 in August. Without catcher eligibility, his value is minimal.
 
8/21/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli was out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms and is questionable for Thursday's game against the LA Angels.
Insight: After a quick start in April (.305, 5 HR, 15 RBI) Napoli has wilted with the summer heat, batting just .257 in July and .231 in August. Without catcher eligibility, his value is minimal.
 
8/20/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Napoli has never had 500 at-bats in a season and he won't get there this year. He's hitting .266 with 15 homers, 45 RBI and an .831 OPS, numbers that would be much more useful if he was still eligible at catcher.
 
8/17/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus Houston and right-hander Collin McHugh.
Insight: It appears to be a regularly scheduled day off. Napoli has a modest four-game hitting streak to raise his average to .270 with 15 HR and 44 RBI in 99 games.
 
8/14/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a lifetime .414 hitter (12-for-29) versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Napoli came through with a big home run Wednesday night, but has gone 7-for-34 (.206) with 12 Ks over his last 11 games. Hopefully the home run will get him started in the other direction.
 
8/13/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Napoli has gone 11-for-57 (.193) with 18 Ks over his last 18 games, but he's hit three doubles and three homers while walking nine times in that span.
 
7/29/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: It will be his second absence in three games and it appears to be a swollen finger. He's batting .272 with 12 HR and 36 RBI.
 
7/29/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: No injury that we know of, but it will be his second absence in three games. He's batting .272 with 12 HR and 36 RBI.
 
Hot7/21/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli has gone 7-for-12 with two homers in his last three games.
Insight: He's raised his average from. 266 to .280 in that span. He was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs Monday against the Blue Jays.
 
7/11/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a career .414 hitter (12-for-29) with two home runs versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Like most of the Red Sox lineup, Napoli isn't hitting at the moment batting .220 over the past 12 games. He's hitting .265 with 10 homers, 34 RBI and an .822 OPS this season.
 
Hot6/28/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead opposite field solo homer off Masahiro Tanaka in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night.
Insight: Napoli has homered four times in his past nine games and walked five times in his last six. He's hitting .275 with 10 homers, 31 RBI and an .850 OPS this season.
 
6/25/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is getting the night off Wednesday against the Mariners. SOURCE: Jamie Erdahl, NESN
Insight: The Red Sox are off Thursday so Napoli (.278, 9 HR, 30 RBI) will have two days to rest up before the team heads to New York on Friday. Brock Holt (.320, 2 HR, 17 RBI) will fill in at first base.
 
Hot6/24/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer Monday at Seattle.
Insight: Napoli had terrible career numbers against Felix Hernandez prior to the game, but he had both of his hits off the right-hander and has homered in three of the past six games.
 
6/22/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit his eighth homer of the season Sunday at Oakland.
Insight: Napoli is on pace for 17 home runs and 62 RBI after hitting 23 homers and driving in 92 runs last year. He no longer has catcher eligibility so his fantasy value isn't great in standard leagues.
 
6/18/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli won the game with a walkoff homer Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: This may have been Boston's most thrilling victory of the season as David Ortiz and Napoli homered in consecutive at bats to win in the tenth. The Red Sox had managed just one hit in the previous nine innings. Napoli (.268, 7 HR, 27 RBI) doesn't have as much fantasy value now that he only plays first base.
 
6/8/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has been activated from the disabled list and is back in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against Detroit. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: Napoli (.260, 5 HR, 22 RBI) missed the minimum 15 days with a sprained ring finger. Outfielder Alex Hassan (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI) was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket in the corresponding roster move.
 
6/1/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli (finger) is expected to come off the disabled list next Sunday, the first day he's eligible for activation, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Napoli dislocated his left ring finger on a head first slide into second base on April 15. He played through the injury for 29 games but hit just .238 with 30 Ks and two homers before finally going on the DL.
 
5/25/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Boston has placed first baseman Mike Napoli on the 15-day DL with a sprained finger. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: This has been a nightmare week for the Red Sox with nine straight losses and three players going on the disabled list (Felix Doubront, Shane Victorino and now Napoli). Mike Carp (.246, 0 HR, 5 RBI) and Daniel Nava (.145, 2 HR, 3 RBI) are likely to split time at first base during his absence. Brandon Workman was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket in the corresponding roster move.
 
5/24/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Boston will be without first baseman Mike Napoli Saturday against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: It's Napoli's third absence in the last four games. Apparently Napoli's finger injury flared up and he's not expected back in the lineup until Tuesday at the earliest. That means we'll be seeing a lot of Mike Carp (.268, 0 HR, 4 RBI) at first base over the next few days.
 
5/23/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli is back after missing two games with the flu. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: It's been a tough month for Napoli (.200 AVG, no homers) and an even tougher one for the Red Sox. A loss Friday would be the team's eighth consecutive defeat. Despite their recent poor play, the Red Sox are still just four games out of the Wild Card.