It has been said many times that you're only as good as the company you keep. Within a baseball context, a player's place in the lineup is largely indicative of that player's overall talent; further, the lineup in which a player bats can dramatically impact that player's performance.
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With teams in constant flux, every new season features players whose value is influenced by the context of their play. And 2010 is certainly no exception. For fantasy purposes, it's important to keep abreast of lineup changes. Knowing where a player hits can be invaluable in determining how a player will hit.
A player with a positive lineup change is For Better; a player relegated to a horrible lineup position relative to his skills is For Worse.
His game took a step back in 2009. His poor batting, punctuated by a .623 OPS, ultimately forced Gomez to the bench for all but pinch-running and defensive duties. However, following an offseason trade, he's slated to begin the 2010 season hitting second in what could be a potent Brewers' lineup. If he can coax himself on base, his position in the lineup should allow him to score plenty of runs and amass enough steals to regain fantasy relevance.