The Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner is the essential guide to setting your lineup for the upcoming week. Every weekend, we provide you with favorable and unfavorable matchups as well as lineup changes for each team.
Weather planner: Taking into account all games with at least a 50 percent chance of precipitation according to Weather.com, the following games could potentially get rained out: Detroit at Chicago White Sox (50 percent chance) on Monday and San Francisco at Florida (50 percent chance) on Monday.
Interleague play returns over the weekend, so any AL team that travels to the NL will lose a hitter, and any NL team that travels to the AL will gain one. If a team plays on the road this weekend, you'll notice a new section, "Interleague Effect," added to its news and notes. That section will offer a best guess as to which players will lose or gain at-bats as a result of interleague play.
This week's news and notes for each team:
Schedule: @SD1, SF3, HOU3
Heating Up: Mark Reynolds is batting .346 (9-for-26) over his last seven games and continues to play a big role on the base paths with two stolen bases during that stretch. He's a must-start in at least Rotisserie leagues, if not Head-to-Head. Stephen Drew is showing signs of coming around, batting .317 (13-for-41) during a 10-game hitting streak. Get him active.
Cooling Off: Felipe Lopez hasn't hit particularly well since returning from a hamstring injury, batting .194 (6-for-31) in eight games. He's not necessarily a must-start, but you'd better have a good alternative if you decide to sit him.
Injury Concerns: Conor Jackson (illness) and Chad A. Tracy (oblique) will both be eligible to come off the DL soon, but neither appears on the verge of returning. Keep them reserved in NL-only leagues.
Platoon Possibilities: The Diamondbacks face two left-handed pitchers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: Chris B. Young finally showed some signs of life by homering and stealing two bases Saturday. He, Eric Byrnes and Gerardo Parra are apparently rotating between two outfield spots, with Parra getting the most playing time. Ryan Roberts continues to get most of the starts at third base with Tracy on the DL, bumping Mark Reynolds over to first base. Roberts is batting second right now, giving him some low-end viability in NL-only leagues.
Schedule: PIT4, @BAL3
Heating Up: Nobody's performing above expectations.
Cooling Off: New acquisition Nate McLouth hasn't had time to right the ship with Atlanta, but he's batting only .136 (6-for-44) over his last 13 games. You shouldn't bench him, though.
Injury Concerns: Chipper Jones left Saturday's game with dizziness, which doesn't sound like more than a day-to-day issue, but you never know with him. Unless a worse prognosis comes out Sunday, keep him active. Casey Kotchman might have to go on the DL with a bruised shin. Even if he can make his return this week, it won't happen until later in the week, so get him out of your lineup. Martin Prado has started in his absence but doesn't have the power to matter outside of NL-only leagues.
Platoon Possibilities: The Braves face three left-handers this week, but Garret Anderson and Kelly Johnson rarely sit against them these days.
Lineup Changes: McLouth takes over as the Braves' everyday center fielder, batting third in front of Jones. The Braves sent Jordan Schafer to the minor leagues, so you don't have to worry about him ruining your batting average in NL-only leagues anymore. The McLouth acquisition pushes Brian McCann down to fifth and Anderson down to sixth, not that either player's appeal changes much as a result.
Interleague Effect: The Braves will use their DH spot either to rest McCann or to give Matt Diaz some extra at-bats. Diaz probably still won't see enough at-bats to matter outside of deeper NL-only leagues.
Schedule: SEA3, ATL3
Heating Up: Luke Scott didn't slow down much after his torrid first week back from the DL. He's batting .455 (5-for-11) with two home runs in his last three games and should start in all Fantasy leagues until he cools off.
Cooling Off: Brian Roberts is batting .080 (2-for-25) over his last six games, but you should never bench him. Matt Wieters hasn't made much of an impression yet, batting .167, but at the weak catcher position, you might as well stick with him.
Injury Concerns: Cesar Izturis needed an appendectomy and will go on the DL, not that he mattered outside of deeper AL-only leagues. Robert Andino, who's even worse, will start in his absence. Felix Pie left Saturday's game after a foul ball bounced off the ground and hit him in the throat. He's just a reserve these days anyway.
Platoon Possibilities: The Orioles face two left-handed pitchers this week, but Scott has gotten to play against them of late. The Orioles might try to find some other way to get Ty Wigginton into the lineup.
Lineup Changes: None
Boston Red Sox
Schedule: NYY3, @PHI3
Heating Up: Dustin Pedroia recently moved to the leadoff spot and began playing more like a leadoff hitter, swiping three bases in his last seven games. He's not hitting any better than he normally does, though.
Cooling Off: Kevin Youkilis has battled injuries lately, and his batting average has suffered as a result. He's batting .200 (3-for-15) over his last five games, which isn't reason enough to sit a player like him.
Injury Concerns: J.D. Drew sat out Saturday with general soreness. He's not seriously injured, though, and actually has some sleeper potential as the Red Sox's No. 2 hitter.
Platoon Possibilities: This week wouldn't be the best time to start Drew, however. The Red Sox face three left-handers, and he often sits against them in favor of Rocco Baldelli.
Lineup Changes: The Red Sox have moved Pedroia to the leadoff spot, making Drew the No. 2 hitter and dropping Jacoby Ellsbury to the bottom third of the order. Ellsbury loses some value with the move, but he still hits for a high enough batting average and steals enough bases to start in all Fantasy formats.
Interleague Effect: David Ortiz can barely play first base, and his hitting of late doesn't give the Red Sox any reason to force the issue. Expect him to sit for the three games at Philadelphia.
Schedule: @HOU3, MIN3
Heating Up: Derrek Lee is batting .409 (9-for-22) with one home run over his last six games. He hit .313 with a .955 OPS in May and again looks like a must-start after struggling in April.
Cooling Off: Kosuke Fukudome already has to overcome a lefty-righty platoon to have Fantasy significance, and now he's batting .194 (7-for-36) over his last 14 games. He's barely hanging on in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: Milton Bradley, who's out with a strained calf, is likely to return Tuesday at Houston, but knowing him, he'll just injure something else when he returns. You should probably keep him reserved in mixed leagues. Aaron Miles is likely to return from a shoulder injury, but he's just a part-time player.
Platoon Possibilities: The Cubs face two left-handed pitchers this week, meaning Fukudome will likely sit twice for Reed Johnson.
Lineup Changes: None of permanence.
Chicago White Sox
Schedule: DET5, @MIL3
Heating Up: Scott Podsednik, getting a chance to play every day again after two years as a part-timer, is batting .333 (13-for-39) with four stolen bases over his last nine games. A.J. Pierzynski is batting .436 (17-for-39) over his last 11 games and should start in all leagues since the White Sox have a heavy schedule this week.
Cooling Off: Paul Konerko is batting .125 (3-for-24) over his last seven games, dropping his season average under .300. He's not exactly a must-start in mixed leagues, but he's not cold enough that you absolutely shouldn't start him either.
Injury Concerns: The White Sox still don't have a timetable for Carlos Quentin's return, so keep him reserved in all leagues. He's dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Platoon Possibilities: The White Sox face only two left-handers in their eight games this week. Jayson Nix will likely start those games instead of Chris Getz. Dewayne Wise certainly won't start those games, but he and Brian N. Anderson aren't in a strict platoon since Anderson often starts against right-handed pitchers.
Lineup Changes: The White Sox have called up shortstop prospect Gordon Beckham, and he'll likely start at least four or five games a week, filling in for Josh D. Fields at third base and Getz at second. He has the most upside of the three and is worth a flier in all leagues given his power potential at a weak position. He's not worth starting until he does something, though.
Interleague Effect: Jim Thome can't really play the field anymore, so the White Sox have no choice but to sit him for their series at Milwaukee.
Schedule: @WAS3, @KC3
Heating Up: Brandon Phillips hasn't had any trouble playing with a broken bone in his right thumb. He's batting .290 (9-for-31) with three home runs in nine games since returning and remains a must-start.
Cooling Off: Jay Bruce's slump has reached epic proportions. He's batting .212 on the season and is 6-for-52 (.115) over his last 15 games. Sit him in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: Willy Taveras continues to miss time with a sore hamstring and doesn't appear on the verge of returning. Chris Dickerson is starting in his absence. Joey Votto remains on the DL because of "stress-related issues" and won't return when eligible June 14. Continue to reserve him.
Platoon Possibilities: The Reds face only one left-handed pitcher this week, so Laynce Nix should get five starts to Jonny Gomes' one, assuming Gomes doesn't man DH when the Reds visit Kansas City.
Lineup Changes: Catcher Ramon Hernandez has moved over to first base in Votto's absence, allowing Ryan Hanigan to play every day. Hanigan is hitting .321 with a .408 on-base percentage and deserves a look in NL-only leagues.
Interleague Effect: The Reds don't have any obvious choices to DH, so they'll probably give a different starter a day off from fielding for each of their three games at Kansas City.
Schedule: KC3, STL3
Heating Up: Shin-Soo Choo is batting .345 (10-for-29) with one home run and three stolen bases over his last nine games, but he's not doing anything he doesn't normally do. Start him as always.
Cooling Off: Ryan Garko is getting to play most of the time with all the injuries to the Indians lineup, but he's batting .167 (2-for-12) over his last 12 games. His occasional power makes him worth a look in AL-only leagues.
Injury Concerns: Grady Sizemore might need arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow, but the Indians probably won't know until next week. Keep him reserved.
Platoon Possibilities: The Indians don't face any left-handers this week, which means Luis Valbuena has a chance to play every day. He and Josh Barfield have begun platooning at second base with Asdrubal Cabrera (shoulder) on the DL.
Lineup Changes: Travis Hafner, who continues to have shoulder problems, returned from the disabled list Friday and has started the last two games. He won't play more than two or three days in a row, though, making him hard to use in mixed leagues. Ben Francisco has become the team's leadoff hitter with Sizemore and Cabrera sidelined, so he might get to steal more bases. He's streaky, but his combination of power and speed makes him a low-end option in Rotisserie leagues.
|1.||Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT||45|
|2.||Gordon Beckham, SS, CHW||30|
|3.||Clint Barmes, 2B, COL||17|
|4.||Aaron Rowand, OF, SF||17|
|5.||Luke Scott, OF, BAL||15|
|6.||Ian Stewart, 3B, COL||13|
|7.||Jerry Hairston, SS, CIN||10|
|8.||Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL||10|
|9.||Marlon Byrd, OF, TEX||8|
|10.||Adam Kennedy, 2B, OAK||7|
Schedule: @STL1, @MIL3, SEA3
Heating Up: The Rockies found regular at-bats for Ian Stewart, and he responded by hitting .588 (10-for-17) with four home runs over his last four games. Unfortunately, his primary competition at second base, Clint Barmes, is batting .400 (16-for-40) with one home run and two stolen bases over his last nine games.
Cooling Off: Todd Helton is scoring Fantasy points in other ways, but his batting average has fallen from .342 to .311 since May 24. He's still too valuable to sit in most formats.
Injury Concerns: Where to start? Chris Iannetta is on a Triple-A rehab assignment and could return Tuesday. You might want to give him a week to prove his health before you activate him in mixed leagues. His replacement, Yorvit Torrealba, continues to miss time with a personal issue and will be relegated to backup duty soon enough anyway. Dexter Fowler fouled a ball off his calf Friday and missed Saturday's game. He'll likely return in time to play a full week, but he might lose starts to Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez regardless. Troy Tulowitzki missed five straight starts with an injured left hand but returned to the field Saturday and should start Sunday. Get him active if you don't have any viable alternatives (and you probably don't at shortstop).
Platoon Possibilities: The Rockies face three left-handed pitchers this week, so you can rest assured Smith won't start those games. He, Fowler and Gonzalez have to split time between two outfield positions.
Lineup Changes: Ian Stewart thrived in Tulowitzki's absence, putting more pressure on the Rockies to find at-bats for him between third base, second base and the outfield. He's worth owning again in mixed leagues, but his playing time remains a big question mark. The Rockies recently called Gonzalez up from the minors and will work him into the lineup as often as possible. He's mostly just an NL-only option right now, but he has the potential to matter in mixed leagues. Ryan Spilborghs appears the odd man out of the outfield rotation with Gonzalez's promotion, making him worthless in mixed leagues.
Schedule: @CHW5, @PIT3
Heating Up: Curtis Granderson had a nine-game hitting streak interrupted Saturday. He's still batting .378 (17-for-45) with two home runs and five stolen bases over his last 12 games and is obviously a must-start in Fantasy.
Cooling Off: Placido Polanco did go 2-for-2 with his first stolen base of the season Saturday, but he's still hitting only .148 (4-for-27) over his last eight games. He'll get hot eventually, but he doesn't have enough power or speed to justify starting in mixed leagues when he's cold. Clete Thomas has come back down to earth, going 1-for-18 (.056) over his last five games. Leave him for AL-only leagues.
Injury Concerns: Miguel Cabrera, who left Thursday's game with a tweaked hamstring, missed both Friday's and Saturday's games as a precaution. But he's better now, according to manager Jim Leyland. He'll likely play the whole week. You have to keep him active.
Platoon Possibilities: The Tigers face at least four left-handers this week, so Josh Anderson will likely lose a good portion of his at-bats to Ryan Raburn. If you can bench him in a Rotisserie league, do so.
Lineup Changes: None of permanence.
Interleague Effect: The Tigers will likely move Magglio Ordonez into the outfield for their trip to Pittsburgh over the weekend, forcing one of Anderson and Thomas to the bench. Keep Ordonez active if you count on him as a starter.
Schedule: SF1, STL3, @TOR3
Heating Up: Dan Uggla continues to normalize his stats after an awful slump, batting .438 (7-for-16) with two home runs over his last five games. If you miss his hot streaks, you drafted him for nothing, so get him active.
Cooling Off: Cody Ross has predictably gotten back on the wrong side of streaky, batting .160 (4-for-25) over his last seven games. Sit him in all but deeper NL-only leagues.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Marlins face only one left-hander this week, so John Baker should get enough at-bats to make an impact in mixed leagues.
Lineup Changes: The Marlins have flipped Chris Coghlan and Emilio Bonifacio in the lineup, batting Coghlan first and Bonifacio second. The move can only hurt Bonifacio's Fantasy value. He's good for nothing but stolen bases, and he might not have as many chances to run batting directly in front of Hanley Ramirez.
Interleague Effect: The Marlins will probably use their DH spot to rest some of their starters. Wes Helms could see the biggest increase in at-bats, but not enough of one for him to matter outside of deeper NL-only leagues.
Schedule: CHC3, @ARI3
Heating Up: Miguel Tejada, who recently had a 17-game hitting streak come to an end, went 3-for-5 Saturday and isn't showing any signs of slowing down yet. Michael Bourn is batting .364 (8-for-22) with three stolen bases over his last six games, further establishing himself as a viable option in all leagues. Carlos N. Lee has gotten back on track power-wise, homering twice with a .417 (10-for-24) batting average over his last six games.
Cooling Off: Ivan Rodriguez is about the only Astros regular who could qualify as "cooling off," but he's not doing all that poorly, batting .227 (5-for-22) over his last six games.
Injury Concerns: Kazuo Matsui could return from a hamstring injury sometime this week, but the Astros haven't given an official timetable. He's too risky to start in any Fantasy format. Edwin Maysonet continues to start in his place.
Platoon Possibilities: The Astros face only one left-handed pitcher this week, so Geoff Blum should get the majority of at-bats over Jeff Keppinger.
Lineup Changes: The Astros have flipped Hunter Pence and Lance Berkman in the lineup, batting Pence third and Berkman fifth. The move makes sense considering Pence has a higher on-base percentage than Berkman right now, but when (if?) Berkman comes around, the Astros could always switch them back.
Kansas City Royals
Schedule: @CLE3, CIN3
Heating Up: Miguel Olivo has gotten to play virtually every day with John Buck (back) on the DL and is batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs over his last six games. He's no more than a No. 2 option in mixed leagues.
Cooling Off: Jose Guillen, who was one of the Royals' few reliable hitters for much of May, has only four hits over his last nine games, batting .114 (4-for-35) during that stretch. Bench him in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Royals face only one left-handed pitcher this week, but they don't have any clear lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: This team somehow manages to turn over its starting lineup every day, but Willie Bloomquist should get most of the starts at shortstop with Mike Aviles on the DL. He doesn't offer much other than a few stolen bases, but those give him some value in deeper Rotisserie leagues.
Schedule: @TB3, SD3
Heating Up: Chone Figgins has gotten his batting average over .300 with another hot week. He's batting .417 (10-for-24) over his last six games and .419 (36-for-86) over his last 21 games. He has the ability to maintain a batting average over .300, but he's a little streaky for a speedster. Still, you want him active now.
Cooling Off: Not only has Mike Napoli gone ice cold lately, but he's not even playing regularly. He's batting .081 (3-for-37) over his last 11 games and losing at-bats to Jeff Mathis. He doesn't qualify as a No. 1 Fantasy catcher anymore. Likewise, Howie Kendrick doesn't deserve to start in a standard Fantasy lineup, batting .115 (3-for-26) over his last 10 games.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Angels face only one left-hander this week, but they don't have any strict lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None
Schedule: SD2, @TEX3
Heating Up: Andre Ethier, who fell into a deep slump when Manny Ramirez began serving his 50-game suspension, has seemingly righted the ship, batting .391 (9-for-23) with three home runs over his last six games. He even had a two-homer game Saturday. Time to get him active again in all leagues.
Cooling Off: Orlando Hudson, on the other hand, looks like he's starting to miss Ramirez. He's batting .121 (4-for-33) over his last nine games. If you've relied on him up to this point, you probably wouldn't find an adequate enough replacement to consider benching him.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Dodgers face right-handers in each of their five games this week, not that they have anyone who consistently sits against lefties.
Lineup Changes: The Dodgers have varied their lineup a bit recently, moving James Loney up to the third spot and Casey Blake up to cleanup. Blake would get more RBI opportunities if he stays there, but he's so streaky he probably won't.
Interleague Effect: The Dodgers don't have a clear DH candidate on the bench and will likely use their series at Texas to give several of their starters days off without taking their bats out of the lineup.
|1.||Adrian Beltre, 3B, SEA||43|
|2.||Nick Johnson, 1B, WAS||49|
|3.||Nick Swisher, OF, NYY||60|
|4.||A.J. Pierzynski, C, CHW||58|
|5.||Aaron Rowand, OF, SF||28|
|6.||Kelly Johnson, 2B, ATL||56|
|7.||Yunel Escobar, SS, ATL||65|
|8.||Gary Sheffield, OF, NYM||35|
|9.||John Baker, C, FLA||38|
|10.||Andruw Jones, OF, TEX||5|
Schedule: COL3, CHW3
Heating Up: Prince Fielder homered twice Saturday and is now batting .500 (11-for-22) with three home runs in June. Coming off a nine-homer May, he's clearly back to being an elite first baseman.
Cooling Off: J.J. Hardy doesn't have a single extra-base hit over his last nine games, and he's batting only .171 (6-for-35) during that stretch. You probably couldn't find an adequate replacement at shortstop, though. Plus, he's the kind of player who gets hot without warning.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Brewers face three left-handers this week, which means Mat Gamel and Craig Counsell will likely sit in favor of Bill Hall and Casey McGehee those days.
Lineup Changes: Gamel, a rookie, has effectively supplanted Hall as the starting third baseman, at least against left-handers. He has the upside to make an impact in mixed leagues, but as an unproven player getting part-time at-bats, he remains just an NL-only option.
Schedule: @OAK4, @CHC3
Heating Up: Joe Mauer is batting .462 (12-for-26) over his last seven games. Like you'd ever have reason to bench him ...
Cooling Off: Jason Kubel is batting .148 (4-for-27) over his last eight games. Given his tough matchups this week, you should probably sit him.
Injury Concerns: Michael Cuddyer returned to the lineup Saturday after missing four games with a strained right index finger. He has cooled off a bit since his hot streak in late May, but he's still a decent low-end starter with 25-homer, 100-RBI potential.
Platoon Possibilities: The Twins face five left-handers this week. They don't have any clear lefty-righty platoons, but you have to think Kubel will sit once or twice just to keep him from falling into a slump. He's an inadvisable start in mixed leagues this week.
Lineup Changes: Alexi Casilla has seemingly supplanted Matt Tolbert at second base since returning from the minors in late May. He's not hitting well enough to matter in Fantasy, though. Joe Crede has begun to bat cleanup, which obviously improves his Fantasy value with Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau on base in front of him. He might move down, though, when Cuddyer and Kubel get in the lineup at the same time.
Interleague Effect: Two of the five lefties the Twins face this week will come in their weekend series at Chicago, so you have to figure Kubel will sit those games for sure. He might start the one game against the righty, forcing Delmon Young to the bench.
Schedule: PHI3, @NYY3
Heating Up: David Wright is the only Met playing up to his ability right now, going 7-for-10 over his last three games.
Cooling Off: One week after reaffirming his place as a must-own Fantasy option, Gary Sheffield developed a balky right knee. He's trying to play through the pain, but he's batting .063 (1-for-16) over his last five games.
Injury Concerns: Jose B. Reyes, who was already on the DL with a strained calf, found out he had a tear in his quadriceps and will likely miss the next 2-3 weeks. Alex Cora and Wilson Valdez will continue to fill in for him, but neither has any Fantasy appeal.
Platoon Possibilities: The Mets face four left-handers this week, which should hopefully get Sheffield going again. He's batting .378 against lefties compared to .208 against righties. Daniel Murphy and rookie Fernando Martinez will both likely sit four times in favor of Fernando Tatis and Emil Brown.
Lineup Changes: None
Interleague Effect: The Mets will likely use their DH spot this weekend as an excuse to take Sheffield out of the outfield. Tatis might end up playing all three games in his place, making him a bit of a sleeper in deeper leagues.
Schedule: TB1, @BOS3, NYM3
Heating Up: Nick Swisher, the epitome of streakiness, has gotten hot again after a suicidal May, batting .385 (10-for-26) over his last nine games. He's worth a look in mixed leagues.
Cooling Off: Robinson Cano is a must-start in all leagues, but he has cooled off over his last six games, batting .167 (4-for-24).
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Yankees face only one left-handed pitcher this week, but they don't have any clear platoon situations.
Lineup Changes: Melky Cabrera has returned from a shoulder injury to reclaim the center field job from Brett Gardner. He's a worthy low-end option in mixed leagues.
|3.||Blue Jays||@TEX4, FLA3|
|4.||White Sox||DET5, @MIL3|
Schedule: MIN4, @SF3
Heating Up: Matt Holliday is finally hitting like the player the A's thought they acquired from Colorado in the offseason, batting .480 (12-for-25) with two home runs over his last seven games.
Cooling Off: Adam Kennedy has two hits in each of his last two games, but he has still come down to earth a bit after an impossibly good start, batting .206 (7-for-34) over his last nine games. Leave him for AL-only leagues.
Injury Concerns: Jason Giambi left Saturday's game with a tight left calf, and at his age, you have to think he's going to miss a few games. He's not worth starting in mixed leagues right now anyway. Same goes for Ryan Sweeney, who has a sprained MCL in his left knee and hasn't played since Tuesday.
Platoon Possibilities: The Athletics face three left-handed pitchers this week, so Jack Hannahan will likely lose at-bats to Gregorio Petit or Rajai Davis those days. None of those players have any Fantasy appeal.
Lineup Changes: Aaron Cunningham has gotten to play every day with Travis Buck on the DL and has a modest five-game hitting streak. His upside makes him worth a flier in AL-only leagues. If he plays well enough, he could end up keeping the job when Buck returns.
Interleague Effect: If Giambi's calf needs extra time to heal, the A's have an easy decision when they travel to San Francisco. Otherwise, they'll probably take Hannahan out of the lineup, move Bobby Crosby to third base and start Giambi at first.
Schedule: @NYM3, BOS3
Heating Up: Jayson Werth has begun to heat up again, batting .412 (7-for-17) over his last five games. Get him active again in all leagues. Chase Utley is batting .341 (14-for-41) during an 11-game hitting streak.
Cooling Off: Jimmy Rollins can't seem to sustain a hot streak, going 0-for-12 over his last three games after showing signs of breaking out of his season-long slump earlier in the week. You still can't afford to sit him.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Phillies face two left-handers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: Jayson Werth hit second with Shane Victorino sidelined by a hip injury, but with Victorino back, he'll likely drop to fifth or sixth.
Schedule: @ATL4, DET3
Heating Up: Adam LaRoche seems to land in the "heating up" or "cooling off" category every week, which should tell you something about him. Here's the latest: He has an eight-game hitting streak during which he's batting .407 (11-for-27), making him a sleeper in mixed leagues. He could always go cold again, though.
Cooling Off: Nyjer Morgan's slump has gone from frustrating to embarrassing. He's batting .182 (10-for-55) over his last 15 games and no longer deserves to start in mixed leagues. Freddy Sanchez is 3-for-23 (.130) over his last five games, but he's the kind of player you use always start or never consider depending on the depth of your league.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Pirates face only one left-handed pitcher this week, so Craig Monroe doesn't figure to get many at-bats while Brandon Moss does. Leave both players for deeper NL-only leagues.
Lineup Changes: After trading Nate McLouth to the Braves, the Pirates dropped Morgan and Sanchez to the second and third spots respectively and promoted prospect Andrew McCutchen as their new leadoff hitter. McCutchen has the upside to become a high-end power-speed guy, but he's more speed than power right now. He's also likely to struggle as a 22-year-old rookie, so he's not a must-add in mixed leagues.
San Diego Padres
Schedule: ARI1, @LAD2, @LAA3
Heating Up: Tony Gwynn, who recently came over in a trade with the Brewers, is batting .387 (12-for-31) over his last 10 games.
Cooling Off: This lineup is so unimpressive from top to bottom that nobody stands out as struggling.
Injury Concerns: Scott Hairston had to go on the DL with a strained biceps, allowing Will Venable to come up from the minors and get some starts. He has OK upside, but you shouldn't bother with him in mixed leagues.
Platoon Possibilities: The Padres face two left-handers this week, but they don't have any clear lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: Gwynn continues to get most of the starts in center field. He's batting .325 with a .426 on-base percentage and deserves a look in NL-only leagues.
Interleague Effect: The Padres barely have enough hitters to fill a starting lineup as it is, so you shouldn't expect any miracles from their DH. If nothing else, Gwynn, Venable, Brian Giles and Chase Headley should all be able to get in the lineup at times.
|3.||Padres||ARI1, @LAD2, @LAA3|
San Francisco Giants
Schedule: @FLA1, @ARI3, OAK3
Heating Up: Aaron Rowand has thrived as the team's leadoff hitter, batting .406 (28-for-69) during a 16-game hitting streak. He's been hot enough long enough that he deserves a look in all leagues even though he has so-so speed and above-average power at best.
Cooling Off: Pablo Sandoval, playing first base because of a sore throwing elbow, is batting .238 (5-for-21) over his last seven games.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Giants face four left-handed pitchers this week, but they don't have any clear platoon situations now that Sandoval's elbow has bumped Travis Ishikawa from the starting lineup.
Lineup Changes: None
Schedule: @BAL3, @COL3
Heating Up: Adrian Beltre has begun to play like a viable mixed-league option again, batting .344 (22-for-64) with two home runs over his last 15 games. Ichiro Suzuki just had a 27-game hitting streak end Friday, but he kept rolling with a 3-for-4 day Saturday.
Cooling Off: Jose Lopez has gone 1-for-12 over his last three games after a pair of three-hit games earlier in the week. Keep him reserved.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Mariners don't face any left-handed pitchers this week, so Endy Chavez and Ken Griffey should get the majority of at-bats over Wladimir Balentien and Mike Sweeney.
Lineup Changes: The Mariners have begun batting power hitter Russell Branyan second, likely to take advantage of his .420 on-base percentage. They've dropped the Griffey-Sweeney platoon down to the cleanup spot. Adrian Beltre is hitting third and Jose Lopez fifth. None of these moves significantly alters any of the involved players' Fantasy value.
Interleague Effect: The Mariners will likely take a direct approach and bench the Griffey-Sweeney platoon for their trip to Colorado. Neither player matters in mixed leagues anyway.
St. Louis Cardinals
Schedule: COL1, @FLA3, @CLE3
Heating Up: As usual, Albert Pujols is carrying the Cardinals offense, batting .424 (14-for-33) with four home runs over his last nine games. He's no doubt been carrying your Fantasy team all season.
Cooling Off: Skip Schumaker is batting only .150 (3-for-20) over his last six games and doesn't have the power or speed to matter in mixed leagues when he's not hitting well.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Cardinals face four left-handed pitchers this week, so Schumaker and Joe Thurston might not get to play as much as they normally would. Tyler Greene and Brian Barden will fill in as appropriate.
Lineup Changes: Colby Rasmus is stealing at-bats periodically from all three Cardinals outfielders, but mostly Chris Duncan. Neither Rasmus nor Duncan deserve a look in mixed leagues right now.
Interleague Effect: The weekend series at Cleveland will give the Cardinals an opportunity to play Rasmus, Duncan, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick all at once, and that's probably what they'll do.
Tampa Bay Rays
Schedule: @NYY1, LAA3, WAS3
Heating Up: Ben Zobrist continues to establish himself as a must-start middle infielder now that he gets everyday at-bats, batting .362 (17-for-47) over his last 13 games with three home runs in his last four. B.J. Upton seems to have come around finally, batting .387 (12-for-31) with one home run and three stolen bases during a nine-game hitting streak. Carl Crawford has begun contributing power along with speed, hitting three home runs in his last seven games.
Cooling Off: Carlos Pena has only gotten worse over the last week. He's batting .151 (11-for-73) since May 14 and is looking more like a No. 2 first baseman than a No. 1 in mixed leagues. After looking like he had broken out of a season-long slump last week, Dioner Navarro is 2-for-26 (.077) over his last six games. Sit him.
Injury Concerns: Evan Longoria hasn't started a game since leaving Tuesday with a tight left hamstring, but he pinch hit Saturday. Pat Burrell, who has already suffered one setback in his return from a stiff neck, will likely begin a rehab assignment this week and could return to the Rays by the weekend. Keep him reserved in mixed leagues since he'll play only half a week at most. Jason Bartlett could also return from a sprained ankle by the weekend, but his timetable isn't as clear.
Platoon Possibilities: The Rays face two left-handers this week. Matt Joyce has come up from the minors and has seemingly replaced Gabe Gross as the team's right fielder against right-handers. Gabe Kapler likely will continue to start against lefties.
Lineup Changes: The Rays will lose some of their flexibility once Longoria and Burrell return to the lineup, but they've done plenty of mixing and matching lately. Joe Dillon and Willy Aybar will likely split time at designated hitter for now, with Aybar also playing second base on occasion. Dillon has made a good first impression and has monstrous minor-league numbers, but you can't expect him to come out of nowhere and make a significant Fantasy impact at age 33.
Schedule: TOR4, LAD3
Heating Up: Michael Young is looking like a .330 hitter again, batting .414 (12-for-29) over his last seven games. He hasn't homered since May 4, but he's still too valuable to sit, especially in leagues where he qualifies at shortstop.
Cooling Off: Elvis Andrus, who got his batting average up to .292 near the end of May, is batting .212 (7-for-33) over his last 10 games. He's not worth using right now in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: Josh Hamilton (abdominal strain) won't return this week, and the Rangers still don't know if he'll end up needing surgery. Keep him stashed.
Platoon Possibilities: The Rangers face four left-handed pitchers this week, which means Hank Blalock won't get enough playing time to start in mixed leagues. Andruw Jones will start for him against lefties and deserves a look in AL-only leagues this week.
Lineup Changes: David Murphy has gotten to play regularly with Hamilton sidelined, but his lack of upside makes him just an AL-only option.
Toronto Blue Jays
Schedule: @TEX4, FLA3
Heating Up: After slumping at the end of May, Adam Lind has gotten back on track, batting .469 (15-for-32) with two home runs in eight games. Get him active again in all leagues. Lyle Overbay has a 12-game hitting streak during which he's batting .436 (17-for-39). He plays only against right-handers, though, limiting his appeal to AL-only leagues.
Cooling Off: Aaron Hill has started to come back down to earth, going hitless in his last 21 at-bats, but he's still a must-start. Alex Rios has tailed off a bit after a hot end of May, going 1-for-15 over his last four games. Vernon Wells is just as cold, going 1-for-18 over his last six games. Both players remain too valuable to sit in Fantasy and could easily heat up this week.
Injury Concerns: None
Platoon Possibilities: The Blue Jays face two left-handed pitchers this week, so Overbay will likely sit twice in favor of Jose A. Bautista. Kevin Millar has essentially become an everyday player with Travis Snider in the minors.
Lineup Changes: None
Schedule: CIN3, @TB3
Heating Up: Nick Johnson and Elijah Dukes aren't exactly hot, but they each got three hits Saturday. Johnson should probably be starting in all leagues, and Dukes has the potential to become a must-start option himself.
Cooling Off: You wouldn't dare sit Adam Dunn given his power potential, but he's batting .107 (3-for-28) over his last eight games.
Injury Concerns: Josh Willingham, who has sat out with a stomach virus since he homered twice last Sunday, should return this week. He splits at-bats with Austin Kearns, though, making him just an NL-only option.
Platoon Possibilities: The Nationals face all left-handed pitchers this week, which should help Dunn improve. They don't have any lefty-righty platoons, though.
Lineup Changes: None
Interleague Effect: Dunn will probably move to DH for the Nationals' three-game series at Tampa Bay. The Nationals could opt to start Willingham and Kearns in the outfield at the same time, or they could go with Willie Harris instead.
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