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Hitter matchup ratings for Week 4: April 24-30

Eric Thames tops the ESPN Player Rater as we head into the fourth week of the season. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Fantasy Baseball Forecaster has been updated as of Tuesday, April 25, at 8:25 p.m. ET.

Welcome to the new and improved version of the Fantasy Baseball Forecaster! This year, we've reorganized the story into four parts; it's the same great intel, but you get right where you need to go as fast as possible. Good luck this week!


The chart below lists each of the 30 teams' total number of scheduled games, home games, and games versus right- and left-handed pitchers; and it provides a matchup rating for the week's games in terms of overall offense, offense for left- and right-handed hitters, and base stealing. Matchup ratings for each individual game are listed under the corresponding date.

H: Hitters' matchup rating, which accounts for the opposing starting pitcher's history (three years' worth and past 21 days) and ballpark factors.
L: Hitters' matchup rating accounting only for left-handed hitters.
R: Hitters' matchup rating accounting for only right-handed hitters.
S: Base stealing matchup rating, which accounts for the opponent's catchers' ability to throw out opposing base stealers.

Ratings range from 1-10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst.