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Fantasy Forecaster: June 6-12

Despite a 6.17 ERA and six homers allowed in his past four starts, Francisco Liriano is still recommended for a favorable matchup against the Mets. Rick Yeatts/Getty Images

Fantasy Forecaster updated Sunday, June 5, at 4:08 p.m. ET.

On tap: Will this be the week we see the major league debuts of Pittsburgh Pirates right-handers Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon and/or Chad Kuhl, all of whom are excelling at Triple-A Indianapolis? The Pirates have provided no official word, but there are hints of the possibility. Manager Clint Hurdle has been quoted as saying Juan Nicasio could move to the bullpen when the prospects are recalled, and though there's no official date for the "Super Two" arbitration cutoff, teams generally project it to be in the first two or three weeks of June. In addition, the Pirates' past four most prominent prospects to debut -- Gregory Polanco, Gerrit Cole, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez -- all did so between June 4 and June 16 of their respective arrival seasons, and all did so in home games.

During Week 10, the Pirates will also conclude a 31-day span in which they did not have a day off -- they began a game April 22 that never made it into the books because of rain before it became official -- an exhaustive period that will include a one-day trip to Colorado's Coors Field on June 9 to make up an April 28 postponement. A pair of three-game home series bookends that, so it's possible the team could regard it an opportunity to squeeze in a fresh arm (or arms).

Among the week's other schedule oddities, three teams, the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, play shortened, five-game weeks due to interleague play. That puts them at a significant disadvantage from a volume perspective, in a week in which 11 teams will play full seven-game schedules.

The Giants' schedule, in fact, exhibits a wide disparity between compelling on-field baseball and a poor-for-fantasy weekly schedule. The Giants host the Red Sox for two games (June 7-8) and Los Angeles Dodgers for three (June 10-12), with four of the 10 starters scheduled to work on either side ranking among the top 15 starting pitchers on our Player Rater: Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Clayton Kershaw and Jeff Samardzija. A fifth, David Price, is generally regarded as a probable top-25 finisher, and he'll draw the head-to-head matchup with Bumgarner. Giants pitchers should remain worthwhile plays, but don't expect much offense in those five games.

The magical, mystical Kansas City Royals -- they have a mere nine-run (on the positive side) differential -- hit the road for a pair of three-game series battling competitive American League squads, the Baltimore Orioles (June 6-8) and Chicago White Sox (June 10-12). In the case of the latter, it's an opportunity for the Royals to pad their AL Central lead of 1½ games entering play June 3. Royals hitters might not instantly strike you as automatic fantasy plays, but four of them -- Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson, Eric Hosmer and Whit Merrifield -- find themselves ranked among the top 50 hitters on our Player Rater's Last 15 split. Considering these are two hitter-friendly parks for the visiting Royals, their hot bats should remain cozily in your lineup.

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ESPN leagues: Lineup deadlines

It's back to night games only on Monday. Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies on ESPN's Monday Night Baseball (FYI: on ESPN2) begins at 7 p.m. ET. As a result, fantasy owners have more time to set their Week 10 lineups.

Remember game times have tremendous influence upon daily planning, so be aware of every day's first scheduled pitch. This week, they are:

Monday, June 6: 7 p.m. ET (Cubs at Phillies)
Tuesday, June 7: 7 p.m. ET (New York Mets at Pirates, on ESPN2)
Wednesday, June 8: 1:05 p.m. ET (Cubs at Phillies, one of four day games)
Thursday, June 9: 2:05 p.m. ET (Houston Astros at Texas Rangers, one of two day games)
Friday, June 10: 7:05 p.m. ET (three games begin at this time)
Saturday, June 11: 12:05 p.m. ET (Phillies at Washington Nationals, one of nine day games)
Sunday, June 12: 1:07 p.m. ET (Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays, one of 14 day games)


Interleague impact

This week's interleague series:

Rays' traditional DH: Mostly Corey Dickerson (28 starts at DH), but the Rays shuffle other players in there for "half-games off." Dickerson and Brandon Guyer were used in a straight platoon in left field the previous time the Rays visited a National League park (May 23-24 at Miami), but with Guyer now on the DL, Mikie Mahtook will probably slide in as the right-handed platoon partner. Mahtook would likely start June 6 versus Robbie Ray and Dickerson on June 7-8 versus Zack Greinke and Archie Bradley.

Red Sox's traditional DH: David Ortiz, and because Hanley Ramirez has been healthy and productive and the Red Sox held Ortiz out of the starting lineup for their previous two games at NL parks (April 25-26 at Atlanta), this five-game schedule is a disaster for Ortiz's owners. He might make the June 8 start against Albert Suarez, but with Madison Bumgarner the June 8 opponent, Ortiz isn't likely to make more than four starts (and he might make only three). The Red Sox boast baseball's most productive offense to date, but they're going to offer only three worthwhile games in Week 10, the three at Minnesota's Target Field. It is not unthinkable to sit Ortiz in weekly shallow (read: standard) mixed.

Athletics' traditional DH: These days, it's Khris Davis (21 starts at DH), as Billy Butler (11) has shifted into a straight platoon with Yonder Alonso at first base. Davis can move to left field, though, which shifts Coco Crisp to center field and Billy Burns to right, and that means he'll probably get a majority of the five starts in NL parks, if not all five. The problem, however, is this team ranks among the more apt to exploit righty/lefty matchups -- Marcus Semien (shortstop), Davis (DH/left field) and Danny Valencia (third base) are the only three who typically play against same-handed pitchers -- and in a shortened, five-game week facing only four right-handed starters, any of the DH/first base/outfield candidates is a risk to be out of at least one of those five starting lineups. The Athletics have extremely favorable matchups in each of those five games, but brace for limited PAs/counting numbers.

Nationals' probable DH(s): When the Nationals visited Kansas City May 2-4, they used the additional lineup spot gained by adding the DH as a way to rotate their bench bats, with Stephen Drew, Chris Heisey and Clint Robinson getting starts (Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman served as the DH to clear their field positions for the latter two). That'll probably be the case in Chicago, which means there is not enough value to be gained from those three, even in NL-only formats.

Marlins' probable DH(s): Giancarlo Stanton's recent injuries and lackluster defense make him an ideal choice to DH for all three games in Minnesota, which frees right field for Ichiro Suzuki. That's probably enough to make Ichiro a viable NL-only weekly play, though it's possible Justin Bour could grab a start at DH to free first base for Chris Johnson, which would limit Ichiro's fantasy appeal.


Projected starting pitchers

The chart below lists each of the 30 MLB teams' schedules and projected starting pitchers and provides a projected Bill James Game Score for each day's starter.

Projected starting pitchers, June 6-12
P: The starting pitcher's projected Bill James Game Score, accounting for past history (three years' worth as well as past 21 days), opponent and ballpark. A 50 is typically deemed a "quality start" by this measure, while a 70 is considered a dominant start.


Pitching scuttlebutt

  • Orioles: The Orioles' rotation is one of the ones in most flux entering Week 10, as they'll need a spot starter for both June 6 and 11. Mike Wright, demoted to Triple-A Norfolk for one day but now back with the big club, could be a candidate. Yovani Gallardo (DL: shoulder), meanwhile, is scheduled to return June 12, though it is unclear whether he'd replace or push back Ubaldo Jimenez.

  • Red Sox: After demoting Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket following his June 1 start, the Red Sox will go with a four-man rotation through Week 10, due to off-days June 6 and 9. The latest date they'll next need a fifth starter is June 18.

  • White Sox: James Shields will make his White Sox debut on June 8, replacing Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been moved to the bullpen.

  • Royals: Chris Young replaced Dillon Gee, who was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on June 1, in the Royals' rotation on June 5. Young will probably get another start the next time that spot arrives on June 11, though the Royals could use the June 9 off day to skip his turn, in which case Yordano Ventura would pick up a second start.

  • Twins: Kyle Gibson (DL: back) was scheduled for a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Rochester on June 5, and if all went well, he'd rejoin the Twins' rotation on June 10. If he's unable to pitch, the Twins can push his spot back by a day to June 11 and/or use Phil Hughes or another fill-in.

  • Athletics: The Athletics' rotation is also in flux after Sonny Gray was activated on June 5 to help fill in for the injured Rich Hill (groin). That gives the team five starters for their five-game Week 10, assuming Hill is able to return during the series in Cincinnati, as the Athletics are tentatively planning.

  • Los Angeles Angels: The Angels will need a replacement in their rotation for Nick Tropeano (DL: shoulder) on June 7, but Tim Lincecum, scheduled to start for Triple-A Salt Lake on that day, is apparently not a consideration. The team might go with a bullpen day for that game, before slotting Lincecum into that spot when it next arrives on June 12.

  • Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez (DL: calf) is eligible to be activated June 12, but it seems unlikely at this point that he'll be ready that soon. James Paxton will make another start in Hernandez's place on June 6, but he hasn't yet been promised the start the next time that spot in the rotation arrives June 11.

  • Atlanta Braves: Bud Norris filled in for Mike Foltynewicz (DL: elbow) on June 4 and might again the next time that turn in the rotation arrives on June 10. The Braves could, however, skip that spot following the June 9 off day, in which case Aaron Blair would pick up a second start.

  • Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (DL: oblique) pitched his final rehabilitation start for Triple-A Louisville on June 4 and appears likely to rejoin the Reds' rotation on June 10; manager Bryan Price said he wants to give DeSclafani the extra day's rest following the big-league club's June 6 off day. It is unclear who will be removed, but Jon Moscot is a likely candidate, in which case Dan Straily would have his next start pushed back by a day to accommodate.

  • Pirates: As mentioned at the top, Glasnow, Taillon and Kuhl could be candidates to step into the rotation as soon as this week, with the team either extending six men deep or replacing Nicasio, Jonathon Niese or Francisco Liriano, presumably in that order. Glasnow pitched June 1, Taillon June 3 and Kuhl is scheduled for June 5 for Triple-A Indianapolis, which maps to Niese's, Liriano's and Gerrit Cole's (won't be removed) rotation spots, though Nicasio is on a June 7 and 12 schedule, so the team could slide a prospect in on a schedule of five days' rest instead of four.

  • Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks appear likely to skip fifth starter Edwin Escobar following their June 9 off-day, though if they remain in turn, he would pitch June 10 and Zack Greinke would lose his second start.

  • San Diego Padres: Following the trade of James Shields, the Padres were vague about their plans for his rotation spot beyond Luis Perdomo's June 5 spot start. That turn next arrives on June 11, at which point the team could give Perdomo another start, give another starter an opportunity or promote Erik Johnson, acquired in the Shields trade and regarded the long-term answer for that role, from Triple-A El Paso.

  • Giants: The Giants' game notes list Albert Suarez as their June 7 starter, so it appears that they will keep their starters on turn despite June 6 and 9 off days.


Tristan's Week 10 pitcher rankings

  • 1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -- Fri-@SF (Cueto)

  • 2. Jake Arrieta (CHC) -- Sat-@ATL (Wisler)

  • 3. Max Scherzer (WSH) -- Wed-@CWS (Shields)

  • 4. Noah Syndergaard (NYM) -- Wed-@PIT (Liriano)

  • 5. Stephen Strasburg (WSH) -- Fri-PHI (Hellickson)

  • 6. Jon Lester (CHC) -- Mon-@PHI (Morgan), Sun-@ATL (Perez): Lester's strikeout rate isn't stratospheric, which is the only reason he isn't the top two-start pitcher. The ranking cements his status as a must in any format, and if you've read my work for any length of time, you know how much I hate to use the word "must."

  • 7. Jose Fernandez (MIA) -- Sat-@ARI (Ray)

  • 8. Jacob deGrom (NYM) -- Tue-@PIT (Nicasio), Sun-@MIL (Davies)

  • 9. Carlos Carrasco (CLE) -- Tue-@SEA (Miley), Sun-@LAA (Lincecum)

  • 10. Drew Pomeranz (SD) -- Wed-ATL (Teheran)

  • 11. Chris Archer (TB) -- Mon-@ARI (Ray), Sun-HOU (Keuchel)

  • 12. Francisco Liriano (PIT) -- Wed-NYM (Syndergaard): He has struggled of late, but for a lefty, a Mets matchup is extremely favorable. The Mets rank among the 10 worst teams in baseball in terms of wOBA against lefties, with the majors' highest strikeout rate against that side (27.8 percent of their PAs).

  • 13. Chris Sale (CWS) -- Fri-KC (Kennedy): Strikeout potential is the one thing lacking in a Royals matchup, and Sale provides as good an example as any: He has a 30.3 percent K rate since the beginning of 2015 but a 17.9 percent rate in his three starts against the Royals in that time. In fairness, his ERA in those starts was a palatable 3.54.

  • 14. Steven Matz (NYM) -- Mon-@PIT (Niese), Sat-@MIL (Peralta)

  • 15. Corey Kluber (CLE) -- Fri-@LAA (Santiago): The Angels have had significant issues with right-handers possessing top-shelf stuff the past month -- see the Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer games -- which makes Kluber's single-game ceiling significantly higher than this number.

  • 16. David Price (BOS) -- Wed-@SF (Bumgarner)

  • 17. Zack Greinke (ARI) -- Tue-TB (Moore), Sun-MIA (Conley)

  • 18. Madison Bumgarner (SF) -- Wed-BOS (Price)

  • 19. Johnny Cueto (SF) -- Fri-LAD (Kershaw)

  • 20. Drew Smyly (TB) -- Sat-HOU (Fiers)

  • 21. Lance McCullers (HOU) -- Fri-@TB (Andriese): Righty strikeout artists versus the Rays, every time.

  • 22. Vince Velasquez (PHI) -- Wed-CHC (Lackey)

  • 23. Gerrit Cole (PIT) -- Fri-STL (Wacha)

  • 24. Aaron Nola (PHI) -- Sat-@WSH (Roark): Prepare for a surprise, but the Nationals hit lefties better than they do righties -- by a lot. Try 51 points of wOBA better.

  • 25. Joe Ross (WSH) -- Tue-@CWS (Latos), Sun-PHI (Morgan)

  • 26. Cole Hamels (TEX) -- Tue-HOU (Keuchel), Sun-@SEA (Miley)

  • 27. Yu Darvish (TEX) -- Wed-HOU (Fister): Since the beginning of 2012, Darvish's 36.3 percent strikeout rate is second-highest of any pitcher with at least three starts against the Astros (Chris Sale, 37.1 percent). This season, the Astros rank third-worst in terms of team K rate (25.5 percent).

  • 28. Gio Gonzalez (WSH) -- Thu-@CWS (Rodon)

  • 29. Kyle Hendricks (CHC) -- Tue-@PHI (Eickhoff)

  • 30. Matt Harvey (NYM) -- Fri-@MIL (Guerra)

  • 31. Julio Teheran (ATL) -- Wed-@SD (Pomeranz): It's a dream matchup, as he had a 1.38 ERA and 24.3 percent strikeout rate in May and now faces a righty-leaning, strikeout-prone Padres team at Petco.

  • 32. John Lackey (CHC) -- Wed-@PHI (Velasquez)

  • 33. Jason Hammel (CHC) -- Fri-@ATL (Norris)

  • 34. Steven Wright (BOS) -- Fri-@MIN (Gibson)

  • 35. Jeff Samardzija (SF) -- Sat-LAD (Kazmir)

  • 36. Danny Salazar (CLE) -- Wed-@SEA (Walker)

  • 37. Carlos Martinez (STL) -- Sat-@PIT (Niese)

  • 38. Dallas Keuchel (HOU) -- Tue-@TEX (Hamels), Sun-@TB (Archer)

  • 39. Ian Kennedy (KC) -- Fri-@CWS (Sale)

  • 40. Rich Hill (OAK) -- Sat-@CIN (Straily)

  • 41. Justin Verlander (DET) -- Sat-@NYY (Tanaka)

  • 42. Michael Fulmer (DET) -- Mon-TOR (Happ), Sun-@NYY (Pineda)

  • 43. Matt Shoemaker (LAA) -- Mon-@NYY (Tanaka), Sat-CLE (Bauer): The computer has adored him for a while, and the stats cannot be ignored. He has 31 K's with zero walks in his past three starts.

  • 44. Scott Kazmir (LAD) -- Sat-@SF (Samardzija)

  • 45. Mike Fiers (HOU) -- Mon-@TEX (Lewis), Sat-@TB (Smyly)

  • 46. Matt Andriese (TB) -- Fri-HOU (McCullers)

  • 47. Tanner Roark (WSH) -- Sat-PHI (Nola)

  • 48. Jerad Eickhoff (PHI) -- Tue-CHC (Hendricks)

  • 49. Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) -- Fri-TEX (Holland)

  • 50. Sonny Gray (OAK) -- Sun-@CIN (Lamb)

  • 51. Jake Odorizzi (TB) -- Wed-@ARI (Bradley)

  • 52. Jaime Garcia (STL) -- Wed-@CIN (Simon)

  • 53. Marco Estrada (TOR) -- Fri-BAL (Gausman)

  • 54. Kenta Maeda (LAD) -- Wed-COL (Rusin): His sore right hand warrants monitoring through the June 3-5 weekend, as the Rockies possess enough quality bats (especially lefties) to give a less-than-peak-strength Maeda some problems.

  • 55. Danny Duffy (KC) -- Mon-@BAL (TBD), Sun-@CWS (Latos)

  • 56. Jordan Zimmermann (DET) -- Wed-TOR (Dickey)

  • 57. Wei-Yin Chen (MIA) -- Wed-@MIN (Nolasco)

  • 58. Juan Nicasio (PIT) -- Tue-NYM (deGrom), Sun-STL (Leake): I'd be a bit surprised if he makes both these starts. He might not make either.

  • 59. Junior Guerra (MIL) -- Fri-NYM (Harvey)

  • 60. Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS) -- Sat-@MIN (Duffey)

  • 61. Michael Pineda (NYY) -- Tue-LAA (TBD), Sun-DET (Fulmer)

  • 62. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) -- Mon-LAA (Shoemaker), Sat-DET (Verlander)

  • 63. James Shields (CWS) -- Wed-WSH (Scherzer)

  • 64. Adam Conley (MIA) -- Tue-@MIN (Dean), Sun-@ARI (Greinke)

  • 65. Carlos Rodon (CWS) -- Thu-WSH (Gonzalez)

  • 66. Aaron Sanchez (TOR) -- Tue-@DET (Boyd), Sun-BAL (Gallardo)

  • 67. Jose Quintana (CWS) -- Sat-KC (Young)

  • 68. Nathan Karns (SEA) -- Thu-CLE (Tomlin)

  • 69. Chris Young (KC) -- Sat-@CWS (Quintana)

  • 70. Jake Peavy (SF) -- Sun-LAD (Bolsinger)

  • 71. Jimmy Nelson (MIL) -- Thu-NYM (Colon)

  • 72. Mike Bolsinger (LAD) -- Mon-COL (Chatwood), Sun-@SF (Peavy)

  • 73. Yordano Ventura (KC) -- Tue-@BAL (Jimenez)

  • 74. Collin McHugh (HOU) -- Thu-@TEX (Perez)

  • 75. Colin Rea (SD) -- Tue-ATL (Blair)

  • 76. Marcus Stroman (TOR) -- Thu-BAL (Wilson)

  • 77. Rick Porcello (BOS) -- Tue-@SF (Suarez), Sun-@MIN (Dean)

  • 78. Edinson Volquez (KC) -- Wed-@BAL (Tillman)

  • 79. Sean Manaea (OAK) -- Tue-@MIL (Davies)

  • 80. Bartolo Colon (NYM) -- Thu-@MIL (Nelson)

  • 81. Tom Koehler (MIA) -- Thu-@MIN (Santana)

  • 82. Archie Bradley (ARI) -- Wed-TB (Odorizzi)

  • 83. Jon Gray (COL) -- Fri-SD (Cashner): The Padres rank 29th in wOBA (.280) and 27th in strikeout rate (24.5 percent) against right-handers and possess few quality lefties to exploit the platoon advantage, but it's a Coors game, which tosses this into the "risk/reward" matchups bin. To be clear, I'm starting him.

  • 84. Taijuan Walker (SEA) -- Wed-CLE (Salazar)

  • 85. Michael Wacha (STL) -- Fri-@PIT (Cole)

  • 86. Adam Wainwright (STL) -- Thu-@CIN (Finnegan)

  • 87. Tyler Chatwood (COL) -- Mon-@LAD (Bolsinger), Sat-SD (TBD)

  • 88. Ervin Santana (MIN) -- Thu-MIA (Koehler)

  • 89. Jhoulys Chacin (LAA) -- Thu-@NYY (Nova)

  • 90. Jeremy Hellickson (PHI) -- Fri-@WSH (Strasburg)

  • 91. Dan Straily (CIN) -- Sat-OAK (Hill)

  • 92. Kevin Gausman (BAL) -- Fri-@TOR (Estrada)

  • 93. Matt Wisler (ATL) -- Sat-CHC (Arrieta)

  • 94. Zach Davies (MIL) -- Tue-OAK (Manaea), Sun-NYM (deGrom)

  • 95. Albert Suarez (SF) -- Tue-BOS (Porcello)

  • 96. Hector Santiago (LAA) -- Fri-CLE (Kluber)

  • 97. Trevor Bauer (CLE) -- Mon-@SEA (Paxton), Sat-@LAA (Shoemaker)

  • 98. Jesse Hahn (OAK) -- Wed-@MIL (Anderson)

  • 99. Aaron Blair (ATL) -- Tue-@SD (Rea): He has hardly proven his worth at the big-league level thus far, but this is about as good a matchup as you can expect for Blair. If he can't succeed here, he probably should be demoted for more minor-league seasoning.

  • 100. Josh Tomlin (CLE) -- Thu-@SEA (Karns)

  • 101. CC Sabathia (NYY) -- Fri-DET (Pelfrey)

  • 102. Jonathon Niese (PIT) -- Mon-NYM (Matz), Sat-STL (Martinez)

  • 103. J.A. Happ (TOR) -- Mon-@DET (Fulmer), Sat-BAL (TBD)

  • 104. Pat Dean (MIN) -- Tue-MIA (Conley), Sun-BOS (Porcello)

  • 105. Robbie Ray (ARI) -- Mon-TB (Archer), Sat-MIA (Fernandez)

  • 106. Anthony DeSclafani (CIN) -- Fri-OAK (Graveman)

  • 107. Patrick Corbin (ARI) -- Fri-MIA (Nicolino)

  • 108. Julio Urias (LAD) -- Tue-COL (Butler): He just doesn't look ready after poor performances in his first two big-league starts.

  • 109. Ricky Nolasco (MIN) -- Wed-MIA (Chen)

  • 110. Brandon Finnegan (CIN) -- Thu-STL (Wainwright)

  • 111. James Paxton (SEA) -- Mon-CLE (Bauer)

  • 112. Matt Moore (TB) -- Tue-@ARI (Greinke)

  • 113. Chase Anderson (MIL) -- Wed-OAK (Hahn)

  • 114. Mike Leake (STL) -- Tue-@CIN (Lamb), Sun-@PIT (Nicasio): He's the ultimate risk/reward two-start pitcher. He's pitching well lately. The Reds hit lefties better, but they play in a hitters' environment. The Pirates have an elite offense but play in a pitching-friendly environment.

  • 115. Nathan Eovaldi (NYY) -- Wed-LAA (Weaver)

  • 116. Matt Boyd (DET) -- Tue-TOR (Sanchez)

  • 117. Chris Rusin (COL) -- Wed-@LAD (Maeda)

  • 118. Martin Perez (TEX) -- Thu-HOU (McHugh)

  • 119. Wade Miley (SEA) -- Tue-CLE (Carrasco), Sun-TEX (Hamels)

  • 120. Chris Tillman (BAL) -- Wed-KC (Volquez)

  • 121. Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL) -- Tue-KC (Ventura)

  • 122. Jered Weaver (LAA) -- Wed-@NYY (Eovaldi)

  • 123. Tim Lincecum (LAA) -- Sun-CLE (Carrasco)

  • 124. Tyler Duffey (MIN) -- Sat-BOS (Rodriguez)

  • 125. Mat Latos (CWS) -- Tue-WSH (Ross), Sun-KC (Duffy)

  • 126. Wily Peralta (MIL) -- Sat-NYM (Matz)

  • 127. R.A. Dickey (TOR) -- Wed-@DET (Zimmermann)

  • 128. Bud Norris (ATL) -- Fri-CHC (Hammel)

  • 129. Colby Lewis (TEX) -- Mon-HOU (Fiers), Sat-@SEA (TBD)

  • 130. Williams Perez (ATL) -- Mon-@SD (Friedrich), Sun-CHC (Lester)

  • 131. Yovani Gallardo (BAL) -- Sun-@TOR (Sanchez)

  • 132. Kendall Graveman (OAK) -- Fri-@CIN (DeSclafani)

  • 133. Derek Holland (TEX) -- Fri-@SEA (Iwakuma)

  • 134. Andrew Cashner (SD) -- Fri-@COL (Gray)

  • 135. John Lamb (CIN) -- Tue-STL (Leake), Sun-OAK (Gray)

  • 136. Doug Fister (HOU) -- Wed-@TEX (Darvish)

  • 137. Ivan Nova (NYY) -- Thu-LAA (Chacin)

  • 138. Kyle Gibson (MIN) -- Fri-BOS (Wright)

  • 139. Christian Friedrich (SD) -- Mon-ATL (Perez), Sun-@COL (Butler)

  • 140. Tyler Wilson (BAL) -- Thu-@TOR (Stroman)

  • 141. Jeff Locke (PIT) -- Thu-@COL (Bettis)

  • 142. Chad Bettis (COL) -- Thu-PIT (Locke)

  • 143. Alfredo Simon (CIN) -- Wed-STL (Garcia)

  • 144. Mike Pelfrey (DET) -- Fri-@NYY (Sabathia)

  • 145. Adam Morgan (PHI) -- Mon-CHC (Lester), Sun-@WSH (Ross)

  • 146. Justin Nicolino (MIA) -- Fri-@ARI (Corbin)

  • 147. Eddie Butler (COL) -- Tue-@LAD (Urias), Sun-SD (Friedrich)


Hitting ratings

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 game are listed under the corresponding date.

Hitting matchup chart, June 6-12
H: Hitters' matchup rating, which accounts for the opposing starting pitcher's history (three years' worth as well as past 21 days) as well as 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 opponents' catchers' ability to gun down opposing base stealers.
Ratings range from 1-10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst.


Hitting advantages

Here are this week's "volume plays," defined as the teams that play the most home games or games against right- or left-handed starters:

  • Total games: Orioles 7, New York Yankees 7, Blue Jays 7, Cleveland Indians 7, Astros 7, Angels 7, Mariners 7, Rangers 7, Mets 7, Pirates 7, Rockies 7.

  • Home games: Yankees 7, Mariners 7, White Sox 6, Twins 6, Reds 6, Brewers 6, Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 6, Giants 5.

  • Versus LH: Indians 3, Twins 3, Astros 3, Atlanta Braves 3, Marlins 3, St. Louis Cardinals 3, Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 3, Giants 3.

  • Versus RH: Angels 7, Yankees 6, Pirates 6, Padres 6, Orioles 5, Blue Jays 5, Mariners 5, Mets 5, Phillies 5, Cubs 5, Dodgers 5.

Although their rating doesn't top the scale, the Diamondbacks have a sneaky good set of hitting matchups in Week 10, for two reasons. One, all six games are home at hitter-friendly Chase Field. Two, three of the games will be against left-handed pitchers, and the Diamondbacks possess one of the widest splits in baseball favoring successful results against that side, including ranking among the five best in wOBA (.348) with one of the five lowest strikeout rates against lefties (19.5 percent of their PAs). The "6" grade points mostly to the presence of Jose Fernandez (June 11) on the schedule as an opponent, but the three games against lefty starters are so favorable that they should drive your decisions. Brandon Drury (.296/.305/.506 lifetime hitter against lefties), Chris Owings (.294/.357/.549 against lefties in 2016) and Yasmany Tomas (.298/.349/.534 lifetime against lefties) particularly stand out.

Missing Clayton Kershaw during the series in Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium makes the Colorado Rockies' Week 10 schedule predictably one of the best. Four of their games will be played at Coors Field, with one of them against a potentially exhausted Pirates team and three against Padres pitchers who combined are 5-for-17 in quality starts with a 6.66 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in their careers at Coors. The catch is the Rockies will face three left-handed starters, which keeps the matchups of left handed-hitting Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra somewhat in check -- to be clear, all must be started regardless. It's the matchups of DJ LeMahieu and Nick Hundley, both of whom have pretty balanced splits (and Blackmon's and Parra's are mostly balanced in 2016, at least) that stand out, as well as, to a lesser degree, Mark Reynolds. Hundley (DL: oblique) is on the mend and could return in time for the June 3-5 weekend, in which case he's well worth instant activation.

The Yankees' offense has struggled mightily this season, ranking among the bottom five in baseball in runs per game (3.74) and wOBA (.299), but a seven-home-game schedule against Detroit Tigers and Angels pitching staffs that both rank in the bottom half in baseball in terms of starters' ERA represents as good a bounce-back opportunity as any. Remember, the Yankees lean remarkably left-handed, with eight of their 13 active hitters hitting from that side (or switch-hitters), Yankee Stadium is extremely favorable for left-handed power and the team's opponents will start six right-handers total. This is the week to roll the dice on Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley, all of whom have struggled at times this season.

Jhonny Peralta (DL: thumb) is on track to be activated June 7, in time for the Cardinals' six-game week. General manager John Mozeliak said in a recent radio interview that Peralta will likely see the bulk of his playing time at third base, with Matt Carpenter shifting to second base for the majority of his playing time, and the team's schedule facing three left-handed starters makes that a sensible plan. Kolten Wong's owners should brace for a minimal role, if he's not simply demoted to Memphis, while Peralta's should activate him for a set of favorable Week 10 matchups.