Mon Jun 14 10:01am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
There’s no major mad bat virus problems to report, but I noticed in a story about the Cubs that Anthony Rizzo has refused to get the vaccine shot. It looks as if the MLB policy will allow teams to go without a mask if 85 percent of the team has gotten the vaccine shot. So when you’re watching games, you can get a feel for which teams have unity and those that do not. Look for guys in the dugout wearing masks and you’ll know who cares more about themself than their team. This could be a preview to some guys that might get moved at the trade deadline, but would you want to bring a guy in that doesn’t care enough about his teammates to get his shot so they’d be safe and wouldn’t have to wear masks?
The upcoming week’s schedule has only one team playing five games, the Rangers. There are 10 teams that have six games: Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota, New York Yankees, Oakland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. And 18 teams have seven games with Washington playing a doubleheader on Saturday with the Mets, giving the Mets an eight-game week. Colorado plays all seven at home against San Diego and Milwaukee, two pretty good pitching teams. The Rockies best pitcher of late, Austin Gomber, gets two home starts, so it’s a roll of the dice to play him or not.
As you might guess, there’s a lot of two-start pitcher possibilities this week. The guys with matchups I like are Lance Lynn at home against Tampa Bay and at Houston - hard to pass up his 10-plus strikeouts from these games. Brad Keller gets two home starts against Detroit and Boston. Marco Gonzales gets two home starts against Minnesota and Tampa Bay. Patrick Corbin, who hasn’t made it to the sixth inning in his last five starts, gets two home starts against Pittsburgh and the New York Mets. Also, trying to right the ship will be Alex Wood, who’s last three starts have been bad. He has two home starts against Arizona and Philadelphia.
Fresh off the IL and a so-so start, Tony Gonsolin gets a home start against Philadelphia and road start at Arizona. He should be stretched out to six or seven innings in these if he has the stuff to get guys out. In what might be a preview for teams looking for a trade for a starter, the Dylan Bundy gets a road start at Oakland and home start against the Tigers. Also, just off the IL, Kenta Maeda gets two road starts at Seattle and Texas. Rookie Alex Manoah starts at Boston and Baltimore while fellow starter Hyun-Jin Ryu gets a home start against the Yankees and road start at Baltimore. Tyler Glasnow gets two road starts at the White Sox and Mariners. The Cards look for veteran Adam Wainwright to stabilize their starters with a home game against the Marlins and road game at Atlanta. Jake Arrieta will get two starts for the Cubs, his first is at the New York Mets and second is at home against the Marlins.
Help is on the Way!
The Astros will get Lance McCullers Jr. back in their starting rotation this week. And the Royals expect Adalberto Mondesi back from his hamstring problems this week. I wouldn’t expect to see him stealing bases for another week, though.
Depending on your league rules and if you have a reserve spot to stash someone, there’s a bunch of players (who maybe got dropped in your league) expected back in late June or early July; George Springer, Luke Voit, John Means, Sonny Gray, Michael Conforto, Zac Gallen, Madison Bumgarner, Franmil Reyes and Corey Seager. All would be good candidates to make trades.
After the All-Star break, expected back are Evan Longoria, Mike Trout, Jack Flaherty, Luis Severino, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco.
Have a great week!
Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.
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