Sun May 5 9:55pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
The MLB schedule makers did not give any teams just five games in Week 7. And the split of teams with six and seven games is almost even with Detroit and Minnesota playing a doubleheader on Saturday. The only AL team losing their DH this week is Texas, playing two games in Pittsburgh.
San Francisco and San Diego each have three games at Coors Field, perhaps a bonus for their hitters. While it’s always a boost to play the guys on your roster there, it’s also an advantage to check out the waiver wire for some available players. Look for Steve Duggar and Brandon Belt on the Giants, and Franmil Reyes and Manuel Margot on the Padres. Plus, a couple Rockies that might be available, Mark Reynolds and Ryan McMahon.
I’m not sure what to expect from Oakland A’s call up Skye Bolt, but his name is a classic. Expect to see and hear some “lightning bolts” when he goes deep. He has some power as his six home runs and six doubles at AAA showed. He could be worth a waiver claim.
It’s hard to recommend a pitcher from Miami, but Caleb Smith is looking every bit like an ace. He’s 3-0 with an ERA under two and WHIP under one with a 45/9 strikeout to walk ratio. He probably won’t keep up those numbers, but he looks like the Marlins token All-Star right now. His two-start week starts with a game against the suddenly hot Cubs and Jon Lester, so we’ll see how he does. Beware his road ERA is over five. Can he take the next step to stardom and tame the Cubs at Wrigley?
The Astros get home cooking with two less than mediocre pitching staffs coming to town in Kansas City and Texas. So play all your Astros, and check the waiver wire for Robinson Chirinos and Josh Reddick, my picks to click this week.
Equally enticing this coming week is the hot hitting Twins with three games against Toronto and Detroit, whose catchers have a better chance of catching a cold than a base runner stealing. Byron Buxton could be the one that benefits the most if he can get on base. Nelson Cruz should continue his hot streak, so play him if you have him.
The Red Sox offense has started to heat up also since Michael Chavis has joined the team. It appears he’s the spark plug, so the Red Sox car will probably keep him in their engine. If he’s on your waiver wire, grab him now.
One more player that might have slipped by the cracks is Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco. He seems to be rounding into form, and the Pirates schedule has all righties against them this week, so look for him to go deep once or twice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.