Sun Jun 2 4:25pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
The schedule makers are starting out June with a rather normal looking schedule. The only team with five games is the Chicago White Sox, and two of those games will be in Washington. Yonder Alonso, who is not even hitting his weight will probably be riding the bench without a DH.
Five teams have a game every day; Chicago Cubs, Houston, Los Angeles Angels, San Diego and Seattle. Four teams will play seven with two doubleheader’s next Saturday to make up for early season postponements; Tampa Bay, Boston, Texas and Oakland. The Saturday doubleheader’s don’t necessarily mean extra at bats, though, as the managers will probably give most players a game of rest.
Inter-league play has little bearing on things, other than the White Sox. Arizona plays at Toronto with the only other AL/NL matchup.
Some teams appear to have a better than average road to success. Oakland plays seven on the road at the Los Angeles Angels and Texas, with both parks rated better hitting parks than the home Coliseum. Matt Olson is starting to hit his groove, and Mark Canha is benefiting from Kris Davis’s absence, making both good plays. The Rangers play seven at home against Baltimore and Oakland. Some of their hitters are licking their chops as are Brewer hitters, who have weak pitching Miami and Pittsburgh coming to town. The hot hitting Twins play at Cleveland and Detroit. Look for some ERA’s to rise in those matchups.
If your looking for a sleeper pitcher this week, it could be Twins rookie Devin Smeltzer. Coming off a stellar start this week, he’s lined up for two in Cleveland and Detroit. Houston looks to find some offense with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer out. Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick look to be their spark plugs. The Brewers look to get Travis Shaw back. It will be curious to see where he plays. Rookie Keston Hiura has been holding his own with four home runs and close to a .300 average.
Also, returning this week could be Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, creating another scenario, wondering everyone will play. Gleyber Torres should move to second, bumping leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu to third, and Gio Urshela to DH or the bench.
Looking for pitching help? This is the week that Dallas Keuchel and perhaps Craig Kimbrel finally sign. You can get ahead of the big bidding wars next weekend going after them now.
A couple other intriguing players to snatch from your waiver wire this week are Cesar Puello, the Angels outfielder who has gone 6-for-11 with two home runs and five RBI in his first two games. Mallex Smith is back from the minors and getting at a good clip leading off for the Mariners. If you need stolen bases, grab him. And if you need catching help, Matt Wieters looks to get most of the playing time behind the dish with Yadi Molina on the IL.
Have a good 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.