Mon Jun 24 5:05pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
This coming week, which marks the halfway point in the season, is marred with an MLB European experiment. The Yankees and Red Sox will take their rivalry across the pond to London to play in a converted soccer stadium. For Queens Sake! Who do they think they are, the NFL?!?
Unfortunately, it’s only a two game series with both teams off Thursday and Friday. With both teams only playing five games this coming week, you have to ask yourself how many home runs can they hit in those two games? What a time for the Yankees to get their wounded warriors back!
Stanton, Judge and DeDe mean those who have been leading the Yankees to the top of the AL East will now take a seat on the bench or a bus ride back to AAA. Speculation (and there is a lot of it) is that the Yankees might part with top prospect Clint Frazier. The defensively challenged outfielder has shown he’s Major League ready hitting wise, but there is no place for him in the Bronx in the foreseeable future. Look for GM Brian Cashman to use the future star to get a necessary piece to win another World Championship, making Frazier an interesting piece to stash if you can.
The other four teams with five games are San Diego playing at Baltimore, Cincinnati and St. Louis. The Reds will play 2 in Anaheim, and Oakland goes to St. Louis. Don’t fret if you’re a Kris Davis owner. He’ll be in left field for most of the A’s NL matchups just like last year. The other team losing a DH will be Seattle with a three-game set in Milwaukee. Washington goes to Detroit and Pittsburgh to Houston for three games sets, so both NL teams get an extra bat in their lineups.
Eight teams play the full complement of seven games; San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado, Chicago Cubs, Arizona and Atlanta. The other 16 teams will be playing six games.
The Rockies have a split week with three is San Francisco before returning for four at home against the Rockies. While the Dodgers having been pitching well, it’s always risky to use them at Coors. Smart fantasy managers will bench Ryu, Maeda, Kershaw and Stripling this week! On the other hand, you’ll want to play your homer happy Dodger hitters, and if they are available on your waiver wire, consider picking up Chris Taylor (the everyday shortstop with Seager out) and Matt Beaty. On the Rocky side, with Trevor Story out, Brendan Rodgers becomes a must play. Top prospect Garrett Hampton has been recalled, but it looks like he’ll have limited plate appearances.
Jordan Yamamoto passed the test against the Phillies, shutting them down for his third impressive outing. He gets a home start against the same Phillies this week, and as he showed against the a Cardinals, he can dominate in back-to-back games against the same club. He should be a pitcher you’re looking at if you need help in that department.
Two other pitchers benefitting from two home starts are Andrew Heaney and Zack Davies. Heaney and the Angels get Cincinnati and Oakland while Davies starts come as the Brewers battle Seattle and Pittsburgh. Both should fair well this week.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.