Mon Jul 15 10:46am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
For leagues that didn’t combine the three to four days after the All-Star break with the following week, here’s a look at the next seven-day period with some schedule and waiver-wire pickup possibilities.
Teams that only have five games are Baltimore, Seattle and Texas with Baltimore and Texas getting two home games with NL clubs coming in for inter-league games. Arizona and Washington get to add DH’s to their lineups in the AL ballparks. The Mets get to add a DH for their two games in Minnesota and the Rockies get to add a DH for their three-game set in the Bronx next weekend against the Yankees. No AL teams lose a DH the next seven days.
The Rockies have a seven-game week because of a Monday doubleheader against the Giants. The Rockies pitchers might be happy to be getting out of town, having surrendered 28 runs over the weekend in their series with the Reds. If available, Rockies second baseman Ryan McMahon seems to have a permanent job now, having started 25 of the last 28 games, hitting over .300 with 17 RBI. The Giants have an eight-game week with four at Coors and four at home against the Mets. Madison Bumgarner, perhaps pitching his last game in a Giant uniform, is scheduled for a home start against the Mets on Thursday avoiding Colorado. Another waiver pickup possibility is Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar, hitting over .300 with six homers and 21 RBI over his last 30 games.
Nine teams are playing six games over the next seven days; Washington, San Diego, Pittsburgh, New York Mets, Miami, Chicago Cubs, Arizona, Oakland and Minnesota. The Twins are getting healthy with ace Jake Odorizzi and Eddie Rosario back, but keep an eye out for a Byron Buxton, who left Saturday’s game with an injury and didn’t play Sunday. If you’re looking for a catcher replacement this week (both Yadier Molina and Johnathan Lucroy hit the IL this weekend), Twins catcher Jason Castro may be worthy as four of the six scheduled pitchers against them are righties, whom he hits really well.
Another team getting healthy are the Dodgers with outfielder A.J. Pollack, shortstop Corey Seager and backup infielder David Freese back. This probably means a loss of at bats for a Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Alex Verdugo.
A couple other waiver-wire pickups I like this week are Andrew Cashner, Lance Lynn and Tyler O’Neill. Cashner will slot into the Red Sox starting rotation, having been traded to Boston by the Orioles. Over his last five starts, he won the last three in 32 innings. He gave up only 23 baserunners and five earned runs while striking out 18. He now goes to a contender, which has to help his mental outlook.
I hope you haven’t been sleeping on Lance Lynn, who has been one of the better pitchers the last 60 days, going 7-1 in 74 innings with a 2.54 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 90 strikeouts. And he’ll only be better if he gets traded to a contender before the deadline, but right now he looks like one of the better free agent acquisitions this year.
Tyler O’Neill has taken advantage of the opportunity to get playing time with Marcel Ozuna on the IL. His power and production took a leap this weekend with a homer and five RBI for a Cardinal team struggling to produce runs and I can see him getting some extended playing time this coming week to see if his bat stays hot. Jump on him while you can.
Enjoy the next week and keep an eye out for some major trades. With only 15 days till the deadline, I expect to see some action this 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.