Sun Aug 9 3:34pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
We are 15 games into the season, which is one-fourth. With three-fourths left to go and the hope all teams will play 60 games, some teams will have a bunch of games to make up, which would give you an opportunity to pick-up some players on those teams to maximize at bats and innings pitched. And hopefully, they would produce counting stats to improve your place in the standings.
The Cardinals have the most games to make up, but there’s no telling when they might start playing again. Rumor has it their series that was to start Monday against Pittsburgh will be cancelled, so don’t put any Cardinals on your waiver wire just yet.
The other teams that will be playing seven-inning doubleheaders, mostly in September, are the Marlins, Phillies, Orioles, Tigers, Brewers, Red Sox and Blue Jays. Look for players like Brian Anderson and Jon Berti to add to your team.
Interesting stat. There are three times as many pitchers that have gone on the IL in the first 15 games this year compared to last year. It looks like the three-week time frame before the season started was not enough for the pitchers to get stretched out. A couple pitchers that looked good that might be on waiver wires are Touki Toussaint, Dylan Bundy, Brandon Bielak, Cristian Javier and Alec Mills. A couple pitchers that should have two starts are Julio Teheran, Alex Cobb, Sean Newcomb and Dustin May. All should rack up double digit strikeouts this coming week.
Another interesting stat is the Diamondbacks have given up 14 steals in 15 tries this year. Colorado and San Diego have three game series with them this coming week, so if you need steals, load up on them. A bit of a sleeper I like is Jake Cronenworth. He’s done a nice job filling in at first base for Eric Hosmer, and I could see the Padres moving him to second base in place of Jurickson Profar when Hosmer comes back.
The schedule makers haven’t added any make-up games this coming week except a doubleheader on Thursday between the Tigers and Cardinals, but it’s anybody’s guess if it will be played. Five teams will only play five games: Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, Toronto and the New York Yankees. Plus, keep in mind the Pirates would only have four if their Cardinals series is cancelled.
The revolving bullpens brought a few new closers this week. In Texas, Rafael Montero looks to be the guy to get saves now. In Anaheim, Ty Buttrey has replaced Hansel Robles for the Angels. Seth Lugo has taken over for the Mets because Edwin Diaz has been ineffective. Jairo Diaz is now the Rockies closer with Wade Davis out. The Cubs have turned to Rowan Wick and after pitching three days in a row, they had to go to Kyle Ryan to close a game because Craig Kimbrel imploded again. It looks like Jeremy Jeffress will be a set-up man. If the Cardinals ever play again, with Kwang Hyun Kim moved to the starting rotation and Ryan Helsley out with the virus, Giovanny Gallegos should be the closer.
Good luck keeping your lineup with active players 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.