Interleague play will start this week, which will be important to keep in mind for players like David Ortiz and others that only fit the bill as designated hitters. With that in mind, check out what you need to know and who to hit or ditch this week with a full slate of games for every team.
Mariners (@ Bos, @ Cle, @ Col) â€“ The Mariners hit the road all week. Not good news for Chone Figgins or Dustin Ackley. Figgins is hitting only .222 in 63 at-bats while Ackley is at just .237 in 76 at-bats. The good news is that Ichiro, Kyle Seager, and Jesus Montero are all hitting better than .313. Hit them in these seven.
Red Sox (vs. Sea, @ TB, @Phi) â€“ As bad as Adrian Gonzalez was in April, he is hitting .341 in May. Do not be afraid of Ryan Sweeney either. Not only is he leading the team in average, he has been hitting out of the leadoff spot and has a .314 average so far this month. Should see more runs scored with him in the new spot. Careful with David Ortiz. He was removed from the game on Friday night and will struggle to get on the field against the Phillies.
Yankees (@ Bal, @Tor, vs. Cin) â€“ Both Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez are back raking. Cano is hitting .542 in May while Rodriguez is over .400. Watch some of the other stars. Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira have struggled over the last week. Teixeira is just at .167 with one home run this month. Hit Raul Ibanez. Just a hunch, but he is eight for his last 24 with three home runs.
Orioles (vs. NYY, @ KC, @ Was) â€“ The Orioles have had a fall off in some offense. Only J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds have found their way over .300 this month. Still, hit Nick Markakis as he has four home runs in his last 42 at-bats. Adam Jones has fallen off, but he is hitting .275 away from home with six home runs.
Rays (@ Tor, vs. Bos, vs. Atl) â€“ Luke Scott is 4-for-13 against Boston this season with two home runs. Sean Rodriguez and Matt Joyce have found solid number. Joyce leads the team with eight RBI this month. Watch out for Carlos Pena as he has only three hits in 35 at-bats this month.
Blue Jays (vs. TB, vs. NYY, vs. NYM) â€“ Not bad to get seven home games. Two players have not been able to get it going in the dome though. Ditch J.P. Arencibia as he has just a .167 average without a home run in 36 at-bats at home. While Kelly Johnson has had similar problems, he is hitting .300 in May with three home runs.
Royals (@ Tex, vs. Bal, vs. Ari) â€“ Kansas City gets two of the top-ten pitching staffs in baseball with Texas and Baltimore, but Texas pitching has struggled this month with a 4.38 ERA. Ditch Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer. Both are south of .200 this month. Deep leagues should hit Jarrod Dyson given his .325 mark over the last 10 games.
Rangers (vs. KC, vs. Oak, @ Hou) â€“ An offense like Texas getting the 21st (Oakland) and 29th (Kansas City) ranked staffs in May this week? Have to like it. The one concern and ditch possibility is Michael Young.Â He has only five hits over his last 31 at-bats. No other concerns in Texas. Hit all those you normally would with this type of lineup.
Tigers (@ CWS, vs. Min, vs. Pit) â€“ Brennan Boesch is just 3-for-22 against the White Sox this season while Miguel Cabrera is 4-for-25). Five games at home make it harder for Boesch as he is just a .169 hitter at home. Hit Jhonny Peralta, who continues to improve as the season goes on.
White Sox (vs. Det, @ LAA, @CHC) â€“ The numbers for the White Sox outside of Alejandro De Aza, Gordon Beckham, and Adam Dunn have been a disaster in May. Ditch Alexei Ramirez. Been a problem all season and has only nine hits in his last 46 at-bats. Tough to find a way to hit A.J. Pierzynski or Brent Morel with their sub-.200 numbers to start the month as well.
Indians (@ Min, vs. Sea, vs. Mia) â€“ Not buying Johnny Damon or Travis Hafner this week. Their struggles and combined one home run in 55 at-bats should put them both on your bench. Hafner will not see the lineup against the Marlins. Hit Michael Brantley and his .280 mark for the month. Bad week for Jason Kipnis, but he has three home runs, nine runs scored and nine RBI in May.
Twins (vs. Cle, @ Det, @ Mil) â€“ Not much to like from the Minnesota lineup outside of Josh Willingham and, maybe, Denard Span. Hit both, but look to ditch your other Twins where possible. Even Span and Willingham are fringe at best given numbers south of .235 for the month. In fact, not one player on the team that has played more than three games is hitting better than .235. Run and hide.
Athletics (@LAA, @ Tex, @ SF) â€“ Tough to be an Oakland hitter against these three staffs for the week. Like to hit Josh Reddick. In addition to hitting .292 for the season, he is at .417 in his last 24 at-bats with four home runs. Brandon Inge is another solid option. Look to ditch the rest of your Aâ€™s, including Jemile Weeks. Just bad numbers.
Angels (vs. Oak, vs. CWS, @ SD) â€“ Yes, you are still hitting Albert Pujols. He is still Pujols. Hit Mike Trout. In just eight games this month, he has two steals and a .400 average. May want to ditch Torii Hunter who is hitting only .182 over his last 33 at-bats.
Cubs (@ Stl, vs. Phi, vs. CWS) â€“ Have to keep hitting Bryan LaHair who has four home runs at home to go with a .373 average and 1.162 OPS. Ditch Geovany Soto for the obvious as well as the fact he only has six hits in 48 at-bats in Wrigley Field this year.
Cardinals (vs. CHC, @ SF, @ LAD) â€“ One of two teams without an interleague game. Jon Jay is starting to cool off (.273 in his last 22 at-bats), but he is still leading the team with a .376 average on the season. No one in line for a ditch. The team has been hitting well so ride the wave. That includes starting Rafael Furcal, Matt Holliday, and Carlos Beltran.
Padres (@ Was, vs. LAD, vs. LAA) â€“ Yonder Alonso and Jesus Guzman can be seen as players to hit as both are better than .400 for May. Otherwise, the Padres have had a lot of problems at the plate and will be facing three of the best staffs in baseball.
Nationals (vs. SD, vs. Pit, vs. Bal) â€“ The numbers at home for Washington make the bulk of their regulars players to hit. Reach for Stephen Lombardozzi. In 37 at-bats, he has 15 hits. At the top of the lineup, he has some potential to score runs as well. Ditch Adam LaRoche. He has cooled off and is only hitting .233 at home.
Astros (@ Phi, vs. Mil, vs. Tex) â€“ Ditch Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez. Martinez is truly struggling, posting just one hit in 22 at-bats this month. Chris Johnson is leading the Astros in average, home runs, and RBI this month and should be hit along with Jose Altuve and Jed Lowrie.
Phillies (vs. Hou, @CHC, vs. Bos) â€“ Both the Cubs and Astros are pitching better than you might think and have ERAâ€™s for May under 3.00. Still, hit Carlos Ruiz until he starts to cool off. If there were a better option available than Jimmy Rollins, it would be worth considering. Rollins is just ten for his last 46 without a home run.
Reds (@ Atl, @ NYM, @NYY) â€“ Tough go for the Reds as they will hit the road for the whole week. Ditch Zack Cozart and Ryan Ludwick as neither has hit well away from home this season. Drew Stubbs has a .299 mark on the road and is hitting .294 over his last 34 at-bats.
Braves (vs. Cin, vs. Mia, @ TB) â€“ If there were options available, ditching Brian McCann and Jason Heyward would not be the worst idea. Heyward has just a .241 mark in his last 29 at-bats while McCann has only seven in his last 32. Michael Bourn needs to be in the lineup for owners as he continues to lead the team in hitting.
Brewers (@ NYM, @ Hou, vs. Min) â€“ While there has been limited power from him, Aramis Ramirez is starting to hit a little bit with a .292 average in his last 24 at-bats. Ditch Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart. The two have combined for seven hits in their last 50 at bats. Not a way to win friends and influence fantasy owners.
Mets (vs. Mil, vs. Cin, @ Tor) â€“ Dan Murphy has not put up the home runs, but he is hitting .333 over his last nine games. Still going to call Ike Davis as an overall ditch. Yes, two home runs but only five RBI and six runs scored over his last 28 at-bats. The position is too deep and too good to mess around with what Davis is offering.
Pirates (@ Mia, @ Was, @ Det) â€“ The same three names are performing for the Pirates of late. Keep hitting Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and Jose Tabata. Ditch Pedro Alvarez given his total of zero hits in his last 18 at-bats.
Marlins (vs. Pit, @ ATL, @ Cle) â€“ Gaby Sanchez is still on the ditch list with just four hits in his last 27 at-bats. Omar Infante is worth keeping in lineups as he is hitting .342 this month. No major pitfalls otherwise or standouts on the Marlins to keep on the radar.
Diamondbacks (@ LAD, @ Col, @ KC) â€“ On the road again, so look to avoid Aaron Hill and Ryan Roberts as neither have had any luck outside of Arizona. It is possible that we see Chris Young towards the end of the week. Weekly lineups should leave him out but daily leagues should look to him against Kansas City.
Dodgers (vs. Ari, @SD, vs. Stl) â€“ The only other team that will not play an interleague contest. Like the idea of hitting Mark Ellis. He is hitting .367 in his last 30 at-bats. James Loney and Dee Gordon should be on the ditch list. Loney is just six for his last 28 while Gordon is nine for 37.
Rockies (@ SF, vs. Ari, vs. Sea) â€“ Dexter Fowler is only two for his last 16 and should be held back this week. Same with Marco Scutaro who is hitting .231 over his last 26 at-bats. Keep Michael Cuddyer on the hit list.
Giants (vs. Col, vs. Stl, vs. Oak) â€“ The limited power in the San Francisco lineup is still a problem. Pablo Sandoval though hurt still leads the team with just five home runs. Melky Cabrera has hit .360 in his last 25 at-bats and is worth keeping active. Otherwise, the Giants have seen a lack of offense both at home and in the last week. Avoid where you can.