Fantasy Forecaster: Week of August 4

Updated: August 3, 2014, 9:35 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Fantasy Forecaster updated Sunday, Aug. 3, at 9:35 a.m. ET.

On tap: David Price, the marquee name traded at the July 31 non-waiver deadline, makes his Detroit Tigers debut in a familiar venue: Yankee Stadium. Price has four consecutive quality starts there dating back to 2012; he's 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in six starts at that hitting-friendly ballpark since the beginning of the 2012 season. Toss in a weekend start at Toronto's Rogers Centre, where he has won seven consecutive starts with a 2.74 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in those games, and Price is a two-start Week 18 pitcher with challenging matchups.

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Naturally, you start Price regardless, because he's as capable as anyone of making a good first impression.

Those Tigers, incidentally, now sport each of the past three American League Cy Young award winners -- Max Scherzer (2013), Price (2012) and Justin Verlander (2011) -- in their rotation, and all three of them are lined up to make starts at Yankee Stadium. It's quite a test for the Tigers, and Scherzer and Verlander are a combined 3-for-8 in quality starts with a 4.82 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in their careers at that ballpark, but perhaps Price's past success will rub off on his rotation-mates. It's a big week for the Tigers facing two American League East playoff hopefuls.

Speaking of trade fallout, the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, last October's World Series combatants, tangle from Tuesday through Thursday, less than a week after the teams made a significant trade: John Lackey for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. Kelly will face his former team during the series -- revenge! -- on Wednesday, while Craig will also battle his former mates. Meanwhile, Adam Wainwright, who unfortunately absorbed two of the Cardinals' four losses during said World Series, is lined up to face the Red Sox on Thursday.

This is a week chock full of interleague play, 31 of the 95 total games scheduled, to be exact. Remarkably, that results in only two five-game weeks -- those belong to the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres -- yet 12 seven-game weeks. That eight of the interleague games represent "traditional rivalries" -- the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers each battle for a pair of two-game, home-and-home series -- helps pad the schedule. Still, 17 of those 31 interleague games have American League teams visiting National League ballparks and losing their designated hitter, so keep it in mind while planning.

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ESPN lineup deadlines | Interleague impact | Projected starting pitchers
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Hitting ratings | Hitting advantages

ESPN leagues: Lineup deadlines

There is another day game on Monday of fantasy's Week 18 and this is another early one: The final game of the San Francisco Giants at New York Mets weekend wraparound series begins at 12:10 p.m. ET. Fantasy owners in weekly leagues will need to set their lineups earlier for a second consecutive week. Don't forget!

There are day games on every other day of the week except for Tuesday, when the action commences at 7:05 p.m. ET. For those in daily leagues, keep in mind the earliest starting times on the five other days: Wednesday has a 1:10 p.m. ET game (San Diego Padres at Minnesota Twins), Thursday a 12:35 p.m. ET game (New York Mets at Washington Nationals), Friday a 4:05 p.m. ET game (Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs), Saturday a 1:05 p.m. ET game (Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees) and Sunday a 1:05 p.m. ET game (Indians at Yankees).

The trade deadline in ESPN standard leagues arrives at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 8. Custom leagues allow this deadline to be changed, so this is as good a time as any for a reminder to check your league's settings to be sure of yours.

Interleague impact

This week's interleague series:
Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals (1 game, Monday; this is a make-up of their July 8 postponement)
• Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians (2 games, Monday-Tuesday)
• Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers (2 games, Monday-Tuesday)
• San Diego Padres at Minnesota Twins (2 games, Tuesday-Wednesday)
• Atlanta Braves at Seattle Mariners (2 games, Tuesday-Wednesday)
• Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals (3 games, Tuesday-Thursday)
Houston Astros at Philadelphia Phillies (3 games, Tuesday-Thursday)
Kansas City Royals at Arizona Diamondbacks (3 games, Tuesday-Thursday)
• Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds (2 games, Wednesday-Thursday)
• Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels (2 games, Wednesday-Thursday)
• St. Louis Cardinals at Baltimore Orioles (3 games, Friday-Sunday)
• San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals (3 games, Friday-Sunday)
• Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs (3 games, Friday-Sunday)

The two teams with the players who have made the most starts at designated hitter this season, the Red Sox (David Ortiz, 98) and Royals (Billy Butler, 93), both make trips to National League parks. Though Ortiz started both of Boston's previous two games in an NL park -- May 26-27 at Atlanta -- usual first baseman Mike Napoli isn't on the DL currently, as he was then. A more apt reference would be Ortiz's six regular-season starts over Napoli at first base in games at NL parks in 2013; it's possible that Ortiz could start two of the games in St. Louis, considering the Cardinals' rotation is entirely right-handed. Heck, he could start all three, as he did during the 2013 World Series, so Napoli's owners should be the ones sweating.

Butler, meanwhile, didn't start at first base ahead of Eric Hosmer in any of the Royals' five games at NL parks earlier this season, but Hosmer's fractured right hand opens up the position if the Royals want to give Butler a try there. We'll get a clearer read on how comfortable the team is playing Butler at first base on an everyday basis during their Aug. 1-3 weekend series, but his fantasy owners should feel confident enough that he'll get his usual starter's number of at-bats in Week 18.

Chris Carter's value should suffer the most among the DHs. He was relegated to pinch-hitting duty in each of the Astros' previous four games in NL parks -- June 9-10 at Arizona, June 17-18 at Washington -- with Jon Singleton manning first base, the most recent of those games against a left-handed starting pitcher. With Cliff Lee now on the DL, the Astros will face nothing but right-handers during the Phillies series, so Carter's owners in anything shallower than an AL-only league should consider benching him.

Among other American Leaguers at risk of lost at-bats in NL ballparks: The Rays' Matt Joyce, who has made seven of the team's past 11 starts at DH but is likely to sit at least the two games in which the Cubs are scheduled to start a lefty; the Angels' C.J. Cron, who has four starts at DH in the past six games and isn't especially likely to start at first base ahead of Albert Pujols; and the Indians' Nick Swisher, who started just one of the team's three games at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium from June 30-July 2. Swisher, though, has a favorable enough schedule to warrant keeping him active.

Among National Leaguers who could score a handful of meaningful at-bats in AL ballparks: The Cardinals' Peter Bourjos, who could handle center field duties with Jon Jay in left field and Matt Holliday at DH (assuming the team doesn't promote the struggling Randal Grichuk instead); Reds left field partners Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick; and the Braves' Gerald Laird or Ryan Doumit.

Projected starting pitchers

The chart below lists each of the 30 MLB teams' schedules and projected starting pitchers, and provides a projected Bill James Game Score for each day's starter. Pitchers scheduled to start at least twice this week are in gold/beige boxes.

Pitching scuttlebutt

Joe Kelly will make his Boston Red Sox debut on Tuesday, and the team confirmed that both Brandon Workman and Allen Webster will remain in their rotation (for this week, at least) when it demoted Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 2.
• The Cleveland Indians designated Zach McAllister for assignment -- that a procedural move to demote him to Triple-A Columbus rather than intent to trade or release him -- on Aug. 1, slotting Josh Tomlin into his rotation spot beginning on Tuesday. Tomlin will make two starts in Week 18.
• David Price will presumably slide directly into Drew Smyly's former spot in the Detroit Tigers' rotation, meaning Price will make his Tigers debut on Tuesday. The Team has the option of pitching Price on Monday, however, pushing Max Scherzer back by a day, though both would still start twice facing the same opponents.
• The Houston Astros named Brad Peacock their rotation replacement for Jarred Cosart, who was traded on July 31. It is unclear how soon Peacock will join the starting five; Cosart's next turn would've been scheduled for Wednesday.
• The Los Angeles Angels placed Tyler Skaggs (forearm) on the DL on Aug. 1, and will fill his rotation spot with Hector Santiago beginning on Tuesday. Santiago will make two starts in Week 18.
Tommy Milone could move immediately into the Minnesota Twins' rotation, though the team's plans for him beyond Aug. 3 were unclear at publishing time. The team has an opening on Thursday, or it could give him a start in Triple-A on Aug. 3, lining him up to make his Twins debut on Friday or Saturday.
• Following a four-start stretch since the All-Star break during which he had just one quality start and an 8.59 ERA, Mike Minor will be skipped in the Atlanta Braves' rotation this week, as the team has off days on Monday and Thursday. Minor will next start on Aug. 12. Alex Wood picks up a second start during Week 18.
Jordan Lyles (hand) is expected to be activated from the DL to rejoin the Colorado Rockies' rotation on Wednesday, rather than Tuesday. Brett Anderson will be the team's two-start pitcher for Week 18.
• The Miami Marlins placed Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) on the DL on Aug. 1, affording Jacob Turner a lengthier stay in their rotation. Turner is scheduled to pitch next on Saturday.
Jimmy Nelson, who was scratched from his scheduled Aug. 2 start due to a blister, will rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers' rotation on Tuesday and be their Week 18 two-start pitcher. Matt Garza moved up to Aug. 3, so he'll pitch just once, on Saturday this week.
David Buchanan will be recalled to assume Cliff Lee's spot in the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation beginning on Wednesday, after Lee was forced to leave his July 31 start early and subsequently landed on the DL with an elbow injury.
• For those wondering about Gerrit Cole's (lat) timetable, the Pittsburgh Pirates scratched him from his scheduled Aug. 2 rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis, instead having him throw a bullpen session. It is unclear what impact that might have upon Cole's return, but it greatly decreases the chances that he'll be activated during Week 18.
• The St. Louis Cardinals scheduled John Lackey's debut for them on Aug. 3, pushing Lance Lynn back to Tuesday's game and making him their two-start pitcher in Week 18.

Tristan's Week 18 pitcher rankings: Top 75

1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -- Tue-LAA (Santiago), Sun-@MIL (Nelson)
2. Yu Darvish (TEX) -- Sat-@HOU (Feldman)
3. Max Scherzer (DET) -- Mon-@NYY (McCarthy), Sat-@TOR (Stroman)
4. Felix Hernandez (SEA) -- Tue-ATL (Wood), Sun-CWS (Danks)
5. David Price (DET) -- Tue-@NYY (Kuroda), Sun-@TOR (Buehrle)
6. Chris Sale (CWS) -- Wed-TEX (Tepesch)
7. Johnny Cueto (CIN) -- Tue-@CLE (Tomlin), Sun-MIA (Hand)
8. Stephen Strasburg (WSH) -- Fri-@ATL (Santana)
9. Zack Greinke (LAD) -- Mon-LAA (Richards), Sat-@MIL (Garza)
10. Tyson Ross (SD) -- Sun-@PIT (Morton)
11. Corey Kluber (CLE) -- Mon-CIN (Simon), Sat-@NYY (McCarthy)
12. Alex Wood (ATL) -- Tue-@SEA (Hernandez), Sun-WSH (Gonzalez)
13. Alex Cobb (TB) -- Mon-@OAK (Samardzija), Sun-@CHC (Wood)
14. Gio Gonzalez (WSH) -- Tue-NYM (Wheeler), Sun-@ATL (Wood)
15. Cole Hamels (PHI) -- Sat-NYM (Gee)
16. Jeff Samardzija (OAK) -- Mon-TB (Cobb), Sat-MIN (Gibson)
17. Sonny Gray (OAK) -- Wed-TB (Hellickson)
18. Madison Bumgarner (SF) -- Fri-@KC (Vargas)
19. Garrett Richards (LAA) -- Mon-@LAD (Greinke), Sat-BOS (Buchholz)
20. Tanner Roark (WSH) -- Mon-BAL (Gausman), Sat-@ATL (Harang)
21. Jake Arrieta (CHC) -- Wed-@COL (Lyles)
22. Adam Wainwright (STL) -- Thu-BOS (Workman)
23. Julio Teheran (ATL) -- Wed-@SEA (Young)
24. Marcus Stroman (TOR) -- Sat-DET (Scherzer)
25. Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) -- Sat-CWS (Noesi)
26. Lance Lynn (STL) -- Tue-BOS (De La Rosa), Sun-@BAL (Norris)
27. Anibal Sanchez (DET) -- Fri-@TOR (Dickey)
28. Francisco Liriano (PIT) -- Sat-SD (Kennedy)
29. Jacob deGrom (NYM) -- Thu-@WSH (Zimmermann)
30. Charlie Morton (PIT) -- Tue-MIA (Hand), Sun-SD (Ross)
31. Jon Lester (OAK) -- Thu-MIN (Darnell)
32. Zack Wheeler (NYM) -- Tue-@WSH (Gonzalez), Sun-@PHI (Kendrick)
33. Scott Kazmir (OAK) -- Fri-MIN (Pino)
34. Jesse Hahn (SD) -- Tue-@MIN (Hughes)
35. James Shields (KC) -- Sat-SF (Hudson)
36. Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) -- Thu-@LAA (Wilson)
37. Doug Fister (WSH) -- Wed-NYM (Niese)
38. Tim Lincecum (SF) -- Tue-@MIL (Nelson), Sun-@KC (Duffy)
39. A.J. Burnett (PHI) -- Fri-NYM (Colon)
40. Dallas Keuchel (HOU) -- Tue-@PHI (Kendrick), Sun-TEX (Martinez)
41. Jake Odorizzi (TB) -- Sat-@CHC (Jackson)
42. Homer Bailey (CIN) -- Thu-CLE (House)
43. Mat Latos (CIN) -- Wed-CLE (Salazar)
44. Danny Duffy (KC) -- Tue-@ARI (Miley), Sun-SF (Lincecum)
45. Ervin Santana (ATL) -- Fri-WSH (Strasburg)
46. Alfredo Simon (CIN) -- Mon-@CLE (Kluber), Sat-MIA (Turner)
47. John Lackey (STL) -- Sat-@BAL (Gausman)
48. Jose Quintana (CWS) -- Fri-@SEA (Paxton)
49. Yovani Gallardo (MIL) -- Wed-SF (Vogelsong)
50. Brett Anderson (COL) -- Tue-CHC (Wood), Sun-@ARI (Miley)
51. Phil Hughes (MIN) -- Tue-SD (Hahn), Sun-@OAK (Hammel)
52. R.A. Dickey (TOR) -- Fri-DET (Sanchez)
53. Justin Verlander (DET) -- Wed-@NYY (Capuano)
54. Tim Hudson (SF) -- Mon-@NYM (Gee), Sat-@KC (Shields)
55. Kevin Gausman (BAL) -- Mon-@WSH (Roark), Sat-STL (Lackey)
56. Danny Salazar (CLE) -- Wed-@CIN (Latos)
57. Wade Miley (ARI) -- Tue-KC (Duffy), Sun-COL (Anderson)
58. Dillon Gee (NYM) -- Mon-SF (Hudson), Sat-@PHI (Hamels)
59. Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) -- Tue-DET (Price), Sun-CLE (Tomlin)
60. Jimmy Nelson (MIL) -- Tue-SF (Lincecum), Sun-LAD (Kershaw)
61. John Danks (CWS) -- Tue-TEX (Lewis), Sun-@SEA (Hernandez)
62. Jordan Zimmermann (WSH) -- Thu-NYM (DeGrom)
63. Drew Smyly (TB) -- Tue-@OAK (Hammel)
64. Yordano Ventura (KC) -- Wed-@ARI (Collmenter)
65. Wily Peralta (MIL) -- Thu-SF (Peavy)
66. Roenis Elias (SEA) -- Thu-CWS (Carroll)
67. Jered Weaver (LAA) -- Fri-BOS (Webster)
68. Matt Garza (MIL) -- Sat-LAD (Greinke)
69. Chris Archer (TB) -- Fri-@CHC (Wada)
70. Hector Santiago (LAA) -- Tue-@LAD (Kershaw), Sun-BOS (De La Rosa)
71. Ian Kennedy (SD) -- Sat-@PIT (Liriano)
72. Bartolo Colon (NYM) -- Fri-@PHI (Burnett)
73. Josh Collmenter (ARI) -- Wed-KC (Ventura)
74. Jake Peavy (SF) -- Thu-@MIL (Peralta)
75. Mike Leake (CIN) -- Fri-MIA (Eovaldi)

Two-start options for AL-/NL-only leagues:
Rubby De La Rosa (BOS) -- Tue-@STL (Lynn), Sun-@LAA (Santiago)
Jason Hammel (OAK) -- Tue-TB (Smyly), Sun-MIN (Hughes)
Brad Hand (MIA) -- Tue-@PIT (Morton), Sun-@CIN (Cueto)
Kyle Kendrick (PHI) -- Tue-HOU (Keuchel), Sun-NYM (Wheeler)
Brandon McCarthy (NYY) -- Mon-DET (Scherzer), Sat-CLE (Kluber)
Bud Norris (BAL) -- Tue-@TOR (Buehrle), Sun-STL (Lynn)

No-thank-yous, among two-start pitchers:
Mark Buehrle (TOR) -- Tue-BAL (Norris), Sun-DET (Price)
Nick Martinez (TEX) -- Mon-@CWS (Noesi), Sun-@HOU (Keuchel)
Josh Tomlin (CLE) -- Tue-CIN (Cueto), Sun-@NYY (Kuroda)
Hector Noesi (CWS) -- Mon-TEX (Martinez), Sat-@SEA (Iwakuma)
Travis Wood (CHC) -- Tue-@COL (Anderson), Sun-TB (Cobb)

Pitching advantages

• The new-look Oakland Athletics rotation -- or should that read even-newer-look? -- get a seven-games-at-home schedule that should help them generate many headlines. The Tampa Bay Rays visit for three and the Minnesota Twins stop by for four; the Twins have a 19th-ranked .303 team weighted on-base average (wOBA) and 21st-ranked 3.8 runs-per-game average in the month of June. The Rays, meanwhile, might have the wind sucked out of their sails following the David Price trade, as this recently hot team could lose some of its momentum during a three-game challenge out west.

With rotation spots at a premium, expect all five Athletics starters to be plenty motivated, especially struggling two-start pitcher Jason Hammel. He hasn't pitched nearly effectively enough to earn anyone's trust outside of AL-only (or NL-only holdover) leagues, but this is a pair of matchups that is about as likely as any he could face to help him rebound. Meanwhile, Jeff Samardzija is an underrated Week 18 as the team's other two-start pitcher, while Jon Lester should fit in nicely in a much more pitching-friendly environment at Oakland's O.co Coliseum.

• Here's a statistical tidbit to consider: Of any visiting team (20 or more games) in the history of Washington's Nationals Park, the New York Mets have the second-highest quality-start rate, with 62.5 percent (the Colorado Rockies are the only ones better, with 70.0). This team has a good history in that venue, and if you couple that with the team's recent dominance at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park -- 18 wins in 26 meetings, with a 2.99 team ERA -- Mets pitchers are awfully attractive plays this week. Two-start pitcher Zack Wheeler has quite a history against the Phillies, posting a 2.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 24.8 percent strikeout rate in his four career starts against them.

• Home games, meanwhile, suit the Pittsburgh Pirates nicely. Only five teams have a wider home/road team ERA split favoring the home games than the Pirates' -0.72 differential (3.40-4.12); the Pirates also have the No. 12 qualifier in terms of ERA in home games this season in Charlie Morton (2.12). Considering the Pirates' two opponents are the mediocre-on-the-road Miami Marlins and the worst-in-the-majors San Diego Padres, plus PNC Park has long played more favorably for pitchers, this is a week well worth exploring for all Pirates ... well, except perhaps for Jeff Locke and Edinson Volquez, who might want to be limited to NL-only and 12-plus-team mixed.

• Here are this week's Streamer's Delight picks (pitchers must be available in at least 75 percent of ESPN leagues as of our publishing time on Friday):

1. Charlie Morton (SD, Sunday): He's 7-for-9 in quality starts with a 2.18 ERA and 1.14 WHIP at PNC Park this season, and the San Diego Padres have the majors' worst stats in all three triple-slash categories, with .220/.279/.341 numbers in each.
2. Vance Worley (SD, Friday): Five of his seven starts this season have been quality starts, and now he'll face the game's weakest-hitting team, the San Diego Padres.
3. Kevin Gausman (STL, Saturday): He has a 3.12 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in nine starts since his return from the minors, and he'll be facing a St. Louis Cardinals team that has averaged 3.5 runs per game with .246/.306/.354 slash rates in road games.
4. Wade Miley (KC, Tuesday): Four of his past six home games have resulted in quality starts, and the visiting Kansas City Royals have mere .253/.312/.365 team slash rates against left-handers this season (.298 wOBA, sixth-worst).
5. Dillon Gee (SF, Monday): His lifetime ERA at Citi Field (3.23) is more than a run lower than in all other parks (4.61), and the visiting San Francisco Giants finished the month of July with the majors' lowest team wOBA (.275).
6. Jonathon Niese (@WSH, Wednesday): He has a 2.23 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in six career starts at Washington's Nationals Park.
7. Edinson Volquez (MIA, Thursday): He's 7-for-12 in quality starts with a 4.04 ERA in his home games, and he'll battle a Miami Marlins team that has averaged 3.7 runs per game behind .246/.306/.362 slash rates on the road this season.

Hitting ratings

The chart below lists each of the 30 teams' total number of scheduled games, home games and games versus right- and left-handed pitchers, and provides a matchup rating for the week's games in terms of overall offense, offense for left- and right-handed hitters and base stealing. Matchup ratings for each individual game are listed under the corresponding date.

Hitting advantages

• Here are this week's "volume plays," defined as the teams that play the most home games, or games against right- or left-handed starters:
Home games: New York Yankees 7, Oakland Athletics 7, Seattle Mariners 6, Toronto Blue Jays 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Milwaukee Brewers 6, Philadelphia Phillies 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 6. No other team plays more than five home games.
Versus RH: Cleveland Indians 7, Houston Astros 6, New York Yankees 6, St. Louis Cardinals 6. Fourteen teams face five right-handed starters.
Versus LH: Texas Rangers 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 4, Kansas City Royals 3, Seattle Mariners 3. Sixteen teams face two left-handed starters.

• Anytime the Cleveland Indians have a week entirely played against right-handed starters, consider it a good thing. For the season, only the Toronto Blue Jays have a wider righty/lefty team split in terms of wOBA favoring the side against right-handers: The Blue Jays' +.035 (.340-.305) narrowly edges the Indians' +.030 (.325-.295). That has also remained true since the All-Star break, granted a 14-game sample, yet one that supports it a year-long trend: The Indians' split during that span is +.060 (.339-.279), third-widest in the game. Granted, all four Cincinnati Reds pitchers scheduled to face the Indians have projected Game Scores of 51 or better, but that the team gets its favorable platoon side both during the entirety of that series and during the three-game weekend set at favorable-for-lefty-power Yankee Stadium is a plus.

Seven Indians hitters have at least a .300 batting average or .200 isolated power (that's slugging percentage minus batting average) since the All-Star break: Switch-hitters Carlos Santana (he has both) and Nick Swisher, left-handed hitters Michael Brantley (he has both), Chris Dickerson, Jason Kipnis and David Murphy, and right-handed hitter Yan Gomes (he has both). With the possible exception of Dickerson -- his value is relegated to AL-only and deep mixed formats -- all of the other six should be in your lineup even in shallow mixed.

• The post-trade-deadline Arizona Diamondbacks might not have the look of a resourceful roster for fantasy purposes, but if you're going to take a chance on any of their lesser-known names, this is the week to do it. They play their full week at home and three of those games are against left-handed starters, and this is why that's good: The Diamondbacks have a .351 wOBA against lefties in the month of July, and their +.167 righty/lefty wOBA team split favoring the side against left-handers is largest in baseball since the All-Star break. In addition, the Diamondbacks' team wOBA in home games this season is .314; it's merely .292 on the road.

The injury Paul Goldschmidt might be crushing to fantasy owners, but it does open up one more rotation spot for valuable temporary fill-ins from the team. Both Aaron Hill and Mark Trumbo are musts facing half a week's worth of southpaws: Hill is a lifetime .273/.338/.450 hitter against lefties, Trumbo .259/.305/.511 in his career. Left-handed Miguel Montero has also handled his theoretically weaker side decently in recent weeks, too, batting .267/.313/.400 in his past 32 trips to the plate against a lefty. And while it's an almost inevitable one-week pickup (and in NL-only and deep mixed formats at that), Andy Marte could warrant a look, after batting .350/.412/.600 against lefties for Triple-A Reno this season.

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