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It’s virtually impossible to see some things coming, but by preplanning for each and every week of the Fantasy Baseball season, you can often get a jump on the trends that are brewing around the league. Let’s take a look at how Week 22 of the MLB campaign is shaping up.

MLB Schedule (8/28 - 9/3)

TEAM # GAMES HOME AWAY OPPONENTS
Braves 7 0 7 at PHI (3), at CHC (4)
Marlins 7 4 3 at WSH (3), vs.PHI (4)
Mets 6 0 6 at CIN (3), at HOU (3)
Phillies 7 3 4 vs.ATL (3), at MIA (4)
Nationals 7 3 4 vs.MIA (3), at MIL (4)
Cubs 7 7 0 vs.PIT (3), vs.ATL (4)
Reds 6 3 3 vs.NYM (3), at PIT (3)
Brewers 6 6 0 vs.STL (2), vs.WSH (4)
Pirates 6 3 3 at CHC (3), vs.CIN (3)
Cardinals 6 0 6 at MIL (2), at SF (4)
Diamondbacks 6 3 3 vs.LAD (3), at COL (3)
Rockies 6 6 0 vs.DET (3), vs.ARI (3)
Dodgers 7 0 7 at ARI (3), at SD (4)
Padres 7 7 0 vs.SF (3), vs.LAD (4)
Giants 7 4 3 at SD (3), vs.STL (4)
Orioles 7 7 0 vs.SEA (3), vs.TOR (4)
Red Sox 7 0 7 at TOR (3), at NYY (4)
Yankees 7 7 0 vs.CLE (3), vs.BOS (4)
Rays 6 0 6 at KC (3), at CWS (3)
Blue Jays 7 3 4 vs.BOS (3), at BAL (4)
White Sox 6 3 3 at MIN (3), vs.TB (3)
Indians 7 0 7 at NYY (3), at DET (4)
Tigers 7 4 3 at COL (3), vs.CLE (4)
Royals 6 3 3 vs.TB (3), at MIN (3)
Twins 6 6 0 vs.CWS (3), vs.KC (3)
Astros 6 6 0 vs.TEX (3), vs.NYM (3)
Angels 6 3 3 vs.OAK (3), at TEX (3)
A's 6 0 6 at LAA (3), at SEA (3)
Mariners 6 3 3 at BAL (3), vs.OAK (3)
Rangers 6 3 3 at HOU (3), vs.LAA (3)

News From the Mound

There are plenty of news updates to cover on the pitching front this week, so let’s get right to them.

Clayton Kershaw (LAD) - Kershaw (back) has been on the DL dating back to July 23, but the three-time Cy Young Award winner declared himself ready to return to the Dodgers rotation following a 64-pitch rehab outing at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday night. If the club’s front office sees it as their ace does, Kershaw could be back on the bump next weekend in San Diego, or possibly even as soon as Thursday afternoon at Arizona.

Alex Wood (LAD) - Another injured L.A. All-Star looking to get back on a big-league mound by next weekend in San Diego, Wood (shouldr) was placed on the DL following a six-inning outing in Pittsburgh back on August 21. That move by the Dodgers brass certainly seemed to be one just to give Wood extra rest here late in the campaign. That’s simply a luxury a team enjoys when it all but wraps up a division crown with more than month to go in the season.

Jhoulys Chacin (SD) - This past Wednesday, Chacin put up one of his worst efforts of the last three months, as he drilled four different batters over 4.2 innings in St. Louis. After the start, it was reported that Chacin is dealing with some swelling in his pitching hand. He is still tentatively slated for home starts against the Giants and Dodgers this week, but the situation should be monitored by fantasy owners. Chacin sports an impressive 1.86 ERA across 82.1 innings in San Diego this year.

Jon Lester (CHC) - Lester (shoulder) was absolutely shelled in his most recent start for the Cubs, allowing nine runs (seven earned) over just 1.2 innings against the Reds on August 17. The veteran lefty was placed on the DL after that beating, but is now hoping to return to the Cubs staff next weekend following a simulated game on Monday. Lester threw 42 pitches in a side session this past Friday and reports were positive.

***None of the SP from the “News” (above) will be in this week’s rankings (below).

Interleague Outlook

AWAY TEAM HOME TEAM GAMES DH? Player(s) Impacted
Tigers Rockies 3 No Victor Martinez
Mets Astros 3 Yes Gavin Cecchini

SP Rankings

RANK PITCHER MATCHUP 1 MATCHUP 2
1 Corey Kluber @Yankees @Tigers
2 Jake Arrieta vs. Pirates vs. Braves
3 Max Scherzer vs. Marlins @Brewers
4 Rich Hill @Diamondbacks @Padres
5 Chris Sale @Blue Jays @Yankees
6 Luis Severino vs. Indians vs. Red Sox
7 Stephen Strasburg vs. Marlins  
8 Yu Darvish @Padres  
9 Drew Pomeranz @Blue Jays @Yankees
10 Gio Gonzalez @Brewers  
11 Madison Bumgarner vs. Cardinals  
12 Jacob deGrom @Reds  
13 Chris Archer @White Sox  
14 Robbie Ray vs. Dodgers  
15 Dallas Keuchel vs. Rangers  
16 Zack Greinke vs. Dodgers  
17 Trevor Bauer @Yankees @Tigers
18 Ervin Santana vs. White Sox vs. Royals
19 Carlos Rodon vs. Rays  
20 Dylan Bundy vs. Mariners  
21 Gerrit Cole vs. Reds  
22 Marcus Stroman vs. Red Sox @Orioles
23 Justin Verlander @Rockies  
24 Carlos Martinez @Brewers  
25 Mike Fiers vs. Rangers vs. Mets
26 Aaron Nola vs. Braves @Marlins
27 Masahiro Tanaka vs. Red Sox  
28 Brad Peacock vs. Mets  
29 Luke Weaver @Brewers @Giants
30 Luis Castillo @Pirates  
31 Sonny Gray vs. Red Sox  
32 Chase Anderson vs. Cardinals  
33 Lance Lynn @Giants  
34 Edwin Jackson vs. Marlins @Brewers
35 Zack Godley vs. Dodgers @Rockies
36 Kevin Gausman vs. Blue Jays  
37 Collin McHugh vs. Rangers  
38 Jimmy Nelson vs. Nationals  
39 Patrick Corbin @Rockies  
40 Kenta Maeda @Diamondbacks  
41 Parker Bridwell    
42 Kyle Hendricks vs. Braves  
43 Mike Clevinger @Tigers  
44 Miguel Gonzalez @Twins  
45 Charlie Morton vs. Mets  
46 Dan Straily vs. Phillies  
47 Dinelson Lamet vs. Dodgers  
48 Jon Gray vs. Diamondbacks  
49 Tanner Roark @Brewers  
50 Hyun-Jin Ryu @Diamondbacks  
51 Jose Quintana vs. Pirates  
52 Carlos Carrasco @Tigers  
53 Jake Junis vs. Rays @Twins
54 Jose Berrios vs. White Sox  
55 Eduardo Rodriguez @Yankees  
56 Taijuan Walker @Rockies  
57 Jeff Samardzija @Padres vs. Cardinals
58 Doug Fister @Yankees  
59 Rick Porcello @Blue Jays  
60 Zach Davies vs. Nationals  
61 Matt Moore @Padres vs. Cardinals
62 Blake Snell @White Sox  
63 German Marquez vs. Tigers  
64 Cole Hamels vs. Angels  
65 Sal Romano vs. Mets @Pirates
66 Kyle Freeland vs. Diamondbacks  
67 Jose Urena @Nationals vs. Phillies
68 Lucas Sims @Phillies @Cubs
69 Alex Cobb @Royals  
70 John Lackey vs. Braves  
71 R.A. Dickey @Phillies @Cubs
72 Jerad Eickhoff vs. Braves  
73 J.A. Happ vs. Red Sox  
74 Chris Stratton vs. Cardinals  
75 Kendall Graveman @Angels  

Nate Miller is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and has been an analyst in the industry since 2013. You can follow him on Twitter @Miller_RotoDad, where he is always up for fielding any Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Football or DFS questions.

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