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 10 of the MLB campaign is shaping up. 

TEAM # GAMES HOME AWAY OPPONENTS
Braves 8 8 0 vs. PHI (4), vs. NYM (4)
Marlins 7 0 7 at CHC (3), at PIT (4)
Mets 6 0 6 at TEX (2), at ATL (4)
Phillies 7 0 7 at ATL (4), at STL (3)
Nationals 7 4 3 at LAD (3), vs. BAL (1), vs. TEX (3)
Cubs 7 7 0 vs. MIA (3), vs. COL (4)
Reds 7 4 3 vs. STL (4), at LAD (3)
Brewers 7 4 3 vs. SF (4), at ARI (3)
Pirates 6 4 2 at BAL (2), vs. MIA (4)
Cardinals 7 3 4 at CIN (4), vs. PHI (3)
Diamondbacks 6 6 0 vs. SD (3), vs. MIL (3)
Rockies 6 2 4 vs. CLE (2), at CHC (4)
Dodgers 6 6 0 vs. WSH (3), vs. CIN (3)
Padres 6 3 3 at ARI (3), vs. KC (3)
Giants 7 3 4 at MIL (4), vs. MIN (3)
Orioles 6 2 4 vs. PIT (2), at WSH (1), at NYY (3)
Red Sox 6 3 3 at NYY (3), vs. DET (3)
Yankees 6 6 0 vs. BOS (3), vs. BAL (3)
Rays 7 7 0 vs. CWS (3), vs. OAK (4)
Blue Jays 6 0 6 at OAK (3), at SEA (3)
White Sox 6 0 6 at TB (3), at CLE (3)
Indians 5 3 2 at COL (2), vs. CWS (3)
Tigers 6 3 3 vs. LAA (3), at BOS (3)
Royals 7 4 3 vs. HOU (4), at SD (3)
Twins 6 0 6 at SEA (3), at SF (3)
Astros 7 3 4 at KC (4), vs. LAA (3)
Angels 6 0 6 at DET (3), at HOU (3)
A's 7 3 4 vs. TOR (3), at TB (4)
Mariners 6 6 0 vs. MIN (3), vs. TOR (3)
Rangers 5 2 3 vs. NYM (2), at WSH (3)

Analysis (Noteworthy information to keep in mind headed into the week)

 

  • There are a couple of five-game slates to be mindful of this week, as the Indians and Rangers will both have two of the next seven days off.

  • Right up at the top, the Braves eight-game load, all of which will be played at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park - currently MLB’s 5th-best hitting environment (ESPN Park Factors), certainly jumps off the page. The Braves and Mets will matchup Friday through Sunday with a doubleheader planned for Saturday. In addition, the Rays and A’s are also scheduled for a double-dip Saturday afternoon.

  • As far as starting pitchers for the upcoming weekend doubleheaders, the Mets reportedly plan to activate both Seth Lugo and Steven Matz from the DL in order to climb atop the mound in Atlanta on Saturday.  

  • Some other SPs that appear set for a return from the DL this week include Alex Wood (Sun vs. CIN), Taijuan Walker (Sat vs. MIL), Joe Musgrove (Tue @KC, Sun vs. LAA) and Jesse Hahn (Fri @TB).

*None of the Pitchers above will be found in the Rankings below.

Interleague Outlook Table

AWAY TEAM HOME TEAM # GAMES DH? PLAYER(S) IMPACTED
Pirates Orioles 2 Yes John Jaso, Jose Osuna
Orioles Nationals 1 No Trey Mancini
Indians Rockies 2 No Austin Jackson, Bradley Zimmer
Royals Padres 3 No Brandon Moss
Twins Giants 3 No Robbie Grossman, Eddie Rosario
Mets Rangers 2 Yes Wilmer Flores
Rangers Nationals 3 No Joey Gallo, Mike Napoli

Analysis

  • Not too much to plan for regarding interleague play this week, but the Rangers three-day stay in D.C. over the weekend could result in decreased at-bats for sluggers Joey Gallo and Mike Napoli.

Top-50 SP Rankings Table

RANK PITCHER MATCHUP 1 MATCHUP 2
1 Max Scherzer @Dodgers vs. Rangers
2 James Paxton vs. Twins vs. Blue Jays
3 Chris Archer vs. White Sox vs. A's
4 Carlos Martinez @Reds vs. Phillies
5 Robbie Ray vs. Padres vs. Brewers
6 Dallas Keuchel @Royals  
7 Zack Greinke vs. Padres  
8 Clayton Kershaw vs. Nationals  
9 Chris Sale vs. Tigers  
10 Lance McCullers @Royals  
11 Stephen Strasburg @Dodgers  
12 Yu Darvish vs. Mets  
13 Jacob deGrom @Rangers @Braves
14 Jeff Samardzija @Brewers vs. Twins
15 Carlos Carrasco vs. White Sox  
16 Luis Severino vs. Orioles  
17 Ervin Santana @Giants  
18 Michael Fulmer vs. Angels  
19 Adam Wainwright @Reds vs. Phillies
20 Jimmy Nelson vs. Giants  
21 Jake Arrieta vs. Marlins vs. Rockies
22 Sean Manaea vs. Blue Jays @Rays
23 Gio Gonzalez @Dodgers vs. Rangers
24 Trevor Bauer vs. White Sox  
25 Chase Anderson vs. Giants @Diamondbacks
26 Jon Lester vs. Rockies  
27 Dinelson Lamet @Diamondbacks vs. Royals
28 Mike Foltynewicz vs. Phillies  
29 Jose Berrios @Giants  
30 Marco Estrada @A's  
31 Mike Leake @Reds  
32 Michael Pineda vs. Red Sox  
33 Marcus Stroman @Mariners  
34 Ivan Nova @Orioles vs. Marlins
35 Drew Pomeranz @Yankees vs. Tigers
36 Justin Verlander @Red Sox  
37 Corey Kluber @Rockies  
38 Jason Vargas vs. Astros  
39 Jaime Garcia vs. Phillies vs. Mets
40 Junior Guerra vs. Giants @Diamondbacks
41 Dan Straily @Cubs @Pirates
42 Lance Lynn @Reds  
43 Johnny Cueto @Brewers  
44 Dylan Bundy @Yankees  
45 Kyle Hendricks vs. Rockies  
46 Rick Porcello @Yankees  
47 Mike Fiers @Royals vs. Angels
48 Jake Odorizzi vs. White Sox  
49 J.A. Happ @A's @Mariners
50 David Price @Yankees  

Analysis

  • It’s quite difficult to pick a favorite between Max Scherzer and James Paxton for the top spot this week, but the slight edge goes to the N.L. ace. Even still, Paxton’s numbers on his home mound at Safeco Field, where he’ll make two starts this week, are simply ridiculous. Across four starts in Seattle so far this year, the sensational southpaw has surrendered just two runs (one earned) on 14 hits and eight walks while registering 29 punchouts over 25.2 innings.

  • A pair of Cardinals righties have taken up residence among the Top-20 starting pitchers for the week. Carlos Martinez, who put up a 2.03 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 8.3 K/9 in May, being in the Top-5 on a favorable two-start week should not be surprising. However, very few folks if any projected Adam Wainwright to regain “must-start” status at any point this year, or possibly the rest of his career for that matter. In case you’ve missed it, the three-time All-Star has given up only a single earned run across his last four outings (26.1 IP) while limiting opposing bats to a .172/.252/.215 slash line.

  • Speaking of surprises in the Top-20, Jimmy Nelson of the Brewers has been utterly dominant since the month of April wrapped up. Through six starts since the beginning of May, the hulking right-hander has rolled to the tune of a 1.77 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 42-to-6 K/BB ratio across 35.2 innings. A home start against the Giants (.648 OPS vs. RHP) is definitely inviting for Nelson.

Next 25 SP Rankings Table

RANK PITCHER MATCHUP 1 MATCHUP 2
51 Matt Moore vs. Twins  
52 Eric Skoglund @Padres  
53 Michael Wacha vs. Phillies  
54 Erasmo Ramirez vs. A's  
55 Tanner Roark vs. Rangers  
56 Francisco Liriano @A's  
57 Wade Miley vs. Pirates  
58 Sonny Gray @Rays  
59 Ariel Miranda vs. Blue Jays  
60 C.C. Sabathia vs. Red Sox  
61 German Marquez @Cubs  
62 Gerrit Cole vs. Marlins  
63 Julio Teheran vs. Mets  
64 Jordan Montgomery vs. Orioles  
65 Patrick Corbin vs. Padres  
66 Alex Cobb vs. White Sox  
67 Zack Wheeler @Rangers  
68 Jharel Cotton vs. Blue Jays @Rays
69 Kevin Gausman vs. Pirates @Yankees
70 Derek Holland @Rays  
71 Ty Blach @Brewers  
72 John Lackey vs. Marlins  
73 Antonio Senzatela vs. Indians @Cubs
74 Jeff Locke @Cubs @Pirates
75 Adalberto Mejia @Mariners  
  • Francisco Liriano is an arm that affords attention among the secondary class this week. The veteran lefty returned to the Blue Jays’ rotation this past Friday following a three-week stint on the DL, holding the vaunted Yankees’ lineup to two runs on four hits over five frames. Perhaps more notable, Liriano struck out five while issuing just a pair of free passes in that promising outing. The A’s will carry a 25.9-percent K-rate vs. LHP into Wednesday’s meeting with Liriano.

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.