Sometimes relief help is needed in the middle of the game, and just like that, a relief arm has taken over the Weekly Planner. Most of what you’ve seen in the piece will remain, however, there will be some changes starting this week, changes we know you will make use of each week. One of the changes is that we will no longer rank the top-75 pitchers for the week, however, if you check out the Streaming Pitchers and the Two-Start Pitchers pieces you will see plenty of options on what pitchers to play this week. In its place, there will be a new match-up section that we’ll explain further down the piece.

Team Schedules

Team# of Games# at Home# AwayOpponents
NL East
Braves606@PIT (3), @MIA (3)
Marlins633@MIL (3), vs. ATL (3)
Mets660vs. SF (3), vs. COL (3)
Phillies633@SD (3), vs. CIN (3)
Nationals624vs. CWS (2), @SD (4)
NL Central
Cubs770vs. LAA (1), vs. COL (3), vs. STL (3)
Reds606@STL (3), @PHI (3)
Brewers660vs. MIA (3), vs. PIT (3)
Pirates633vs. ATL (3), @MIL (3)
Cardinals633vs. CIN (3), @CHC (3)
NL West
Diamondbacks633vs. LAD (3), @TOR (3)
Rockies606@CHC (3), @NYM (3)
Dodgers606@ARI (3), @SF (3)
Padres770vs. PHI (3), vs. WAS (4)
Giants633@NYM (3), vs. LAD (3)
Team# of Games# at Home# AwayOpponents
AL East
Orioles606@TEX (3), @HOU (3)
Red Sox743@KC (3), vs. TB (4)
Yankees606@TOR (3), @CLE (3)
Rays707@DET (3), @BOS (4)
Blue Jays660vs. NYY(3), vs. ARI (3)
AL Central
White Sox505@WAS (2), @KC (3)
Indians660vs. MIN (3), vs. NYY (3)
Tigers660vs. TB (3), vs. MIN (3)
Royals660vs. BOS (3), vs. CWS (3)
Twins606@CLE (3), @DET (3)
AL West
Astros734@SEA (4), vs. BAL(3)
Angels761@CHC (1), vs. OAK (3), vs. SEA (3)
Athletics707@LAA (3), @TEX (4)
Mariners743vs. HOU, @LAA (3)
Rangers770vs. BAL (3), vs. OAK (4)

Interleague Schedule

Away TeamHome TeamGamesDH?Player(s) Impacted
AngelsCubs1NoShohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols, Justin Bour
White SoxNationals2NoYonder Alonso
DiamondbacksBlue Jays3YesChristian Walker, Kevin Cron

Who’s Hot

The following tables show the top-five in each category over the last seven games and who has the longest active hit streaks.

AverageOBPSLG Hit Streaks
1Howie Kendrick0.5261Tommy Pham0.6091Howie Kendrick0.947  PlayerLengthAVGAt Bats
2Austin Meadows0.5002Austin Meadows0.5592Bryce Harper0.913 1Ramon Laureano140.35756
3Leury Garcia0.5003Dom Smith0.5453Mike Trout0.900 2Anthony Rizzo130.44050
4Dom Smith0.4744Mike Trout0.5364Josh Phegley0.875 3Nolan Arenado120.47948
5Tommy Pham0.4715Howie Kendrick0.5245Austin Meadows0.867 4David Fletcher110.40944
wOBAwRC+ISO 5Kevin Newman110.32643
1Howie Kendrick0.5881Austin Meadows2801Mike Trout0.550 6Raimel Tapia110.24549
2Austin Meadows0.5822Howie Kendrick2712Josh Phegley0.500 7Bryan Reynolds100.41736
3Dom Smith0.5673Dom Smith2653Yasmani Grandal0.481 8Eric Hosmer100.37540
4Mike Trout0.5534Mike Trout2614Niko Goodrum0.481 9Ketel Marte90.38142
5Bryce Harper0.5525Xander Bogaerts2525Bryce Harper0.478 10Nick Senzel90.34141

Austin Meadows , OF TB – Meadows has had himself a week as he put up a slash line of .500/.559/.867 over 34 PA with three homers, 11 RBI, nine runs, and three steals heading into Sunday. He isn’t striking out and he’s been the sparkplug of the Rays offense out of the leadoff spot. Even though he missed time on the IL earlier this month, he’s certainly making up for it with weeks like this and the Rays are playing in some reasonably friendly confines over next week in Detroit and Boston so his hot streak should continue.

Bryan Reynolds , OF PIT – Is there anyone who’s had a quieter great week than Reynolds? He slashed .444/.516/.667 over 31 PA with a home run, 10 runs, and five RBI for a resurgent Pirates offense. He also has a 10-game hitting streak going entering action Sunday and he’s hitting .417 in that span as well. For a guy who is still unheralded, the only thing he’s missing is a touch more counting stats but the rest of the offense needs to help kick in as well. It could be a bit of a tougher week next week against Atlanta and Milwaukee but those are still hitter-friendly parks.

Anthony Rizzo , 1B CHC – Rizzo is in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak heading into Sunday and over the last seven games he’s put up a .429/.520/.714 slash line in 25 PA with two home runs, three RBI, and two runs while walking 12-percent of the time. With the rest of the Cubs big bats seemingly in a hiatus given Kyle Schwarber ’s, Javier Báez ’s, Willson Contreras ’s, and Albert Almora’s bad weeks, the hot streak from Rizzo couldn’t have come at a better time. Rizzo is clearly a bonafide bat at first base but him finding his groove now bodes well for the summer run the Cubs will try and go on.

Who’s Not

Nicky Lopez , 2B KC – It was a great first few games for the rookie following the call-up but the last week, the tune has changed. He’s hitting .129/.156/.194 over 32 PA this week with three RBI and a run despite striking out nearly 20-percent of the time. He’s in the lineup because of his typically high average and OBP that he provides as well as some speed on the bases, however, if he can’t get on it reduces his value in the lineup for Kansas City.

Jean Segura , SS PHI – Segura looked to be the clutch bat in the Phillies lineup earlier in the season but his past week hasn’t been pretty. A .095/.174/.095 slash line in 23 PA with just two runs scored is not what you want to see from the number two hitter in the potent Phillies lineup. Given what the rest of the lineup continues to do around him and the caliber of hitter he has been, this slump will likely be short-lived but it definitely doesn’t help fantasy owners counting on those counting stats and steals.

Michael Chavis, 2B BOS – Chavis has been the talk of the rookies to this point and with good reason, but pitchers might just be starting to dissect his approach at this point. The last week he’s hit .143/.280/.143 with just one run and one RBI in the last six games. The path to playing time is clear with the all but near retirement announcement from Dustin Pedroia in the middle of last week so he will get the time needed to make adjustments to the adjustments being made against him, but growing pains will be inevitable for the rookie throughout the rest of the year.

Weekly Match-up Breakdowns

Brand new section for the weekly planner. Each of the match-ups for the start of the week will be broken down over 17 stat categories and how each team is performing in those categories. The teams in the left side of each match-up have their stats showing for road games this season while the teams on the right side are showing their stats for home games this season. This section will be updated on Thursday morning to account for the weekend series for each team so make sure to check back on Thursdays to see the updates.

Weekend Schedule (Friday-Sunday)

St. Louis at Chicago Cincinnati at Philadelphia Arizona at Toronto
4.67Runs / Gm4.9 4Runs / Gm5.32 5.64Runs / Gm3.93
8.67Hits / Gm8.13 7.69Hits / Gm7.97 10.03Hits / Gm6.93
1.59HR / Gm1.39 1.25HR / Gm1.39 1.58HR / Gm1.4
9.48K / Gm8.52 8.47K / Gm8.58 9.06K / Gm9.03
0.247Batting Avg.0.249 0.225Batting Avg.0.246 0.272Batting Avg.0.21
0.757OPS0.785 0.669OPS0.779 0.801OPS0.658
0.184ISO0.192 0.158ISO0.193 0.201ISO0.176
24.00%K %22.40% 22.50%K %23.00% 22.30%K %25.00%
8.10%XBH %8.60% 7.30%XBH %9.10% 9.90%XBH %8.00%
4.9ER against / Gm3.23 3.56ER against / Gm4.26 4.45ER against / Gm4.8
9.17K/9 (pitchers)8.81 9.94K/9 (pitchers)8.3 8.54K/9 (pitchers)9.19
1.63HR/9 (pitchers)0.81 1.13HR/9 (pitchers)1.49 1.13HR/9 (pitchers)1.74
5.15R/game allowed3.68 3.59R/game allowed4.58 4.85R/game allowed5.17
8.15H/game allowed8.06 7.84H/game allowed9.19 8.88H/game allowed9.17
1.56HR/game allowed0.84 1.09HR/game allowed1.52 1.12HR/game allowed1.8
8.74Opp. K / Gm9.1 9.66Opp. K / Gm8.42 8.45Opp. K / Gm9.5
0.251Opponent Avg.0.235 0.24Opponent Avg.0.261 0.26Opponent Avg.0.256
Atlanta at Miami Tampa Bay at Boston Minnesota at Detroit
5Runs / Gm3.24 4.64Runs / Gm5.92 6.66Runs / Gm3.43
9Hits / Gm7.62 9Hits / Gm9.27 10.44Hits / Gm7.43
1.33HR / Gm0.69 1.36HR / Gm1.38 2.19HR / Gm0.57
8.17K / Gm8.9 8.75K / Gm7.35 7.97K / Gm8.86
0.255Batting Avg.0.231 0.257Batting Avg.0.272 0.287Batting Avg.0.225
0.75OPS0.628 0.777OPS0.823 0.88OPS0.632
0.173ISO0.104 0.184ISO0.195 0.249ISO0.127
20.80%K %24.40% 22.10%K %18.90% 19.90%K %24.60%
8.10%XBH %5.50% 8.80%XBH %9.80% 11.30%XBH %7.60%
4.07ER against / Gm4.03 2.82ER against / Gm4.46 4.53ER against / Gm5.18
8.81K/9 (pitchers)8.7 10.07K/9 (pitchers)9.8 8.09K/9 (pitchers)7.63
1.12HR/9 (pitchers)0.94 0.77HR/9 (pitchers)0.91 1.56HR/9 (pitchers)1.75
4.5R/game allowed4.24 3.18R/game allowed4.77 5.03R/game allowed5.93
7.77H/game allowed8.1 6.93H/game allowed7.96 8.34H/game allowed9.29
1.1HR/game allowed0.97 0.75HR/game allowed0.92 1.5HR/game allowed1.79
8.63Opp. K / Gm8.9 9.82Opp. K / Gm9.92 7.78Opp. K / Gm7.79
0.234Opponent Avg.0.235 0.213Opponent Avg.0.234 0.25Opponent Avg.0.26
Colorado at New York New York at Cleveland Oakland at Texas
4.63Runs / Gm5.12 6.19Runs / Gm4.26 5.8Runs / Gm5.87
8.17Hits / Gm8.35 9.56Hits / Gm7.32 9.47Hits / Gm8.52
1.1HR / Gm1.65 1.81HR / Gm1.03 1.67HR / Gm1.48
10.4K / Gm9.04 8.78K / Gm8.23 8.53K / Gm8.55
0.23Batting Avg.0.251 0.268Batting Avg.0.23 0.258Batting Avg.0.255
0.677OPS0.787 0.82OPS0.697 0.788OPS0.792
0.164ISO0.196 0.204ISO0.142 0.198ISO0.204
26.70%K %23.80% 21.60%K %22.40% 20.90%K %22.70%
8.70%XBH %8.30% 8.70%XBH %6.70% 9.40%XBH %9.50%
4.17ER against / Gm4.38 4.63ER against / Gm4 4.87ER against / Gm4.65
8.35K/9 (pitchers)9.79 8.67K/9 (pitchers)10.28 7.6K/9 (pitchers)8.34
1.38HR/9 (pitchers)1.01 1.58HR/9 (pitchers)1.54 1.48HR/9 (pitchers)1.31
4.33R/game allowed4.54 4.96R/game allowed4.32 5.13R/game allowed4.9
7.97H/game allowed8.38 8.48H/game allowed8.03 8.4H/game allowed9.61
1.37HR/game allowed1.04 1.56HR/game allowed1.52 1.47HR/game allowed1.35
8.27Opp. K / Gm10.04 8.56Opp. K / Gm10.13 7.53Opp. K / Gm8.61
0.238Opponent Avg.0.242 0.248Opponent Avg.0.238 0.245Opponent Avg.0.268
Baltimore at Houston Pittsburgh at Milwaukee Chicago at Kansas City
4.17Runs / Gm5.23 4.2Runs / Gm5 4.33Runs / Gm4.43
8.53Hits / Gm9.27 9.03Hits / Gm8.74 8.2Hits / Gm8.23
1.13HR / Gm1.53 1.03HR / Gm1.84 1.17HR / Gm0.83
9.47K / Gm6.73 8.97K / Gm9.68 10.03K / Gm7.63
0.245Batting Avg.0.284 0.254Batting Avg.0.259 0.242Batting Avg.0.247
0.702OPS0.845 0.706OPS0.798 0.69OPS0.713
0.154ISO0.201 0.140ISO0.209 0.148ISO0.154
24.90%K %18.10% 23.00%K %25.60% 27.10%K %20.60%
7.80%XBH %9.10% 7.00%XBH %8.90% 7.10%XBH %8.20%
5ER against / Gm3.63 4.27ER against / Gm4.97 4.27ER against / Gm5.63
8.54K/9 (pitchers)10.63 9.55K/9 (pitchers)10 7.7K/9 (pitchers)7.68
1.78HR/9 (pitchers)1.59 1.24HR/9 (pitchers)1.62 1.2HR/9 (pitchers)1.09
5.53R/game allowed3.73 4.8R/game allowed5.29 4.6R/game allowed5.87
8.83H/game allowed7.37 8.03H/game allowed8.48 8H/game allowed9.77
1.7HR/game allowed1.6 1.2HR/game allowed1.68 1.1HR/game allowed1.1
8.17Opp. K / Gm10.67 9.27Opp. K / Gm10.32 7.03Opp. K / Gm7.77
0.262Opponent Avg.0.218 0.241Opponent Avg.0.24 0.254Opponent Avg.0.274
Seattle at Los Angeles Washington at San Diego Los Angeles at San Francisco
5.42Runs / Gm5.28 4.81Runs / Gm3.71 5.1Runs / Gm3.07
9.03Hits / Gm8.72 8.26Hits / Gm7.09 8.42Hits / Gm6.96
2HR / Gm1.59 1.16HR / Gm1.41 1.32HR / Gm0.64
9.26K / Gm6.72 9.42K / Gm9.26 8.29K / Gm9.32
0.257Batting Avg.0.261 0.243Batting Avg.0.224 0.247Batting Avg.0.208
0.817OPS0.802 0.716OPS0.691 0.77OPS0.603
0.230ISO0.197 0.157ISO0.177 0.187ISO0.121
23.30%K %17.60% 24.50%K %26.50% 20.90%K %25.10%
9.90%XBH %8.70% 7.30%XBH %7.70% 8.80%XBH %7.00%
5.03ER against / Gm4.86 4.42ER against / Gm4.03 3.94ER against / Gm4.54
7.64K/9 (pitchers)9.74 10.31K/9 (pitchers)8.77 8.86K/9 (pitchers)8.52
1.69HR/9 (pitchers)1.52 1.3HR/9 (pitchers)1.31 1.2HR/9 (pitchers)1.22
5.58R/game allowed5.07 4.84R/game allowed4.21 4.1R/game allowed5.36
9.23H/game allowed8.55 8.06H/game allowed8.15 7.48H/game allowed9.32
1.61HR/game allowed1.55 1.23HR/game allowed1.32 1.16HR/game allowed1.29
7.29Opp. K / Gm9.93 9.71Opp. K / Gm8.82 8.55Opp. K / Gm8.96
0.271Opponent Avg.0.242 0.246Opponent Avg.0.237 0.23Opponent Avg.0.255


Early Week Schedule (Monday-Wednesday/Thursday)

Chicago at Washington Atlanta at Pittsburgh New York at Toronto
4.32Runs / Gm4.61 4.79Runs / Gm4.33 6.28Runs / Gm3.68
8.11Hits / Gm8.75 8.96Hits / Gm8.89 9.64Hits / Gm6.79
1.11HR / Gm1.39 1.25HR / Gm0.96 1.8HR / Gm1.29
9.89K / Gm8.82 8.29K / Gm7.74 8.72K / Gm9.25
0.24Batting Avg.0.258 0.254Batting Avg.0.256 0.27Batting Avg.0.205
0.685OPS0.772 0.738OPS0.726 0.821OPS0.636
0.145ISO0.179 0.163ISO0.152 0.203ISO0.166
26.80%K %23.20% 21.20%K %20.20% 21.40%K %25.70%
7.20%XBH %8.50% 7.60%XBH %8.20% 8.80%XBH %7.80%
4.1ER against / Gm4.96 3.93ER against / Gm5.74 4.52ER against / Gm4.79
7.69K/9 (pitchers)9.46 8.94K/9 (pitchers)8.25 8.81K/9 (pitchers)9.17
1.13HR/9 (pitchers)1.12 1.09HR/9 (pitchers)1.36 1.45HR/9 (pitchers)1.72
4.39R/game allowed5.29 4.39R/game allowed6.11 4.76R/game allowed5.18
7.93H/game allowed9.32 7.46H/game allowed9.93 8.44H/game allowed9.21
1.04HR/game allowed1.14 1.07HR/game allowed1.41 1.44HR/game allowed1.79
7.04Opp. K / Gm9.61 8.79Opp. K / Gm8.52 8.76Opp. K / Gm9.5
0.252Opponent Avg.0.262 0.227Opponent Avg.0.271 0.246Opponent Avg.0.256
Tampa Bay at Detroit San Francisco at New York Minnesota at Cleveland
4.62Runs / Gm3.35 4.48Runs / Gm5.12 6.72Runs / Gm4.07
9.12Hits / Gm7.35 7.79Hits / Gm8.29 10.69Hits / Gm7.24
1.38HR / Gm0.58 1.17HR / Gm1.58 2.21HR / Gm0.86
9.08K / Gm8.77 8.28K / Gm9.04 7.9K / Gm8.52
0.26Batting Avg.0.223 0.232Batting Avg.0.251 0.291Batting Avg.0.227
0.782OPS0.633 0.701OPS0.784 0.885OPS0.677
0.186ISO0.130 0.168ISO0.193 0.247ISO0.126
23.00%K %24.30% 22.20%K %23.80% 19.50%K %23.20%
9.00%XBH %7.80% 8.40%XBH %8.40% 11.10%XBH %6.20%
2.88ER against / Gm5.23 4.83ER against / Gm4.38 4.41ER against / Gm4
10.04K/9 (pitchers)7.87 8.49K/9 (pitchers)9.94 8.07K/9 (pitchers)10.3
0.79HR/9 (pitchers)1.81 1.73HR/9 (pitchers)1.1 1.43HR/9 (pitchers)1.47
3.08R/game allowed6 5.14R/game allowed4.54 4.83R/game allowed4.31
6.88H/game allowed9.38 8.14H/game allowed8.29 8.31H/game allowed8.21
0.77HR/game allowed1.85 1.62HR/game allowed1.12 1.38HR/game allowed1.45
9.81Opp. K / Gm8.04 7.97Opp. K / Gm10.17 7.79Opp. K / Gm10.14
0.213Opponent Avg.0.262 0.252Opponent Avg.0.241 0.248Opponent Avg.0.243
Miami at Milwaukee Colorado at Chicago Baltimore at Texas
3.19Runs / Gm5.24 4.57Runs / Gm4.61 4Runs / Gm5.86
7.78Hits / Gm8.86 8.14Hits / Gm7.96 8.32Hits / Gm8.21
0.78HR / Gm1.93 1.14HR / Gm1.36 1HR / Gm1.61
8.44K / Gm9.72 10.46K / Gm8.64 9.46K / Gm8.39
0.23Batting Avg.0.261 0.229Batting Avg.0.244 0.242Batting Avg.0.251
0.628OPS0.814 0.679OPS0.776 0.687OPS0.801
0.108ISO0.218 0.168ISO0.188 0.148ISO0.219
22.70%K %25.60% 26.90%K %22.60% 25.20%K %22.60%
5.70%XBH %9.20% 8.80%XBH %8.30% 7.80%XBH %9.90%
4.81ER against / Gm4.62 3.93ER against / Gm3.18 4.96ER against / Gm4.64
8.74K/9 (pitchers)9.97 8.34K/9 (pitchers)8.79 8.48K/9 (pitchers)8.2
1.64HR/9 (pitchers)1.6 1.36HR/9 (pitchers)0.86 1.89HR/9 (pitchers)1.22
5.07R/game allowed4.83 4.11R/game allowed3.64 5.46R/game allowed4.93
8.22H/game allowed8.07 7.89H/game allowed8.18 8.68H/game allowed9.46
1.56HR/game allowed1.66 1.36HR/game allowed0.89 1.79HR/game allowed1.25
8.3Opp. K / Gm10.31 8.32Opp. K / Gm9.11 8Opp. K / Gm8.39
0.254Opponent Avg.0.231 0.235Opponent Avg.0.237 0.262Opponent Avg.0.267
Boston at Kansas City Cincinnati at St. Louis Los Angeles at Arizona
4.78Runs / Gm4.64 4Runs / Gm5.17 5.14Runs / Gm4.73
8.78Hits / Gm8.46 7.61Hits / Gm8.33 8.39Hits / Gm8.5
1.5HR / Gm0.86 1.26HR / Gm1.03 1.36HR / Gm1.27
9K / Gm7.39 8.61K / Gm7.13 8.11K / Gm8.81
0.25Batting Avg.0.253 0.223Batting Avg.0.256 0.248Batting Avg.0.247
0.748OPS0.732 0.668OPS0.744 0.778OPS0.754
0.171ISO0.159 0.159ISO0.148 0.189ISO0.187
22.60%K %19.70% 23.00%K %19.00% 20.50%K %22.80%
7.40%XBH %8.40% 7.30%XBH %7.20% 8.60%XBH %9.40%
4.38ER against / Gm5.5 3.65ER against / Gm3.77 4.21ER against / Gm4.04
9.8K/9 (pitchers)7.73 9.81K/9 (pitchers)8.7 8.95K/9 (pitchers)9.15
1.6HR/9 (pitchers)1.09 1.13HR/9 (pitchers)1.36 1.31HR/9 (pitchers)1.18
4.84R/game allowed5.71 3.68R/game allowed4.13 4.39R/game allowed4.12
8.22H/game allowed9.71 7.9H/game allowed7.83 7.89H/game allowed8.77
1.56HR/game allowed1.11 1.1HR/game allowed1.37 1.25HR/game allowed1.23
9.56Opp. K / Gm7.82 9.52Opp. K / Gm8.77 8.57Opp. K / Gm9.54
0.242Opponent Avg.0.273 0.242Opponent Avg.0.233 0.243Opponent Avg.0.247
Oakland at Los Angeles Philadelphia at San Diego Houston at Seattle
5.75Runs / Gm5.22 4.52Runs / Gm3.47 5.03Runs / Gm4.6
9.32Hits / Gm8.7 8.78Hits / Gm7 9.03Hits / Gm7.53
1.75HR / Gm1.56 0.93HR / Gm1.3 1.76HR / Gm1.43
8.36K / Gm6.81 9.15K / Gm9.3 7.1K / Gm10.43
0.255Batting Avg.0.261 0.243Batting Avg.0.223 0.263Batting Avg.0.227
0.786OPS0.802 0.704OPS0.675 0.819OPS0.714
0.203ISO0.195 0.148ISO0.168 0.222ISO0.185
20.50%K %17.90% 22.70%K %26.90% 18.30%K %28.10%
9.40%XBH %8.70% 8.20%XBH %7.50% 10.00%XBH %8.60%
4.79ER against / Gm4.74 4ER against / Gm3.7 2.97ER against / Gm5.17
7.74K/9 (pitchers)9.65 8.87K/9 (pitchers)8.97 9.25K/9 (pitchers)8.51
1.44HR/9 (pitchers)1.6 1.62HR/9 (pitchers)1.22 1.01HR/9 (pitchers)1.81
5.07R/game allowed4.96 4.3R/game allowed3.87 3.24R/game allowed6.47
8.36H/game allowed8.33 8.59H/game allowed7.8 6.1H/game allowed10.1
1.43HR/game allowed1.63 1.59HR/game allowed1.23 0.97HR/game allowed1.83
7.68Opp. K / Gm9.85 8.74Opp. K / Gm9.03 8.83Opp. K / Gm8.6
0.244Opponent Avg.0.237 0.256Opponent Avg.0.229 0.196Opponent Avg.0.274