Fantasy Baseball Interleague Impact: August 2 - August 8
Published: Aug 01, 2021
It’s Sunday, so you know what that means! It’s time to take a look at the interleague matchups for the upcoming week and determine how it will affect our fantasy lineups. Which players are gaining or losing fantasy value this week? You’ll find that and more here at Fantasy Alarm! We have a slew of interleague contests this week, some of which feature some notable names at risk of losing at-bats! Let’s dive in and see who those guys are!
Twins @ Reds (8/3-8/4)
Since trading Nelson Cruz to the Rays, the Twins have rotated designated hitters, but Brent Rooker has gained the most playing time since the trade, making multiple appearances in left field, as well as being the team’s DH. He seems to be a safe bet for playing time in left field, which then leaves Trevor Larnach, Max Kepler and Nick Gordon competing for the final two outfield spots. My guess would be Kepler plays center field and Larnach plays right field. Kepler has made starts in both center and left, whereas Larnach has yet to play center field, and with Rooker locking down his other spot, he could end up on the outside looking in. However, I think he gets his at-bats in right field for this two game set.
Losers: Nick Gordon
Astros @ Dodgers (8/3-8/4)
It’s only a two game set, which is good, because Houston has hard decisions in National League stadiums. Most recently in a N.L. stadium, Yordan Alvarez got one game in left field, with Michael Brantley in right and Kyle Tucker in center field. For a series of this magnitude, I expect that to be the case again, with Chas McCormick giving way to Tucker in center field, so that Alvarez and Brantley can man the corners.
Winners: Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker
Losers: Chas McCormick
Padres @ Athletics (8/3-8/4)
Prior to the Fernando Tatis injury, the Padres were going to have some tough decisions to make. However, Tatis heading to the injured list makes things a bit easier on them. Adam Frazier will play second base, Jake Cronenworth can slide over to shortstop, and Tommy Pham can play left field. So, the decision ultimately comes down to whether they want to let one of the catchers DH, or use Jurickson Profar/Ha-Seong Kim. I’d lean Profar in the above scenario, because Kim is hitting .194 over his last 31 at-bats, whereas Profar is hitting .319 over his last 47 at-bats.
Winners: Jurickson Profar
Losers: Ha-Seong Kim
White Sox @ Cubs (8/6-8/8)
With the loss of the designated hitter, Chicago essentially has two options. Sit Jimenez, or put Jimenez in left, and then decide between Gavin Sheets, Andrew Vaughm and Leury García in right field. Then, what happens with Brian Goodwin? If he goes to center, Adam Engel and Billy Hamilton lose time, which is fine. The Cubs are scheduled to throw three righties, and Goodwin typically just sits against lefties, so Goodwin could see a good chunk of time in this series in center field, and Vaughn in right.
Winners: Eloy Jiménez, Andrew Vaughn, Brian Goodwin
Losers: Gavin Sheets, Leury García, Billy Hamilton, Adam Engel
Royals @ Cardinals (8/6-8/8)
Jorge Soler was the team’s regular DH, but since trading him to Atlanta, Ryan O’Hearn has handled duties as the designated hitter and Jarrod Dyson held down the fort in right field. O’Hearn has more pop than Dyson, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes to right field, and then Dyson is used as a pinch-runner/defensive replacement later in the game. Both are going to get their at-bats, but ultimately take away from each other either. However, you’re likely not relying on either of these guys outside of the deepest of AL-only formats.
Angels @ Dodgers (8/6-8/8)
The Angels heading to a National League stadium is one of the worst things you could hear. This means that Shohei Ohtani is limited to pinch-hitting duty. However, at least for now, he’s scheduled to pitch in one of those games, so he will get a couple of at-bats in that contest. The Angels have a full week, so despite three games against the Dodgers, he’s really only at risk of losing two starts, so you can leave him in your lineup, and maybe his pinch-hit opportunities will turn out lucrative.
Losers: Shohei Ohtani (slightly)