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. Obviously, with the National League not adding the designated hitter spot, we’ll have to examine American League teams that lose that luxury for a series. On the other hand, when a National League team travels, what fantasy players stand to gain some value? You’ll find that and more here at Fantasy Alarm!
This week, we have just a handful of games that are of the interleague variety! Keep on reading to see who gains/loses some at-bats, as well as fantasy value for the week that lies ahead.
Reds @ Indians (8/9)
Just a one game set here but expect Jesse Winker to serve as the team’s DH for this contest. With a righty likely on the mound for Cleveland, expect Tyler Naquin to be in the lineup, as he has hit righties quite well this year. With it being just a one game series, no one takes a substantial hit overall.
Rockies @ Astros (8/10-8/11)
Colorado rotates who serves as the team’s designated hitter, and this is just a two game set. However, no one gains a substantial boost, with Houston likely to throw one southpaw and one right-hander. Here’s what we do know: Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers will both play versus lefties, but the former will sit against a right-hander. Ryan McMahon could DH the game against the left-hander, allowing Hampson to play third base. Connor Joe will play against the southpaw, whereas Sam Hilliard will play against the right-hander. Again, no major winners or losers, but a good bit of lineup shuffling will occur.
Cardinals @ Royals (8/13-8/15)
St. Louis has only played a handful of interleague contests, but they spread the DH love around! Regardless of who serves as the designated hitter, Matt Carpenter has a clearer path to playing time. Honestly, Carpenter just might DH! However, I’d expect them to use Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado at DH for a game or two, and allow Carpenter to play first or third.
Winners: Matt Carpenter