Week 13 presents us with a set of double delights as the Rays are at Baltimore versus the Orioles, the Braves are at Philly versus the Phillies, and the Nats are in Chi-town to take on the Cubbies for the third double-header of the week. The double-header action, along with some other four-game series this week, provide us with some advantageous avenues to exploit as we head into Week 13 of the Fantasy Baseball season.

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Interleague Schedule

Here is a look at which inter-league games are on the schedule for Week 13 highlighting which National League teams and players will benefit from the addition of the designated hitter to their lineup as well as who in the American League will be affected by the loss of the DH with game(s) on the road in a NL home ballpark.

NL Team’s Getting a DH

Braves @ Astros (3x Tuesday-Thursday) Astros are starting a righty in each game, so if the Braves follow suit from their earlier AL inter-league matchups LHH C Ryan Doumit would serve as the team’s designated hitter.

Dodgers @ Royals (3x Monday-Wednesday) Royals are starting two righties and a lefty. Hanley Ramirez could see a game or two at DH.

Pirates @ Rays (3x Monday-Wednesday) Rays starting two righties (Cobb and Archer) which should ensure that Ike Davis is in the lineup. Wednesday’s starter will be lefty ace David Price sending LHH Ike Davis to the bench and possibly Pedro Alvarez with Gaby Sanchez surely to be in the lineup Josh Harrison

AL Team’s Losing a DH

Indians @ DBacks (2x Tuesday-Wednesday) lefty Wade Miley on Tues so NIck Swisher (.174 vs LHP) will likely get the day off. Righty Chase Anderson starting Wednesday, Carlos Santana seems like the  likely candidate to get day off here. The Indians play just five games in Week 13 so weekly league owners should sit Swisher and but may still want to start the hot-hitting Santana who had at least one hit in six of his last seven games going into Saturday’s game and was hitting .375 (9-for-24) with three home runs over that span.

Athletics @ Mets (2x Tuesday-Wednesday) Mets starting two righties (Colon and Wheeler) so RHH catcher Derek Norris, 1B Kyle Blanks (Update: Banks landed on 15-day DL Monday with a calf injury), IF/OF Stephen Vogt, and if anyone cares 2B Nick Punto likely odd men out.

Athletics @ Marlins (3x Friday-Sunday) Marlins starting two righties (DeSclafani and Eovaldi) and a lefty (rookie Heaney) again Derek Norris, Stephen Vogt (who is hitting .394 (13-for-33) with two home runs and nine RBI over his last 11 games), and Nick Punto could get the shaft Friday and/or Saturday while LHH Brandon Moss, John Jaso, and Alberto Callaspo should be expecting to rest on the seventh day of the week.

Click here for a look back at the Week That Was by Glenn Colten

Total Games This Week

Playing Eight Games:

NL: Phillies

Playing Seven Games:

AL: Orioles, White Sox, Rays, and Blue Jays

NL: Braves, Cubs, Rockies, Marlins, Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies, Pirates, Giants, Cardinals, and Nationals

Playing Six Games:

AL: Angels, Red Sox, Tigers, Astros, Royals, Yankees, Mariners, and Rangers

NL: Mets and Padres

Playing Five Games:

AL: Indians and A’s

NL: DBacks

Click here for a look at Two-Start Pitchers for Week 13  by Ivar G. Anderson

Loaded Lefty or Righty Matchups

TeamsGames vs LHPGames vs RHPNotes
Braves06All 7 on the road with lopsided advantage for the lefty hitters on the Braves team
Orioles34All 7 at home
Red Sox15All 6 on the road, with a 3-game weekend series in Yankee Stadium, and a LHH heavy BOS team gets to face 5 RHP this week
White Sox34All 7 on the road both even more hitter/homer friendly then their home park
Cubs15All 7 at home
Reds16All 7 on the road, including a 4-game series in pitcher friendly AT&T Park for a team who owns 4th worst road OPS
Indians23All 5 on the road with 3 in pitcher friendly Safeco
Rockies16LHH Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson should see plenty of playing time this coming week while RHH Drew Stubbs and Brandon Barnes will get the shortend of the stick making wise to sit those two in weekly leagues.
Tigers24All 6 on the road Minute Maid top 10 in HR/G, R/G, HR% for both LHH and RHH
Astros23TBD; All 6 at home where the Astros rank 3rd in the AL in total HR
Royals24All 6 at home-KC 4th lowest scoring team at home in the AL but own 2nd highest team BA in the AL vs RHP
Dodgers16Lefty killer Scott Van Slyke will see even less playing time with 6 games vs RHP
Marlins343 home games and 4 on the road in hitter friendly Citizens Bank Park
Brewers33All 7 games at home. Rickie Weeks owns a .440 BA and 1.061 OPS at home compared to .111/.404 on the road
Twins24RHH Josh Willingham is stuck in a 3-for-30 slump after Sunday's game
Athletics14see inter-leauge section above for what A's you may want to consider sitting this week
Phillies16All 8 at home where Phillies own 3rd lowest team OPS among NL teams but so many games vs RHP do give LHH Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, and recently activated Cody Asche an edge in Week 13 not so much for John Mayberry Jr. and the Phillies all RHH catchers.
Padres06Great news for LHH Seth Smith but not the team as they own the worst team OPS vs RHP in MLB
Giants07LHH Gregor Blanco should see plenty of PT while you may want to consider sitting RHH OF Angel Pagan who has missed last two games due to sore back
Rangers15All 6 at home
Blue Jays34The Jays will play all 7 games at home in the Rogers Centre, which is the most homer friendly AL park since the start of the 2013 season. Maybe this will help revive a Toronto offense that went from the highest scoring team in MLB in the month of May to the third lowest in the AL in June. Runs scored ranking: Home-2nd in AL, Away-8th in the AL
Nationals15All 7 on road in hitter friendly parks and with so many games vs RHP could set up for a good week for LHH Adam LaRoche as all 8 of his HR have come off of RHP

Week 13 Starting Pitcher Rankings:

  1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -- Tue-@KC (Duffy), Sun-STL (Miller)
  2. Yu Darvish (TEX) -- Sat-MIN (Hughes)
  3. Felix Hernandez (SEA) -- Mon-BOS (Lackey), Sun-CLE (Masterson)
  4. Chris Sale (CWS) -- Mon-@BAL (Chen), Sat-@TOR (Stroman)
  5. David Price (TB) -- Wed-PIT (Morton)
  6. C.J. Wilson (LAA) -- Tue-MIN (Gibson), Sun-@KC (Guthrie)
  7. Zack Greinke (LAD) -- Mon-@KC (Guthrie), Sat-STL (Lynn)
  8. Tim Hudson (SF) -- Tue-SD (Hahn), Sun-CIN (Bailey)
  9. Anibal Sanchez (DET) -- Wed-@TEX (Tepesch)
  10. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) -- Sat-BOS (Lester)
  11. Adam Wainwright (STL) -- Thur-@LAD (Beckett)
  12. Stephen Strasburg (WSH) -- Wed-@MIL (Estrada)
  13. Garrett Richards (LAA) --Wed-MIN (Pino)
  14. Doug Fister (WSH) -- Thu-@CHC (Wood)
  15. Sonny Gray (OAK) -- Tue-@NYM (Colon)
  16. Madison Bumgarner (SF) -- Fri-CIN (Cueto)
  17. Scott Kazmir (OAK) -- Wed-@NYM (Wheeler)
  18. Johnny Cueto (CIN) -- Fri-@SF (Bumgarner)
  19. Julio Teheran (ATL) -- Fri-@PHI (Kendrick)
  20. Cole Hamels (PHI) -- Thu-MIA (Koehler)
  21. Jeff Samardzija (CHC) -- Mon-CIN (Simon), Sat-WSH, Gm. 1 (Gonzalez)
  22. Drew Smyly (DET) -- Tue-@TEX (Lewis), Sun-@HOU (Feldman)
  23. Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) -- Fri-STL (Martinez)
  24. Henderson Alvarez (MIA) -- Wed-@PHI (Burnett)
  25. Tim Lincecum (SF) -- Wed-SD (Kennedy)
  26. Max Scherzer (DET) -- Sat-@HOU (Peacock)
  27. John Lackey (BOS) -- Mon-@SEA (Hernandez), Sun-@NYY (Whitley)
  28. Tanner Roark (WSH) -- Fri-@CHC (Hammel)
  29. Mat Latos (CIN) -- Wed-@CHC (Jackson)
  30. Dallas Keuchel (HOU) --Sat-HOU (Scherzer)
  31. Andrew Cashner (SD) -- Mon-@SF (Cain), Sun-ARI (Bolsinger) Update: Cashner has been placed on the 15-day DL.
  32. Kevin Gausman (BAL) -- FRI-TB (Odorizzi)
  33. Bartolo Colon (NYM) -- Tue-OAK (Gray), Sun-@PIT (Locke)
  34. Collin McHugh (HOU) --Wed-ATL(Wood)
  35. Andrew Heaney (MIA) -- Tue-@PHI (Buchanan), Sun-OAK (Milone)
  36. Corey Kluber (CLE) -- Wed-@ARI (Anderson)
  37. Homer Bailey (CIN) -- Tue-@CHC (Arrieta), Sun-@SF (Hudson)
  38. Alex Cobb (TB) -- Mon-PIT (Volquez), Sat-@BAL (Tillman)
  39. Matt Cain (SF) -- Mon-SD (Cashner), Sat-CIN (Simon)
  40. Justin Verlander (DET) -- Fri-@HOU (Keuchel)
  41. Alfredo Simon (CIN) -- Mon-@CHC (Samardzija), Sat-@SF (Cain)
  42. Phil Hughes (MIN) -- Sat-@TEX (Darvish)
  43. Jordan Zimmermann (WSH) -- Tue-@MIL (Gallardo)
  44. Jered Weaver (LAA) -- Sat-@KC (Ventura)
  45. Jason Hammel (CHC) -- Fri-WSH (Roark)
  46. Yovani Gallardo (MIL) -- Tue-WSH (Zimmermann), Sun-COL (De La Rosa)
  47. Gio Gonzalez (WSH) -- Mon-@MIL (Garza), Sat-@CHC, Gm. 1 (Samardzija)
  48. Chris Archer (TB) -- Tue-PIT (Locke), Sun-@BAL (Chen)
  49. James Shields (KC) -- Wed-LAD (Haren)
  50. Justin Masterson (CLE) -- Tue-@ARI (Miley), Sun-@SEA (Hernandez)
  51. Jeff Locke (PIT) -- Tue-@TB (Archer), Sun-NYM (Colon)
  52. Jake Peavy (BOS) -- Tue-@SEA (Ramirez)
  53. Travis Wood (CHC) -- Thu-WSH (Fister)
  54. Jonathon Niese (NYM) -- Sat-@PIT (Volquez)
  55. Dan Haren (LAD)l -- Wed-@KC (Sheilds)
  56. Michael Wacha (STL) -- Fri-@LAD (Ryu) Update: Wacha went on 15-day DL
  57. Jesse Chavez (OAK) -- Sat-@MIA (Eovaldi)
  58. Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) -- Wed-BOS (Buchholz)
  59. Carlos E. Martinez (STL) -- Fri-@LAD (Ryu)
  60. A.J. Burnett (PHI) -- Wed-MIA (Alvarez)
  61. Trevor Bauer (CLE) -- Fri-@SEA (Young)
  62. Roenis Elias (SEA) -- Sat-CLE (Tomlin)
  63. Zack Wheeler (NYM) -- Wed-OAK (Kazmir)
  64. Jake Arrieta (CHC) -- Tue-CIN (Bailey)
  65. Jake Odorizzi (TB) -- Fri-@BAL, Gm. 1 (Gausman)
  66. Ian Kennedy (SD) -- Wed-@SF (Lincecum)
  67. Mike Minor (ATL) -- Thu-@HOU (Cosart)
  68. Kyle Gibson (MIN) -- Tue-@LAA (Wilson), Sun-@TEX (Lewis)
  69. Tyson Ross (SD) -- Fri-ARI (Collmenter)
  70. R.A. Dickey (TOR) -- Fri-CWS (Danks)-actually pitches better at home with a 5-1 record and a 3.47 ERA in nine starts compared to a 1-4 road record and an ERA over five in six starts