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Interleague Schedule

Here is a look at which inter-league games are on tap for Week 14 highlighting which National League teams and players will benefit from the addition of the designated hitter to their lineup and who in the American League will be affected by the loss of the DH.

NL Team’s Getting a DH

Cubs @ Red Sox (3x Monday-Wednesday)

Brewers @ Blue Jays (2x Tuesday-Wednesday)

AL Team’s Losing a DH

Indians at Dodgers (3x Monday-Wednesday)

Rangers at Mets (3x Friday-Sunday)

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

Total Games This Week

Playing Seven Games:

AL: Angels, Orioles, Tigers, Astros, Twins, Yankees, A’s, Rays, and Rangers

NL: Rockies and Dodgers,

Playing Six Games:

AL: Red Sox, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Blue Jays and Mariners

NL: DBacks, Braves, Cubs, Reds, Marlins, Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Padres, Giants, Cardinals, and Nationals

Playing Five Games:

NL: Brewers

Click here for a look at Two-Start Pitchers for Week 14  by Ivar G. Anderson

Loaded Lefty or Righty Matchups

TeamsGames vs LHPGames vs RHPNotes
Angels15Thurs SP TBD; Plenty of playing time for LHH Kole Calhoun this week and should also benefit LHH Josh Hamilton fantasy wise
Red Sox24 
White Sox15Plus for LHH Adam Dunn, Conor Gillaspie, and red hot Alejandro De Aza who was hitting .373 w/ 6 2B, 8 RBI, 9 R, and 5 SB over last 19 gms going into Saturday's action.
Reds06Great news for LHH Votto and Bruce as well as for Devin Mesoraco 13 HR against, Todd Frazier 13 of HR against, and SHH Billy Hamilton .292/.327 vs RHP, .236/.263 vs LHP
Rockies16Edge for LHH Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon, Justin Morneau, and for you deep league players maybe Ryan Wheeler; Not so much for RHH OF Drew Stubbs and Brandon Barmes and IF Josh Rutledge
Tigers437 home games
Astros1 (2)5Thurs. Angels SP expected to be Tyler Skaggs (DL, hamstring)
Marlins243 at home
Brewers14All 5 on the road in homer favorable parks in Rogers Centre and GABP
Yankees164 gms in spacious Target Field
Athletics16Makes Brandon Moss, Yoenis Cespedes, and John Jaso owners happy; not so much for Derek Norris and Josh Donaldson owners
Phillies15All on road in pitcher friendly parks @MIA and @PIT
Pirates15All at home
Padres06All 6 at home
Mariners24My team to watch as I see them getting better and better offensively, including this coming week where ea. game is in a hitter friendly park @HOU and @CWS. SEA worst team OPS in MLB at home.
Rays253 @NYY 4 @DET
Rangers15see interleague section above
Blue Jays334 @OAK so offensive production could be down a bit in Wk 14
Nationals336 at home where Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon, and Denard Span have shined this year; Danny Espinosa, Ryan Zimmerman, Wilson Ramos, and Jayson Werth not so much.

Week 14 Starting Pitcher Rankings:

  1. David Price (TB) -- Tue-@NYY (Kuroda), Sun-@DET (Porcello)

  2. Anibal Sanchez (DET) -- Mon-OAK (Kazmir), Sat-TB (Archer)

  3. Chris Sale (CWS) -- Fri-SEA (Elias)

  4. Johnny Cueto (CIN) -- Wed-@SD (Ross)

  5. Max Scherzer (DET) -- Thu-TB (Bedard)

  6. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) -- Thu-@MIN (Hughes)

  7. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -- Fri-@COL (De La Rosa)

  8. Felix Hernandez (SEA) -- Sat-@CWS (Quintana)

  9. Stephen Strasburg (WSH) -- Tue-COL (Friedrich)

  10. Yu Darvish (TEX) -- Thu-@BAL (Tillman)

  11. Corey Kluber (CLE) -- Mon-@LAD (Haren), Sun-KC (Duffy)

  12. Julio Teheran (ATL) -- Wed-NYM (DeGrom)

  13. Adam Wainwright (StL) -- Wed-@SF (Vogelsong)

  14. Jeff Samardzija (CHC) -- Sat-@WSH (Gonzalez)

  15. Garrett Richards (LAA) -- Mon-@CWS (Noesi), Sat-HOU (McHugh)

  16. Madison Bumgarner (SF) -- Thu-STL (Martinez)

  17. Jordan Zimmermann (WSH) -- Mon-COL (Flande), Sun-CHC (Arrieta)

  18. Jered Weaver (LAA) -- Tue-@CWS (Carroll), Sun-HOU (Cosart)

  19. Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) -- Wed-CLE (Bauer)

  20. Tim Lincecum (SF) -- Tue-STL (Gonzales), Sun-@SD (Hahn)

  21. Danny Duffy (KC) -- Mon-@MIN (Deduno), Sun-@CLE (Kluber)

  22. Tanner Roark (WSH) -- Fri-CHC (Hammel)

  23. Mike Leake (CIN) -- Tue-@SD (Kennedy)

  24. Rick Porcello (DET) -- Tue-OAK (Mills), Sun-TB (Price)

  25. James Shields (KC) -- Tue-@MIN (Nolasco)

  26. Drew Smyly (DET) -- Fri-TB (Cobb)

  27. Doug Fister (WSH) -- Wed-COL (Matzek)

  28. Zack Wheeler (NYM) -- Mon-@ATL (Wood), Sun-TEX (Martinez)

  29. David Phelps (NYY) -- Mon-TB (Archer), Sat-@MIN (Deduno)

  30. Mat Latos (CIN) -- Mon-@SD (Hahn), Sun-MIL (Gallardo)

  31. Alex Wood (ATL) -- Mon-NYM (Wheeler), Sun-ARI (Miley)

  32. Cole Hamels (PHI) -- Wed-@MIA (Koehler)

  33. Jake Arrieta (CHC) -- Mon-@BOS (Peavy), Sun-@WSH (Zimmermann)

  34. Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) -- Tue-@HOU (Cosart)

  35. Justin Verlander (DET) -- Wed-OAK (Chavez)

  36. Zack Greinke (LAD) -- Thu-@COL (Chacin)

  37. Charlie Morton (PIT) -- Wed-ARI (Anderson)

  38. Jose Quintana (CWS) -- Sat-SEA (Hernandez)

  39. Sonny Gray (OAK) -- Thu-TOR (Dickey)

  40. Bartolo Colon (NYM) -- Sat-TEX (Saunders)

  41. Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) -- Tue-TB (Price), Sun-@MIN (Nolasco)

  42. Matt Cain (SF) -- Fri-@SD (Stults)

  43. Mike Minor (ATL) -- Tue-NYM (Matsuzaka)

  44. Alex Cobb (TB) -- Fri-@DET (Smyly)

  45. Kevin Gausman (BAL) -- Wed-TEX (Tepesch)

  46. Lance Lynn (STL) -- Fri-MIA (Eovaldi)

  47. Jacob deGrom (NYM) --Wed-@ATL (Teheran)

  48. Gio Gonzalez (WSH) -- Sat-CHC (Samardzija)

  49. Gerrit Cole (PIT) -- Fri-PHI (Hernandez)

  50. Scott Kazmir (OAK) -- Mon-@DET (Sanchez), Sat-TOR (Buehrle)

  51. C.J. Wilson (LAA) -- Fri-HOU (Feldman)

  52. Jesse Chavez (OAK) -- Wed-@DET (Verlander)

  53. Brandon Workman (BOS) -- Wed-CHC (Wood)

  54. Yordano Ventura (KC) -- Fri-@CLE (Tomlin)

  55. Tyson Ross (SD) -- Wed-CIN (Cueto)

  56. Jake Peavy (BOS) -- Mon-CHC (Arrieta), Sun-BAL (Jimenez)

  57. Phil Hughes (MIN) -- Thu-NYY (Tanaka)

  58. Josh Beckett (LAD) -- Tue-CLE (Masterson), Sun-@COL (Friedrich)

  59. Wade Miley (ARI) -- Tue-@PIT (Locke), Sun-@ATL (Wood)

  60. Jon Lester (BOS) -- Fri-BAL (Chen)

  61. Jake Odorizzi (TB) -- Wed-@NYY (Nuno)

  62. John Lackey (BOS) -- Sat-BAL (Gonzalez)

  63. Shelby Miller (STL) -- Sat-MIA (Heaney)

  64. Jarred Cosart (HOU) -- Tue-SEA (Iwakuma), Sun-@LAA (Weaver)

  65. Tyler Matzek (COL) -- Wed-@WAS (Fister)

Best of luck and as always if you have a specific question remember you can always tweet @FantasyNomad and/or post in the comments section below.

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