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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Hitting Planner: Cleveland Rocks

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Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Hitting Planner! If anyone was wondering where I was last week, it would be a complete surprise to me. Thanks to Joe for handling duties while I was off on a work trip.

A lot of history was made when I was gone. Albert Pujols became the fifth player in MLB history to record 2,000 RBI.


It was an awesome moment for one of the best players to ever play the game. Although he didn’t get to keep the ball, he seemed okay with the fan keeping it, which is a whole debate on its own.

Joey Gallo set a record of his own last week, becoming the first player in MLB history to hit his 100th home run before hitting his 100th single. He also became the fastest player in American League history to hit 100 home runs and third fastest in MLB history.

If he can maintain his improved swinging strike rate we could finally see Gallo reach 50 home runs.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Hitting Planner

Offense to Target – Cleveland Indians

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The Cleveland batters should have an amazing week, going up against two of the worst pitching staffs in the league.

They start their week in Chicago for two games against the White Sox. The White Sox have the second-worst ERA in the league and have given up the 10th most home runs this year.

After Chicago, the Indians will travel to Baltimore for an even easier matchup against the Orioles. Their 5.52 ERA is the worst in the league and they have also given up the most home runs in the league, with 80 thus far.

Both teams are last and second to last in average allowed to opposing batters at .266 and .267 respectively.

Notable Players

Outside of their main position players, Jake Bauers, Leonys Martin, and Carlos Gonzalez are good, and widely available options for owners. Gonzalez should only be used against opposing right-handers but can be a good dart throw against terrible pitching.

Offense to Avoid – Los Angeles Dodgers

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Los Angeles will run into the double-whammy next week, playing just five games against tough competition.

Their first matchup is against the Padres, who have the leagues eighth best rotation by WAR. They have the fourth lowest team ERA and third-lowest walk rate in the league. As luck would have it, the Padres will have Matt Strahm and Chris Paddack on the mound during their series.

Their second series is a three-game series on the road against the Reds. While their offense has been horrid, their pitching staff has been incredible. They have the second lowest ERA in the majors and have given up the fewest home runs thus far.

Notable Players

You’re not benching Cody Bellinger, but Max Muncy, Enrique Hernandez, and Corey Seager won’t be as productive as they normally are. In Seager’s case, his season-long slump should continue will continue for another week.

Offense to Target – Atlanta Braves

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The Atlanta offense will have a great week of matchups coming up against two of the most vulnerable rotations in the league with St. Louis and Milwaukee.

The Cardinals have given up the second most home runs in the league, right behind the Orioles. Their team ERA is right around average, but any team that gives up this many home runs is good to target.

The Brewers are next on the schedule and provide another easy matchup for the Braves. Milwaukee has given up the third most home runs this season and their ERA ranks 21st in the league.

Notable Players

If you’re in the 10 percent of leagues where Josh Donaldson is available, he needs to be added for next week. Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson are also great, widely available options for the week ahead.

Offense to Avoid – San Diego Padres

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The Padres offense has been disappointing to this point in the season, and things might get a little tougher in Week 7.

Their first matchup is a two-game series against the Dodgers. Los Angeles has a Top-10 rotation in the league, solidified by Hyun-Jin Ryu staying healthy and pitching like an ace. They have the lowest BB/9 in the league, which will limit opportunities for a San Diego team that already has the second-lowest walk rate in the league.

Their next series will be four games against Pittsburgh at home. The Pirates’ rotation has slowed down since the start of the season, but they still present a formidable opponent. They’re not a flashy rotation, but they have managed to maintain the 10th best WAR with an above average ERA.

Notable Players

Manny Machado has gone back into a bit of a funk, but if you didn’t bench him before, you won’t bench him now. Wil Myers has been in a huge slump and a definite sit candidate this week. Youngsters Franmil Reyes and Hunter Renfroe both have on-base issues that could be exacerbated by a tough schedule.

Platoon Target

Nick Markakis, OF, Atlanta Braves

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In addition to his easy schedule next week, Markakis will get the benefit of facing a series of right-handed pitchers. This season, the outfielder is batting .323 against righties, nearly 70 points better than his average against southpaws.

Six games against right-handed pitchers will help Markakis break of out of his May slump, in which he’s only hitting .207. If anyone dropped him, he should be added for this week.




Want to see where these players rank at their position for the rest of the season? Take a look at the latest updated version of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings.

 

About Jonathan Chan

Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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