2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner (6/26 – 7/2)

by Jason Beckner
2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner (6/26 - 7/2)

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner (6/26 - 7/2)

This weekend I will be taking my family camping for only the second time ever, and when I say family I mean a six-year-old, a nine-year-old, and a wife that "hates nature". So as you can imagine we are going to have a great time, LOL!

It's not all that bad as we are staying at a "Jelly Stone" campground. A campground that is very family-friendly and offers all types of fun activities for kids and adults alike.

The best part of this story was explaining to my kids who Yogi Bear and BooBoo were. You could imagine the fear on their faces when I tried to explain to them that they were a pair of bears that stole food and picnic baskets from unsuspecting campers.

I quickly had to explain that they were in fact cartoon bears and there was nothing to worry about. I even had the opportunity to look up old Yogi Bear cartoon videos on YouTube, and now my youngest is really looking forward to having bears "steal" our picnic baskets. Boy is he in for a surprise when that doesn't happen. Check back next week to get a full recap of my stay at Jellystone Campground.

Now let's get into this week's hitting planner.

2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner (6/26 - 7/2)

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MLB Schedule 6/26-7/2


Teams To Target

San Diego Padres

The Padres might be three games below .500 and in third place in the NL West, but they still have a positive run differential. They have been starting to get better over the past few weeks. In the past two weeks, they have hit the 10th most home runs and scored the 15th most runs.

The Padres will get to play all six games this week in the third and eighth-ranked ball parks according to the Statcast Park Factor. With Great American Ball Park being the best homerun park in all of baseball. Which only further increase the Padres' .464 slugging percentage over the past 15 days.

I would be playing all your Padres hitters in hopes of great power output.

Texas Rangers

When you have the league's biggest run differential at +153 you are going to want to take notice. The Rangers have a league-leading 451 runs scored and the next closest is almost 20 less. Needless to say, the Ranger's offense is really good.

This week the Rangers will get seven games and all at home. They have the most runs scored at home and the fifth most home runs. Furthermore, Globe Life ranks as the fifth most hitter-friendly park according to Statcast Park Factor this year.

They also get four games against the dreadfully awful Tigers. They have a 4.40-team ERA which ranks 20th in the league. The Tigers have also surrendered the 11th most home runs, including 43 of them on the road.

Put all your Rangers in your lineup with confidence this week.

Team to Avoid

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have been historically bad this season. They are currently 13 games under .500 and have a -10 run differential. That is thanks in large part to an underperforming offense. They are currently only hitting .250 as a team, and their .289 BABIP.

This week things don't get any easier. They have to face the Yankees, who currently hold the third-best team ERA with only a 3.70 ERA, and the 12th most strikeouts as they are currently striking out 24% of all batters faced which ranks as the 10th best in the league. They will have to face Cole and German who have both been performing well.

Their other series is against the even stingier pitching staff of the Astros, who currently own the best team ERA in the league and have the 700 K which is the fifth most.

Needless to say, the Cardinal's struggles will continue this week.

Players to Target

Justin Turner, 3B, Boston Red Sox

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When trying to decide who to start in your lineup, a good place to start is for players that have been swinging a hot bat. Turner has been "el fuego" as of late. In the month of June is slashing .333/.387/.594 with a 166 wRC+. His wRC+ of 166 ranked in the top 25 of all qualified hitters and ranked as the third best among qualified third baseman.

The power numbers jump off the page as he has a .261 ISO in June with 10 extra-base hits. He will get to face Sandy Alcantara who has been downright awful this year. Then he will face Bassitt who he has had success against in his career, as he is batting .667 in his three at-bats against Bassitt. I would look for Turner to continue his power output again this week.

Randy Arozarena, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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You could basically pick any one of the Rays batters to have a good week, as their offense has been top of the class this year. Randy has been exceptional this year, he is currently slashing .292/.409/.498 as he has the very sexy slash line of .300/.400/.500+.

While he will face four righties this week, he actually has reverse splits. He has more success against righties than lefties. Nine of his home runs and 40 of his runs batted in have come against righties. He will be away all week but he is just as good on the road as he is at home. You will be happy with the production from Arozarena this week.

Jorge Solder, OF, Miami Marlins

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Soler has always been a streaky hitter in his career, and he is currently in one of his hot streaks. In the past two weeks, he has hit four home runs, driven in nine runs, and has even stolen a base.

He also has 21 home runs on the year which ranks third among all qualified hitters and first among all qualified outfielders. Similar to Arozarena, Soler has had success on the road this year as over half his home runs have come on the road, which is where he will spend this week. Absolutely play Soler if you need a boost in the power department.

Manny Machado, 3B, San Diego Padres

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Manny has gotten off to a slow start this year as he is only hitting .247 and only slugging .392, which is very uncharacteristic. However, things are starting to look better as of late.

In the past two weeks, he is slashing .299/.314/.463 with three home runs and 10 RBI, while only striking out 18% of the time.

This week he will get to face three lefties, which he has dominated this year, to the tune of .377/.415/.541 with a 7:4 K:BB ratio. One of the lefties is veteran Rih Hill, which he owns (.444 2 HR 9AB). The month of June will continue to be good for Machado again this week.

Deep League Targets

Player to Avoid

Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners

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Kelenic is starting to look like the hitter the Mariners thought they were getting when they traded for him. He is slugging almost .500 and has hit double-digit home runs in the first tow and half months so far.

However, things have been rough going for him as of late. In the month of June, he is only hitting .196 while only slugging .353, thanks in large part to his 37K% rate.

Not only does he face four right-handed pitchers this week, in which he is only hitting .245 against righties

. He is also striking out 34% of the time against righties. He also has to face Tampa Bay who owns the second-best team ERA. They have also surrendered the fifth least home runs and have the second most shutouts.

I would be looking elsewhere for an outfielder this week.


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