Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner 9/4-9/10
Before we jump into this week's planner, I wanted to take a moment and talk about a proud father moment I had this past week.
Recently my oldest son has expressed interest in learning archery. He is currently at the stage in life where he is in full exploration of a sport and hobby, so how could I say no to a new sport?
So I took him to a local archery academy, and boy oh boy what a great experience. He jumped right in without hesitation about shooting an arrow down range. Not only that but he was surprisingly accurate for a first-time archer. He had never even held a bow before and here he was shooting balloons and playing cards from 10 yards out.
So yeah it is safe to say that after his initial beginners trial course, he was hooked and I signed him up for the full weekly course. Therefore it looks like I will be spending one night a week watching my son become the next Katniss Everdeen.
Now let's get into this week's hitting planner.
2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner (9/4 - 9/10)
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MLB Schedule 9/4-9/10
Teams to Target
The Reds have been a great source of offensive production this season. The Reds have scored the 10th most runs this year and have stolen 159 bases which are the most in the league and 18 more than any other team. The power and speed numbers are unmatched.
Now this week the Reds get to play all six games at home. Not only does Great American Ball Park rank as the third-best ballpark according to Statcast ParkFactor it ranks as the best for home runs according to ParkFactor.
The Reds will not only play all six games at home, they will get favorable matchups as well. They will face the Cardinals who have the eighth-worst team ERA and have given up the second most hits behind only the Rockies.
Continue to play all your Cincinnati hitters this week at home.
The Rangers have been one of the best offensive teams all seasons and I don't see a reason for it to stop this week. First of all, they get to face one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball in Oakland. They also get all six games at home just like the Reds.
While the Ranger's home park is not as hitter-friendly as Great American. It is still very offensive-friendly as it ranks as the tenth-best park for home runs according to ParkFactor.
They will also get to face the Athletics who not only have the worst team ERA they have also surrendered the fifth most home runs and the league's most hits.
The Rangers will continue to prove why they are the league's best team at home this week so continue to start them with confidence this week.
Team to Avoid
San Diego Padres
At the beginning of the season, I wouldn't imagine myself suggesting to avoid the Padres as they were poised to be an offensive juggernaut.
However, since the All-Star break the Padres have been a below-average team scoring only 203 runs and have a team batting average slightly above the Mendoza line.
This week will be no walk in the park for the Padres either. They will have to face both the Phillies and the Astros. The Astros have the 8th-best team ERA and the Phillies have the 11th-best team ERA.
I think the Padres will continue their struggles this week and I would look elsewhere for offensive production.
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