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Week 10 Hitting Planner: Swinging For The Fences In The Sweltering Summer Heat

Week 10 Hitting Planner
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Let’s begin the Week 10 Hitting Planner with some injury news.

The San Fransico Giants have placed first basemen Brandon Belt on the 10-day DL. Belt’s putting together the best season of his career. He’s slashing .307/.403/.547 with a wRC+ of 161. The Giants have been trying to replace his production with Pablo Sandoval at first.

The Yankees are also expected to activate Todd Frazier from the DL in the middle of the Week 10 Hitting Planner.

Weather Forecast

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Let’s cross our fingers and hope the rain stays away in the Week 10 Hitting Planner. Currently, meteorologists do not predict much if any major rain across the states. Only Boston and Cincinnati currently predicts to see rainfall. Both the Reds and Red Sox start a long homestand this week, but the rainfall doesn’t predict to stay. With a chance of a full slate of games this week, remember to set your lineups for the Week 10 Hitting Planner!

Park Factors

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Let’s take a look at both the aforementioned stadiums. Fenway Park in Boston currently sits at 10th in terms of HR park factor with 1.182. Looking at their other PF, Fenway has leaned heavily towards high scoring games. Interestingly enough, the Red Sox home has been a triples haven with a PF of 2.143.

Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati currently sits atop the HR PF rankings with 1.310. This has been partially due to the Reds poor pitching but mostly attributed to the friendly confines. Most of their other PF are below average. The Rockies and the Cardinals come into town, but neither team has been elite in terms of home runs. Both teams are middle tier in terms of HR with the Rockies ranking 10th with 69 homers.

Stolen Base Report

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In the Week 10 Hitting Planner, the both the Orioles and Yankees play both the Mets and Blue Jays. Combined. the Mets (45) and Jays (44) have allowed 99 stolen bases this season. Unfortunately, the Orioles and Yankees haven’t stolen many bases this season. The Orioles only swiped 17 bags so far, which ranks 27th in the MLB. The Yankees have been slightly better with 25 stolen bases ranking them 19th. Didi Gregorius swiped five of those bags for the Yankees. Brett Gardner leads the team with six, but both could add to those numbers in the Week 10 Hitting Planner.

Under-The-Radar- Player

Jason Kipnis, CLE (vs. MIL, at DET)

Cleveland Indians second basemen, Jason Kipnis, comes into the Week 10 Hitting Planner crushing righties to the tune of a 154 wRC+. He’s projected to face only right-handed starters (the Tigers final starter is currently TBD). Kipnis should continue his current success into the week since over the last 30 days his wOBA-xwOBA -.106. That negative statistic signifies a bit of unluckiness in his .308/.333/.615 slash line over his last 27 PA

The Indians will do their best at protecting Kipnis near the bottom of their order. They maximize his value by surrounding the second basemen with strong platoon matchups. The Tigers pitching staff sports the 11th worst wOBA (.321) against left-handed batters. The Brewers staff has been better with a .310 wOBA against lefties, but they do surrender 1.1 HR/9 to lefties. Look for Kipnis to cash in on his favorable matchups in the Week 10 Hitting Planner.

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