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Week 9 Hitting Planner: The Injury Bug Catches Two Budding Stars

Week 9 Hitting Planner
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Let’s start the Week 9 Hitting Planner off with a little bit of Padres news. Budding star Franchy Cordero heads to the DL due to an arm issue, but don’t fear Friars fans as Hunter Renfroe expects to be activated. He should provide an immense amount of right-handed pop into a surprisingly effective Padres offense.

Keep an eye out for a Ronald Acuna update as he left Sunday’s game early. The Braves offense could lose some right-handed power and a lot of speed, and it will be interesting to see how they adapt.

Week 9 Hitting Planner

Weather Forecast

With the Week 9 Hitting Planner, comes a heat wave across the U.S. except for parts of the north-west. The state of Texas as a whole should regularly be in or around the 100-degree mark most of the week. Luckily for Rangers fans, they will be away, but Astros fans are more than welcome to brave the heat for a homestead against the Twins and Athletics.

Atlanta will continue to drown in rainstorms in the Week 9 Hitting Planner. With two home stands in the dome-less SunTrust Park, baseball in Atlanta might see some delays. The Mets and Nationals pitching staffs might be able to avoid the Braves lineup that has put up some lopsided scores.

Park Factors

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The Padres spend the Week 9 Hitting Planner at home in Petco Park. To this point in the season, players have been graced with some friendly confines. The Padres home sits above 1 in every park factor. It currently sits 12th in HR PF compared to finishing 29th in 2017.

The Orioles spend the Week 9 Hitting Planner at home as well. Oriole Park in Camden Yards places 5th in HR PF with 1.292 but falls below average in the other PF. With the Yankees coming to town in the second half of the week, Oriole Park could see those numbers climb particularly the HR PF.

Stolen Base Report

Manny Pina and the Brewers pitching staff continue to do a good job stopping runners. The Milwaukee Brewers come into the Week 9 Hitting Planner having allowed 18 steals on 31 attempts. Those 13 caught stealing sit as 7th best in the MLB. The Athletics have caught 14 runners and are 6th, but they have allowed 39 steals. Those 39 steals are the 3rd most given up. Only the Mets and Blue Jays have allowed more.

The Braves are still near the top of the stolen base rankings. The offense swiped 37 bases so far this season and could be in store for more with Mets coming to town in the Week 9 Hitting Planner. The White Sox lead the league with 43 steals, but they face the Brewers and Manny Pina this week.

Under-The-Radar- Players

Austin Meadows, PIT (vs. CHC, at STL)

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At first glance, the Pirates outfield looks full. Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, and Corey Dickerson form a solid portion of their lineup but come with some faults. Marte recently returned from the DL and should be eased into the lineup in a down year. Dickerson’s bat strikes fear into opposing pitchers hearts, but might as well be playing without a glove at times. Polanco started the season hot but has been known to have his ups and downs both in the field and at the plate. Enter top prospect Austin Meadows to fill those holes.

Since being called up, Meadows has crushed the ball to the tune of a 1.345 OPS. He has mostly started in center field in place of the then-injured Starling Marte. Meadow’s fantasy baseball ownership spiked but should fall some with Marte returning to the starting lineup. He’s a strong defender and an obvious replacement for Dickerson late in games. His dynamic bat could spark few late-inning rallies in the Week 9 Hitting Planner

Matt Chapman, OAK  (vs. TB, at KC)

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America’s Sweetheart, Matt Chapman enters the Week 9 Hitting Planner on a bit of an unlucky streak. His wOBA-xwOBA since the 16th sits at -.035. A small boost should be expected as he progresses to 0. Luckily, the A’s head to Kauffman Stadium to face the Royals in the latter half of the week. Their pitching staff surrenders 1.57 HR/9, which plays perfectly into Chapmans overall batted ball profile. Since the 16th, 40% of his contact has been fly balls. The Royals pitching staff lose 13.6% of their fly balls over the wall. Look for a home run boom from the A’s third basemen in the Week 9 Hitting Planner.

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