Week 12 Fantasy Hitting Planner

The Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner is the essential guide to setting your lineup for the upcoming week. Every weekend, we provide you with favorable and unfavorable matchups as well as lineup changes for each team.

Weather planner: Taking into account all games with at least a 50 percent chance of precipitation according to Weather.com, no games are in danger of being rained out.

Interleague play dominates the schedule again this week, so any AL team that travels to the NL will lose a hitter, and any NL team that travels to the AL will gain one. The section labeled "Interleague Effect" will offer a best guess as to which players lose or gain at-bats as a result of playing in the opposite league.

This week's news and notes for each team:

Arizona Diamondbacks
Schedule: TEX3, LAA3
Heating Up: Justin Upton has three hits in three of his last four games, but he's a must-start whether hot or cold.
Cooling Off: Gerardo Parra 's batting average has dropped from .301 to .267 since June 8, making him clearly just an NL-only option. He's batting .184 (7 for 38) during that stretch.
Injury Concerns: Chris Young , who had finally begun to show some signs of life by batting .435 (10 for 23) with two home runs and three stolen bases over his last seven games, sat out both Friday and Saturday with a strained groin. Might as well keep him reserved. Chad Tracy is on a rehab assignment and has a chance of returning this week, but he wouldn't get more than semi-regular at-bats.
Platoon Possibilities: The Diamondbacks face one left-handed pitcher this week, so Josh Whitesell has a chance to get more starts than usual. Lately, though, the Diamondbacks have gone with Mark Reynolds at first base and either Augie Ojeda or Ryan Roberts at third. Whitesell wasn't hitting well enough to matter in Fantasy anyway.
Lineup Changes: The Diamondbacks have used several lineup variations over the last week, but they've at least indicated Eric Byrnes is the odd man out if Young is able to play.

Atlanta Braves
Schedule: CHC1, NYY3, BOS3
Heating Up: Garret Anderson is showing early signs of another second-half resurgence, batting .371 (13 for 35) over his last 10 games. He's still not worth using in mixed leagues, but he's worth watching.
Cooling Off: After a respectable May during which he hit .297, Kelly Johnson has gone back to struggling in June. He's batting .140 (8 for 57) for the month and .103 (3 for 29) over his last nine games. Sit him in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Braves face only one left-hander in their seven games this week. Too bad they don't have any platoon players to benefit from the favorable schedule.
Lineup Changes: None.

Baltimore Orioles
Schedule: @FLA3, WAS3
Heating Up: Aubrey Huff has an eight-game hitting streak during which he's batting .394 (13 for 33). His numbers are still well off last year's pace, but he's worth starting in mixed leagues.
Cooling Off: Adam Jones is batting .146 (6 for 41) over his last 10 games, dropping his batting average from .346 to .313. He's still too valuable to sit in Fantasy.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Orioles face four left-handers this week, which might mean a poor performance for Huff. Nobody consistently sits against lefties, though.
Lineup Changes: None.
Interleague Effect: Unfortunately, one of Nolan Reimold and Luke Scott has to sit for the Orioles' three-game series at Florida. The Orioles face two left-handed pitchers that series, so Scott might end up sitting more than Reimold even though the numbers suggest he shouldn't. If you rely on him in Fantasy, you should probably just stick with him, especially since the Orioles return home to end the week.

Boston Red Sox
Schedule: @WAS3, @ATL3
Heating Up: Jacoby Ellsbury actually demonstrated some power this week, hitting two home runs. He's batting .296 (8 for 27) with six stolen bases over his last eight games and remains a must-start.
Cooling Off: Dustin Pedroia , who took off last June with a .356 batting average, has been nothing short of a disaster this June, batting .174 (12 for 69). You wouldn't bench an elite option like him. Same goes for Kevin Youkilis , who's batting .125 (3 for 24) over his last seven games.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Red Sox face one left-handed pitcher this week, which means Rocco Baldelli has a chance to get a start in place of J.D. Drew . Drew will still play enough to suffice in mixed leagues.
Lineup Changes: None.
Interleague Effect: The Red Sox showed a couple weeks ago they're not afraid to start David Ortiz at first base, but you have to figure he'll spend most of this week on the bench since the team plays all six of its games in NL parks.

Chicago Cubs
Schedule: @ATL1, @DET3, @CHW3
Heating Up: Derrek Lee continues to redeem himself after a poor April, hitting his fourth home run in three games Saturday. He has yet to go hitless in June and is batting .371 (26 for 70) with six home runs during a 17-game hitting streak. Start him in all leagues. Milton Bradley has a nine-game hitting streak during which he's batting .364 (12 for 33).
Cooling Off: Alfonso Soriano is batting .132 (5 for 38) over his last nine games, and his batting average has fallen from .280 to .225 since May 17. Exaggerated hot and cold streaks are nothing new for him. If you own him, you have no choice but to start him because he could suddenly go off with three or four homers one week.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Cubs face three left-handers this week, all during their weekend series at the White Sox. Reed Johnson will start for Kosuke Fukudome against the lefties, as he has all season, but the Cubs might have a couple more platoon situations now. Jake Fox could potentially spell Mike Fontenot at third base, and Aaron Miles could start for Andres Blanco at second.
Lineup Changes: Blanco has started three straight games at second, but he's not much of an offensive threat and doesn't matter in mixed leagues.
Interleague Effect: The Cubs play six games in AL parks this week, so one of their bench players could conceivably get enough at-bats to matter in NL-only leagues. Micah Hoffpauir , who hit a pinch-hit home run Saturday, makes the most sense, but Fox could also get an extra start or two.

Chicago White Sox
Schedule: LAD3, CHC3
Heating Up: Scott Podsednik has gotten his batting average over .300, emerging as a viable option even in deeper mixed leagues. He's batting .400 (14 for 35) over his last eight games. Chris Getz has a six-game hitting streak during which he's batting .348 (8 for 23), but he's strictly an AL-only option.
Cooling Off: Jermaine Dye , battling a calf injury, has only three hits in his last nine games, batting .103 (3 for 29) during that stretch. He's a streaky player, but his power potential when hot makes him unbenchable.
Injury Concerns: Dye wasn't in the lineup for Saturday's game because of the injured calf, though he did pinch hit. He missed last Sunday's game with the same injury, so he might eventually need a couple days off to put an end to it. If he's back in the lineup Sunday, use him as you normally would. His power makes him a No. 3 outfielder in mixed leagues.
Platoon Possibilities: The White Sox face only one left-handed pitcher this week, so Getz should get nearly a full week of at-bats while Jayson Nix remains on the bench. Jim Thome likely won't lose any playing time either, especially since the White Sox don't have to play in any NL parks.
Lineup Changes: Brian Anderson has apparently taken over as the team's regular center fielder, no longer having to split time with Dewayne Wise . He has the upside to make an impact in mixed leagues, but he's just an AL-only option right now.

Cincinnati Reds
Schedule: @TOR3, @CLE3
Heating Up: Brandon Phillips might have a hairline fracture in his thumb, but he isn't playing like it, batting .412 (7 for 17) with one home run and four stolen bases over his last four games. Then again, he might have injured the thumb further Saturday, making him a risky start for the upcoming week.
Cooling Off: Willy Taveras was in a 1-for-46 slump, but he broke out of it with a 3-for-5 day Saturday. Still, one good game isn't reason enough to trust him in mixed leagues again.
Injury Concerns: Phillips seemingly hurt his right thumb -- the one with the hairline fracture -- in his final at-bat Saturday and left the game. You'll obviously want to check for an update Sunday, but if he doesn't return to the lineup, he's a risk for the upcoming week. Unless you think he'll miss the entire week, though, you should probably just stick with him. What kind of alternative could you find on short notice? Joey Votto has begun a rehab assignment as he continues to work his way back from a stress-related issue. He'll play only half the week at most, though, making him not worth starting yet in mixed leagues.
Platoon Possibilities: The Reds face four left-handed pitchers this week, so Jonny Gomes should play just about every day, especially with the team traveling to AL parks. Laynce Nix might find himself on the bench more often than usual.
Lineup Changes: With Alex Gonzalez going on the DL with an elbow injury, Jerry Hairston has gone from starting at third base to starting at shortstop. Adam Rosales again enters the lineup as the team's third baseman but isn't worth using outside of NL-only leagues. When Votto returns midweek, Ramon Hernandez will go back behind the plate, forcing Ryan Hanigan out of the lineup.
Interleague Effect: Gomes figures to get the most at-bats at DH with the team traveling to AL parks. He's worth starting in NL-only leagues because of his power potential.

Cleveland Indians
Schedule: @PIT3, CIN3
Heating Up: Luis Valbuena , who's playing regularly with Asdrubal Cabrera sidelined, homered twice Saturday, giving him three homers in two games. He has enough potential that you could even give him a look in mixed leagues if you get desperate enough. Shin-Soo Choo is batting .429 (9 for 21) over his last five games, bringing his season average to .300. He's already a must-start. Jhonny Peralta is showing signs of breaking out of his season-long funk, going 2 for 5 in each of his last three games.
Cooling Off: Ben Francisco looked like a viable option in Rotisserie leagues for a while, but he's batting only .077 (2 for 26) over his last seven games.
Injury Concerns: Mark DeRosa didn't start Saturday's game after bruising his thigh running into a bullpen telephone Friday. He managed to stay in Friday's game, so he shouldn't miss more than a day or two. He remains too valuable to sit, especially given his versatility.
Platoon Possibilities: The Indians face only one left-handed pitcher, which means the red-hot Valbuena should have nearly a full week of at-bats.
Lineup Changes: The Indians could go with a different lineup any given day depending on where they decide to play DeRosa. Jamey Carroll has seemingly become the everyday second baseman until Cabrera returns from a shoulder injury, but he's a slap hitter who won't matter in mixed leagues.
Interleague Effect: Travis Hafner gets routine days off anyway because of his balky shoulder, but you can bet he won't make a single start when the Indians visit Pittsburgh to begin the week.

Top 10 Hitters Added
Player % Change
1. Juan Rivera , OF, LAA 35
2. Kyle Blanks , 1B, SD 16
3. Scott Podsednik , OF, CHW 10
4. Chris Coghlan , OF, FLA 10
5. Casey McGehee , 3B, MIL 8
6. Colby Rasmus , OF, STL 7
7. Pablo Sandoval , 3B, SF 6
8. Scott Rolen , 3B, TOR 6
9. Jason Kubel , DH, MIN 5
10. Michael Cuddyer , OF, MIN 5

Colorado Rockies
Schedule: @LAA3, @OAK3
Heating Up: Troy Tulowitzki is finally living up to the potential that made him such a highly sought prize on Draft Day. He's batting .366 (15 for 41) with five home runs over his last 13 games and should be active in all Fantasy leagues.
Cooling Off: Nobody's significantly underperforming right now.
Injury Concerns: Yorvit Torrealba should finally return this week from a long personal absence. He's clearly the backup to Chris Iannetta , though, and doesn't matter outside of deeper NL-only leagues.
Platoon Possibilities: The Rockies face three left-handers this week, but Seth Smith will likely find himself on the bench either way. Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez seem firmly entrenched as the starters in center field and left field, respectively.
Lineup Changes: Ian Stewart has effectively replaced Garrett Atkins as the team's starter at third base. Since he qualifies at second base, he's worth owning in all Fantasy leagues.
Interleague Effect: The Rockies will likely use their DH spot to keep Atkins fresh now that he's not an everyday player anymore, though Ryan Spilborghs could get a couple starts as well.

Detroit Tigers
Schedule: CHC3, @HOU3
Heating Up: Marcus Thames has assumed a starting spot since coming off the DL and has three home runs in his last three games. He has 30-homer potential and is worth adding in deeper mixed leagues. Miguel Cabrera and Curtis Granderson each have three home runs over the last week. They remain must-starts.
Cooling Off: Magglio Ordonez is batting only .182 (4 for 22) over his last six games. He has only two home runs so far and has lost his starting job for now.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Tigers face two left-handed pitchers this week, so Ryan Raburn will likely start twice for Josh Anderson . Anderson has some low-end appeal in Rotisserie leagues for his ability to steal bases, but you probably shouldn't start him right now.
Lineup Changes: Manager Jim Leyland has opted to bench Ordonez for now. He could return to the lineup Tuesday, but his status remains too up in the air for you to trust him in mixed leagues. Don Kelly has started in his absence.
Interleague Effect: Assuming Ordonez does return Tuesday, he'll probably remain in the lineup for the weekend series at Houston, with Kelly and Anderson going to the bench.

Florida Marlins
Schedule: BAL3, @TB3
Heating Up: Chris Coghlan , who's now hitting leadoff for the Marlins, is batting .344 (11 for 32) over his last eight games. With a little more power, he could emerge as a viable option in mixed leagues.
Cooling Off: Just as quickly as he got hot, Jeremy Hermida has gone ice cold. He's 0 for 16 over his last five games and still isn't reliable enough to trust in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Marlins face two left-handers this week, meaning John Baker will sit at least twice in favor of Ronny Paulino . Baker has struggled lately, so you wouldn't want to start him in mixed leagues anyway.
Lineup Changes: None.
Interleague Effect: The Marlins like to use their DH slot to spell Jorge Cantu 's wrist, so Ross Gload will likely start at first base during the weekend series at Tampa Bay. He won't get enough at-bats to matter in mixed leagues, though.

Houston Astros
Schedule: KC3, DET3
Heating Up: Michael Bourn continues to look like a legitimate leadoff hitter after merely playing the part last year. He's batting .417 (10 for 24) with four stolen bases over his last seven games and is a must-start in Rotisserie leagues.
Cooling Off: Miguel Tejada , who got his batting average up over .360 during a recent 17-game hitting streak, is only 1 for 16 over his last four games. You wouldn't sit him, but you have to figure he has a cold streak ahead just to get his batting average back to a reasonable level.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Astros face right-handers in all six of their games this week, but with Geoff Blum on the DL, they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: For unexplained reasons, the Astros dropped breakout player Hunter Pence to sixth in the lineup, which only hurts his Fantasy appeal. He's still a must-start, but you'd like to see him batting second or third. Jeff Keppinger , who has become the full-time starter at third base with Blum sidelined, is batting second, and Kazuo Matsui , who recently returned from a hamstring injury, is batting seventh.

Kansas City Royals
Schedule: @HOU3, @PIT3
Heating Up: Miguel Olivo has thrived as the undisputed starting catcher with John Buck on the DL. He has five home runs in his last 10 games and is batting .306 (11 for 36) during that stretch. Still, he's at best a No. 2 catcher in mixed leagues.
Cooling Off: Mark Teahen is 1 for 15 over his last four games, which really doesn't qualify as a cold streak yet. Use him as you normally would.
Injury Concerns: None of Coco Crisp (shoulder), Mike Aviles (forearm) and Buck (back) appears on the verge of returning. Crisp, in fact, might end up needing season-ending surgery if an upcoming examination reveals he has a torn labrum instead of a torn rotator cuff. Keep him stashed for now, but you'll want to check back for news later in the week.
Platoon Possibilities: The Royals face only one left-handed pitcher this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons anyway.
Lineup Changes: None.
Interleague Effect: The Royals play all six of their games in NL-only parks this week, meaning they'll have to sit one of Billy Butler and Mike Jacobs . Butler will likely get the nod more often than not, but the Royals could choose to go lefty-righty with the two.

Scott's top Week 12 sleepers
Player Start %
1. Yadier Molina , C, STL 51
2. Michael Cuddyer , OF, MIN 40
3. Ian Stewart , 2B/3B, COL 57
4. Jim Thome , DH, CHW 37
5. Juan Rivera , OF, LAA 46
6. Nick Johnson , 1B, WAS 44
7. Nolan Reimold , OF, BAL 31
8. Alberto Callaspo , 2B, KC 33
9. Marcus Thames , OF, DET 8
10. Scott Hairston , OF, SD 1
* sleepers are players started in less than 65 percent of CBSSports.com leagues

L.A. Angels
Schedule: COL3, @ARI3
Heating Up: Juan Rivera is one of the hottest players in baseball right now, batting .344 (11 for 32) with four home runs over his last eight games. He deserves a look in all leagues. Chone Figgins is not only back to hitting .300 after a down year, but he's also walking more than ever before. He could potentially hit .330 with 60 stolen bases, so consider yourself set at third base if you own him. Torii Hunter refuses to slow down, carrying an 11-game hitting streak into Saturday before going 0 for 2. He's batting .341 with four homers in June.
Cooling Off: Erick Aybar has begun playing regularly, but he's batting only .167 (3 for 18) over his last five games. Leave him for AL-only leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Angels face only one left-hander this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: The Angels don't seem interested in using power prospect Sean Rodriguez , so Maicer Izturis looks like the starting second baseman with Howie Kendrick in the minors. Aybar will continue to start at shortstop. Neither player matters in mixed leagues.
Interleague Effect: Unfortunately, Vladimir Guerrero 's strained pectoral probably hasn't healed enough for him to play the outfield during the team's weekend series at Arizona. The good news is his benching will allow the red-hot Rivera to remain in the starting lineup.

L.A. Dodgers
Schedule: @CHW3, SEA3
Heating Up: Orlando Hudson has an eight-game hitting streak during which he's batting .364 (12 for 33). He has maintained a high batting average even without Manny Ramirez protecting him, solidifying his place as a must-start Fantasy second baseman. Russell Martin went 3 for 4 with his first home run Saturday and might be on the verge of breaking out of his season-long slump.
Cooling Off: After showing some signs of life earlier this month for the first time since Ramirez began serving his suspension, Andre Ethier has cooled off again. He's batting .167 (5 for 30) over his last eight games and is a candidate to bench in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Dodgers face three left-handed pitchers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.
Interleague Effect: The Dodgers will likely use their DH spot to spell some of their regulars during their three-game series at the White Sox, filling in with utility player Mark Loretta as necessary.

Milwaukee Brewers
Schedule: MIN3, SF3
Heating Up: Corey Hart has a 10-game hitting streak during which he's batting .395 (15 for 38) with three home runs, raising his season mark from .239 to .263. Get him active again in mixed leagues. Prince Fielder has two hits in four straight games, batting .533 (8 for 15) during that stretch. He's an obvious must-start. Casey McGehee is still a platoon player, but he's batting .455 (15 for 33) over his last nine games.
Cooling Off: Mike Cameron , who got off to an impossibly hot start this year, has only three hits in his last 10 games, batting .083 (3 for 36) during that stretch.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Brewers face three left-handed pitchers this week, which means McGehee will continue to split at-bats with Craig Counsell . Neither player matters outside of NL-only leagues. Bill Hall also starts against left-handers, replacing Mat Gamel .
Lineup Changes: None.

Minnesota Twins
Schedule: @MIL3, @STL3
Heating Up: Michael Cuddyer has caught fire since returning from a finger injury, batting .444 (8 for 18) with one home run over his last five games. He's worth starting again in mixed leagues. Joe Mauer remains as hot as ever, batting .412 (21 for 51) during a 12-game hitting streak. Jason Kubel also has a hitting streak, his of the 11-game variety. He's batting .368 (14 for 38) with four home runs during that stretch and should remain active in all leagues.
Cooling Off: Joe Crede is batting .182 (6 for 33) over his last 10 games and has been missing time lately with the usual bumps and bruises. He has some pop, but he's clearly just an AL-only option right now.
Injury Concerns: Denard Span (inner ear infection) is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, and he probably will. Since he'll only play half a week, though, you shouldn't bother with him outside of deeper AL-only leagues. Nobody stands to gain at-bats in his absence since the Twins play all six of their games in NL parks this week.
Platoon Possibilities: The Twins face all right-handed pitchers this week, so they don't have much incentive to remove Kubel from their lineup when they visit NL parks. They don't have any strict lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: The Twins have sent Alexi Casilla back to the minor leagues and seem content with Nick Punto at second base. Matt Tolbert might steal at-bats occasionally, but neither player has the upside offensively to make an impact in Fantasy.
Interleague Effect: Delmon Young will likely go to the bench for the first half of the week since the Twins need Carlos Gomez to man center field with Span sidelined. When Span returns, Young will probably remain on the bench just so the twins can keep Kubel, who normally plays DH, in the lineup.

N.Y. Mets
Schedule: STL4, NYY3
Heating Up: Gary Sheffield , battling a sore knee, got hot again during his week at DH, batting .379 (11 for 29) with three home runs in eight games. He'll go back to hobbling around the outfield now, which might cause him to regress a bit. Still, he's a worthy option in all leagues. Ryan Church is becoming a worthy option himself, batting .368 (7 for 19) over his last five games.
Cooling Off: David Wright is batting only .059 (1 for 17) over his last four games, lowering his season average to .344. He's a must-start regardless.
Injury Concerns: Carlos Beltran will have an MRI on his right knee Monday, making him a bit of a gamble this week. He's able to play through his issues right now, so he most likely doesn't have any structural damage. Still, if you have a stud outfielder on your bench, you should think long and hard about benching Beltran for him. If something shows up in the MRI, the Mets will shut him down. Jose Reyes (hamstring) has begun baseball-related activities, but he likely won't return until after the All-Star break.
Platoon Possibilities: The Mets face one left-handed pitcher this week, which means Fernando Tatis will start only once in place of Daniel Murphy . Neither player matters in mixed leagues.
Lineup Changes: The Mets have sent top prospect Fernando Martinez back to the minors, making Sheffield and Church the clear starters at the outfield corners. Both have renewed appeal in mixed leagues, especially Sheffield, who didn't end up needing an MRI on his sore knee.

N.Y. Yankees
Schedule: @ATL3, @NYM3
Heating Up: Robinson Cano is back on the right side of streaky, batting .438 (14 for 32) with three home runs over his last eight games. Clearly, he's a must-start.
Cooling Off: Alex Rodriguez is batting only .089 (3 for 34) over his last 11 games, and he got a couple days off over the weekend to clear his head. He'll be back in the lineup for the upcoming week, and you obviously can't afford to bench a player of his caliber in Fantasy.
Injury Concerns: Derek Jeter is playing but favoring his sore left ankle. Manager Joe Girardi calls it a day-by-day situation, meaning Jeter could end up missing a couple games this week. Still, four games from him is better than six from anyone you could find on waivers. Brett Gardner missed a second straight game Saturday after violently crashing into the outfield fence Thursday. He's just a part-timer anyway, so don't bother with him in mixed leagues.
Platoon Possibilities: The Yankees face all right-handed pitchers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.
Interleague Effect: Hideki Matsui , whose knees pretty much prevent him from playing the outfield, will likely have to sit out the entire week since the Yankees play all six of their games in NL parks.

Best Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Padres @SEA3, @TEX3
2. Royals @HOU3, @PIT3
3. Reds @TOR3, @CLE3
4. Orioles @FLA3, WAS3
5. Twins @MIL3, @STL3

Oakland Athletics
Schedule: SF3, COL3
Heating Up: Jack Cust might be on the verge of a power tear. He has three home runs in his last six games, batting .269 (7 for 26) during that stretch.
Cooling Off: Jason Giambi 's struggles continue. He's batting .190 (4 for 21) over his last eight games. Don't bother with him.
Injury Concerns: Mark Ellis looks like he'll finally return from his calf injury this week, but his role with the team is in question with Adam Kennedy playing so well as the team's leadoff hitter. No sense activating Ellis until you know he'll get at-bats.
Platoon Possibilities: The Athletics face three left-handers this week. Jack Hannahan will likely sit in favor of Bobby Crosby for those games, not that either player matters outside of deeper AL-only leagues.
Lineup Changes: Aaron Cunningham has gone back to the minors, meaning one of Rajai Davis and Nomar Garciaparra will get regular at-bats when the team regains the DH. Davis has more appeal because of his ability to steal bases, but you should probably just ignore both players.

Philadelphia Phillies
Schedule: @TB3, @TOR3
Heating Up: Shane Victorino has his batting average up to .300 with a nine-game hitting streak during which he's batting .371 (13 for 35). He's a must-start regardless. Jayson Werth , who had lost must-start status with a cold streak in late May, has four home runs in his last seven games and is batting .333 (10 for 30) during that stretch. Get him active again.
Cooling Off: Pedro Feliz is batting .095 (2 for 21) over his last five games. He hasn't demonstrated much power this year and isn't worth starting in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: Ryan Howard , who was hospitalized with an illness after Friday's game, hit a pinch-hit three-run homer Saturday. Yeah, he's fine.
Platoon Possibilities: The Phillies face three left-handed pitchers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: With Raul Ibanez on the DL with a groin injury, former first-round pick John Mayberry has taken over as the team's regular left fielder. He's batting seventh, behind Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz , but he's not worth using outside of NL-only leagues.
Interleague Effect: The Phillies called up Mayberry to start when they visited AL parks earlier in the year, so they don't have a clear answer at DH now that Mayberry's already in the lineup. Most likely, Greg Dobbs and Matt Stairs will each get a few starts this week, making them viable stopgaps in NL-only leagues.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Schedule: CLE3, KC3
Heating Up: Andrew McCutchen is looking like anything but a rookie, putting together a nine-game hitting streak during which he's batting .333 (13 for 39) with one home run and one stolen base. He's batting .329 on the season, so it's not like he's had a cold spell yet. His lack of walks is a concern, but he's playing like he deserves a look in mixed leagues right now. Freddy Sanchez also looks like a viable mixed-league option. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .321 (17 for 53) during that stretch.
Cooling Off: After hitting .330 in April, Andy LaRoche has cooled off a bit in June, batting .186 (8 for 43) over his last 11 games. His lack of power makes him not worth using in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Pirates face two left-handers this week, so newly promoted Steve Pearce will likely start twice for Brandon Moss . Both players have some pop, but neither matters outside of deeper NL-only leagues.
Lineup Changes: The Pirates designated Craig Monroe for assignment to clear a spot for Pearce, so if you play in a deep enough NL-only league that Monroe actually had some value, he doesn't anymore.

San Diego Padres
Schedule: @SEA3, @TEX3
Heating Up: Tony Gwynn keeps getting better before he gets worse. He's batting .500 (6 for 12) over his last three games.
Cooling Off: The Padres don't have enough good hitters for this category to apply most of the time.
Injury Concerns: Scott Hairston , on the DL with a strained biceps, began a rehab assignment Friday and could return sometime this week. He might only play a partial week, though, making him not worth activating outside of NL-only leagues. He was gaining some mixed-league appeal before the injury.
Platoon Possibilities: The Padres face four left-handed pitchers this week, though the team no longer has any clear lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: The Padres recently called up top prospect Kyle Blanks and will give him an opportunity to play regularly in left field, most likely at the expense of Brian Giles . He has monster power potential, but he probably has some struggles ahead at age 22. Keep an eye on him in all leagues, but don't bother adding him except in NL-only leagues. Gwynn has seemingly become the team's everyday center fielder and leadoff man, which is understandable considering his .437 on-base percentage. No way he should go unowned in NL-only leagues.
Interleague Effect: The Padres' full slate of interleague games simply means Giles will keep his starting job for one more week. Blanks, a converted first baseman, will likely play DH.

Worst Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Astros KC3, DET3
2. Tigers CHC3, @HOU3
3. White Sox LAD3, CHC3
4. Dodgers @CHW3, SEA3
5. Pirates CLE3, KC3

San Francisco Giants
Schedule: @OAK3, @MIL3
Heating Up: Pablo Sandoval is making up for a lack of walks by hitting everything in sight. He's batting .458 (22 for 48) with four home runs over his last 13 games and deserves to start in all Fantasy leagues for as long as he keeps it going. Nate Schierholtz has gotten more at-bats lately and is batting .444 (8 for 18) over his last eight games.
Cooling Off: Randy Winn 's batting average has fallen from .282 to .264 over his last eight games. He's batting .133 (4 for 30) during that span.
Injury Concerns: Juan Uribe remained out of the lineup for a fifth straight game Saturday because of a strained hamstring. He might not have a starting job when he gets back with the way Travis Ishikawa has hit in his absence. He was nothing more than an NL-only option anyway.
Platoon Possibilities: The Giants face one left-handed pitcher this week, so Ishikawa will likely sit out that game in favor of either Rich Aurilia or Uribe. Schierholtz, who has seemingly replaced Fred Lewis in the outfield, will likely sit in favor Andres Torres against the left-hander.
Lineup Changes: Other than the switch from Lewis to Schierholtz (who deserves a look in NL-only leagues), none.
Interleague Effect: The interleague series at Oakland only means Schierholtz will continue to see playing time. Lewis might pick up a few extra at-bats.

Seattle Mariners
Schedule: SD3, @LAD3
Heating Up: Nobody's hitting the ball exceptionally well right now.
Cooling Off: After a hot streak earlier in June, Adrian Beltre is batting .125 (2 for 16) over his last four games. Feel free to bench him in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: Jose Lopez is tending to his seriously ill sister in Venezuela and will likely miss a good portion of the week. Reserve him. Kenji Johjima (toe) will likely come off the DL and reclaim his job as the Mariners' starting catcher this week, but he's not an option for mixed leagues at this stage of his career.
Platoon Possibilities: The Mariners face one left-hander this week. But they only have one platoon situation with Endy Chavez out for the season, and it's at DH, which won't matter for half the week.
Lineup Changes: Yes, Chavez will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, paving the way for power prospect Wladimir Balentien to play every day. He hit his second home run Saturday and deserves a roster spot in AL-only leagues.
Interleague Effect: The DH of platoon of Ken Griffey and Mike Sweeney figures to sit out this weekend's series at the Dodgers.

St. Louis Cardinals
Schedule: @NYM4, MIN3
Heating Up: Yadier Molina , who was a disaster in May, has gotten back on track in June. He has multiple hits in six of his last seven games, batting .519 (14 for 27) during that stretch. He's a must-start right now in mixed leagues. Colby Rasmus has thrived with regular playing time, batting .400 (24 for 60) in June.
Cooling Off: Ryan Ludwick seems to be coming out of his funk a bit lately, but he's still batting only .185 (12 for 65) since coming off the DL. He's not necessarily a must-start in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Cardinals face three left-handed pitchers this week, which means Tyler Greene might get three starts in place of Skip Schumaker . Khalil Greene has seemingly assumed the starting job at third base since coming off the DL, putting an end to the platoon of Joe Thurston and Brian Barden .
Lineup Changes: Khalil Greene isn't the only new Cardinals infielder. Brendan Ryan has seemingly assumed the everyday job at shortstop, though he's nothing more than an NL-only option right now. Rasmus' hot hitting has made him the team's everyday center fielder, forcing Chris Duncan to the bench. He gets to bat in front of Albert Pujols , which will only help his cause.

Tampa Bay Rays
Schedule: PHI3, FLA3
Heating Up: Jason Bartlett has returned from the DL and picked up right where he left off, batting .350 (7 for 20) in five games. He now has a 15-game hitting streak during which he's batting .386 (22 for 57). Start him in all leagues. Melvin Upton is also looking like a must-start again, batting .353 (12 for 34) with eight stolen bases over his last eight games.
Cooling Off: Carl Crawford is on the verge of dropping below .300 on the season, batting .103 (3 for 29) over his last eight games. He's arguably the top outfielder in Fantasy, though, so you wouldn't bench him.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Rays face three left-handers in their six games this week, which means Gabe Gross and Gabe Kapler will each get three starts. Leave both for AL-only leagues.
Lineup Changes: The Rays have yet to get Bartlett and Pat Burrell in the lineup at the same time since the two returned from injury, but Bartlett will likely bat sixth and Burrell seventh. Until Burrell starts producing, he's not worth starting in mixed leagues that use only three outfielders.

Texas Rangers
Schedule: @ARI3, SD3
Heating Up: You'd never sit Ian Kinsler , but especially not while he's hitting .381 (8 for 21) with three home runs and three stolen bases over his last five starts.
Cooling Off: Nelson Cruz is on a 44-homer, 27-steal pace, so you wouldn't dream of benching him, but he's batting only .167 (6 for 36) over his last 10 games. Elvis Andrus is 3 for 5 over his last two games, but before then, he had only one hit in his previous 18 at-bats.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Rangers face all right-handed pitchers this week, making Hank Blalock a better start than usual. Andruw Jones might not get to play as much, especially since the team plays in an NL park for the first half of the week.
Lineup Changes: None of permanence.
Interleague Effect: Blalock and Chris Davis can't both play without a DH since neither spends much time at third base anymore. They'll probably each sit once or twice before the team returns home for a three-game series against the Padres.

Toronto Blue Jays
Schedule: CIN3, PHI3
Heating Up: Alex Rios just had an eight-game hitting streak snapped Saturday. He's still batting .351 (13 for 37) with two home runs and four stolen bases over his last nine games, heating up after a sluggish start this season. Scott Rolen might not have much power anymore, but he's hitting for a high enough average to matter in mixed leagues, batting .455 (20 for 44) over his last 10 games.
Cooling Off: Lyle Overbay 's streaky ways continue. After playing like a must-start during the first week of June, he's batting only .087 (2 for 23) over his last nine games and isn't worth using in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Blue Jays face four left-handed pitchers this week, which means Overbay will get only two starts. You already don't have much incentive to start him since he's slumping.
Lineup Changes: None.

Washington Nationals
Schedule: BOS3, @BAL3
Heating Up: After a small rough patch at the end of May, Cristian Guzman is back to hitting well over .300, stringing together four straight multi-hit games. He's batting .500 (10 for 20) during that stretch and deserves a look in mixed leagues even though he doesn't have much power or speed. Nick Johnson also seems to be coming around again, going 5 for 7 over his last two games.
Cooling Off: Ryan Zimmerman has gone 0 for 10 over his last two games, dropping his batting average to below .300 for the first time since April. He's batting .162 (6 for 37) over his last nine games. He's already established himself as a must-start in Fantasy, though, so this slump isn't justification to sit him.
Injury Concerns: The Nationals reinstated Josh Willingham from the bereavement list Saturday, but he still has to contend with Austin Kearns and Willie Harris for at-bats. Leave him for NL-only leagues.
Platoon Possibilities: The Nationals face only one left-handed pitcher this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.
Interleague Effect: Adam Dunn will most likely move to DH for the weekend series at Baltimore, allowing Willingham and either Kearns or Harris to start at the same time.

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