The Rockies are back home after a week on the road, which is also of benefit to the Padres and Brewers, the two teams scheduled to visit Coors Field. The Twins, meanwhile, get the Mariners and Rangers for Byron Buxton's first week back from the IL.
Neither the Rockies nor the Twins are among my teams with the five best hitter matchups, though, which tells you the number of sleeper hitters we have to work with this week. I've narrowed them down to 10, all rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues.
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Tommy Pham LF
SD San Diego • #28 • Age: 33
The Padres are one of the teams visiting Coors Field this week, which should only help Tommy Pham continue his turnaround at the plate. At the very least, he should draw some walks and steal some bases.
MIL Milwaukee • #24 • Age: 30
The Brewers are the other team visiting Coors Field this week, and Avisail Garcia has been enjoying a turnaround of his own. The Statcast data suggests he has even more ground to make up.
Justin Upton LF
LAA L.A. Angels • #10 • Age: 33
He has thrived since claiming the leadoff spot and just had a hitting streak snapped Saturday. For the season, he has a near-1.000 OPS against lefties, and the Angels have four of those on the schedule this week.
DET Detroit • #8 • Age: 31
After a blip in early June, the surprise contributor has come roaring back in recent days. His varied contributions make him unlikely to go missing in a seven-game week.
Willy Adames SS
MIL Milwaukee • #27 • Age: 25
If you look at his career splits, Tropicana Field really seemed to be holding him back. American Family Field and Coors Field, where he'll be playing all seven of his games this week, are on the opposite end of the pitcher/hitter spectrum.
CLE Cleveland • #7 • Age: 31
He still has some ground to make up in batting average, but his numbers since the start of May are actually pretty strong. The Indians have the most favorable hitter matchups of all this week.
COL Colorado • #7 • Age: 24
He hasn't played quite every day since returning from a hamstring injury, but the way he's picked it up at the plate recently, full-time duty has to be in the offing. He still boasts an elite prospect pedigree and will benefit from a full week of home games.
WAS Washington • #12 • Age: 28
His two-homer game Sunday is a sign he's heating up, and the Nationals have the fifth-best matchups of any team this week.
MIN Minnesota • #11 • Age: 28
His season-long stats bely how productive he's been over the past month or so, batting .282 (33 for 117) with eight homers in 31 games.
C.J. Cron 1B
COL Colorado • #25 • Age: 31
I keep recommending him whenever the Rockies are at home, and while it hasn't worked out lately, his numbers are still favorable there. He continues to play nearly every day, so the power is due to break through.