Fortunately, the correct matchups happen to line up with the correct hitters this week, which makes for some genuinely interesting recommendations. The Twins schedule is particularly noteworthy not only because they're facing the weak Rangers and Tigers rotations for seven games but also because all the scheduled pitchers are righties. As you'll see, it benefits a couple of left-handed hitters in particular.
Note that the White Sox are schedule for only five games, and two of them are in an NL park. It's reasonable, then -- and perhaps even advisable -- to sit designated hitter Yermin Mercedes, as reliable as he's been.
Here are the top hitter recommendations among those rostered in less than 80 percent in CBS Sports leagues.
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MIA Miami • #24 • Age: 31
The home run binge might be reason enough to start him, but what if I told you the toughest pitcher he's facing this week is Madison Bumgarner?
MIN Minnesota • #19 • Age: 23
The sweet-swinging (and left handed-hitting) rookie found his power stroke in a loud way over the weekend and now gets a week full of hittable righties.
C.J. Cron 1B
COL Colorado • #25 • Age: 31
He's also on a burner after a slow start to the season and gets to return home for three games this week.
Luis Arraez 3B
MIN Minnesota • #2 • Age: 24
As mentioned, the Twins have the best matchups, and all the opposing pitchers are righties. It works to the left-handed hitter's advantage both statistically and by keeping him at the top of the lineup.
TEX Texas • #5 • Age: 26
The Rangers have the second-best matchups of any team this week, and he's looked much more comfortable at the plate since returning from a groin strain.
Austin Riley 3B
ATL Atlanta • #27 • Age: 24
The streaky slugger is heating up and will get to continue teeing off against the dregs of the Nationals rotation.
TEX Texas • #53 • Age: 28
The free-swinging slugger has cooled off in recent days but could come roaring back against homer-prone pitchers like Kenta Maeda, J.A. Happ, Matt Shoemaker and Ljay Newsome.
BAL Baltimore • #31 • Age: 26
The multi-hit games keep coming for the surging leadoff hitter, who's capable of contributing in a variety of ways.
Jed Lowrie 2B
OAK Oakland • #8 • Age: 37
He's gone cold as ice since a blistering start to the year but does a good enough job putting bat on ball that he's likely to bounce back with the third-best matchups.
TOR Toronto • #15 • Age: 30
The notoriously streaky slugger has been surprisingly reliable early in the season and should hold his own during a seven-game week.