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Week 14 Hitting Planner: Slumping Sleepers Stealing The Spotlight

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Let’s start the Week 14 Hitting Planner off with a bit of injury news. The Detroit Tigers have placed trade candidate Leonys Martin on the 10-day DL. It looks to be the same kind of injury that placed out on the DL earlier this season. The Cardinals have infielder Paul Dejong on the mend and looking to be back very soon. He should help solidify the Cardinals offense ahead of the Week 14 Hitting Planner.

Weather Forecast

Scattered showers will litter the Week 14 Hitting Planner. Chicago, New York, Boston and Detroit will have the chance of rainfall at different points throughout the week. Luckily for the group, only the Yankees and Mets in New York and Cubs in Chicago will host teams in this week. The Cubs will host the Tigers and Reds. The Yankees will see the Braves early with the Mets hosting the Rays at the end of the Week 14 Hitting Planner.

Park Factors

Is it the Humidor? Is it bad offense? Is it good pitching? There are a lot of questions to be asked about Chase Field in Arizona coming into the Week 14 Hitting Planner. The home of the Diamondbacks leans towards a hitters park over its 5-year trend, but 2018 is different. Park additions could be a culprit, but Chase ranks in the second half of the league in most park factors. The Diamondbacks’ home ranks 18th in the MLB in HR PF with .940, 17th in Runs PF with .973, 17th in 2B PF with .966, but leads the MLB in 3B PF with 2.345. If triples are a scoring stat for you, add some Diamondbacks because of they’re home all of the Week 14 Hitting Planner.

Stolen Base Report

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J.T. Realmuto and the Marlins continue to do a phenomenal job containing opposing teams running game. Entering the Week 14 Hitting Planner, the Marlins have caught 26 runners on 52 stolen base attempts. Those numbers will be tested this week as the Marlins play both the Rays and Nationals. Both the Rays and Nationals rank in the top ten in terms of team stolen bases. The Rays are 6th with 50 steals on 72 attempts. They’re lead by Mallax Smith with 15, but most of the team is around the 6-2 stolen base range. The Nationals tied for the MLB lead with 64 steals albeit on more attempts (84 total). The Nats have Trae Turner and Michael Taylor still pacing them in steals.

Week 14 Hitting Planner

Under-The-Radar- Players

Mallex Smith, TB (at MIA, at NYM)

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Entering the Week 14 Hitting Planner, Rays outfielder Malla\ex Smith leads the team in stolen bases, and he just hit his first home run of the season. Those are two good signs in what has amounted in a difficult month for Smith. His last 86 PA resulted in a .237 BA with only a 67 wRC+. A major issue has been his K% which was up at 22.1% over the last month. Luckily, the Marlins pitching staff sit near the bottom of the league in K%. This early week matchup could spark a fit of confidence for the young Rays outfielder in the Week 14 Hitting Planner.

Tyler Flowers, ATL (at NYY, at MIL)

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Braves’ catcher, Tyler Flowers has been productive as of late. His last 26 PA resulted in a 110 wRC+. That sample size includes a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored to the tune of a .227 BA. His last 12 PA resulted in a much better batting average of .300. With the Braves facing both the Yankees and Brewers, Flowers could take advantage of playing away from home. Both stadiums have a HR PF above one, so if Flowers continues to hit 62.5% of his contact hard, he could be in for a huge power play in the Week 14 Hitting Planner.

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