With Father’s Day right around the corner, the Week 11 Hitting Planner theme reflects on the people who brought us into the world.
Dad’s can come in all shapes and sizes and can be in our lives in many different ways.
I want to celebrate those father figures that taught us about the game of baseball.
After you figure out whom to start this week, go have a catch with someone special.
Without further delay, here is the Week 11 Hitting Planner.
Week 11 Hitting Planner
Mike Zunino, SEA (at MIN, at TEX)
I wrote about a Mike Zunino potential breakout here. The main issue with Zunino is will he make enough contact, and .571 wOBA in his last seven games should ease those worries. Zunino is a streaky hitter, so be a little cautious with this play; however, his home run potential out of the catcher spot should add immense value to your team.
Chris Carter, NYY (at LAA, at OAK)
Surprisingly, the Angles and A’s home stadiums have HR Park Factors above one and are both in the Top 10 in 2017, so the Yankees’ Chris Carter seems like a no-brainer here. Carter is known for his power (.412 ISO over his last seven games). Combine the two and you could see a lot of long balls.
Daniel Murphy, WSH (v ATL, at NYM)
In Week 10, Daniel Murphy had an at-bat against Kenley Jansen that showed he is, in fact, locked-in for the rest of the summer. He took a 94.4 MPH cutter on the hands from Jansen and turned it around for a 106.2 MPH single. That was the second hardest hit Jansen has ever allowed at the time. Start Murphy this week.
Ryon Healy, OAK (at MIA, v NYY)
The name of Ryon Healy’s game is power. As mentioned before, Healy has a favorable matchup at home against the Yankees whose starters have a bit of a long ball issue. A .577 ISO and .518 wOBA over his last 25 plate appearances bode well for more of the same.
Taylor Motter, SEA (at MIN, at TEX)
With Jean Segura out with a leg injury, Taylor Motter steps back into the starting shortstop role for Seattle. Week 11 has Seattle heading to two parks with HR park factors above one, so Motter’s .312 wOBA over his last 25 PAs should support another productive week for the M’s shortstop.
Kyle Schwarber, CHC (at NYM, at PIT)
Kyle Schwarber has been awful at the plate for most of this season, but things are beginning to turn around for the Cubs outfielder. He recorded his first multi-barrel game of the season in Week 10, and he is looking like the Schwarber of old with his .487 wOBA in his last 20 PA. Week 11 could be a make or break week for Schwarber, and my money is on a big week from the big lefty.
Charlie Blackmon, COL (at PIT, v SF)
Charlie Blackmon’s slash line for his last 30 PA is ridiculous. A .400 average, .467 OBP, .520 SLG show a lack of power over that stretch, but returning home against the Giants should see those power numbers rise. PNC Park, where the Rockies play the first half of the week, is a haven for doubles and with Blackmon on top of a potent lineup, look for the Rockies to score a lot.
Kole Calhoun, LAA (v NYY, v KC)
I have already talked about how the Angels home park is becoming a home run hitting park, but haven’t yet mentioned Kole Calhoun’s contributions to that change. Over his last 25 PA, Calhoun’s power stats are through the roof. A .632 ISO and 1.105 SLG show how much damage he has done. While the power opportunity is there in Week 11, even if his .417 BABIP (same sample size) comes back down to earth, he should be a very productive outfielder this week.
I just want to thank all the father figures out there. Keep doing what you do best. Also a special shout out to my Dad and everything he does. Tune in next week when we discuss…
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