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Week 2 Hitting Planner: Fixing Any Opening Week Hangovers

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Welcome to the Fantasy Baseball Hitter Planner for Week 2.

It’s always tough to gauge teams and players so early in the season.

But we’ll keep highlighting ideal matchups and favorable schedules that will help you gain an edge on your competition.

Each week, we try to point out the best sets of hitters to target each week, so check back every Friday.

Now let’s dive right in and take a look at the schedule for Week 2.

Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner

Teams with Most Total Games

  • Washington Nationals (7)
  • Miami Marlins (7)
  • Toronto Blue Jays (7)
  • Arizona Diamondback (7)
  • San Francisco Giants (7)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (7)
  • New York Mets (7)
  • Philadelphia Phillies (7)

Teams with Fewest Total Games

  • Cleveland Indians (5)
  • Chicago White Sox (5)

Every other team plays six games.

Teams with Most Home Games

  • New York Mets (7)
  • San Francisco Giants (7)
  • Toronto Blue Jays (7)
  • Boston Red Sox (6)
  • Chicago Cubs (6)
  • Houston Astros (6)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates (6)
  • Louis Cardinals (6)

AL Teams Who Play Interleague Games at NL Parks (Lose DH)

  • Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates – April 13-15
  • Seattle Mariners at L.A. Dodgers – April 13-15

NL Teams Who Play Interleague Games at AL Parks (Gain DH)

  • Atlanta Braves at Toronto Blue Jays – April 17-19
  • Washington Nationals at Boston Red Sox – April 13-15

Best Hitter Matchups for Week 2

Devon Travis, 2B, Toronto

Travis has started the season on a tear, batting .333 with one homer, two RBI, three runs and two walks. He now gets to face the Rays and Braves at the Rogers Centre, which is one of the most favorable hitter ballparks in baseball. All of the Jays project as tremendous plays this week if you’re in a pickle.

Kole Calhoun, OF, L.A. Angels

Calhoun has started slow out of the gate, but he’ll face the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington and the Astros at Minute Maid Park – both rank in the top half of hitter-friendly parks.

He’ll continue to hit at the top of the order where he’ll see plenty of at-bats – not to mention he’ll face the likes of Ross Detwiler, Nick Martinez, Roberto Hernandez and Scott Feldman.

Carlos Beltran, OF, New York Yankees

Beltran has just one hit over his first nine at-bats but he’ll face an average Orioles’ pitching staff at the friendly confines of Camden Yards.

He then heads to Tampa where he matches up well against a less than stellar Rays’ rotation.

At 37 years old (he’ll be 38 this month), his finest years are behind him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t string together some impressive weekly stats.

Jose Iglesias, SS, Detroit

Iglesias is better known more for his glove than his bat but his hot start to begin the 2015 season has raised some eyebrows. Through 11 at-bats Iglesias is hitting .545 on the season with two stolen bases. Iglesias should regress to his career .280 average, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ride him while he’s hot.

J.D. Martinez, OF, Detroit

He continues to resurrect his career as he has picked up right where he left off in 2014. Martinez is batting .308 with two homers and four RBI over 13 ABs to start the season. With matchups against the Pirates at PNC Park and home against the White Sox, he should have no problem padding his stats.

Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami

The Marlins offense has been absolutely dreadful to start the season – scoring a total of three runs over the first three games of the season. Miami’s offense is much too good to continue to underachieve. Ozuna continues to bat at the bottom of the Marlins’ lineup, but when the offense gets going he’ll be in a prime position to knock in some runs and be on base when the lineup flips over.

His teammate, Christian Yelich, will continue to bat atop the lineup and will also have some big games once the Marlins’ offense gets going.  Miami will face the Braves and Mets over next week’s seven-game slate where they will see Trevor Cahill, Eric Stults, Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee. Don’t let the Marlins slow start keep them out of your lineup.

Eric Hosmer, 1B, Kansas City

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Last week, I cautioned against leaning too heavily on Royals’ players. They responded by scoring 21 runs over the first three games of the season. Hosmer has been one of the major catalysts for the Royals’ hot start to the season.

With over 14 at-bats, Hosmer is batting .357 with a homer, four RBI and a stolen base. He’ll get to play the Twins and their rotation of Ricky Nolasco, Kyle Gibson and Tommy Milone at hitter-friendly Target Field – then back home to face the Oakland Athletics. Mike Moustakas has also had a solid start to the season, batting .300 during his first 10 at-bats. He’ll have very favorable matchups over the previously mentioned six-game stretch where he’ll face four right-handed pitchers.

That’s your Week 2 Hitting Planner – if you have some good plays you’d like to share – or if you disagree with mine, drop us a comment below! All of our readers will benefit from your opinions.

Eric Hosmer Photo Credit: Keith Allison

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