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Sky Sports News Alex Hammond reflects on Cheltenham and looks ahead to the weekend action at Ascot and Haydock. Only one place to start sadly and thats with your reflections on Sundays events at Cheltenham. Can you sum up how you felt following the announcement of Sprinter Sacres retirement followed by the fatal injury to Simonsig?I was lucky enough to be at Cheltenham on Sunday so was pleased to see Sprinter Sacre paraded after Nicky Henderson announced his retirement due to a leg injury sustained in the week. It was at the Open meeting 12 months ago that he won his first race since coming back from his serious heart problem and it was a performance that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and saw you clear your throat before you could talk to the person next to you. It was just as emotional to see him this year too and it felt the right thing to do for Henderson to bring him up the road to Cheltenham to strut his magnificent stuff in front of an appreciative crowd. Calling him a dual Champion Chase winner doesnt accurately define this talented equine god. Yes, he won the race twice which takes some doing, but he was one of the few horses that we took to our hearts (ironically) and admired. He was beautiful, bold, brave and had overcome significant adversity and deserves a peaceful and long retirement. Sadly, that is something that wont be afforded to another of Hendersons stable stars. We had to endure the sad demise of gallant grey Simonsig who suffered a fatal fall in the Shloer Chase. Like his illustrious stablemate he also had problems over the years and probably delighted and frustrated his trainer in equal measure. As soon as he got to his feet after the fall that claimed his life you could tell something was horribly wrong and a hush fell over the racecourse when it became apparent it was serious. I had backed Fox Norton in the race, but along with the rest of the crowd, watched in silence as he continued his step up the chasing ladder for new trainer Colin Tizzard. Yes, we all know that with racing comes risks, but accidents like this are hard to take. Having been involved with racing for all of my adult life I know that horses can get themselves into scrapes just standing in their boxes or fields at home (as we saw with Vautour) and thankfully it doesnt happen as often as some people think. I feel most of all for the person that looked after him at home and the staff who had most to do with him. Having been in that situation myself it is heartbreaking. It is also a real blow for both his patient owner and trainer. However hardened you are to life and life with animals, it still cuts to the quick.The Friday night rain helped Taquin Du Seuil roar back to form with victory in the BetVictor Gold Cup - what now for him and disappointing stablemate More Of That?What on earth happened to More Of That?! To coin a phrase, he ran too bad to be true and Im sure he will put that behind him in the future. It was great for Jonjo ONeill to win it with Taquin Du Seuil who was by no means a rank outsider, but I was convinced More Of That would take this en-route to much better things over fences this season. ONeill had flagged the 2014 World Hurdle winner up as the best he has ever trained before the race on Saturday and said a recent breathing operation should have helped his cause. However, he ran moderately and was pulled up, so hopefully something will come out in the wash. I was slightly concerned beforehand that the stable hadnt been churning out the winners of late, but Taquin Du Seuils win disproved that theory, although it is possible for some horses to run well even when a stable is a bit quiet. More Of That has burst blood vessels in the past and maybe that is still an issue, although the vet didnt find a problem in the immediate aftermath. That wasnt his running and its back to the drawing board for the time being. As for the winner, hes sure to go back to Cheltenham in December where the ground should be suitably soft.Sunday was a great day for the Skeltons who went one better than last year in the stanjames.com Greatwood Hurdle. How high can North Hill Harvey scale on the hurdling ladder this term?JP McManus had to watch a couple of his fancied horses run below par over the weekend, the other was Winter Escape in the Greatwood. He lost his unbeaten record and could only finish 11th behind North Hill Harvey; again I hope he can put that behind him. As for the winner he showed a likeable attitude to hold off the staying-on Modus and he looks a bright prospect. I dont know when they will send this 5 year-old chasing, but that is the long term aim for this point to point winner and I expect we wont see the best of him until he jumps a fence.What are going to be the main factors that decide who takes home the Betfair Chase crown this year?Well, the main factors will be:* Is 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree ready to roll on his first start for a year?* Can Cue Card put his seasonal reappearance defeat at Wetherby behind him?* Can Seeyouatmidnight step up to the plate and take on the big boys in his second season chasing and cut it at the highest level?* Has Silviniaco Contis run at Down Royal two weeks ago left its mark or will we see the best of him in the King George?* Was Irish Cavaliers win in the Charlie Hall a true reflection of what he is capable of, or did the opposition run below form?I think the Bradstocks know exactly what it takes to get Coneygree ready first time up and its just a shame that Nico de Boinville is injured and misses the ride. I really hope Richard Johnson is free to take the ride (at the time of writing there was no news on that front and a decision will be made on Thursday morning). He has had a couple of away days to gallop at Haydock and schooled at Nicky Hendersons, so that will have all helped in getting him tuned up for this and I hope we see the same Coneygree on his return to action. Theres no doubt Cue Cards run at Wetherby was less than expected, but I think hell be ridden more patiently on Saturday. Seeyouatmidnight has his favoured soft ground on Saturday and hes an exciting chaser for the North. Id be worried about his prominent style of running though which would see him take on Coneygree up front. Silviniaco Conti has won this twice and finished placed twice in four starts in the grade 1, but hes 10 now and may be vulnerable. Id be happy to watch him, rather than back him, but theres no doubting this is a race that suits him well. Irish Cavalier had race fitness on his side in the Charlie Hall and he needs to run here to see where he stands at this level for the rest of the season. I hope that Coneygree wins the race and hes my selection. Im interested to see how Seeyouatmidnight fares. He has something to find at the weights and looks likely to be taken on for the lead, but his trainer Sandy Thomson is in form and in Brian Hughes he will be partnered by a jockey riding at the top of his game.Does anything else catch your eye looking ahead to the weekends action?Well if Richard Johnson rides at Ascot rather than Haydock Id be interested in anything he rides at the Berkshire track! There is the possibility hell be claimed for Menorah against Coneygree of course. Philip Hobbs has some nice horses entered at Ascot though, so it wouldnt be a huge surprise to see Dickie head there to ride those horses for his main stable.At Haydock Ive already backed the Paul Nicholls trained Caid Du Berlais in the Fixed Brush Hurdle on Saturday. Stan Sheppard claims 5lb off his back and was on board for his win at Aintree in a handicap hurdle earlier this month. He has been raised 8lb for that decisive win and there should be more to come from this 7 year-old who has run well off this sort of mark over fences and with his conditional riders claim looks to have a great chance of winning again. He has won over fences so these obstacles will hold no fears. At the time of writing he was an 8/1 shot for the 2 mile 7 furlong race.I think it could be a good day for the champion trainer as his Dodging Bullets is expected to have come on for his reappearance third in the Haldon Gold Cup. He is one of the favourites for the Stellar Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot. 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Though we might see a flurry of deals after the conclusion of the upcoming week, every day we get closer to that deadline increases the likelihood of trades happening, which could radically alter teams rotations and lineups. Keep the closest tabs on the starting pitchers on the trading block who could have their matchups altered: Sonny Gray and Rich Hill of the Oakland Athletics, Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays, Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees, Jeff Locke of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew Cashner of the San Diego Padres.The Los Angeles Dodgers will get a first-hand look at Archer, a pitcher in whom theyre rumored to be interested, as he starts against them at Dodger Stadium on July 26. The same is true of the Texas Rangers and Gray, who will start against them at Globe Life Park, also on July 26.The Washington Nationals face quite a test, first making a two-game stop in Progressive Field to face the Cleveland Indians, owners of the American Leagues best record, before heading west for four games against the owners of baseballs best record, the San Francisco Giants. In the process, the Nationals will face the Nos. 12 (Danny Salazar), 38 (Carlos Carrasco), 45 (Jeff Samardzija) and 6 (Johnny Cueto) starting pitchers on our Player Rater.Dee Gordon is eligible to return to the Miami Marlins active roster on July 28, in time for all four games of the teams series against the St. Louis Cardinals.Part of the weeks scheduling oddities: The Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins will play a make-up of their May 9 postponement on July 28, resulting in a seven-game week for the Orioles and a six-game week for the Twins. For the Orioles, theyll play night games on three consecutive nights, July 27-29, traveling 900-plus miles from Baltimore to Minneapolis, then just shy of 700 miles from Minneapolis to Toronto.The Padres and Toronto Blue Jays will play a three-game series on July 25-27 in Toronto in the only remaining location-specific matchup -- teams and host city -- that had never previously happened in the 20 years of interleague play. Every other possible interleague matchup has occurred at least once.Quickly jump to any section, if you want specific intelESPN lineup deadlinesInterleague impactProjected starting pitchersPitching scuttlebuttWeek 16 pitcher rankingsHitting ratingsHitting advantagesESPN leagues: Lineup deadlinesWere back to having only Monday night games in Week 16, as ESPNs Monday Night Baseball game kicks things off:?Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox at 7 p.m. ET. Fantasy owners have more time to set their weekly lineups this week.Remember that game times have tremendous influence upon daily planning, so be aware of every days first scheduled pitch. This week, they are:Monday, July 25: 7 p.m. ET (Tigers at Red Sox on ESPNs Monday Night Baseball) Tuesday, July 26: 7 p.m. ET (Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox on ESPNs Tuesday Night Baseball) Wednesday, July 27: 12:10 p.m. ET (two of six day games begin at that time) Thursday, July 28: 1:10 p.m. ET (Colorado Rockies at New York Mets, one of two day games) Friday, July 29: 2:20 p.m. ET (Seattle Mariners at Cubs, the days only day game) Saturday, July 30: 1:07 p.m. ET (Orioles at Blue Jays, one of three day games) Sunday, July 31: 1:07 p.m. ET (Orioles at Blue Jays, one of 14 day games)Interleague impactThis weeks interleague series:Cubs at White Sox (2 games, July 25-26)Rockies at Orioles (3 games, July 25-27)Padres at Blue Jays (3 games, July 25-27)Rays at Dodgers (2 games, July 26-27)White Sox at Cubs (2 games, July 26-27)Nationals at Indians (2 games, July 26-27)Braves at Twins (2 games, July 26-27)Mariners at Pirates (2 games, July 26-27)Mariners at Cubs (3 games, July 29-31)Mariners traditional DH, 5 games in NL ballparks:?Its generally Nelson Cruz (52 starts at DH), though Cruz has been playing a bit more often in right field of late, with Adam Lind making 10 starts at DH in the Mariners past 24 games as a way to get Dae-Ho Lee into the lineup against right-handers at first base. As the Mariners will face three left-handers in their five games in Week 16, Cruz and Lee are at the least risk of losing playing time in NL parks, and in fact, Cruz will probably start all five games in right field. Seth Smith, and to a lesser extent Lind, are the players to avoid, as Franklin Gutierrez seems likely to get the starts in left field against lefties.Rockies probable DH(s), 3 games in AL ballparks: Barring a swift recovery by Gerardo Parra (DL: ankle), the Rockies will probably go with the Daniel Descalso-Ryan Raburn tandem they used in New York on June 21-22. As the opposing Orioles will throw three right-handed starters, Descalso, a left-handed hitter, could start as many as all three games. If Raburn sneaks in a start or two at DH, Brandon Barnes would presumably start in his place in left field.Padres probable DH(s), 3 games in AL ballparks: The Padres have rotated DHs this season, though backup catcher Christian Bethancourt has a team-high two starts in four games at AL parks, so he could make multiple starts there in Toronto. Brett Wallace would be an obvious choice against right-handed pitching, while Matt Kemp could also get a look at DH to clear up an outfield spot for Alex Dickerson.Cubs probable DH(s), 2 games in AL ballparks: As Miguel Montero is usually Jake Arrietas catcher, Willson Contreras almost assuredly will DH in the Cubs July 25 game at Chicagos U.S. Cellular Field. The teams plan for the other game is whats unclear, as Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Tommy La Stella or Javier Baez could DH so that all four infielders can find a way into the same lineup. Contreras has been getting everyday at-bats anyway, so hes an automatic play, DH or no DH, but Baez should get a slight bump as a result of the Cubs gaining a DH.Rays traditional DH, 2 games in NL ballparks: Corey Dickerson?shifts into a straight platoon with Brandon Guyer in left field in games at NL ballparks. The Dodgers are likely to start two right-handers and Dickerson would still warrant 12-team mixed and AL-only appeal if the team faces five righty starters during Week 16.White Soxs traditional DH, 2 games in NL ballparks: Avisail Garcia and Justin Morneau have been serving in a straight platoon at DH recently, and as the opposing Cubs are likely to start two right-handers during their series at Wrigley Field, both players will probably serve as pinch-hitters for both games. Morneau appears unlikely to earn a start at first base ahead of Jose Abreu.Nationals probable DH(s), 2 games in AL ballparks: It might be wisest for the Nationals to DH Daniel Murphy, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury of late, in order to free up second base for Trea Turner. Thats the most likely arrangement, making Turner a worthy 14-plus-team mixed and NL-only play, but its also possible that the team could DH Jayson Werth in order to squeeze both Ben Revere and Michael Taylor into the same outfield.Braves probable DH(s), 2 games in AL ballparks: When the Braves most recently visited an AL park, July 8-10 at the White Sox, they used the DH to get both of their right fielders, Nick Markakis and Jeff Francoeur, into the same lineup. Francoeur could be worth the NL-only plug-in, but as hell face two right-handed starters during the series in Minnesota, so his value is limited.Projected starting pitchersThe chart below lists each of the 30 MLB teams schedules and projected starting pitchers for the week ahead, and provides a projected Bill James Game Score for each days starter.Projected starting pitchers, July 25-31 P: The starting pitchers projected Bill James Game Score, accounting for past history (three years worth as well as past 21 days), opponent and ballpark. A 50 is typically deemed a quality start by this measure, while a 70 is considered a dominant start.Pitching scuttlebuttOrioles: Vance Worley, the teams most recent fifth starter, was scheduled to start on July 24. That would line him up for a July 29 start during Week 16, though the team could always go in another direction, such as Ubaldo Jimenez, Odrisamer Despaigne, Mike Wright or Tyler Wilson.White Sox: Though Jacob Turner has been filling in for Carlos Rodon (DL: wrist), including on July 22, Rodon could be a candidate to return when that spot arrives on July 27 during Week 16. It is also unclear whether Chris Sale, whose July 23 start was skipped, will pitch sooner than the next time his turn in the rotation arrives on July 28.Tigers: Daniel Norris (DL: oblique) made a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Toledo on July 18 and could return to the Tigers rotation as early as July 24, replacing Anibal Sanchez. Norris could also make another rehab start and replace?Sanchez on July 30 during Week 16. Jordan Zimmermann (DL: neck), meanwhile, might make a rehab start on July 24, lining him up for a possible return on July 29 during Week 16, replacing Matt Boyd.Kansas City Royals: Brian Flynn is tentatively expected to get another start for the Royals on July 25.Los Angeles Angels: The Angels will need a fill-in for Nick Tropeano (DL: elbow) no later than July 26, with?Tyler Skaggs and Jhoulys Chacin the leading candidates. Skaggs made a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Salt Lake on July 20, so hed be on five days rest. Either pitcher could also be a potential replacement for the struggling Tim Lincecum, who is scheduled for July 29 during Week 16.Athletics: Rich Hill (blister) will miss his July 24 start, casting doubt upon his availability for Week 16 as well. Jesse Hahn will fill in on July 24, and could go again the next time that spot in the rotation arrives on July 30.Marlins: Wei-Yin Chen (undisclosed injury) was scratched from his July 25 start and will be replaced by Jarred Cosart. It is unclear whether Chen will be ready to pitch by the next time his turn in the rotation arrives on July 30.Nationals: Lucas Giolito made a July 24 spot start for the Nationals, but Joe Ross (DL: shoulder) might be ready to replace Giolito by the next turn in the rotation on July 30. Ross will make a rehabilitation start for Class A Hagerston on July 24 first.Cincinnati Reds: Keyvius Sampson was set to fill in as the Reds fifth starter on July 23, but due to their July 28 off day, the team appears likely to skip that spot in the rotation during Week 16. Homer Bailey (DL: elbow), who made a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Louisville on July 20, could be a candidate to rejoin the rotation during Week 16.Pirates: Tyler Glasnow filled in as the Pirates fifth starter on July 23, but shoulder discomfort cut his start short and it is unclear whether hell be able to pitch during Week 16. The team can skip that turn in the rotation due to July 25 and 28 off days.Arizona Diamondbacks: Braden Shipley will fill in for Zack Greinke (DL: oblique) on July 25, lining him up for a potential July 30 start as well. It is unclear whether Greinke will be ready to return during Week 16.Dodgers: After the Dodgers demoted Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 22, it appears that they will use their July 25 and 28 off days to skip a starter during Week 16.Giants: The Giants flip-flopped Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija in their rotation, so Cueto will pitch July 28 and Samardzija July 29.Tristans Week 16 pitcher rankings1. Noah Syndergaard (NYM) -- Mon-STL (Martinez), Sat-COL (De La Rosa)2. Jake Arrieta (CHC) -- Mon-@CWS (Gonzalez), Sat-SEA (Iwakuma)3. Madison Bumgarner (SF) -- Wed-CIN (Straily)4. Jacob deGrom (NYM) -- Thu-COL (Anderson)5. Jose Fernandezz (MIA) -- Thu-STL (Wacha)6.dddddddddddd Max Scherzer (WSH) -- Fri-@SF (Samardzija)7. Chris Sale (CWS) -- Thu-@CHC (Lackey)8. Kenta Maeda (LAD) -- Fri-ARI (Godley)9. Stephen Strasburg (WSH) -- Wed-@CLE (Carrasco)10. Corey Kluber (CLE) -- Sun-OAK (Mengden)11. Michael Pineda (NYY) -- Mon-@HOU (Keuchel), Sun-@TB (Snell)12. Felix Hernandez (SEA) -- Wed-@PIT (Liriano)13. Carlos Carrasco (CLE) -- Wed-WSH (Strasburg)14. Gerrit Cole (PIT) -- Fri-@MIL (Guerra)15. Brandon McCarthy (LAD) -- Wed-TB (Moore)16. Carlos Martinez (STL) -- Mon-@NYM (Syndergaard), Sat-@MIA (TBD)17. Chris Archer (TB) -- Tue-@LAD (Norris)18. Vince Velasquez (PHI) -- Fri-@ATL (Wisler)19. Dallas Keuchel (HOU) -- Mon-NYY (Pineda), Sun-@DET (Verlander)20. Drew Pomeranz (BOS) -- Mon-DET (Verlander), Sat-@LAA (Santiago)21. Aaron Nola (PHI) -- Thu-@ATL (Teheran)22. Anthony DeSclafani (CIN) -- Mon-@SF (Peavy), Sat-@SD (Friedrich): These are two much more pitching-friendly venues for Disco than Great American Ball Park, and he has an astonishing 15:1 K-to-walk ratio in his past five starts.23. Jon Lester (CHC) -- Fri-SEA (Paxton)24. Steven Matz (NYM) -- Fri-COL (Chatwood)25. Scott Kazmir (LAD) -- Sat-ARI (Shipley)26. Marco Estrada (TOR) -- Wed-SD (Perdomo)27. Johnny Cueto (SF) -- Thu-WSH (Roark)28. Julio Teheran (ATL) -- Thu-PHI (Nola)29. Kyle Hendricks (CHC) -- Tue-@CWS (Shields), Sun-SEA (LeBlanc)30. Cole Hamels (TEX) -- Thu-KC (Ventura)31. Danny Salazar (CLE) -- Tue-WSH (Gonzalez)32. Adam Conley (MIA) -- Wed-PHI (Eflin): Conley is more of a matchups type than a use-every-start guy, but this is an extremely favorable one, as the Phillies have baseballs worst wOBA (.283) and sixth-worst strikeout rate (23.5 percent) against left-handed pitchers.33. Matt Shoemaker (LAA) -- Wed-@KC (Duffy)34. Junior Guerra (MIL) -- Fri-PIT (Cole)35. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) -- Wed-@HOU (McCullers)36. Aaron Sanchez (TOR) -- Mon-SD (Rea), Sun-BAL (Tillman)37. Bud Norris (LAD) -- Tue-TB (Archer), Sun-ARI (Corbin)38. Jerad Eickhoff (PHI) -- Tue-@MIA (Koehler), Sun-@ATL (Harrell)39. Jon Gray (COL) -- Wed-@BAL (Bundy)40. Robbie Ray (ARI) -- Thu-@MIL (Davis)41. Lance McCullers (HOU) -- Wed-NYY (Tanaka)42. Gio Gonzalez (WSH) -- Tue-@CLE (Salazar), Sun-@SF (Cain)43. Jaime Garcia (STL) -- Tue-@NYM (Colon), Sun-@MIA (Koehler)44. Jameson Taillon (PIT) -- Sat-@MIL (Anderson)45. Marcus Stroman (TOR) -- Tue-SD (Cashner)46. Justin Verlander (DET) -- Mon-@BOS (Pomeranz), Sun-HOU (Keuchel)47. John Lackey (CHC) -- Thu-CWS (Sale): Its an ideal time for a bounce-back. Its a home game, and the opposing White Sox have averaged the fewest runs per game in the month of July (3.31).48. Collin McHugh (HOU) -- Fri-@DET (Boyd)49. Jason Hammel (CHC) -- Wed-CWS (Turner)50. David Price (BOS) -- Thu-@LAA (Weaver): Its an unusually low projection and ranking for Price, but he hasnt looked quite his Cy Young-caliber self this year, and the opposing Angels are the majors highest-scoring team in the month of July (6.88 runs per game).51. Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) -- Sat-@CHC (Arrieta)52. Mike Fiers (HOU) -- Sat-@DET (Sanchez)53. Blake Snell (TB) -- Sun-NYY (Pineda)54. Zach Davies (MIL) -- Thu-ARI (Ray)55. Yu Darvish (TEX) -- Wed-OAK (Manaea)56. Tyrell Jenkins (ATL) -- Sat-PHI (Hellickson)57. Jeff Samardzija (SF) -- Fri-WSH (Scherzer)58. Anibal Sanchez (DET) -- Sat-HOU (Fiers)59. Mike Foltynewicz (ATL) -- Wed-@MIN (Duffey)60. Trevor Bauer (CLE) -- Fri-OAK (Graveman)61. Brandon Finnegan (CIN) -- Fri-@SD (Jackson)62. Jake Odorizzi (TB) -- Fri-NYY (Nova)63. J.A. Happ (TOR) -- Sat-BAL (Gallardo)64. Jeremy Hellickson (PHI) -- Mon-@MIA (Cosart), Sat-@ATL (Jenkins)65. Michael Wacha (STL) -- Thu-@MIA (Fernandez)66. Ervin Santana (MIN) -- Tue-ATL (Harrell), Sun-CWS (Shields)67. Archie Bradley (ARI) -- Wed-@MIL (Nelson)68. Jake Peavy (SF) -- Mon-CIN (DeSclafani), Sat-WSH (TBD)69. Danny Duffy (KC) -- Wed-LAA (Shoemaker)70. Braden Shipley (ARI) -- Mon-@MIL (Anderson), Sat-@LAD (Kazmir)71. Sonny Gray (OAK) -- Tue-@TEX (Perez)72. Wade Miley (SEA) -- Tue-@PIT (Locke)73. Lucas Harrell (ATL) -- Tue-@MIN (Santana), Sun-PHI (Eickhoff)74. Tanner Roark (WSH) -- Thu-@SF (Cueto)75. Jimmy Nelson (MIL) -- Wed-ARI (Bradley)76. Yordano Ventura (KC) -- Thu-@TEX (Hamels)77. Steven Wright (BOS) -- Tue-DET (Pelfrey), Sun-@LAA (TBD)78. Adam Wainwright (STL) -- Wed-@NYM (Verrett)79. Mike Leake (STL) -- Fri-@MIA (Urena)80. Jose Quintana (CWS) -- Fri-@MIN (Nolasco)81. Tyler Duffey (MIN) -- Wed-ATL (Foltynewicz)82. Tyler Anderson (COL) -- Thu-@NYM (deGrom)83. Wade LeBlanc (SEA) -- Sun-@CHC (Hendricks)84. Kevin Gausman (BAL) -- Thu-@MIN (Gibson)85. Josh Tomlin (CLE) -- Sat-OAK (TBD)86. Francisco Liriano (PIT) -- Wed-SEA (Hernandez)87. Drew Smyly (TB) -- Sat-NYY (Eovaldi)88. Zack Godley (ARI) -- Fri-@LAD (Maeda)89. A.J. Griffin (TEX) -- Fri-KC (Volquez)90. Edwin Jackson (SD) -- Fri-CIN (Finnegan)91. CC Sabathia (NYY) -- Tue-@HOU (Fister)92. Nathan Eovaldi (NYY) -- Sat-@TB (Smyly)93. Sean Manaea (OAK) -- Wed-@TEX (Darvish)94. Ian Kennedy (KC) -- Tue-LAA (TBD), Sun-@TEX (Perez)95. Zach Eflin (PHI) -- Wed-@MIA (Conley)96. Christian Friedrich (SD) -- Sat-CIN (DeSclafani)97. James Shields (CWS) -- Tue-CHC (Hendricks), Sun-@MIN (Santana)98. Edinson Volquez (KC) -- Fri-@TEX (Griffin)99. Daniel Mengden (OAK) -- Mon-@TEX (Lohse), Sun-@CLE (Kluber)100. Kyle Gibson (MIN) -- Thu-BAL (Gausman)101. Hector Santiago (LAA) -- Mon-@KC (Flynn), Sat-BOS (Pomeranz)102. Matt Boyd (DET) -- Fri-HOU (McHugh)103. Matt Wisler (ATL) -- Fri-PHI (Velasquez)104. Bartolo Colon (NYM) -- Tue-STL (Garcia), Sun-COL (Bettis)105. Jorge De La Rosa (COL) -- Mon-@BAL (Gallardo), Sat-@NYM (Syndergaard)106. Chris Tillman (BAL) -- Tue-COL (Bettis), Sun-@TOR (Sanchez)107. Jarred Cosart (MIA) -- Mon-PHI (Hellickson)108. Chase Anderson (MIL) -- Mon-ARI (Shipley), Sat-PIT (Taillon)109. Cody Reed (CIN) -- Tue-@SF (Cain), Sun-@SD (Rea)110. Matt Moore (TB) -- Wed-@LAD (McCarthy)111. Patrick Corbin (ARI) -- Tue-@MIL (Garza), Sun-@LAD (Norris)112. Dan Straily (CIN) -- Wed-@SF (Bumgarner)113. Ivan Nova (NYY) -- Fri-@TB (Odorizzi)114. James Paxton (SEA) -- Fri-@CHC (Lester)115. Michael Fulmer (DET) -- Wed-@BOS (Rodriguez)116. Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS) -- Wed-DET (Fulmer)117. Jeff Locke (PIT) -- Tue-SEA (Miley), Sun-@MIL (Garza): Among two-start candidates, Locke is one of the riskiest in terms of making his second start. Besides the possibility that the Pirates use a five-man rotation despite a five-game week, hes also a candidate to be traded.118. Chad Bettis (COL) -- Tue-@BAL (Tillman), Sun-@NYM (Colon)119. Ricky Nolasco (MIN) -- Fri-CWS (Quintana)120. R.A. Dickey (TOR) -- Fri-BAL (Worley)121. Tom Koehler (MIA) -- Tue-PHI (Eickhoff), Sun-STL (Garcia)122. Logan Verrett (NYM) -- Wed-STL (Wainwright)123. Andrew Cashner (SD) -- Tue-@TOR (Stroman)124. Vance Worley (BAL) -- Fri-@TOR (Dickey)125. Tommy Milone (MIN) -- Sat-CWS (Gonzalez)126. Rick Porcello (BOS) -- Fri-@LAA (Lincecum)127. Dylan Bundy (BAL) -- Wed-COL (Gray)128. Matt Garza (MIL) -- Tue-ARI (Corbin), Sun-PIT (Locke)129. Jacob Turner (CWS) -- Wed-@CHC (Hammel)130. Tyler Chatwood (COL) -- Fri-@NYM (Matz)131. Miguel Gonzalez (CWS) -- Mon-CHC (Arrieta), Sat-@MIN (Milone)132. Doug Fister (HOU) -- Tue-NYY (Sabathia)133. Luis Perdomo (SD) -- Wed-@TOR (Estrada)134. Colin Rea (SD) -- Mon-@TOR (Sanchez), Sun-CIN (Reed)135. Matt Cain (SF) -- Tue-CIN (Reed), Sun-WSH (Gonzalez)136. Kendall Graveman (OAK) -- Fri-@CLE (Bauer)137. Yovani Gallardo (BAL) -- Mon-COL (De La Rosa), Sat-@TOR (Happ)138. Jose Urena (MIA) -- Fri-STL (Leake)139. Kyle Lohse (TEX) -- Mon-OAK (Mengden), Sat-KC (TBD)140. Jered Weaver (LAA) -- Thu-BOS (Price)141. Tim Lincecum (LAA) -- Fri-BOS (Porcello)142. Martin Perez (TEX) -- Tue-OAK (Gray), Sun-KC (Kennedy)143. Mike Pelfrey (DET) -- Tue-@BOS (Wright)Hitting ratingsThe chart below lists each of the 30 teams total number of scheduled games, home games and games versus right- and left-handed pitchers, and provides a matchup rating for the weeks games in terms of overall offense, offense for left- and right-handed hitters and base stealing. Matchup ratings for each individual game are listed under the corresponding date.Hitting matchup chart, July 25-31 H: Hitters matchup rating, which accounts for the opposing starting pitchers past history (three years worth as well as past 21 days) as well as ballpark factors. L: Hitters matchup rating accounting only for left-handed hitters. R: Hitters matchup rating accounting only for right-handed hitters. S: Base stealing matchup rating, which accounts for the opponents catchers ability to gun down opposing base stealers. Ratings range from 1-10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst.Hitting advantagesHere are this weeks volume plays, defined as the teams that play the most home games, or games against right- or left-handed starters:Total games: Orioles 7, Red Sox 7, White Sox 7, Royals 7, Angels 7, Rangers 7, Marlins 7, Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 7, Cubs 7, Milwaukee Brewers 7, Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 7, Giants 7.Home games: Rangers 7, Marlins 7, Mets 7, Brewers 7, Giants 7, Blue Jays 6, Twins 6, Indians 5, Cubs 5, Dodgers 5.Versus LH: Angels 4, Yankees 3, Tigers 3, Royals 3, Mariners 3, Mets 3, Cubs 3, Brewers 3.Versus RH: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 6, Braves 6, Marlins 6, Phillies 6, Nationals 6, Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 6. Six teams face five right-handed starters.Home games, left-handed starters: Those are considerable advantages for the Brewers as they call Miller Park home -- the No. 13 venue in terms of runs scored and No. 3 in terms of home runs per our Park Factor page -- and they have a wOBA 11 points greater (.324-.313) and strikeout rate two percent lower (24.2-26.2) against left- than right-handed pitchers. Chances are the Brewers could face as many as three lefty starters in Week 16 -- dedpending whether the Pirates use four or five starters -- making this an especially favorable week for Ryan Braun (.346/.422/.564 triple-slash rates against lefties), Chris Carter (.205/.333/.534) and Jonathan Villar (.340/.436/.510). Its also a good week to add and start -- in deeper leagues, at least -- Will Middlebrooks, who has five of the teams past seven starts at third base and hits .252/.305/.433 for his career against lefties.Speaking of favorable hitters environments, the Blue Jays also play the entirety of their week at Rogers Centre, generally a homer-friendly venue despite its middling ranking (15th) in the category this season. Interestingly, the Blue Jays have every bit as good a team wOBA against lefties (.341) as righties (.341), despite their being traditionally thought of as a righty-power-leaning lineup. One of the reasons is the breakthrough year by Michael Saunders, a .284/.360/.504 hitter against righties, a standout choice for Week 16 facing this much righty pitching. Justin Smoak is a lesser player to consider in a week like this, back in an American League park, as he should get all the starts at first base and hes a .241/.344/.456 hitter against right-handers.Its a good time to line up against the injury-plagued Angels pitching staff, and both the Red Sox and Royals benefit from being scheduled to play them in Week 16. The Royals stand out more from a matchups perspective, as in addition to possessing the greater number of widely available hitters, theyre the ones concluding their week with a four-game series against the Rangers at hitter-friendly Globe Life Park. Cheslor Cuthbert, the teams regular third baseman, is a .386/.393/.544 hitter in 16 games in July, and for those seeking cheap steals, Jarrod Dyson, a .256/.310/.462 hitter in 13 games in July, should benefit from a week of favorable base-stealing matchups. ' ' '

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