Weather Impacts on Your Fantasy Players (May 22-28)

  • Spring often brings volatile weather to the U.S. but not this week as a stable pattern dominates the weather across the country. A drier-than-normal week means that rainout risk is extremely low all week – except for the most anticipated homestand of the year so far (the Rockies’ full 7-game slate at Coors…see below). As a meteorologist, another homestand that I eagerly anticipate is when the Cubs play at Wrigley. Ideal hitting conditions occur when the Windy City’s gusty winds blow out on a warm day. Unfortunately, a cold front and inbound winds will cause tough sledding for hitters for several days this week.

    Targets: This Week’s Best Hitting Environment

    • Detroit at Kansas City (Monday-Wednesday)
    • Texas at Pittsburgh (Wednesday’s afternoon game)
    • Washington at Kansas City (Friday-Sunday)
    • Philadelphia at Atlanta (Thursday-Sunday)

    Kaufmann Stadium doesn’t usually create the best hitting environment, but this week looks good. Game time temperatures will be warm (70s Monday then 80+ degrees the rest of the week) with essentially no chance of rain. The forecast for Wednesday’s afternoon game in Pittsburgh is 80 degrees and an outbound wind. Meanwhile in Atlanta, game time temps in the 70s to near 80 plus ‘decent’ humidity will combine to make one of next weekend’s best hitting environments.

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    If you have a specific question, you can hit me up on Twitter (@LarryV86). Also, check back here on SportsEthos by Friday morning for the weekend update.


    Larry is a meteorologist who was fortunate to have a 36-year career “doing his hobby” with the National Weather Service. He’s a weather weenie who was fascinated by weather in elementary school and graduated with a degree in meteorology from Penn State. He obsesses about fantasy baseball, weather and the Phillies.

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