Weathering the Impact on Your Fantasy Players (May 8-14)

  • It will take some work this week to avoid rainouts for your players because two large-scale storm systems will move across the nation.  The first storm will impact the Ohio Valley on Monday and the East Coast on Tuesday. Wednesday looks dry at most MLB host sites but a new storm will develop in the Central U.S. on Thursday and should bring rain to the Ohio Valley and Northeast stadiums during the weekend. There will be some decent temperature variations that you may target to select hitters in better hitting environments.

    Best Weather Team(s) of the Week: Arizona; NY Yankees

    The D-backs play seven home games this week in warm rain-free weather and/or a closed roof, so they’re all set. The Yankees also play seven games and should avoid any rain until the weekend. Their temperatures won’t be nearly as favorable as the D-backs’ temps on Tuesday and Wednesday but the rest of their week is favorable.

    Worst Weather Team(s) of the Week: Chicago Cubs

    This one pains me because I am eagerly awaiting warm spring days with gusty southwest winds (outbound) at Wrigley. So, it’s too bad that the Cubs home series early this week will feature chilly temps (only 50s) with inbound winds. Those are not ingredients for a good hitting environment! Later in the week they travel to Minnesota where rain chances will be among the highest of all MLB host sites. If you play in weekly leagues, think twice about starting your Cubs hitters.

    In addition to the teams mentioned above, here are some other games to target (or avoid) this week based on weather forecasts:

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    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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