Every once in a while, we'll have a week where a team or two gets to play eight games.
Obviously, it's unusual with only seven days in a week, but on those occasions when a rainout is rescheduled for a week with no off days, boom, you get eight.
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Remember all those rainouts back in April? They're coming home to roost in Week 16 (July 9-15), when a whopping six teams are in line to play eight games.
That's good news for all the hitters on those teams, even if some of those eight games happen to be against high-end pitchers. An extra chance against a good pitcher is still better than no chance at all. That's not to say the Orioles, Brewers, Mets, Yankees, Phillies and Pirates are all in the top five matchups for this week, but they'd all be in the top 10.
And if you own Nelson Cruz, you may need to turn to one of those teams' hitters as a replacement. The Mariners will spend half of this week in an NL park, and considering their primary DH hasn't logged a single inning in the outfield this season, he'll likely have to come off the bench in those games.
Here are 10 potential fill-ins, all owned in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues.> > View Profile Brandon Nimmo NYM • LF • 9
Brandon Nimmo has certainly scuffled of late, but considering he's still the 14th-best outfielder in points leagues since becoming a regular May 9, it's probably not enough reason to sit him — much less drop him, as some owners have. All eight of the pitchers the Mets are facing are righties, against whom he has a .972 OPS> > View Profile Yuli Gurriel HOU • 1B • 10
The Astros aren't among the teams playing eight games this week, but they are playing seven against some of the worst the Athletics and Tigers have to offer. And Yuli Gurriel seems to have regained his power stroke after a hand injury sapped him of his strength early, batting .341 (15 for 44) with four homers over his past 11 games.> > View Profile Brett Gardner NYY • LF • 11
Brett Gardner is still the Yankees' preferred leadoff man against right-handed pitchers, and they're looking at eight of them this week. It's the toughest matchups among the teams with eight games, but he'll have an abundance of at-bats and scoring chances nonetheless.
Gregory Polanco is the best of what's available on the Pirates, so we'll make him their representative in what should be a fruitful week with three games against the back of the Nationals rotation and five against the Brewers rotation. He hasn't done much in July yet, but he's batting .358 (19 for 53) with four homers over his past 18 games.> > View Profile Josh Reddick HOU • RF • 22
Like Gurriel, Josh Reddick is poised to do big damage against pitchers like Frankie Montas, Chris Bassitt, Edwin Jackson, Mike Fiers and Francisco Liriano this week. He has homered twice already in July and is batting .358 (19 for 53) over his past 14 games.> > View Profile Albert Almora CHC • CF • 5
Regarded as a lefty masher last year, Albert Almora has spread the love this year, batting about .330 with an OPS over .800 against both righties and lefties. So while it's nice the Cubs are facing three lefties in their six games this week, it's even nicer that they're facing questionables from the Giants and Padres rotations.> > View Profile Matt Adams WAS • 1B • 15
Matt Adams came off the DL with four hits Thursday and has become known for doing major damage in a short period of time over the past couple years. He may start only six of the Nationals' seven games this week, given the one lefty on the schedule, but they're against some of the worse the Pirates and Mets have to offer.