Let’s see, winner of the All-Star game gets home field advantage… The WBC… Open the season in another country… Steroids testing after letting the world believe Bret Boone was good… Finally, interleague play. Selig, hang your legacy right next to the monkey carcass that helped spread the AIDS virus. Well, interleague is here whether we like it or not. I don’t, but this is only partially about me. So what can we do about interleague play for fantasy baseball?
Play fringe AL Starters. This is more for H2H leagues than roto, but you might be able to grab some value in roto leagues too. During interleague play, the AL has an advantage. They carry a guy who actually hits in the DL slot. They don’t need to dust off the half-dead pinch hitter who sucks (Hey, Hinske, no offense, all right?). So Buehrle vs. the Pirates is quite tasty. Slowey, Perkins and Baker vs. the Brewers? *Grey shrugs* Why not? Even Washburn vs. the Giants has some appeal. Actually, whoever the Mariners throw against the Giants is worth a spot start.
Then there’s the NL hitters that might actually play thanks to Selig’s hairbrained interleague shenanigans. Hey, Mat Gamel, wanna actually play now that we’ve called you up? Okie-dokie. Ian Stewart, you should be playing every day, and now you can. What’s up, Hinske? Actually, you still suck. Sheffield may have some appeal, especially since he should be familiar with the pitchers he’ll be facing. Though I’m not sure how familiar anyone can be with Tim Wakefield. Matt Stairs is actually a DH already, only he DHs once a game rather than four times. The Red Sox might think about implementing that with Ortiz.