Prepping for the first interleague series 

May, 21, 2010
Welcome back to relevance, Jason Giambi!

You might be wondering, what type of fantasy baseball league must I be talking about if Giambi, a Colorado Rockies pinch-hitter and occasional first baseman, matters? Is it an NL West-only league? A league in which only coolly mustached options are allowed? No way, my friends, this fine Friday starts up the first weekend of interleague play, which I love, even if it means the Rockies stray from key divisional games to face the Kansas City Royals. It's still baseball, and it's still awesome.

Jason Giambi
Dustin Bradford/Icon SMIJason Giambi is batting a meager .194 on the season.
The reason this weekend should be awesome for Giambi, among others who don't get to flex their collective batting muscles enough, is that he's going to play every day. The Rockies head to Kansas City, where the designated hitter is still in vogue, and Giambi is likely to get three full days of at-bats against right-handed pitching, two of those right-handers being very hittable. The Rockies have played 41 games this season, and Giambi has only 31 more at-bats than his retired brother Jeremy. That "pace" will rise this weekend, and fantasy owners in deeper formats -- primarily NL-only and deep-mixed -- should take advantage of it. The Royals send a trio of right-handers to the mound, with Brian Bannister scheduled Friday, Kyle Davies on the docket for Saturday, and Zack Greinke pitching the series finale Sunday. And for the record, Giambi has three home runs and seven RBIs in 16 at-bats against the defending AL Cy Young winner.