This article is part of our Weekly Hitter Rankings series.
The Hitter Value Meter is a companion piece to the weekly Pitching Value Meter. While in many leagues offensive roster slots are set 'em and forget 'em, in deeper formats where every at-bat counts, knowing which teams have friendly schedules for hitters, and which platoon bats will be getting more action than usual, can be valuable information, especially in head-to-head formats and leagues with weekly moves instead of daily. The Hitter Value Meter will summarize all that info in one spot, for your roster juggling convenience.
For the week July 20-26
1. Cincinnati (vs. CHC 4, at COL 3) - Four home games against the softer portion of the Cubs' rotation, including Wednesday's doubleheader which will likely feature a spot starter for the nightcap, is a nice way to start the period, but then finishing it up with a series in Coors Field sends the Reds right to the top of the rankings. Clayton Richard on Monday is the only lefty they're guaranteed to see but most of the team's bench, and by bench I mean Skip Schumacher, hits left-handed anyway so that shouldn't have much impact on their lineups.
2. Arizona (vs. MIA 3, vs. MIL 4) - If you wanted to slide the D-backs' seven-game homestand above Cincinnati's slate I wouldn't quibble about it, as they have had one of the more potent home offenses in the league. They do face tougher pitching though, as Jose Fernandez closes out the Marlins set and the Brewers