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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Pitching Planner: Two-Start Edition

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*I apologize for the inconvenience this week, but due to technical difficulties today, I am condensing the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Pitching Planner to just my suggestions (with a little bit of introduction to the current status in the MLB…save does not always mean save apparently).*

Now that the Toronto Raptors and St. Louis Blues have won their respective titles, we can truly focus on baseball.

Congratulations to Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels for becoming the first Japan-born player to hit for the cycle in the MLB! I wish you continued success going forward.


The Yankees, Twins, Astros, Dodgers, Brewers, and Braves are at the top of their respective divisions, and rightfully so. The Braves are on the promising side of a seven-game winning streak and the Twins have scored over 400 runs already on the season.

The Pirates have been terrible lately. They have the league’s longest losing streak, at seven games. The Padres have stunk lately too, losing their last five and are 3-7 in their last 10 games.  The Orioles, Tigers, Royals, and Marlins are all still awful and show little signs of life going forward.

These reviews are meant to help target players going against, or pitching for, good teams at the moment. Remember, baseball is a long season, full of ups and downs.  Let’s catch players on the up and capitalize elsewhere for the downs!

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers Week 12

PitcherStart 1Start 2
Clayton Kershaw, LADvs SFvs COL
Jacob deGrom, NYM@ ATL@ CHC
Justin Verlander, HOU@ CIN@ NYY
Jose Berrios, MINvs BOS@ KC
Mike Soroka, ATLvs NYM@ WAS
Luis Castillo, CINvs HOU@ MIL
Patrick Corbin, ARIvs PHLvs ATL
James Paxton, NYYvs TBvs HOU
Cole Hamels, CHCvs CHWvs NYM
J.A. Happ, NYYvs TBvs HOU
Brandon Woodruff, MIL@ SDvs CIN
Kenta Maeda, LADvs SFvs COL
Jack Flaherty, STLvs MIAvs LAA
Brad Peacock, HOU@ CIN@ NYY
Yonni Chirinos, TB@ NYY@ OAK
Zach Eflin, PHI@ WASvs MIA
Jake Arrieta, PHI@ WAS vs MIA
Rick Porcello, BOS@ MINvs TOR
Lance Lynn, TEXvs CLEvs CHW
Miles Mikolas, STLvs MIAvs LAA
Joey Lucchesi, SDvs MIL@ PIT
Marcus Stroman, TORvs LAA@ BOS
Zack Plesac, CLE@ TEXvs DET
Mike Fiers, OAKvs BALvs TB
Adrian Sampson, TEXvs CLEvs CHW
Tyler Skaggs, LAA@ TOR@ STL
Merrill Kelly, ARIvs COLvs SF
Yusei Kikuchi, SEAvs KCvs BAL
Michael Pineda, MINvs BOS@ KC
Mike Clevinger, CLE@ TEXvs DET
Brett Anderson, OAKvs BALvs TB
Jason Vargas, NYM@ ATL@ CHC
Danny Duffy, KC@ SEAvs MIN
Freddy Peralta, MIL@ SDvs CIN
Anthony DeSclafani, CINvs HOU@ MIL
Felix Pena, LAA@ TOR@ STL
Tommy Milone, SEAvs KCvs BAL
Shaun Anderson, SF@ LAD@ ARI
Antonio Senzatela, COL@ ARI@ LAD
Erick Fedde, WASvs PHIvs ATL
Homer Bailey, KC@ SEAvs MIN
Daniel Norris, DET@ PIT@ CLE
Jordan Yamamoto, MIA@ STL@ PHI
Elieser Hernandez, MIA@ STL@ PHI
Gabriel Ynoa, BAL@ OAK@ SEA
David Hess, BAL@ OAK@ SEA
Tyler Beede, SF@ LAD@ ARI
Edwin Jackson, TORvs LAA@ BOS

Phew. My carpal tunnel is acting up after almost 50 on this week’s slate, so let me hit you with a few names I like at first glance:
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Tommy Milone/Yusei Kikuchi, Seattle Mariners

Both with great matchups at home.

Zach Eflin, Philadelphia Phillies

A warrior who does well against everyone except Milwaukee.

Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers

Self-explanatory, I think.

I would avoid

J.A. Happ of the New York Yankees

After closer observation, let’s dive into the deep 50-ish choices of two-start pitchers for this week’s

Pitchers to Target Week 12

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Brett Anderson, Oakland Athletics

Orioles stink, he does well with Tampa.  He should be owned more than he is.  Do something about it!

Adrian Sampson, Texas Rangers

He’s not elite, but his team scores runs and he gets two at home against bad teams.

Felix Pena, Los Angeles Angels

Toronto stinks (in baseball) and I think he will be better these next two.

Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels

Good strikeout potential and decent matchups this week.

Mike Fiers, Oakland Athletics

Coming off two wins in a row and gets at least one pretty good matchup for Week 12.

Pitchers to Avoid Week 12

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Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds

Tough one to bench, but I don’t like the matchups.

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays

He stunk against the Angels his last time out and Boston has been crushing homers lately.

Zack Wheeler, New York Mets

Terrible team defense and facing great offenses.  Keep him on the pine.

Jake Arrieta, Philadelphia Phillies

Who? Does he still play in the MLB? Poor control, low strikeout numbers.  The poor choice this week.

 

…No relief this week, sorry folks.

 

Thank you for understanding my need for a quick, brief version this week.  Good luck in Week 12 everyone! @LuftCT


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About Christopher T. Luft

Christopher Luft is from Connecticut and graduated from Providence College with a BS degree in Biology. He went to Optometry school at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed an ocular disease residency at the Wilmington, Delaware VA. Chris loves to cook, spend time with his wife, practice and study jiu-jitsu, and of course, fantasy sports.

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