2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Pitching Planner: The Royal Treatment

by Christopher T. Luft
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Pitching Planner

Happy times Everyone!  I hope the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Pitching Planner finds you all well.

We are in the thick of the MLB season, the weather is warming up, and big things are happening. Let's take a look at what's going on around the league and then get to our awards for the week!

The Los Angeles Dodgers remain as the best team in baseball. They have the largest first-place lead of any team in baseball, at the moment. Your New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs round out the rest. I'd like to draw your attention to the five-game win streak the Yankees currently have. They are returning a lot of guys from injury and are showing us the fire-power they are capable of. The Baltimore Orioles still stink and have the longest losing streak in the league at eight in-a-row. Yikes.

The National League is led by a couple of teams with a four-game winning streak: the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres. The Atlanta Braves have been the best team over the past ten games with an 8-2 record over that span. The AL West is leading all of baseball in runs scored with 1968, while the AL Central is at the bottom of the league scoring just 1616.

Golden Awards

They are back friends! My Golden Rosin Bag award winner for this week is:

Homer Bailey, Kansas City Royals

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Who? I know, another AL Central pitcher on a terrible team. Over his last two starts, he has gone just under 14 innings without giving up a run. He has 12 strikeouts while throwing 76 of 121 pitches for strikes. His team seems to hit while he's on the mound lately too, scoring more than five runs in his last three starts. Let's see if this will continue.

The Golden Dip Spit Award for the week is:

Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays

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Over his last two starts, he hasn't been the same. In his last outing, in the Bronx, he gave up six earned runs in 1/3 of an inning. Ouch. In his prior start at home against the Angels, he lasted less than four innings, throwing just shy of 80 pitches. His command has been off lately, and while his opponents have been tough, this isn't what we expect from Snell.  Let's hope he can pull it together soon.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Pitching Planner

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Week 13 Two Start Pitchers

PitcherStart 1Start 2
Clayton Kershaw, LAD@ ARI@ COL
Gerrit Cole, HOUvs PITvs SEA
Lucas Giolito, CHW@ BOSvs MIN
Zack Greinke, ARIvs LAD@ SF
Zach Eflin, PHIvs NYM@ MIA
Blake Snell, TB@ MINvs TEX
Jake Arrieta, PHIvs NYM@ MIA
Rich Hill, LAD@ ARI@ COL
Matthew Boyd, DETvs TEXvs WAS
Jon Lester, CHCvs ATL@ CIN
Robbie Ray, ARIvs LAD@ SF
Julio Teheran, ATL@ CHC@ NYM
Zach Davies, MILvs SEAvs PIT
Kyle Gibson, MINvs TB@ CHW
Andrew Heaney, LAAvs CINvs OAK
Jon Gray, COL@ SFvs LAD
Max Fried, ATL@ CHC@ NYM
Steven Matz, NYM@ PHLvs ATL
Marco Gonzales, SEA@ MIL@ HOU
Chris Bassitt, OAK@ STL@ LAA
Brad Keller, KC@ CLE@ TOR
Trevor Richards, MIAvs WASvs PHL
Trevor Williams, PIT@ HOU@ MIL
Adam Plutko, CLEvs KC@ BAL
Aaron Sanchez, TOR@ NYYvs KC
Ivan Nova, CHW@ BOSvs MIN
Drew Pomeranz, SFvs COLvs ARI
Jeff Hoffman, COL@ SFvs LAD
Max Scherzer, WAS@ MIA@ DET

My mouth is watering from that lineup for Max Scherzer in Week 13.

I like the Philadelphia Phillies in Week 13. Both starters get to face struggling teams and have been pitching well despite bad luck losses recently.

Pitchers to Stream Week 13

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Chris Bassitt, Oakland Athletics

He will face the Cardinals on the road in an interleague battle and then travels to Los Angeles to take on the Angels. I like Bassitt. He recently snapped a three-game losing streak, but his command has been his downfall. He holds almost a 1/1 K/IP ratio and has shown a lot of potentials to make a leap forward. This is a gutsy call, but I like Bassitt next week.

Matt Strahm, San Diego Padres

Scheduled to take on the Orioles on Tuesday of Week 13. The Orioles have been bad and the Padres have been good. Strahm has good command for a lefty but has given up the long-ball too much of late. I predict this start to give him confidence going forward.

Adam Plutko, Cleveland Indians

Coming off a tough no-decision where he didn't make it through five innings against the Rangers, I love both of his starts in Week 13. I'm going to ride him through the week and hope he can bring some fantasy glory.

Anibal Sanchez, Washington Nationals

Coming off two wins he has a 59/28 K/BB ratio this season and has shown great command lately. He faces the Marlins in Week 13, a start I will stream!

Pitchers to Avoid Week 13

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Chris Archer, Pittsburgh Pirates

What has happened to this man?  You can't trust him to throw a party!  He's been bad all season, and he's worse on the road, which is where he will be in Week 13.  Leave him alone!

Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox

To his credit, he has been pitching well lately.  He gets the Yankees in Week 13 and I am leaving him on the bench for that one.  The Yankees are surging and I don't trust Rick to be slick in this one.

Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers

He is slated to face the Rangers at home in Week 13.  The Rangers lead their division in runs scored and are second in the majors with 414 total!  Without run support, I don't trust this start at all. You've been warned.

A Little Relief...

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Take a look at what Ian Kennedy has done lately.  Another Royal (hmm...now the title makes sense)?!? He has a 38/5 K/BB ratio and has eight saves on the season.  Granted the Kansas City Royals aren't good, but with dual eligibility (SP/RP) and great ratios, this is a great pitcher to target for saves + holds leagues.  Other guys I like are Liam Hendricks and Cam Bedrosian.


I hope this helps.  Good luck in Week 13!

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