2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Pitching Planner: Before The Break

by Christopher T. Luft
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Pitching Planner

Time has been flying by. We already have the starting rosters for the MLB All-Star Game 2019! After casting my vote, I was surprised to see just how great of a season Ketel Marte is having in the desert.  It will be a fun ballgame to watch after the Fourth of July. But you're here for the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Pitching Planner, so let's get to it.

This is my last article before the All-Star break. I want to make sure you check your league settings for Week 15. With shortened weeks, some leagues may combine Weeks 15 and 16, while keeping the amount of player adds the same. I have been burned before, while adding all my players for the week only to find out the week was extended and I had no more adds for the latter part of the week. Just something to keep in mind.

Around the league, things have been back and forth, with the New York Yankees playing the best in all of baseball! They have won three in-a-row and are 9-1 in their last 10; that's good enough for their best home-stand since July 2009! They have been destroying right-handed pitchers, with a league-best 41-19 record. Something to keep in mind.

The best team in baseball remains the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have the best record in the NL against lefties, at 18-9.  Who's the best team in the AL against lefties? The Houston Astros, who are on a bit of a skid lately, going 2-8 in their last 10. The Astros still have the most wins against teams better than .500 in baseball with 32. These are small stats to keep in mind when deciding between benching or starting fringe players.

Golden Rosin Bag

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My winner for this week is Mike Minor of the Texas Rangers. He is having one h-e-c-k of a season, and went all nine innings in his last start. He struck out seven on the road for his third consecutive victory. Hat's off.

Golden Dip Spit

What has gotten into the back end of the Astros rotation? Brad Peacock and Framber Valdez, to name a couple. The team can hit, but pitching is imperative to success and a large part of their recent slump.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers Week 14

PitcherStart 1 Start 2
Chris Sale, BOS@ TOR@ DET
Patrick Corbin, WASvs MIAvs KC
Trevor Bauer, CLE@ KC@ CIN
Charlie Morton, TBvs BALvs NYY
James Paxton, NYY@ NYM@ TB
Mike Minor, TEXvs LAA@ MIN
David Price, BOS@ TOR@ DET
Jake Odorizzi, MIN@ OAKvs TEX
Matthew Boyd, DET@ CHWvs BOS
Jack Flaherty, STL@ SEA@ SF
Yu Darvish, CHC@ PIT@ CHW
Ross Stripling, LADvs ARIvs SD
Dallas Keuchel, ATLvs PHIvs MIA
Griffin Canning, LAA@ TEX@ HOU
Zac Gallen, MIA@ WAS@ ATL
Joe Musgrove, PIT vs CHCvs MIL
Nick Pivetta, PHI@ ATL@ NYM
Logan Allen, SDvs SF@ LAD
Matt Strahm, SDvs SF@ LAD
Dylan Bundy, BAL@ TB@ TOR
Tyler Mahle, CINvs MILvs CLE
Chase Anderson, MIL@ CIN@ PIT
Jeff Samardzija, SF@ SDvs STL
Ariel Jurado, TEXvs LAA@ MIN
Jake Junis, KCvs CLE @ WAS
Trent Thronton, TORvs BOSvs BAL
Reynaldo Lopez, CHWvs DETvs CHC
Jason Vargas, NYMvs NYYvs PHL
Wade LeBlanc, SEAvs STLvs OAK
Daniel Mengden, OAKvs MIN@ SEA
Adrian Houser, MIL@ CIN@ PIT
Glenn Sparkman, KC@ TOR@ WAS
Clayton Richard, TORvs KCvs BAL

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I love Week 14 for Chris Sale. Yum.

Jack Flaherty gets two friendly ballparks to do battle in. He hasn't done well lately but his peripheral statistics suggest he is just having some bad luck. I'd roll with him this week.

Pitchers To Stream Week 14

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Clayton Richard, Toronto Blue Jays

Slated to face the Royals and Orioles both at home in Week 14. He pitched well against the Yankees in his last start on the road, and now with much easier competition, he should do well in Week 14.

Anibal Sanchez, Washington Nationals

Slated to take on the Marlins at home on July 4. The Marlins have improved some, but I like this one for Sanchez.

Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels

Slated to face Texas on the Fourth of July. His last time out against the Rangers he went just over five innings with no earned runs and seven strikeouts. The Angels have been on a roll, winning four in a row and are 7-3 in their last 10.

Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays

This is more of a waiver wire thought.  McKay is a dynamic two-way prospect who is slated to be a part of the Rays rotation. Pick him up if he is available. The same goes for Zac Gallen for the Miami Marlins, if you haven't already.

Pitchers To Avoid Week 14

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Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds

Yes, Castillo is a dynamic pitcher, but he has struggled lately. Slated to face the Brew-Crew on July fourth at home, though he did not pitch well against them in his last outing.  The Reds have lost four in-a-row and I don't like this one for their ace.

Dallas Keuchel, Atlanta Braves

Yes, he did get the win on the road in Chicago his last time out. In Week 14 he gets the Phillies and Marlins at home.  Now, I know benching him is tough, but he has not shown his top form yet.  I think the Phillies will get to him early, which won't bode well for his confidence.  Just a gut call here, but I would need to see dominance before he is a must-start for me.

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays

His last time out against the Red Sox, he lasted six innings with just one strikeout while not allowing a run. His strikeout totals are down and I don't think he has repeat success. There are rumors he could be traded to the Astros, which would be huge. Keep your eyes out, but keep Stroman on the bench for Week 14.

A Little Relief...

Roenis Elias has grabbed hold of the closer job in Seattle. He has 3 saves in the last seven days and has duel SP/RP eligibility.  Grab him!

News To Note...

There are strong reports that suggest that Madison Bumgarner will be moved to the Twins. This would be a boost for Bumgarner, who has not been the ace he once was. With the improved offense, this would raise up his stock and he could be someone to target for the second half.


That's all for this week everyone!  Get @me @LuftCT

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