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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Pitching Planner: A Royal Start

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a happy Fourth of July and that everyone enjoyed the All-Star game festivities. It was really exciting having players mic’d up for the half-inning, I find that it brings viewers closer to the action. But now we turn our attention to back to real baseball and the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Pitching Planner.

This break will do a world of good for arms and pitching staffs around baseball. I predict a very exciting second half.

Note: With the long week ahead we have four extra days to the fantasy week – Week 15 – which is really a hybrid of 15-16, as I mentioned last week. Remember that your adds (if your league has a weekly limited number) and stats won’t change on Monday morning as they would during most weeks, so proceed with caution.


Around The League

Major League Baseball set the record this season with the most home runs before the All-Star Break. 3,691 total homers to be exact…166 of which were hit by the Minnesota Twins (a mark they hit ALL of last season!). How about allowing the long ball? The Baltimore Orioles have given up 170 home runs already… that’s a league record. This dip-spit record before that was 154, set by the Cincinnati Reds in 2016.

How about errors…The Seattle Mariners have the most errors so far, and it’s not close. They have 92 errors already, which is more than the second-place Baltimore Orioles by 24 in all of baseball.

I love how close the race in the NL Central is. All five teams are within four-and-a-half games of each other.

The AL East and AL Central are the opposite, with the top and bottom teams separated by 30.5 games and 27 games, respectively.

The hottest team going into the break was the Cleveland Indians. They won six-in-a-row and show signs of life with their bullpen. The Washington Nationals were also putting things together, going 8-2 in their last 10 games, good enough for the best in baseball.

The Colorado Rockies were the worst team before the break, losing six-in-a-row and sit 14.5 games back in their division. The AL had three teams 2-8 in their last 10 to include the Royals, Tigers, and Mariners.

We are bound to see exciting moves and trades happen shortly as the second half ramps up.

Let’s get to it!

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers

PitcherStart 1 Start 2
Robbie Ray, ARI@ STLvs MIL
Merrill Kelly, ARI@ STLvs MIL
Zack Greinke, ARI@ STLvs MIL
Dallas Keuchel, ATL@ SD@ MIL
Mike Soroka, ATL@ SDvs WAS
Max Fried, ATL@ MILvs WAS
Julio Teheran, ATL@ SDvs WAS
Dylan Bundy, BALvs TBvs BOS
John Means, BALvs TBvs BOS
Eduardo Rodriguez, BOSvs LADvs TOR
Chris Sale, BOSvs LADvs TOR
Rick Porcello, BOSvs TOR@ BAL
David Price, BOSvs LAD@ BAL
Yu Darvish, CHCvs PITvs CIN
Jon Lester, CHCvs PITvs SD
Jose Quintana, CHCvs PITvs SD
Ivan Nova, CHW@ OAK@ KC
Reynaldo Lopez, CHW@ OAK@ TB
Lucas Giolito, CHW@ KC@TB
Luis Castillo, CIN@ CHCvs STL
Sonny Gray, CIN@ COL@ CHC
Tanner Roark, CIN@ COLvs STL
Tyler Mahle, CIN@ COLvs STL
Mike Clevinger, CLEvs MINvs DET
Trevor Bauer, CLEvs MINvs DET
Shane Bieber, CLEvs MINvs KC
Jon Gray, COLvs CINvs SF
Kyle Freeland, COLvs CIN@ NYY
Antonio Senzatela, COLvs CIN@ NYY
Matthew Boyd, DET@ KC@ CLE
Jordan Zimmerman, DET@ KCvs TOR
Framber Valdez, HOU@ TEX@ LAA
Gerrit Cole, HOU@ TEX@ LAA
Wade Miley, HOU@ TEX@ LAA
Justin Verlander, HOU@ TEXvs TEX
Brad Peacock, HOU@ LAAvs TEX
Danny Duffy, KCvs DETvs CHW
Brad Keller, KCvs DETvs CHW
Homer Bailey, KCvs DET@ CLE
Kenta Maeda, LAD@ BOS@ PHI
Ross Stripling, LAD@ BOS@ PHI
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD@ BOSvs MIA
Caleb Smith, MIAvs NYMvs SD
Zac Gallen, MIAvs NYM@ LAD
Sandy Alcantara, MIAvs NYM@ LAD
Chase Anderson, MILvs SFvs ATL
Zach Davies, MILvs SF@ ARI
Jhoulys Chacin, MILvs SF@ ARI
Adrian Houser, MILvs ATL@ ARI
Kyle Gibson, MIN@ CLEvs OAK
Jake Odorizzi, MIN@ CLEvs OAK
Jason Vargas, NYM@ MIA@ SF
Thor, NYM@ MIA@ SF
Jacob deGrom, NYM@ MIA@ SF
Mike Fiers, OAKvs CHW@ MIN
Chris Bassitt, OAKvs CHW@ MIN
Brett Anderson, OAKvs CHW@ MIN
Nick Pivetta, PHIvs WASvs LAD
Aaron Nola, PHIvs WASvs LAD
Jake Arrieta, PHIvs WAS@ PIT
Chris Archer, PIT@ CHC@ STL
Jordan Lyles, PIT@ CHCvs PHI
Trevor Williams, PIT@ CHCvs PHI
Adam Wainwright, STLvs ARIvs PIT
Dakota Hudson, STLvs ARI@ CIN
Miles Mikolas, STLvs ARI@ CIN
Dinelson Lamet, SDvs ATL@ MIA
Shaun Anderson, SF@ MIL@ COL
Madison Bumgarner, SF@ MILvs NYM
Tyler Beede, SF@ MILvs NYM
Drew Pomeranz, SF@ COLvs NYM
Mike Leake, SEA@ LAAvs LAA
Wade LeBlanc, SEA@ LAAvs LAA
Yonny Chirinos, TB@ BAL@ NYY
Blake Snell, TB@ NYYvs CHW
Charlie Morton, TB@ BAL@ NYY
Lance Lynn, TEXvs HOUvs ARI
Jesse Chavez, TEXvs HOU@ HOU
Mike Minor, TEXvs HOU@ HOU
Aaron Sanchez, TOR@ NYY@ BOS
Clayton Richard, TOR@ NYY@ BOS
Marcus Stroman, TOR@ NYY@ DET
Stephen Strasburg, WAS@ PHI@ ATL
Patrick Corbin, WAS@ PHI@ ATL
Max Scherzer, WAS@ PHI@ ATL

*My wrists hurt after that one. Pitchers are updated as of late Thursday for your viewing pleasure.

Arizona, Toronto, and Washington all have tough tests to start the second half. I would tread with caution in choosing starters from those clubs in Week 15. Toronto’s schedule won’t get easier with time, either.

On the flip side, the Mets and Royals have some good matchups ahead to get them back on track, not just for this week but for the rest of July.

Rick Porcello also has a great couple of starts ahead of him. He is coming off an ugly win at Detroit, but I’m rolling with him for his next two starts.

Pitchers To Stream

Two-Start edition once again for this week.  After going through 85 starters in the table, a few stuck out:
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Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals

Duffy gets two home starts against the weakest of his division. He has been solid in his last several starts, coming off three-strait games throwing six innings or more. There is a lot of buzz around Duffy in the fantasy world, but look at what the Royals have in the next month. They have the most home games (17), and a very easy schedule to play with. This add/start is for more than just this week. That goes for the rest of the Royals starters too, but I like Duffy the best.

Chase Anderson, Milwaukee Brewers

Gets two home starts against SF and ATL. I really like what he has been doing with his command. He has walked two total batters in his last three starts. His team can hit and I believe he is due for at least one win in these next two.

Jason Vargas, New York Mets

Vargas has been awful. Don’t get me wrong…

However, he gets goes to Miami and San Francisco this week, both great ballparks to pitch in. The Mets have been poor lately, but the Giants and Marlins are among the bottom of the league in wOBA against lefties. These are great matchups for baseball nerds. I’m starting him for both and holding for the easy July the Mets have ahead.

Ivan Nova, Chicago White Sox

This is a deep reach, I know. He faces Oakland and Kansas City, both on the road. This suggestion is purely based on matchups, but he is coming off a win in which he didn’t allow a home run.

Pitchers to Avoid

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Mike Minor, Texas Rangers

I know, I know. Minor has been great so far this season. His last start was not his best, however, and he gets the Astros twice this week. I’m not saying to drop him, but I am leaving him on the bench for his next start. He has actually pitched better away from home this season, but I’m interested in these two starts back from the break. I’d leave alone, watch, and smile.

Jake Arrieta, Philadelphia Phillies

Coming off a rough outing against the Mets, there is a lot unknown with Arrieta.  He has a bone spur in his right elbow, and while he is still scheduled to start (vs WAS, @ PIT), the Phillies are proceeding with caution. I don’t think I would take any chances here, as he holds a 7.71 ERA over his last three starts. Yikes.

Chris Archer, Pittsburgh Pirates

Slated to take on the Cubs and Cardinals, both on the road. Archer has been a huge head-case this season and hasn’t won since June 6. Until he proves he has his mojo back, I’m going to avoid.

A Little Relief

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Liam Hendricks leads the world of SP/RP relief pitchers over the past two weeks with three saves + holds. He did well in the All-Star game and if he’s available, I’d grab him now!

Carlos Martines, Sergio Romo, and Seth Lugo are all other names to consider to pad your stats. If there are there, grab them too!

 



Until next week everyone! Good luck!


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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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