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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Pitching Planner: Down is Up

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Welcome to Week 2. After, a crazy Week 1, we have a lot to discuss for the first, regular length, of Fantasy Baseball 2019.

For those of you who had Trea Turner, among other notables, I feel for you in this very early part of the season. Make adjustments and remember to always think positive!

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Pitching Planner

Before we get into that, I would like to go over my suggested starts from last week:


  • Chris Sale (BOS) – 0-2, 8.00 ERA, 9 IP, 9H, 9BB, 5K —>  Yikes!  Also, his average fastball velocity from his last start @ OAK was 89.3 mph, the lowest in his career.
  • Marcus Stroman (TOR) – 0-1, 1.42 ERA, 12.2 IP, 11H, 5BB, 12K —> Both games were at home.  He looked great against DET for his opener and then fell apart against Baltimore
  • Corbin Burnes (MIL) – 0-1, 7.20 ERA, 5 IP, 6H, 1BB, 12K —> I like the walk total, love the strikeout total against division rival STL, I have a good feeling about the future here.
  • Brandon Woodruff (MIL) – 1-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 IP, 6H, 1BB, 5K —> Solid first start of the year for Woodruff at home against STL.  His AVG fastball velocity in his first start was 95.3, impressive.
  • Tyler Anderson (COL) – 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 5 IP, 9H, 0BB, 3K —> Not the best start for Anderson at the awful Marlins.  His command was working, but his BABIP was .429 in this one.  Ugly.
  • Matt Strahm (SD) – 0-1, 16.88 ERA…I’ll stop there.  This was not the start that was anticipated for the lefty.
  • Dereck Rodriguez (SF) – 1-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 IP, 4H, 0BB, 2K —> This was a solid first start on the road in SD for Rodriguez.  Good command and no walks were the keys to his success.
  • Marlin’s starters – 2-2 record, with the exception of Urena, they have only given up 6 ER, while striking out 25 in 24.1 IP. Oh, did I mention, they only had 3 walks total between their 2-5 starters?

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Overall, my first week looks like my NCAA bracket.  However, please keep in mind I am new to the starting pitcher weekly advice column, and like a fine wine, I will get better with age.

Two-Start Pitchers for Week 2

Starting Pitcher Opponent 1 Opponent 2
Justin Verlander (HOU) vs NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
@ SEA
Marco Gonzales
Aaron Nola (PHL) vs WAS
Anibal Sanchez
@ MIA
Jose Urena
Blake Snell (TB) @ CWS
Carlos Rodon
@ TOR
Carlos Rodon
Corey Kluber (CLE) @ DET
Jordan Zimmerman
@ KC
Jake Junis
Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) @ HOU
Justin Verlander
vs CWS
Carlos Rodon
German Marquez (COL) vs ATL
Max Fried
@ SF
Derek Holland
Zack Greinke (ARI) vs TEX
Mike Minor
vs SD
Joey Lucchesi
Madison Bumgarner (SF) vs SD
Eric Lauer
vs COL
Kyle Freeland
Jameson Taillon (PIT) @ CHC
Jon Lester
@ WAS
Anibal Sanchez
Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) @ STL
Adam Wainwright
vs MIL
Zach Davies
Kyle Freeland (COL) vs ATL
Julio Teheran
@ SF
Madison Bumgarner
Jon Lester (CHC) vs PIT
Jameson Taillon
vs LAA
Trevor Cahill
Ross Stripling (LAD) @ STL
Miles Mikolas
vs MIL
Jhoulys Chacin
Joey Lucchesi (SD) @ SF
Derek Holland
@ ARI
Zack Greinke
Jhoulys Chacin (MIL) @ LAA
Trevor Cahill
@ LAD
Ross Stripling
Marco Gonzales (SEA) @ KC
Jake Junis
vs HOU
Justin Verlander
Julio Teheran (ATL) @ COL
Kyle Freeland
vs NYM
Steven Matz
Eric Lauer (SD) @ SF
Madison Bumgarner
@ ARI
Merrill Kelly
Kyle Gibson (MIN) @ NYM
Jason Vargas
vs DET
Jordan Zimmerman
Carlos Rodon (CWS) vs TB
Blake Snell
@ NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Jake Junis (KC) vs SEA
Marco Gonzales
vs CLE
Corey Kluber
Anibal Sanchez (WAS) @ PHL
Aaron Nola
vs PIT
Jameson Taillon
Jordan Zimmerman (DET) vs CLE
Corey Kluber
@ MIN
Kyle Gibson
Marco Estrada (OAK) @ BAL
Andrew Cashner
@ TEX
Drew Smyly
Trevor Cahill (LAA) vs MIL
Jhoulys Chacin
@ CHC
Jon Lester
Jose Urena (MIA) @ CIN
Luis Castillo
vs PHL
Aaron Nola
Jason Vargas (NYM) vs MIN
Kyle Gibson
@ ATL
Max Fried
Adam Wainwright (STL) vs LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu
@ CIN
Anthony DeSclafani
Brett Anderson (OAK) @ BAL
TBD
@ TEX
Shelby Miller
Derek Holland (SF) vs SD
Joey Lucchesi
vs COL
German Marquez
Felix Hernandez (SEA) @ KC
Homer Bailey
vs HOU
Brad Peacock
Max Fried (ATL) @ COL
German Marquez
vs NYM
Jason Vargas
Andrew Cashner (BAL) vs OAK
Marco Estrada
@ BOS
David Price
Homer Bailey (KC) vs SEA
Felix Hernandez
vs CLE
Mike Clevinger

A lot of solid starters with two trips to the mound this week.  I love the matchups for Jason Vargas and Felix Hernandez this week.  Both won their first matchup, and have decent matchups on paper this week.

Before I give you my streamers and those to avoid for the week, let’s look at some offensive stats from Week 1:

Fewest runs scored from this long Week 1

  • Detroit Tigers –  6 GP, 10 R
  • Cincinnati Reds – 5 GP, 11 R
  • Pittsburg Pirates – 3 GP, 13 R
  • Los Angeles Angels – 6 GP, 13R
  • Cleveland Indians – 5GP, 13R

The most runs scored from Week 1, excluding teams with eight games played

  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 6 GP, 50R
  • Arizona Diamondbacks – 6 GP, 40R
  • New York Mets – 5 GP, 31R
  • Philadelphia Phillies – 4 GP, 31R
  • Texas Rangers – 5 GP, 30R

It is important to look at how a team can score when deciding which starting pitchers to target off the wire for the week.  K/9, BB/9, and ERA are all valuable stats, but knowing that your offense has your back is a big piece of the waiver puzzle.

Pitchers to Stream in Week 2

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Trevor Williams, Pittsburgh Pirates – vs CIN 4/6

I like his 6K with one walk from his first start on the road.  Up next, the same team at home.

Brad Keller, Kansas City Royals – @ DET 4/7

10K’s in his first one with an average fastball velocity of 94.0… Oh, and he gets the awful Tigers

Domingo German, New York Yankees – @ BAL 4/7

No earned runs in 5 IP in his first start.  His average fastball velocity from that one was 94.3, to go along with seven strikeouts. I have confidence he will repeat against Baltimore.

Zach Eflin, Philadelphia Phillies – vs MIN 4/7

The Phillies can score runs. Eflin surprised a lot of people with nine strikeouts in five innings, while allowing zero earned runs.  He gets the Twins at home this time.

Pitchers to Avoid in Week 2

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Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers – @ COL 4/6

Insert shifty-eye emoji here. He was awful in his first start, allowing five earned in three innings in his meltdown.  His average fastball velocity was 97.3, so I don’t expect this to last.  I just don’t expect him to get back on track at Coors Field.

Jose Urena, Miami Marlins – @ CIN 4/9 vs PHL 4/14

He has already given up 16 hits in 2 starts. This is my black sheep from that rotation. The Reds stink offensively, but the Phillies don’t. Keep him on the bench until he shows something like the others. Avoid.

Marco Estrada, Oakland Athletics – @ BAL 4/8, @ TEX 4/13

Another multiple start pitcher this week I am keeping on the bench. Dude is 35. His average fastball velocity is 87.3 so far this season. He doesn’t pose any strikeout upside and I have little confidence in his ability to get batters out, especially on the road.

Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox – @ ARI 4/5

He lasted only two innings on the road in Seattle in his first start of the year. Now he gets another good lineup on the road. The Red Sox have a lot to figure out, and I don’t think they will in the desert.

 

Remember, it is just as important to target pitchers from good offenses who can put up a lot of runs, in addition to those guys who did well their first time out.  I look for K/9 potential, average velocity, and BB/9.  During the week I will update my twitter feed (follow @LuftCT) with stats from guys that I do and don’t recommend for the week, as they play.

 


Until next week.


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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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