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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Pitching Planner: Rays of Hope

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Welcome back to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Pitching Planner.

What a ride it has been!

Ups and downs throughout the league that still has the Los Angeles Dodgers as the hottest team in baseball.

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A warm congratulations to Chris Sale, who became the fastest player to record 2,000 career strikeouts.  This feat came against the Cleveland Indians on the road, needing a total of 1,626 innings to do so (85 1/3 innings faster than Pedro Martinez). Sale finished with a no-decision in the contest, tallying 12 strikeouts and allowing three earned runs. Very Golden Rosin worthy, to say the least.

Around The League

  • In the American League the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, and Houston Astros are all atop their respective divisions heading into Week 20.
  • The division-leading Houston Astros are in the midst of a three-game losing streak.
  • The New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and Cleveland Indians are all 7-3 in their last 10 games played.
  • The Detroit Tigers have a 1.5 game lead as the worst team in baseball, with a 36-82 record.
  • The AL Central is separated by 1/2 game and the Wild Card has the Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, and Oakland Athletics all within 1.5 games of each other.
  • The National League has the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers all in the division lead at the moment.
  • The NL Central is still the closest race with the top-three spots all separated by one game.
  • The NL Wild Card has the Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Mets all within two games of each other.
  • The Chicago Cubs have lost three-in-a-row and the NL East has winning streaks all over the place, ready to heat up the race for the playoffs.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Pitching Planner

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Two Start Pitchers

PitcherStart 1 Start 2
Clayton Kershaw, LADvs TORvs NYY
Shane Bieber, CLE@ NYMvs KC
Stephen Strasburg, WAS@ PIT@ CLE
Trevor Bauer, CINvs SD@ PIT
Domingo German, NYY@ OAK@ LAD
Mike Minor, TEXvs LAA@ CHW
Wade Miley, HOUvs TORvs LAA
Dallas Keuchel, HOUvs MIA@ NYM
Cole Hamels, CHCvs SFvs WAS
Robbie Ray, ARIvs COL@ MIL
Kyle Gibson, MINvs CHWvs DET
Brendan McKay, TBvs SEA @ BAL
Brad Keller, KC@ BAL@ CLE
Marco Gonzales, SEA@ TBvs TOR
Chris Archer, PITvs WASvs CIN
Steven Matz, NYMvs CLEvs ATL
Dakota Hudson, STLvs MILvs COL
Ivan Nova, CHW@ MINvs TEX
Andrew Heaney, LAA@ TEX@ HOU
John Means, BALvs KCvs TB
Trevor Williams, PITvs WASvs CIN
Joe Ross, WAS@ PIT@ CHC
Dillon Peters, LAA@ TEX@ HOU
Nathan Eovaldi, BOSvs PHL@ SD
Eric Lauer, SD@ CINvs BOS
Michael Wacha, STLvs MILvs COL
Dylan Bundy, BALvs KCvs TB
Spencer Turnbull, DET@ HOU@ MIN
Zach Davies, MIL@ STLvs ARI
Kyle Freeland, COL@ ARI@ STL
Kolby Allard, TEXvs LAA@ CHW
Elieser Hernandez, MIA@ ATLvs PHL
Jalen Beeks, TBvs SEA@ BAL
Edwin Jackson, DET@ HOU@ MIN
Pedro Payano, TEXvs LAA@ CHW
Thomas Pannone, @ LAD@ SEA
Ross Detwiler, CHW@ MINvs TEX

Wade Miley has a couple of nice starts ahead. The same can be said for Trevor Bauer and Mike Minor. I’m starting all with confidence.

I’m avoiding Steven Matz this week, with two tough tests ahead of him.

Pitchers To Stream

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Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays

The strikeout totals are always there, and this week his matchups are especially enticing. McKay takes on the Mariners and Orioles in Week 20.  Mouthwatering. Start with pride.

Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins

Set to take on the White Sox and Tigers at home in Week 20. Both are GREAT matchups to build confidence. Gibson has been all over the place in his last few starts, but I predict he gets back on track for Week 20.

Kolby Allard, Texas Rangers

Slated to take on the Angels at home and the White Sox on the road. He has good strikeout numbers and gets two nice matchups in Week 20.

Jalen Beeks, Tampa Bay Rays

Who is Jalen Beeks?  First of all, he is set to take on the Mariners and Orioles, already a step in the right direction. He has had a rough patch as a starter lately, but I predict these matchups bring out the best in him. This is speculation, but an add I’m making.

Pitchers To Avoid

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Cole Hamels, Chicago Cubs

Hamels hasn’t won since June 12th. He hasn’t gone more than five innings since June 23 and hasn’t been able to locate his pitches of late. The Cubs are in the middle of a three-game losing streak and I don’t see Hamels returning to form anytime soon.

Marcus Stroman, New York Mets

Picked up his first win as a Met against the Braves on the road. This was his first win since July 19th.

Since that win, he has walked one more batter than the last in each of his last four starts and is all over the place with his ratios. He has a .313 batting average against and isn’t a guy I want to rely on for a quality start. You’ve been warned.

Boston Red Sox Starters

What is going on in Beantown? Talk about underperforming.

Over the past month, The Red Sox starters have the fourth-worst ERA (6.21), the third-highest HR/9 (2.15), and the second-highest BB/9 (3.76) in the major leagues. Even with Chris Sale dominating with strikeout numbers, the team just can’t put it together. They have some interleague play ahead for Week 20, but I am avoiding these starters for way more enticing matchups above.

A Little Relief

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This week’s relief shout-out goes to Derek Law of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Only owned in around 25% of Yahoo! leagues, Law has 4 saves+holds over the last two weeks. Ken Giles has elbow issues and his future is uncertain. The Toronto Blue Jays have looked to Law in pressure situations and he has responded by allowing zero earned runs over the past week. He makes for a nice speculative add for the week ahead.




That’ll do it for me this week. Thank you for the read everyone. Follow me @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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