2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Pitching Planner: Pick And Choose

by Christopher T. Luft
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Welcome back baseball fans to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Pitching Planner.

As the fantasy baseball playoffs quickly approach, keep a few things in mind. Always look ahead!

Make sure you are not only looking for guys that have been hot, but guys with multiple enticing matchups in the weeks to follow.

Hopefully, this article brought you a perspective on not only the actual player, starting pitcher, or golden rosin bag winner but on the situations around the league.

Trends can help you win, trust me.

Around The League

  • What awful bug has gotten into the AL East, shoot the entire American League?  Besides the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics, it seems like every team is in a rut.  All have losing streaks and are worse or at .500 over their last ten games besides the two atop the AL Wild Card.
  • The Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Houston Astros remain atop their divisions in the American League.
  • The Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers are all atop their respective NL divisions.
  • The NL Central continues to be the closest race, with the top three teams within four games of each other.
  • Watch out for the Washington Nationals, amidst an 8-2 push over their last 10.
  • The Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs are all sitting pretty with five-game winning streaks, the longest in the majors.
  • At this moment, the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles, get this, are -243 and -255, respectively, in run differential. The worst in baseball by far.

Golden Rosin Bag

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The winner this week is Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox. In 15 innings of work he has a K/9 over 13 and WHIP under 1.00. Very impressive past few starts and a solid future ahead.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Pitching Planner

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Two Start Pitchers

PitcherStart 1 Start 2
Walker Buehler, LAD@ SD@ ARI
Gerrit Cole, HOUvs TB@ TOR
Charlie Morton, TB@ HOUvs CLE
Luis Castillo, CIN@ MIA@ STL
Mike Minor, TEX@ LAAvs SEA
Lucas Giolito, CHWvs MIN@ ATL
German Marquez, COLvs BOSvs PIT
Sonny Gray, CIN@ MIA@ STL
Yu Darvish, CHC@ NYMvs MIL
Kenta Maeda, LAD@ SD@ ARI
Mike Fiers, OAK@ KC@ NYY
Julio Teheran, ATL@ COLvs CHW
Marcus Stroman, NYMvs CHC@ PHI
Caleb Smith, MIAvs CIN@ WAS
Chris Paddack, SDvs LAD@ SF
Miles Mikolas, STL@ MILvs CIN
Brad Keller, KCvs OAKvs BAL
Rick Porcello, BOS@ COL@ LAA
Michael Pineda, MIN@ CHW@ DET
J.A. Happ, NYY@ SEAvs OAK
Cal Quantrill, SD vs LAD@ SF
Joe Musgrove, PIT@ PHI@ COL
Adam Wainwright, STL@ MILvs CIN
Anthony DeSclafani, CIN@ MIAvs STL
Mike Leake, ARI@ SFvs LAD
Mike Montgomery, KCvs OAKvs BAL
Jason Vargas, PHIvs PITvs NYM
Gio Gonzalez, MILvs STL@ CHC
Homer Bailey, OAK@ KC@ NYY
Adam Plutko, CLE@ DET@ TB
Sandy Alcantara, MIAvs CIN@ WAS
Jacob Waguespack, TORvs ATLvs HOU
Steven Brault, PIT@ PHI@ COL
Tyler Beede, SFvs ARIvs SD
Daniel Norris, DETvs CLEvs MIN

Another double dose of Coors Field for the Rockies this week. I'm avoiding their starters during this homestand.

There are a lot of guys on this list that I love one start for, not both. Knowing what you know now, pick and choose your matchups this week.

I love what Yu Darvish has been doing lately (besides his last start). He is set to take on the Mets on the road and the Brew-Crew at home. I am starting him for both, the Brewers are 29-36 on the road and the Mets can't be trusted.

Pitchers to Stream

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Michael Pineda, Minnesota Twins

I think Pineda has the best matchups of all two-start pitchers in Week 21. He is coming off two wins in a row and seems to have found his command. I like the fact that the Twins have been hitting behind him lately (27 runs total in his last two outings) and I predict a lot of the same this week.

Andrew Heaney, Los Angeles Angels

Wow. What a couple of weeks it's been for Heaney since returning from his shoulder injury on August 10. Also coming off two wins in a row, he has been on a tear lately. Grab him now before someone else does.

Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins

Before you roll your eyes, hear me out.

Alcantara has gone seven innings or more in his last three starts. This call is not for wins, but in his last two starts his ERA has been under 3.00 and his WHIP has been respectable. I am starting him at home against the Reds (not a good away team), and then only if I'm desperate in our nation's capital for start two.

Mike Montgomery, Kansas City Royals

Given my parameters for this post, I went with Montgomery as my reach here. He gets two home starts, one against Oakland and one against the Orioles.  He is a very streaky pitcher but has done relatively well at home lately.  In his two starts prior to his most recent meltdown, he won two-in-a-row without giving up a run.  It's a bold move, but it could pay off.

Pitchers to Avoid

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Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

At first glance, one might say that the Rockies and White Sox stink.  This should be a no-brainer.

Well, that's not the case when you have to pitch at Coors Field and you are slated to take on Lucas Giolito.  Teheran has been great against bad teams. He totally owns the Marlins but doesn't do consistently well with decent competition otherwise.  I don't have a strong feeling and I'm avoiding Teheran in these matchups.

Jake Odorizzi, Minnesota Twins

He has been a bit of a disappointment lately.

In his last two matchups against two poor teams (CHW, TEX), he is winless and can't seem to find himself deep into games.  He has a streamable matchup in Week 21, but don't expect big things as he goes against Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox, who seem to have his number this season. He's going to be tough to rely on down the stretch.

A Little Relief

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Kyle Ryan, Chicago Cubs

The Cubs are first in the majors over the past week in save opportunities with six.  Over that time, Ryan has three saves+holds in just over two innings of work.  His most recent couple of outings have been spot on.  I like him to fill your stat sheet while in a SP slot that isn't being used.

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