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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Holds Targets: Playoffs?


Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Holds Targets article.

If you’re reading this article that means you are in the playoffs in your head-to-head league, or you are looking to add more points in your roto league to grab to the championship, or you accidentally click on this article but found my voice so sexy you couldn’t stop reading.

If that’s the case, sit back and enjoy my streaming options for Week 22 (said in my sexy voice).

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Holds Targets

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Daniel Hudson, Washington Nationals

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Hudson was great before he was traded to Washington, 3.00 ERA, eight holds, and two saves. Since joining the Nationals, Hudson has been off the charts, 2.51 ERA, three holds, and one save. The Nationals love Hudson since he doesn’t allow runs, he has an 88.2 left-on-base percentage while wearing a Washington jersey.

In Week 22, Washington has a road series against Atlanta. The Nationals love using Hudson in road games, he has pitched 14.2 innings for the Nationals, and 9.1 of those innings have taken place on the road. In away games, Hudson has a 1.93 ERA, and batters have a .191 WOBA and a .133 AVG against him.

Hudson has been great on the road and so-so at home, but the Nationals have a matchup against the Mets, a team Hudson has pitched effectively against for years. He hasn’t allowed an earned run to the Mets since 2011. Plus, he has a career 3.03 FIP against Mets’ hitters. Hudson’s dominance against New York has continued into the 2019 season. New York batters have a .152 WOBA and a .143 AVG against Hudson.

The stars have aligned to make Hudson an excellent Fantasy starter in Week 22.

Sergio Romo, Minnesota Twins

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It’s amazing what a change of scenery can do for a pitcher’s performance. For Romo, the beautiful beaches of Miami where too much of a distraction. Now he is in the Midwest and able to focus on his pitching. That’s the great thing about the Midwest there’s only two distractions, tornadoes and meth lab explosions.

Since joining the Twins, Romo has a 3.55 ERA, 15 strikeouts, eight holds, and three saves. His transfer from the National League to the American League has been excellent for his K/9 rate. In Miami his K/9 rate was 7.88; now he has a 10.66 K/9 rate with Twins.

In Week 22, the Twins have three opponents instead of the typical two opponents. The Twins’ first two matchups in Week 22 are on the road against the Tigers and the Red Sox. Romo thrives in away series. For the season, he has a 1.73 ERA, 3.53 FIP, and 23 strikeouts and hitters (.188 AVG and .224 WOBA) struggle against Romo when he is on the mound. Romo’s away numbers with the Twins are just as great as his season numbers, batters have a .138 AVG and .219 WOBA.

Home games have not been great for Romo, but he has been an effective pitcher against the Cleveland Indians. Romo has a career 1.08 ERA against the Indians, and Cleveland batters have a career .046 AVG and .093 WOBA.

If you play in Yahoo Fantasy baseball league Romo may be gone, but if you play in an ESPN Fantasy baseball league he will be on the waiver wire.

Nick Ramirez, Detroit Tigers

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Ramirez has few things going for him to earn some hold opportunities in Week 22. He has been effective pitchers against the Twins and the Royals; plus, he is on a hot streak.

When facing the Twins, Ramirez has a 1.80 ERA and  3.52 FIP. His stats improve when he is pitching at home against the Twins, 1.50 ERA, and 2.72 FIP. Batters have struggled (.190 AVG and .231 WOBA) to hit Ramirez when he is pitching in Comerica Park. Unlike Romo, Ramirez is useful at home and on the road.

Against the Royals, he has a 1.17 ERA, and Kansas City batters have a .160 AVG. When Ramirez is pitching at Kauffman Stadium, he has a 1,80 ERA and .176 AVG.

I would sit Ramirez during the Oakland series since he has never faced the A’s, but if you want to take the risk, his recent hot streak indicates he’ll be worth the risk. In his last seven games, 1.69 ERA and eight strikeouts.

Get it while it’s hot.

Collin McHugh, Houston Astros

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McHugh is in the same boat as Ramirez, a bad statistical pitcher (4.70 ERA, 4.44 FIP, and 1.23 WHIP) who is on a hot streak and facing opponents (Milwaukee and Seattle) who play into his strengths.

In his last ten games, McHugh has a 0.71 ERA, 2.67 FIP, 14 strikeouts, and one hold. He isn’t allowing runners across home plate either, one earned run and 93.3 left-on-base percentage during his previous ten games.

Astros first matchup in Week 22 is against the Brewers. Milwaukee is tenth in ground ball percentage which bodes well for a career ground ball pitcher like McHugh. The Astros second matchup in Week 22 against Seattle will give McHugh plenty of opportunities for holds.

Seattle batters have a .083 AVG and a .227 WOBA against McHugh. He has a 3.22 FIP and a 100 left-on-base percentage against the Mariners.

McHugh’s usage should increase this week since Chris Devenski has been awful, 12,86 ERA and 2.43 WHIP, providing him with more opportunities to earn a hold.

Want to see where these players rank at their position for the rest of the season? Take a look at the latest updated version of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings

About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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