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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Pitching Planner: ‘Dem Dirty Sox

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Only a few short weeks until we draw the regular fantasy baseball season to a close. It seems like just yesterday I began this journey with you all, and what a great ride it has been. I want to thank everyone for this opportunity to bring you some fantasy starting pitcher input all season long. Now let’s get to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Pitching Planner.

The standings seem to have the same teams at the top as it’s been since the All-Star break. The only exception is the St. Louis Cardinals holding a 2.5 game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central. This is still the most competitive division, with all teams separated by just 17 games.

The longest active win-streaks in baseball are by the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers, at six and four games respectively.


The Colorado Rockies have the worst losing streak in baseball at nine games in a row…very poor. Ripe for the picking to target starters against!

I like what Arizona has been putting together – they recently won their series against the Giants, Padres, and Dodgers and don’t show signs of stopping.

Hot Teams (8-2 or better over the last 10)

New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks

Not Teams (2-8 or worse over the last 10)

Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Colorado Rockies

Golden Rosin Bag

This week’s winner comes from our nation’s capital.  Stephen Strasburg has been superb of late.  In 14 innings pitched he has 21 strikeouts with a 0.71 WHIP and an ERA under 2. Congratulations Stephen on a job very well done.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Pitching Planner

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Two Start Pitchers

PitcherStart 1 Start 2
Shane Bieber, CLE@ LAAvs MIN
Charlie Morton, TB@ TEX@ LAA
Jacob deGrom, NYMvs ARIvs LAD
Aaron Nola, PHIvs ATLvs BOS
Zack Greinke, HOUvs OAK@ KC
Jose Berrios, MINvs WAS@ CLE
James Paxton, NYY@ BOS@ TOR
Madison Bumgarner, SFvs PITvs MIA
Wade Miley, HOUvs OAK@ KC
Jose Quintana, CHC@ SDvs PIT
Max Fried, ATL@ PHI@ WAS
Lance Lynn, TEXvs TBvs OAK
Eduardo Rodriguez, BOSvs NYY@ PHI
Trevor Bauer, CIN@ SEA@ ARI
Jon Lester, CHC@ SDvs PIT
Zack Wheeler, NYMvs ARIvs LAD
Kenta Maeda, LAD@ BAL@ NYM
Chris Paddack, SDvs CHC@ COL
Zac Gallen, ARI@ NYMvs CIN
Mike Foltynewicz, ATL@ PHI@ WAS
Tanner Roark, OAK@ HOU@ TEX
Anibal Sanchez, WAS@ MINvs ATL
Jordan Lyles, MIL@ MIA@ STL
John Means, BALvs LAA@ DET
Trevor Williams, PIT@ SF@ CHC
Cal Quantrill, SDvs CHC@ COL
Jake Junis, KC@ CHWvs HOU
Brett Anderson, OAK@ HOU@ TEX
Chase Anderson, MIL@ MIA@ STL
Merrill Kelly, ARI@ NYMvs CIN
Ivan Nova, CHWvs KC@ SEA
Michael Wacha, STL@ COLvs MIL
Logan Webb, SFvs PITvs MIA
Elieser Hernandez, MIAvs MIL@ SF
Patrick Sandoval, LAAvs CLEvs TBD
Dario Agrazal, PIT@ SF@ CHC
Felix Hernandez, SEAvs CINvs CHW
Robert Dugger, MIAvs MILvs SF
Edwin Jackson, DETTBDvs BAL
Chi Chi Gonzalez, COLvs STLvs SD

Madison Bumgarner is my start of the week.  I like both of his matchups at home and expect big things.

Charlie Morton also has a nice week ahead, facing two struggling teams on the road.

I also think Zack Greinke redeems himself this week…

The Rockies have a long home-stand and their starters should be avoided.

Starters To Target

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Reynaldo Lopez, Chicago White Sox

Coming off an 11 strikeout performance, I really liked what I say from Lopez. He also gets the Royals at home and after his complete-game domination of the Indians, I am rolling with him while he’s hot.

Ivan Nova, Chicago White Sox

I think Nova has the best two matchups of Week 23.  He takes on the Kansas City Royals at home and the Seattle Mariners on the road.  Granted, he hasn’t won in three straight starts.  However, before then he did win six-in-a-row and he does have the potential for two wins here.  The Royals and Mariners are awful and have shown that exceptionally well recently.  As a flyer, you could do worse.

Trevor Williams, Pittsburgh Pirates

He gets the Giants and Cubs on the road.  He has had three solid starts in a row and is going against teams with struggling offenses.  I’m rolling with him for Week 23.

Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds

He has been pitching well lately and putting up good peripheral numbers.  Set to take on the Diamondbacks on the road, though I like the matchups there.

Starters To Avoid

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Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies

He is a stud.  However, he struggled his last time out and he gets two tough opponents.  I know it’s tough to sit him, but I think it is a wise move.

Matt Boyd, Detroit Tigers

The Tigers stink. Period. Boyd has struggled with command lately and I don’t have a good feeling about the week ahead.

Kyle Hendricks/Jose Quintana/Cole Hamels, Chicago Cubs

What is going on with Cubs starters?  The team can’t give run support and the team has been struggling mightily over the past few weeks.  I’m proceeding with caution with my Cubs pitchers for this week, and you should too.

A Little Relief…

Check out what Junior Guerra has been doing lately. He has four saves+holds over the past couple of weeks with one win, and a K/9 over 10 over that span.  To add to that, he doesn’t have a day off until September 23rd and he gets plenty of favorable matchups along that stretch.  Add where you can!


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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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