2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Pitching Planner: Thank You All

by Christopher T. Luft
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Pitching Planner

6,106 and counting... This year is officially the year of the home run. 2019 showed us just how tightly strung baseballs of tomorrow will be as we just passed the record of 6,105 set in 2017.

Otherwise, around baseball, the playoff picture is mostly solidified.

  • At this very moment, every NL Central team is within some form of a win-streak.  No question, it has been the most competitive division in the National League.
  • The unfortunate loss of Christian Yelich hasn't stopped the Brewers from climbing into second place, and into a seven-game winning streak.
  • The Cardinals are holding onto a four-game lead in the division with a 71% chance of winning, at the moment.  The Los Angeles Dodgers are the only team in baseball to clinch the division, no surprise there.  The Atlanta Braves round out the National League division leaders, as they are holding onto an 8.5 game lead in the NL East.
  • The American League has the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Minnesota Twins atop their division's. The AL Central is the most competitive, with the Cleveland Indians only 3.5 games back.
  • The AL Wild Card has the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays atop, with the Indians just a half-game back.
  • The NL Wild Card has the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, and Milwaukee Brewers atop the leaderboard.  The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets are just two games back.

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

Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers

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

Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays

Golden Rosin Bag

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My final winner of the 2019 fantasy season is none other than Gerrit Cole, of the Houston Astros. In his last outing, he struck out 15 batters in eight innings of work. Wow.

He has 281 strikeouts on the season to go with 16 wins and a 2.73 ERA in the season of the home run. Well deserved and no stranger to this award.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Pitching Planner

PitcherStart Start
Stephen Strasburg, WAS @ STL@ MIA
Sonny Gray, CIN@ CHCvs NYM
Dallas Keuchel, ATLvs PHIvs SF
Dakota Hudson, STLvs WAS@ CHC
Cole Hamels, CHCvs CINvs STL
Miles Mikolas, STLvs WAS@ CHC
Yu Darvish, CHCvs CINvs STL
Robbie Ray, ARIvs MIA@ SD
Matthew Boyd, DET@ CLEvs CHW
Steven Matz, NYM@ COL@ CIN
Marco Gonzalez, SEA@ PIT@ BAL
Zach Plesac, CLEvs DETvs PHI
John Means, BAL@ DETvs SEA
Kyle Gibson, MINvs CHWvs KC
Reynaldo Lopez, CHW@ MIN@ DET
Zach Davies, MILvs SDvs PIT
Martin Perez, MINvs CHWvs KC
Nathan Eovaldi, BOSvs SF@ TB
Zach Eflin, PHI@ ATL@ CLE
Gio Gonzalez, MILvs SDvs PIT
Dylan Bundy, BALvs TOR vs SEA
Pablo Lopez, MIA@ ARIvs WAS
Luis Severino, NYYvs LAAvs TOR
Trent Thornton, TOR@ BAL@ NYY
Logan Webb, SF@ BOS@ ATL
Jorge Lopez, KC@ OAK@ MIN
Antonio Senzatela, CINvs NYM@ LAD
Glenn Sparkman, KC@ OAK@ MIN
Ronald Bolanos, SD@ MILvs ARI
Jose Suarez, LAA@ NYY@ HOU
Dario Agrazal, PITvs SEA@ MIL

Of this group, I like the direction that Yu Darvish is going in.  He takes on the Reds and St. Louis at home, and I have a good feeling that his success will continue.

Of these two-starters, it seems as though the poorer teams in baseball have better matchups (Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles).

I am starting Luis Severino in his return to the Yankees rotation, against the awful Angels and Toronto Blue Jays.

Pitchers to Stream

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John Means, Baltimore Orioles

I know, an Oriole.  He is the best pitcher in the rotation and he takes on the Tigers and Mariners in Week 24.  He had six strikeouts over six and a third innings against the Dodgers last week. While you may not find a win here, his stats should prove to be of use. I predict a couple of quality starts ahead.

Zach Davies, Milwaukee Brewers

Two home starts against struggling National League teams.  His strikeout totals won't win awards, but his control is there.  Stream away!

Reynaldo Lopez, Chicago White Sox

Talk about all over the place.  This guy goes from pitching a gem against good teams to being terrible against bad ones.  Week 24 has him on the road twice against division rivals.  I think he holds his own this week and throws two quality starts.  Just a hunch, but I like the strikeout potential and his ability to go deep into games.

Alex Young, Arizona Diamondbacks

Who? Most notably, he is the guy that went eight innings while striking out 12 in Cincinnati on September 7.  The Diamondbacks have surged lately and are showing some great run-support to go along with a relatively-stable bullpen (kind of). He takes on the Marlins at home next week, and I want all of that.

Pitchers to Avoid

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Lance Lynn, Texas Rangers

He hasn't won since August 2, 2019.  That's a long time.  His numbers are decent, but he gets the Astros on the road and I'm benching him and looking elsewhere for the rest of 2019.

Mike Soroka, Atlanta Braves

The Braves are good, don't get me wrong.  Soroka just hasn't been himself lately. He is set to take on Philadelphia, at home for Week 24, but I don't have a good feeling. He has given up five hits or more in his last five starts and at least two earned runs over that same span.  Call it a hunch, but I'd try to find stronger options.

Caleb Smith, Miami Marlins

The Marlins are about to go two full years without a 10-game winning pitcher.  That's terrible.  Smith is the best starter on their roster, but there's nothing to see here. Avoid.

A Little Relief...

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Drew Pomeranz.  Who?  Yes, that Drew Pomeranz for the Milwaukee Brewers. He has dual SP/RP eligibility and has been pitching well in relief.  Over the past 14 days, he has 6.1IP, 17.05 K/9, and five saves + holds for his team who is amidst a seven-game winning streak.  I like these fighting Brewers down the stretch, and Pomeranz can provide you some stat cushion down the stretch.


Thank you all for your attention this year.  It has been a pleasure writing for you.  May you all win your fantasy leagues and embed yourself into fantasy baseball glory!

Follow me @LuftCT.

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