2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Pitching Planner: Roll your R’s

by Christopher T. Luft
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Pitching Planner

Welcome back everyone, Week 3 is fast approaching. It is time to put away our busted brackets, give Virginia their credit, and dive into the third week of the fantasy baseball season.

So far, this season has been nothing short of interesting. At the time of writing this article, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Seattle, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles Dodgers are all in first place in their respective divisions. Seattle holds the best record in the major leagues at 11-2, scoring 104 runs in their first 13 games. Boston, Kansas City, Texas, Miami, Cincinnati, and Colorado are all at the bottom of their divisions, in a surprising start for many on both sides of the ball.

Detroit and Miami both have scored a league-low 33 runs, though Detroit is in first place and Miami, isn't. Ponder that for a second...

In terms of runs allowed so far, Tampa Bay has allowed a league-low 25 runs after 12 games. The Red Sox have been awful. They are (-28) in the run department and have allowed 79 runs while scoring only 51 after their first 12 games.

The Royals, Reds, Red Sox, and the Rockies are all 2-8 or worse over their last 10! All R's (Hence the title!)... The Royals have lost eight-strait, and the Rockies have lost their last five.  While the Angels and Astros have each won their last five...the longest streaks in the MLB at the moment.

What does this mean?

It is still early to tell which hot starts and cold streaks will continue, but I'd bet on "not many". As I mentioned before, baseball is a long season. Trips to the IL, trades, bad road trips, or the right player finding his groove at the right time, could change the mojo of the league right before our eyes. I will do my best to instill my thoughts to you about who I think has the best chance to get in the win column for the week.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers

First, let's look at our two-start pitchers this week. Remember, this information is as accurate as I can make it, the day I write it. I will try to post changes or injuries as they happen on Twitter later in the week. Without further ado

TeamProbable Two-StarterProbable Two-Starter
Arizona Diamondbacks R Ray*
@ ATL 4/16
@ CHC 4/21
Atlanta Braves K Gausman
@ ARI 4/16
@ CLE 4/21
Baltimore Orioles D Straily
@ BOS 4/15
vs MIN 4/20
D Bundy
@ TB 4/16
vs MIN 4/20
Boston Red Sox C Sale*
vs BAL 4/15
@ TB 4/20
N Eovaldi
vs @ NYY 4/16
@ TB 4/21
Chicago Cubs Y Darvish
@ MIA 4/15
vs ARI 4/20
J Quintana*
@ MIA 4/16
vs ARI 4/21
Chicago White Sox E Santana
vs KC 4/15
@ DET 4/20
R Lopez
vs KC 4/16
@ DET 4/21
Cincinnati Reds L Castillo
@ LAD 4/15
@ SD 4/20
T Mahle
@ LAD 4/16
@ SD 4/21
Cleveland Indians T Bauer
@ SEA 4/15
vs ATL 4/20
S Bieber
@ SEA 4/16
vs ATL 4/21
Colorado Rockies J Gray
@ SD 4/16
vs PHL 4/21
Detroit Tigers M Boyd*
vs PIT 4/16
vs CWS 4/21
Houston Astros C McHugh
@ OAK 4/16
@ TEX 4/21
Kansas City Royals J Lopez
@ CWS 4/16
@ NYY 4/21
Los Angeles Angels
M Harvey
@ TEX 4/15
vs SEA 4/20
F Pena
@ TEX 4/16
vs SEA 4/21
Los Angeles Dodgers K Maeda
vs CIN 4/16
@ MIL 4/21
Miami Marlins T Richards
vs CHC 4/15
vs WAS 4/20
P Lopez
vs CHC 4/16
vs WAS 4/21
Milwaukee Brewers F Peralta
vs STL 4/15
vs LAD 4/20
B Woodruff
vs STL 4/16
vs LAD 4/21
Minnesota Twins J Odorizzi
vs TOR 4/15
@ BAL 4/20
M Perez*
vs TOR 4/16
@ BAL 4/21
New York Mets N Syndergaard
@ PHL 4/15
@ STL 4/20
New York Yankees NONE confirmed
Oakland Athletics F Montas
vs HOU 4/16
vs TOR 4/21
Philadelphia Phillies A Nola
vs NYM 4/15
@ COL 4/20
N Pivetta
vs NYM 4/16
@ COL 4/21
Pittsburgh Pirates J Lyles
@ DET 4/16
vs SF 4/21
San Diego Padres N Margevicius*
vs COL 4/15
vs CIN 4/20
C Paddack
vs COL 4/16
vs CIN 4/21
San Francisco Giants D Rodriguez
@ WAS 4/16
@ PIT 4/21
Seattle Mariners Y Kikuchi*
vs CLE 4/15
@ LAA 4/20
M Leake
vs CLE 4/16
@ LAA 4/21
St. Louis Cardinals D Hudson
@ MIL 4/15
vs NYM 4/20
J Flaherty
@ MIL 4/16
vs NYM 4/21
Tampa Bay Rays C Morton
vs BAL 4/16
vs BOS 4/21
Texas Rangers M Minor*
vs LAA 4/15
vs HOU 4/20
L Lynn
vs LAA 4/15
vs HOU 4/20
Toronto Blue Jays M Shoemaker
@ MIN 4/15
@ OAK 4/20
A Sanchez
@ MIN 4/16
@ OAK 4/21
Washington Nationals S Strasburg
vs SF 4/16
@ MIA 4/21

Some names that jump out at me this week:
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Nick Margevicius* and Chris Paddack, San Diego

I like! They both have two starts at home against the Rockies and Reds. In fact, Margevicius is my favorite lefty two-start pitcher this week!

Ervin Santana and Reynaldo Lopez, Chicago White Sox

They both have two starts against division rival Royals and Tigers this week...very good matchups on paper for them.

Pitchers to Stream

These are pitchers with good numbers and matchups, owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.
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Max Fried*, Atlanta Braves (43% owned)

I like what I have seen from Fried so far. He gets Cleveland on the road, though he hasn't given up a run in the 2019 season. He has a 0.66 WHIP and nine strikeouts in 12 innings pitched.  I think the good times will roll.

Tyler Skaggs*, Los Angeles Angels (47% owned)

Skaggs, another lefty for you, carries a 1.09 WHIP and a 7/2 K/BB ratio to start the season. I like what I have seen from him so far, and if he can keep the balls in the park, I think he gets the win next week.

Eric Lauer*, San Diego Padres (28% owned)

Is this a lefty-montage? Lauer has shown streaks of solid control, though, he doesn't have striking stuff. He does get a good matchup at home for this one, and I have faith for a quality start.

Trent Thornton, Toronto Blue Jays (18% owned)

This is a deep league reach. Thornton is my only righty on this list and gets the Twins on the road.  He has a 0.66 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched.  I like the ratios at the very least, and his interesting delivery and good off-speed stuff should help.

Pitchers to Avoid

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Jose Quintana*, Chicago Cubs

I have not liked what I've seen so far. His first appearance was in relief at Texas and he gave up six hits and walked three over four innings of work.  His first true start of the year was at Milwaukee, where he gave up eight runs in three innings. Playing at the Marlins is enticing, but I don't trust what I have seen so far. Add to that an awful Cub's bullpen and I'm looking elsewhere this week.

*Update, his start on 4/11 was fantastic, but he is still a streaming option at best.

Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs

Similar situation here. Darvish is struggling with control and gave up three runs in four innings his last time out. Recently back from injury, Darvish needs to find his groove before I trust him again, even with the given matchups.

Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox

Porcello has a double-digit ERA to start the season, lasting less than five innings in his first two starts. With a 3.14 WHIP to go along with the 16 earned runs he has given up so far, I say NO to Porcello.

Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox

He holds an ERA over eight and cannot seem to find the zone as he did in the playoffs last year. He has two tough road matchups ahead and needs to show me something before I trust him. Avoid!

That should do it for this week. I will try to post with roster updates on Twitter as updates happen. Post @LuftCT with positive comments or questions.

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