2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Pitching Planner: Home of the Brave

by Christopher T. Luft
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Pitching Planner

Greetings baseball fans and welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Pitching Planner! Week 5 is fast approaching as pitchers and teams are finding their groove with warmer weather on the horizon.

I wanted to mention to my readers that due to my work schedule, I write my articles a bit early in the week, so I apologize for that. I will try to update or tweet on any information I can provide you to make informed starter decisions as I learn them. Thank you all for understanding.  Now, let's take a look at how certain teams have performed lately:

The Yankees have a six-game winning streak, scoring less than five runs only twice over the past week. St. Louis has a five-game winning streak of their own and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. On the flip side, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee have four-game losing streaks and are the only teams in their division with a minus run differential. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, and New York Yankees are all 8-2 over their last 10, good for best in the league. So far this season, the Astros have the best record against left-handed pitching at 6-1, and the St. Louis Cardinals have the best record against right-handed pitching at 13-7.

The Los Angeles Angels have done the worst over the last 10 games, posting an awful 1-9 record.  Another horrible team is the Miami Marlins, who post the league-worst run differential of -49 for the season.

Justin Verlander and Luke Weaver have been brilliant over the past seven days.  Both have two wins, throwing over 11 innings combined in their last two starts. Zack Wheeler and Kyle Hendricks both got the win while posting a K/9 of 14.14 and did not allow a run over seven innings of work. Gerrit Cole stunk up his last start, going just over four innings with an ERA over 16 and the loss on the road to Texas.

Now, let's take a look at what's in store for the week ahead.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers

Starting PitcherStart OneStart Two
Justin Verlander, HOU@ MIN@ LAA
Patrick Corbin, WASvs STL@ PHI
Trevor Bauer, CLE@ MIAvs SEA
German Marquez, COL@ MILvs ARI
Walker Buehler, LAD@ SF@ SD
Luis Castillo, CIN@ NYMvs SF
Zack Wheeler, NYMvs CIN @ MIL
Frankie Montas, OAK@ BOS@ PIT
Chris Paddack, SD@ ATLvs LAD
Eduardo Rodriguez*, BOSvs OAK@ CHW
Jhoulys Chacin, MILvs COLvs NYM
Julio Teheran, ATLvs SD @ MIA
Blake Snell*, TB@ KC@ BAL
Mike Soroka, ATLvs SD@ MIA
Nick Margevicius*, SD@ ATLvs LAD
Michael Pineda, MINvs HOU@ NYY
Jeff Samardzija, SFvs LAD@ CIN
Jake Odorizzi, MINvs HOU@ NYY
Anibal Sanchez, WASvs STL@ PHI
Tanner Roark, CIN@ NYMvs SF
Jake Junis, KCvs TB@ DET
Adam Wainwright, STL@ WAS@ CHC
Trent Thornton, TOR@ LAA@ TEX
David Hess, BAL@ CHWvs TB
Jason Vargas*, NYMvs CIN@ MIL
Hector Velazquez, BOSvs OAK@ CHW
Ervin Santana, CHWvs BALvs BOS
Daniel Ponce De Leon, STL@ WAS@ CHC
Chad Bettis, COL@ MILvs ARI
Ivan Nova, CHWvs BALvs BOS

Quick Notes

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I look for Justin Verlander to roll in his next two starts. Easy must-start in my opinion.

I like both Atlanta Brave starters (Teheran and Soroka) here to do well vs SD and @ MIA.  Start with confidence.

One thing I took away from this lineup was the amount of away starts each two-start pitcher has. Only Ervin Santana, Ivan Nova, and Jhoulys Chacin have both starts at home. With the way both the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles have been playing, I'm not too confident in any of the three. All three have an ERA over 6.00 and WHIP over 1.40.  Avoid.

Pitchers to Stream for Week 5

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Chris Bassitt, Oakland Athletics

Bassitt faces Pittsburgh on the road in his Week 5 start, a team that has scored over three runs just once over the past 14 games. He allowed zero runs while striking out seven in his last start on April 22. I'd roll with him to keep the trend going.

Lance Lynn, Texas Rangers

This is a bit of a stretch but Lynn faces Seattle on the road, a team that is under .500 at home. Lynn is coming off a poor start at Oakland, though his two starts prior were quality, and he has only given up three home runs over his last five starts. Lynn won't give you much in terms of ratios, but I have a good feeling for a win in Week 5.

Dereck Rodriguez, San Francisco Giants

He is set to face the Reds on the road in Week 5. Rodriguez has solid control, walking only five batters over 28 innings. He has decent strikeout potential and faces a team that is currently 7-12 against right-handed pitching this season.

Pitchers to Avoid for Week 5

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Miles Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals

Mikolas gets Washington on the road on May 3. He has never been a guy to rack up strikeouts and lefties have his number this year, allowing a .294 BAA. He will hurt your ratios as he's walked a batter and given up an earned run in every start this season. You can do better.

Dakota Hudson, St. Louis Cardinals

There was a lot of hype around Hudson at the start of the year. He hasn't put together a start with less than five hits, has allowed a walk in every appearance, and never lasts more than five innings of work. He has appeared in relief this season, getting a save, but he is too variable to be trusted.

Jason Vargas, New York Mets

It goes without saying at this point, but he is not good. His only win came on his first appearance and he has allowed an earned run in every appearance so far. Drop with more confidence and move on.

Zack Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks

Godley has been poor to start the season. His only win came at home, though his relief pitchers gave up over four runs after his departure. He doesn't throw enough strikes at this point in the season for me to trust him this week. I'd wait and see if he can develop his off-speed pitches and last deeper into games before I put him out there with confidence.


Helpful tip: Look to see what players have starting pitcher eligibility that has racked up some saves over the past couple of weeks.  This is more pertinent to those in saves + hold leagues, but those pitchers can add to your ratios while taking up an "SP" slot that may not be used that day.

Hopefully, that helps.  That's all for this week.  Remember to follow me on Twitter @LuftCT.  Until next week!

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