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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner: Golden Rosin Bags

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Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner.

This has been a pretty cool week, to say the least. Thor became the seventh pitcher all-time to hit the game-winning home run and throw a shutout in the same game. Bob Welch was the last to do it in 1983 for the Dodgers.  Hat’s off to Noah Syndergaard for this fine accomplishment.

The St. Louis Cardinals are currently the best team in baseball. The usual Marlins, Royals, and Orioles are at the bottom of the league, each with over 20 losses. The Orioles are on pace to give up close to 700 home runs in 2019, and should generally be ashamed of themselves.


Team pitching staff strikeout leaders so far in 2019:

  1. Boston Red Sox (293)
  2. Tampa Bay Rays (291)
  3. New York Mets (289)
  4. Houston Astros (288)
  5. Washington Nationals (288)

Golden Rosin Bag Award

I’m going to create an award.  It’s called the “Golden Rosin Bag.” I will give this out each week to the pitchers that stand out to me for their fantastic Fantasy glory. If there is a pitcher for the week that really just sucks that I want to draw your attention to, I’ll call those players the “Golden Dip Spitters.”

There are two Golden Rosin Bag winners this week. They are Zack Greinke and Gerrit Cole. Greinke went seven-plus innings in his last two starts, with two wins, and walking just two batters total. Cole also went seven in each of his two last starts, with 22 total strikeouts combined. Impressive stuff and exciting to see the command come together for these guys.

The St. Louis Cardinals have the longest winning streak currently, at five in a row. The Oakland A’s have the longest losing streak at six in a row. The Baltimore Orioles have the worse run differential in the league at -64 and the Tampa Bay Rays (what!?!) have the best-run differential in the league at +42.  At the moment, the Tampa Bay Rays have the best team ERA at 3.14, the Orioles (Golden Dip Spit worthy) have the worst at 5.89.  Interesting, but not surprising.

Note: A (*) denotes a left-handed pitcher.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers For Week 6

Two-Start PitcherStart 1 Start 2
Blake Snell*, TBvs ARIvs NYY
Gerrit Cole, HOUvs KCvs TEX
Walker Buehler, LADvs ATLvs WAS
Cole Hamels*, CHCvs MIAvs MIL
Charlie Morton, TBvs ARIvs NYY
Hyun-Jin Ryu*, LADvs ATLvs WASH
Marco Gonzales*, SEA@ NYY@ BOS
Masahiro Tanaka, NYYvs SEA@ TB
Mike Minor*, TEX@ PIT@ HOU
Caleb Smith*, MIA@ CHC@ NYM
Madison Bumgarner*, SF@ COLvs CIN
Marcus Stroman, TORvs MINvs CWS
Jon Lester*, CHCvs MIAvs MIL
Miles Mikolas, STLvs PHLvs PIT
Robby Ray, ARI@ TBvs ATL
Vince Velasquez, PHI@ STL@ KC
Carlos Rodon*, CHW@ CLE@ TOR
Jordan Lyles, PITvs TEX@ STL
Jake Junis, KC@ HOUvs PHI
Aaron Sanchez, TORvs MINvs CHW
Griffin Canning, LAA@ DET@ BAL
CC Sabathia*, NYYvs SEA@ TB
Merrill Kelly, ARI@ TBvs ATL
Drew Pomeranz*, SF@ CINvs CIN
Felix Hernandez, SEA@ NY@ BOS
Dakota Hudson, STLvs PHLvs PIT
Ivan Nova, CHW@ CLE@ TOR
Sandy Alcantara, MIA@ CHC@ NYM
Antonio Senzatela, COLvs SFvs SD
Aaron Brooks, OAKvs CINvs CLE
Daniel Norris*, DETvs LAA@ MIN
David Hess, BALvs BOSvs LAA
Shelby Miller, TEX@ PIT@ HOU
Jose Berrios, MIN@ TORvs DET
Stephen Strasburg, WAS@ MIL@ LAD
Max Scherzer, WAS@ MIL@ LAD
Jacob deGrom, NYM@ SDvs MIA
Max Fried*, ATL@ LAD@ ARI
Mike Foltynewicz, ATL@ LAD@ ARI
Tyler Mahle, CIN@ OAK@ SF

Quick Notes

As we had a lot of road starts last week, this week we have a lot of dual home starters. I obviously like targeting struggling teams and teams that have poor home or away records depending on the situation.

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The Dodgers two-start pitchers have good match-ups at home this week, I’d roll with them.

I like what I have seen from Griffin Canning so far.  He draws two road starts, but I like his changes against both the Tigers and Orioles.

I go over a couple to avoid a little later…

Pitchers to Stream for Week 6

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Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals

Owned in less than 30% of Yahoo! leagues, Wacha is coming off two consecutive wins, both on the road. He is slated to face Pittsburgh in Week 6, a team that has been struggling to score runs lately. Wacha seems to find himself dealing with one bad inning per start while dominating the rest of the game.  I predict a good start from the Iowa City native.

Matt Strahm*, San Diego Padres

Coming off a dominating performance in Atlanta, Strahm has been the talk of the waiver wire.  He has gone four straight starts without issuing a walk and his peripheral numbers look good. He is set to face the Mets in Week 6, and I like him as a flyer for that NL battle.

Jake Odorizzi, Minnesota Twins

Scheduled to face Detroit on Friday, Odorizzi is coming off three straight wins. The Twins are 7-3 over their last 10 and he has over one strikeout per inning pitched so far this season. He has allowed the fewest hits of the Twins starters and I predict that trend to continue.

Hector Velazquez, Boston Red Sox

This is a deep league reach. Honestly, when I saw the team strikeout totals I wasn’t surprised. Given the fact that almost half of the pitchers for the Red Sox have a K/9 over 10, their record does not truly reflect their performance. Velazquez is projected to get the Orioles his next time out on the road and he’s worth the flyer.

Pitchers to Avoid for Week 6

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Marco Gonzales*, Seattle Mariners

He gets the Yankees and Red Sox, both on the road. The Mariners have been good on the road, but both of his opponents have been warming up over the past week. You could do worse, but these are two tough tests for Gonzales.

Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates

I was surprised to see that Taillon has allowed at least five hits in his last few starts. He has no more than five strikeouts in any game this season and hasn’t really lived up to the hype quite yet. He will face Texas in his next start, a team that has the ability to put together runs in bunches. If you have other options, I’d give them a close look.

Antonio Senzatela, Colorado Rockies

Both home starts for Senzatela this week while facing the aces of the Giants and Padres. This one’s a no-brainer in my opinion … avoid.

Jake Junis, Kansas City Royals

The Royals stink. Granted, Junis is coming off two consecutive wins, both against Tampa Bay, but wait.  He gets Houston on the road in Week 6 and his ratios are nothing to get excited about. The team stinks too. Look elsewhere.

Another note I want to bring attention to on the way out today…

Save Opportunities in 2019


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  1. San Diego Padres (19)
  2. Seattle Mariners (18)
  3. Detroit Tigers (17)
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates (17)
  5. St. Louis Cardinals (17)

Remember. You can help yourself and your stat lines by having multiple relief pitchers fill your general pitching spots. They help your peripheral ratios and may rack up some saves/holds and even wins as an added bonus.

As I mentioned before, in saves + holds leagues I search “SP” and try to see which are dual eligible “RP.” From there, I look at who has gotten a good amount of saves + holds over the past couple of weeks and how good their ratios are on top. These plug-in guys may pitch daily and give you a bunch of categories in a roster spot you otherwise would not have occupied.

I hope this helps.

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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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2 Comments

  1. Diamond Dave

    May 4, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Chris, the * after certain names is for what***?

    • Joe

      May 5, 2019 at 11:51 am

      Sorry, the note was left out by accident that explains this. The * means left-handed pitcher.

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