2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Pitching Planner: First Week Awards

by Christopher T. Luft

Welcome back baseball fans to another edition of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Pitching Planner!

The team dynamic around major league baseball is shifting. The Minnesota Twins are the best team in baseball by percentage (23-12, .657). I repeat, the Minnesota Twins are the best team in baseball by percentage! What!?

The Boston Red Sox are 8-2 in their last 10 games, winning their last three series, most recently on the road. The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are also playing out of their mind over the last 10 games. Chicago is 9-1 (winning three in a row) and the Brew-Crew are 8-2, winning a league-best six in a row.

The Miami Marlins still stink. Same goes for the recent performance of the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, who are 2-8 over their last 10. Toronto has the longest losing streak in baseball at the moment, and have only scored three runs in their last four games.

Golden Rosin Bag Award

First and foremost, props go out to Mike Fiers for his no-hitter against the hot hitting (at the time) Cincinnati Reds. It took 131 pitches for his second no-hitter and second complete game of his 162 start career. He is my first Golden Rosin Bag winner!

My other Golden Rosin Bag this week goes to Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs. Over his last two starts, he has thrown 17 innings, while giving up just one run and striking out 10. He issued zero walks and gave up just one run over these two starts, both at home. Impressive showing.

My Golden Dip Spit award goes to Tyler Skaggs and Marcus Stroman. Both threw just over four innings this past week, each with an ERA over 9.00 and a WHIP over 2.10. Poor showings for guys that were off to a decent start for their respective clubs.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers For Week 7

PitcherStart 1Start 2
Jose Berrios, MINvs LAA@ SEA
Charlie Morton, TB@ MIA@ NYY
Aaron Nola, PHLvs MILvs COL
Shane Bieber, CLE@ CHWvs BAL
Mike Fiers, OAK@ SEA@ DET
Jack Flaherty, STL@ ATL@ TEX
Kyle Hendricks, CHC@ CIN@ WAS
Robbie Ray, ARIvs PITvs SF
Jon Gray, COL@ BOS@ PHI
Mike Foltynewicz, ATLvs STLvs MIL
Jake Odorizzi, MINvs LAA@ SEA
Joe Musgrove, PIT@ ARI@ SD
Tyler Skaggs, LAA@ MINvs KC
Sonny Gray, CINvs CHCvs LAD
Yusei Kikuchi, SEAvs OAKvs MIN
Brad Peacock, HOU@ DET@ BOS
Brandon Woodruff, MIL@ PHL@ ATL
Jerad Eickhoff, PHLvs MILvs COL
Kyle Gibson, MINvs LAA@ SEA
Wilmer Font, NYM@ WAS@ MIA
Reynaldo Lopez, CHWvs CLEvs TOR
Ryan Carpenter, DETvs HOUvs OAK
Danny Duffy, KCvs TEX@ LAA
Jonathan Loaisiga, NYYvs BALvs TB
Freddy Peralta, MIL@ PHL@ ATL
Trent Thornton, TOR@ SF@ CHW
Andrew Cashner, BAL@ NYY@ CLE
Jeremy Hellickson, WASvs NYMvs CHC
David Hess, BAL@ NYY@ CLE
Manny Banuelos, CHWvs CLEvs TOR
Shelby Miller, TEX@ KCvs STL
Nick Kingham, PIT@ ARI@ SD
Kyle Freeland, COL@ BOS@ PHL

I love Shane Bieber's matchups this week. He's a must-start for me in Week 7.

I'd also roll with Jonathan Loaisiga with two nice home starts, hopefully getting some players back from injury.

Pitchers to Stream Week 7

(Note: these pitchers are owned in less than 40% of Yahoo! leagues)

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Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox

He is slated next for Toronto at home. His ratios look like this:

11 K/9, 4.4 BB/9, 3.68 xFIP

Those walks sting a bit, but I have a good feeling about his next start.

Jordan Lyles, Pittsburgh Pirates

Lyles is slated to face San Diego on the road his next time out. He has a 29:12 strikeout to walk ratio at the moment, and I like this National League for Lyles.

Griffin Canning, Los Angeles Angels

He gets the Royals at home next. He has looked good in the strikeout department. While he might not go deep into games, he has upside and a good chance for a quality start.

Pablo Lopez, Miami Marlins

Pablo owns a 39:9 K:BB ratio. He has pitched well to start the season. He gets the Mets at home his next time out and I'm rolling with him.

Pitchers to Avoid Week 7

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Matt Strahm, San Diego Padres

Slated to face the Los Angles Dodgers next week on the road. Given his recent success, I know this is a tough call to make. The Dodgers have a +45 run differential and lead the major leagues with 25 wins.  I'm keeping Strahm on the pine for this one.

Sonny Gray, Cincinnati Reds

Gray will face both the Dodgers and Cubs next week at home. His strikeouts have been there, but his command is lacking. I haven't liked what Gray has done over his past few starts. I'm avoiding.

Jerad Eickhoff, Philadelphia Phillies

He has pitched well lately, don't get me wrong. He gets the likes of Milwaukee and Colorado in Week 7.  Both teams have been mashing and scoring runs in heavy bunches. I'd tread with caution for these starts.

Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox

I have not given Porcello much praise all season long.  He gets the Astros at home for his Week 7 matchup and I'm avoiding. He has been giving up the long ball to bad teams lately, though he has gotten his walks under control.  Still, I'm leaving him benched for Houston.


Some Relief Notes For The Week Ahead

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Look and see if Junior Guerra or Seth Lugo are available in your league.  They are both SP/RP eligible (for Yahoo! leagues), with good ratios, and a great source of saves + holds and wins lately. These extra players can pitch on several days during your matchup week and utilize all pitching roster spots. Cheers.

Want to see where these players rank at their position for the rest of the season? Take a look at the latest updated version of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings.



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