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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Pitching Planner: Smooth Sale-ing

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Welcome back baseball fans to another edition of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Pitching Planner!

It’s me, Keith Lott, filling in for Chris Luft this week.

The Houston Astros are winners of eight in a row and now have a league-best +89 run differential! They just swept the Detroit Tigers in a three-game series after taking a four-game set from the Texas Rangers and winning two of three against the Kansas City Royals and a winning both games in a two-game set with the Los Angeles Angels. The last team to win a series vs the Astros was the Minnesota Twins, who took three out of four at home vs Houston back when the calendar flipped from April to May.


On the other end of the spectrum, you have the Miami Marlins who are 2-8 in their last 10. They also own the worst run differential in the MLB at -94.

The league average is 203 runs scored while the median 213. The Marlins have managed to score just 113 runs, 2.66 runs per game! The next team going up the list, from bottom to top, is the Detroit Tigers at 145 runs scored (3.37/gm)!

The average, without Miami, is 206 runs scored, 215 median.

Miami’s starting pitching has been fine.

Golden Rosin Bag Award

Continuing Chris’ weekly awards, I give the Golden Rosin Bag to Chris Sale. Welcome back, my friend. We have been waiting all season for this version of you to show up! Not only did he strike out 17 Rockies in his last start, but he has racked up 41 strikeouts and walked just one batter in his last three (21 IP).

My Golden Dip Spit award goes to Erik Swanson who surrendered four home runs in three innings to the Minnesota Twins. Yeah, he is a rookie and they are the best team in baseball, but four home runs?! C’mon Man!

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers For Week 8

PitcherStart 1Start 2
Justin Verlander, DetCHWBOS
Caleb Smith, MIA@DET@WSH
Patrick Corbin, WAS@NYMMIA
Carlos Carrasco, CLEOAKTBR
German Marquez, COL@PITBAL
Luke Weaver, ARI@SDP@SFG
Domingo German, NYY@BAL@KCR
Mike Soroka, ATL@SFG@STL
Zack Wheeler, NYMWSHDET
Trevor Bauer, CLEOAKTBR
Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS@TOR@HOU
Marcus Stroman, TORBOSSDP
Mike Minor, TEXSEA@LAA
Jose Quintana, CHCPHICIN
Matt Strahm, SDARI@TOR
Jake Odorizzi, MIN@LAACHW
Zach Eflin, PHI@CHC@MIL
Spencer Turnbull, DETMIA@NYM
Julio Teheran, ATL@SFG@STL
Jake Arrieta, PHI@CHC@MIL
J.A. Happ, NYY@BAL@KCR
Chris Archer, PITCOLLAD
Yu Darvish, CHCPHICIN
Michael Wacha, STLBOSATL
Mike Leake, SEA@TEX@OAK
Brett Anderson, OAK@CLE  SEA
Andrew Cashner, BALNYY@COL
David Hess, BALNYY@COL
Drew Smyly, TEXSEA@LAA
Dylan Covey, CHW@HOU@MIN
Edwin Jackson, TORBOSSDP
Manny Banuelos, CHW@HOU@MIN
Shaun Anderson, SFATLARI
Wilmer Font, NYMWSHDET

Despite two road starts Caleb Smith, Luke Weaver, Domingo German and Mike Soroka should continue to pitch well this week.

If Tigers Spencer Turnbull was dropped after that blowout loss, pick him up. Two starts against the Marlins and Mets in Week 8!

Pitchers to Stream Week 8

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

Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins

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Gibson gets a home start against a division rival, the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, May 25th. He will get a start in Seattle against the Mariners before his one Week 8 start, but Gibson has been pitching well this season. He owns a 3.40 xFIP, 3.76 SIERA and a 17.3 K-BB%.

The White Sox rank in the bottom third in team wOBA (not including pitchers) and they have been even worse over the last two weeks.

Wade Miley, Houston Astros

Another start against the Chicago White Sox and Manny Banuelos, this one is on Monday, May 20th. Miley has done a masterful job keeping hitters off the bases pitching to a 1.15 WHIP in 51.1 innings pitched. That has helped keep his ERA down despite allowing a home run in seven of his nine starts.

The White Sox are top 5 (worst) in K% and bottom 5 (worst) in BB%.

The Astros swapped Miley and Brad Peacock and Miley ended up pitching on Sunday and is no longer a two-start option in Week 8.

I would avoid Miley in his start at home against the Boston Red Sox.

Pablo Lopez, Miami Marlins

If there was ever a time to stream a pitcher against the Washington Nationals, the time is now. The New York Mets just torched Lopez for 10 runs, all earned, but it was just the second game this season he allowed a home run.

Pablo has pitched to a 3.78 SIERA this season and his FIP and xFIP are just about even at 3.82.

Lopez will get a rematch with the Mets on Saturday, but this time at home in Miami. If he can rebound from his worst performance of the year, give him a go against the Nationals on Friday, May 24th.

Pitchers to Avoid Week 8

Sonny Gray, Cincinnati Reds

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Gray has surrendered 3+ earned runs in five of his last six starts and it’s never a great idea to start a mediocre pitcher against the Brewers, especially at Miller Park.

Sonny Gray and Kyle Gibson have produced very similar numbers this season but when streaming you have to pick the right matchup. It’s actually scary how similar they have pitched and a great example of why counting wins in Fantasy Baseball needs to go away.

Gray is 0-4 while Gibson is 4-1.

NameERAWHIPFIPxFIPSIERAK-BB%
Kyle Gibson4.261.223.853.403.7617.3%
Sonny Gray4.301.183.273.493.7917.5%

Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds

Like Gray, DeSclafani has pitched well (18.8% K-BB%) and a twitter poll shows that Fantasy owners are holding onto him. However, his last three starts, two against the San Francisco Giants, one vs the Los Angeles Dodgers, were not great and the Chicago Cubs, at home, are always a cause for concern.


John Means, Baltimore Orioles

Means has done a nice job as a starter, but a game at Coors Fields on Friday, May 24th,  against a surging Colorado Rockies, is never good for a streamer-type pitcher.


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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