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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Holds Targets: The Battle of The Reds and Pirates


In this week’s edition of 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Holds Targets, find out which pitchers are the best streaming options and the one matchup that should produce holds for each team.

First off, I want to apologize for not having an article for Week 8. I had some internet issues thanks to a particular cable company that will remain nameless, so I can’t be sued.

I know my one fan (hey Dad) missed reading my earth-shattering wisdom on pretend baseball. No need to worry I’m back and ready to go.

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Holds Targets

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Tommy Kahnle, New York Yankees

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Even though most of the Yankees’ roster is on the IL, its bullpen has a log jam of effective pitching.

Tommy Kahnle has been a useful option for the Yankees, and he’ll be a sneaky option for Fantasy owners.

Kahnle has a 1.80 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 2.75 FIP. What more could you want? He doesn’t give up a lot of hits, and he doesn’t walk batters.

The Yankees will need that kind of consistency when they face their arch rival the Red Sox. Boston is loaded with left-handed hitters, and the Yankees can’t rely solely on Zack Britton to get the lefties out; they’ll need some extra help, and Kahnle has been terrific against lefties.

Against lefties, Kahnle has a 2.00 FIP and an 18.39 K/9 rate, which is higher than Britton’s K/9 rate (12.46). Left-Handed batters have a .208 wOBA when facing Kahnle.

He is a must-start in the matchup against Boston, and don’t be surprised if he gets a hold in the San Diego matchup too.

Andrew Chafin, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Not only should Chafin be started because he’s a fantastic pitcher, but because he is an enigma. He’s 28 years old but looks like he is a 50-year-old who is one or two pitches away from retirement. He also looks like one of the bad guys from Roadhouse and should be started based on that alone.

All jokes aside, Chafin is doing great things for the Dbacks. His swing-and-miss rate (17.9) is impressive, and his 2.22 FIP in high leverage situations, shows he can shut down a team from scoring.

Here’s a stat that will show how legit Chafin is as a shutout pitcher, he has inherited 21 runners-on-base, and only one runner has scored.

Chafin’s WHIP (1.34) is a concern, but rest assured he won’t let them score and will be able to record the hold.

Chafin also gets the lefty specialist usage bump since Arizona will be facing Colorado, who has five lefties in its starting lineup.

Amir Garrett, Cincinnati Reds

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The Cincinnati and Pittsburgh duel should produce Fantasy owners with plenty of hold opportunities. Amir Garrett will be the weapon the Reds use to steal wins from their division rival.

Garrett controls batters when he is on the mound. He has a 1.33 ERA, 2.14 FIP, and in high leverage conditions, his FIP is 0.62. His command is deniable.

This lefty pitcher controls batters from both sides. Lefties have a .259 wOBA against Garrett and righties have a .231 wOBA.

Unlike his teammate Robert Stephenson, Garrett doesn’t have a tremendous swing-and-miss rate(11.6), but Garrett has struck nine batters in his last three games.

Quickly, ride this strikeout streak before it’s too late.

Kyle Crick, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Crick will be the Pirate pitcher who will be on the receiving end of some hold opportunities in their matchup against the Reds.

Crick’s stat line is excellent, but for some reason, I felt it lacked some pizzazz, 2.51 ERA, 3.01 FIP, 0.91 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts. It wasn’t until I looked at his away stats, I found the pizzazz that made Crick a valuable streaming option in Week 9.

He has faced 28 batters in away games and allowed only two hits and zero earned runs. That’s kind of pitcher the Pirates will want in a tough divisional game.

Crick’s dominance on the road makes him a must-start against the Reds, but sit him in their matchup against Milwaukee.

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About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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