2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Pitching Planner: A Little Relief

by Christopher T. Luft
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Pitching Planner

Welcome back fans. I have been with family over the past week or so, but I'm back now to bring you more baseball fun. I am writing this 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Pitching Planner article early in the week, with a lot going on this weekend, so please bear with me.

As always, we will begin with team trends around the league to see which teams have been hot...and which have not:

The Oakland Athletics have the longest winning streak in the majors at six games at the moment. Over that stretch, they didn't score less than four runs in a contest.

The Detroit Tigers have the longest losing streak in the majors at seven-in-a-row. Over that span, they haven't scored more than four runs in a game. In fact, you have to go back 12 games to a game where they put up more than four runs.

At the moment, Tampa Bay as a team has the best ERA in the majors (3.05).  Can you guess the worst? Yup, the team that's given up a gazillion home runs already, the Baltimore Orioles (5.74).  They are also second to last in strikeouts as a team with 364.  The Boston Red Sox have the league lead in strikeouts as a team at 479.

The New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and the Philadelphia Phillies are all leading their respective divisions at the moment.  I am surprised to see how competitive the NL Central has been so far; each team with a hot streak of their own to start the year.

Run differential is another category I like to look at, as the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros are both over +80.  In fact, the Twins have scored the most runs in the majors at 273!  The bottom of the barrel for run differential is, of course, the Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, and the Baltimore Orioles (-105 !!!).  The Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins have scored the least amount of runs to this point, at 150 and 123 respectively. Yikes!!!

Golden Rosin Bag Awards

This week I would like to give a shout out to two pitchers who deserve the golden rosin bag (I'm only giving positive vibes this week).

1) Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

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He has done quite well over the past seven days throwing 15 innings with two wins, 21 strikeouts, with just three walks.  Granted, these performances came against the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, but give credit where credit is due.

2) Mike Soroka, Atlanta Braves

I actually got to see Soroka's win against the Cardinals this past week.  It was a dominant seven-inning performance of three-hit baseball.  Soroka struck out seven in his last start in San Francisco, lasting eight innings allowing two hits and zero walks. Very impressive.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers Week 9

PitcherStart OneStart Two
Max Scherzer, WASvs MIA@ CIN
Gerrit Cole, HOUvs CHC@ OAK
Zack Greinke, ARI@ COLvs NYM
Jacob deGrom, NYM@LAD @ ARI
Stephen Strasburg, WAS@ ATL@ CIN
Blake Snell, TBvs TOR vs MIN
Luis Castillo, CINvs PITvs WAS
Cole Hamels, CHC@ HOU@ STL
Masahiro Tanaka, NYYvs SDvs BOS
Jordan Lyles, PIT@ CINvs MIL
Rick Porcello, BOSvs CLE@ NYY
Rich Hill, LADvs NYMvs PHI
Marco Gonzales, SEAvs TEXvs LAA
Matt Strahm, SD@ NYYvs MIA
Chris Bassitt, OAKvs LAAvs HOU
Jon Gray, COLvs ARIvs TOR
Gio Gonzalez, MIL@ MIN@ PIT
Lucas Giolito, CHWvs KCvs CLE
Michael Wacha, STL@ PHIvs CHC
Sonny Gray, CINvs PITvs WAS
CC Sabathia, NYYvs SDvs BOS
Steven Matz, NYM@ LAD@ ARI
Brad Keller, KC@ CHW@ TEX
Lance Lynn, TEX@ SEAvs KC
Michael Pineda, MINvs MIL@ TB
Jeff Samardzija, SF@ MIA@ BAL
Jefry Rodriguez, CLE@ BOS@ CHW
Merrill Kelly, ARI@ COLvs NYM
Aaron Sanchez, TOR@ TB@ COL
Cole Irvin, PHLvs STL@ LAD
Trevor Richards, MIAvs SF@ SD
Jose Urena, MIA@ WAS@ SD
Homer Bailey, KC@ CHW@ TEX
Matt Harvey, LAA@ OAK@ SEA
Daniel Norris, DET@ BAL@ ATL
Antonio Senzatela, COLvs ARIvs TOR
Adam Plutko, CLE@ BOS@ CHW
Trevor Cahill, LAA@ OAK@ SEA
Ivan Nova, CHWvs KCvs CLE
Dan Straily, BALvs DETvs SF
Adrian Sampson, TEX@ SEAvs KC

I really love the starts for Jeff Samardzija in Week 9... way more than trying to spell his name. He gets two road starts, but they are against the Marlins and Orioles.  I'd start with confidence.

Another guy I am starting twice this week is Lucas Giolito. He gets two divisional opponents and has pitched very well recently.  Yup and yup.

Pitchers to Stream Week 9

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

Pablo Lopez, Miami Marlins

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Huh?  Chris didn't you just get finished telling us how much the Marlins stink?!?  Yes, friend, I did. I will say I really liked what I saw from him in his last start.  He has streaks of brilliance this year and I think he is vastly under-owned.  He will get the Giants at home in Week 9, and I'll be starting him.

Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins

Set to face the Tampa Bay Rays on the road, on my birthday (5/31). Gibson has 51 strikeouts in 50 innings and the Twins can score runs, as we have mentioned. This start is a hunch more than anything, but I'm predicting a win here.

Lance Lynn, Texas Rangers

Set to take on @ SEA and vs KC for Week 9. The Rangers are in the midst of a four-game win streak, hitting well over the past week. Lynn is coming off a great performance against Seattle, striking out 11 and getting his fourth quality start in his last five outings. Ride the wave!

Tyler Mahle, Cincinnati Reds

Will take on Washington, at home. He has only two home starts during the 2019 season, and has only given up one earned run over 11 IP in them. I like what I have seen from Mahle lately and am hopeful his team can put runs on the board to help his winning chances.

Pitchers to Avoid Week 9

Chris Archer, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Coming off four losses in a row, Archer has not been the same guy. He is set to face the Milwaukee Brewers in Week 9.  I'm leaving him on the bench for that one until he proves something.

Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals

Set to take on @ PHL and vs CHC. Both teams have been crushing the ball lately and finding their strides in the win column.  I'm avoiding the Cardinals starters for Week 9, Wacha included.

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays

After his six walk performance against Boston, he found a way to get the win. That won't happen again.  I've noticed that Toronto usually fails to score runs during Stroman's starts for some reason, and he gets Colorado at Coors in Week 9. Whole 'lotta nope for that one.

Zach Eflin, Philadelphia Phillies

Set to take on the Dodgers on the road in Week 9. I didn't like what I saw from his inability to miss bats over his last several starts. Yahoo! has him as a sell-high candidate, and I can't say I don't agree.

A Little Relief...

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Sean Newcomb for the Atlanta Braves has dual eligibility for SP/RP and is pitching well in late situations.  He's been on a lot of league's radars, and for good reason. If you have room, remember to consider having guys in relief roles fill in roster spots that otherwise wouldn't be used for the day. They are excellent potential sources of all pitching categories, though slightly more attractive in saves + holds leagues. Diego Castillo and Junior Guerra are also guys I recommend.


That's all for this week.  Thank you again for the read.  Find me @LuftCT

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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