2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Pitching Planner

by Keith Lott
2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Pitching Planner

MLB Opening Day, it is finally here! That means it's time for the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Pitching Planner.

The season starts with Gerrit Cole making his New York Yankees debut on the road against Max Scherzer and the defending World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals. Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the ceremonial first pitch!

Game two features Clayton Kershaw Dustin May's Los Angeles Dodgers hosting Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants.

Over the course of the 60 game season, I will be dropping one of these each weekend to give Fantasy owners a head start for the upcoming week.

I will be looking at two-start pitching, hot/cold pitchers, streaming options and more.

We are not entirely sure how teams will treat this very unique season in regards to their starting pitching staffs and bullpens, including the National League introducing a DH!

I will do my best to share all the important news I come across, along with any trends we are starting to see.

We have all waited long enough for that first pitch, let's take the field!

2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Pitching Planner

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The Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals are the only two teams to play just eight games in Week 1 (July 23 - Aug 2).

The Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates play nine games.

Every other team plays 10 games.

The Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners start the season with 20 games in 20 days!

Two-Start Pitchers

With Week 1 being extended four days, and just about every team playing every day for 10 straight days, there will be multiple two-start pitchers. However, as of right now we do not know how most rotations are going to shake out.

Injury Updates

The New York Mets were already entering this season losing Zach Wheeler to the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency and Noah Syndergaard to Tommy John surgery. Now they will be without Marcus Stroman thanks to a torn calf muscle! Stroman is considered week-to-week.

After Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz the only certain things in the Mets rotation are Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha.

Anthony DeSclafani will miss his first start of the season due to a mild teres major strain. Tyler Mahle will likely pick up his start.

Opted Out

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David Price, Mike Leake and Felix Hernandez were some of the first starting pitchers to opt-out of the 2020 MLB season. More recently, Michael Kopech has decided he will not play this year, which means Gio Gonzalez is likely to be the fifth starter in the Chicago White Sox rotation.

Bookmark our Opt-Out Tracker!

Price opting out means Julio Urias, Ross Stripling and Dustin May (optioned to alternate camp) will get to start more games for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Merrill Kelly jumps back in the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation without Leake.

King Felix sitting this one out leaves an open battle for the final spot in the Atlanta Braves rotation with Cole Hamels still not ready. It looks like Kyle Wright is going to get another shot!

The Milwaukee Brewers rotation is a disaster but that means Corbin Burnes is back in the mix!

Jesus Luzardo tested positive for COVID-19 but should be ready to pitch in the first few games. He will start in the Oakland Athletics bullpen but has a chance to finish the season in the rotation.

Make sure you bookmark our COVID-19 Tracker!

This Call to the Pen...

Aroldis Chapman will miss the start of the season for the New York Yankees after testing positive for COVID-19. Zach Britton is expected to be the closer for the time being.

The Atlanta Braves Will Smith tested positive back in early July meaning Mark Melancon will close games to start the season.

Kyle Crick is likely to close games for the Pittsburgh Pirates until Keone Kela returns from the 10-day injury list.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Carlos Martinez will return to the starting rotation! Kwang-hyun Kim will get the first shot at closing games.

We will be updating our Closer Chart all season long...bookmark it!

Collin McHugh and Jordan Hicks have decided to opt-out of the 2020 MLB season. as well!

Prospect Portal

Brady Singer will start for the Kansas City Royals on Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. He was the 18th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Singer started 26 games last year, split between A and AA. Over 148.1 innings pitched, he owned a 2.85 ERA and struck out 138 batters while walking just 39.

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