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2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Pitching Planner (Aug 3 – Aug 9)

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Wow, Week 1 will never be forgotten! In the first 10 days, Fantasy owners have already had to figure how to replace starts from Stephen Strasburg, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Corey Kluber, Marcus Stroman, Jake Odorizzi, Anthony DeSclafani and the Miami Marlins rotation! But the past is the past and it is time to look ahead with the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Pitching Planner.

If the Marlins are allowed to return to play in Week 2, they play the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. Aaron Nola and Jacob deGrom could lose a start if games continue to get postponed so make sure you stay up to date on breaking news!

The St. Louis Cardinals have had seven players test positive for COVID-19. Their series with the Detroit Tigers has been postponed.

The Cardinals will not play again until Friday against the Chicago Cubs. Detroit will be in Pittsburgh on Friday playing the Pirates.

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

2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Pitching Planner (Aug 3 – Aug 9)

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The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are set to play just five games

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays play six times in Week 2.

The New York Yankees will play eight games, thanks to a Saturday doubleheader with the Rays.

The Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles will play a doubleheader between Tuesday and Thursday, but that date has yet to be announced.

Every other team plays every day this week.

Pitcher of the Week

Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians

Over 14 innings pitched, Bieber has racked up 27 strikeouts with just one walk issued, while shutting out the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins. He allowed just seven hits leading to a 0.57 WHIP and a .146 BAA.

Two-Start Pitchers

PitcherTeamOpp 1Opp 2Y! Own
Chris PaddackSDvs LADvs ARI99%
Gerrit ColeNYYvs PHI@ TB99%
Jacob deGromNYM@ ATLvs MIA99%
Shane BieberCLE@ CIN@ CWS99%
Walker BuehlerLAD@ SDvs SF99%
Lucas GiolitoCWS@ MILvs CLE98%
Kyle HendricksCHCvs KC@ STL95%
Frankie MontasOAKvs TEXvs HOU93%
Madison BumgarnerARIvs HOU@ SD92%
Max FriedATLvs TOR@ PHI90%
German MarquezCOLvs SF@ SEA80%
Joe MusgrovePIT@ MINvs DET71%
Rich HillMINvs PIT@ KC71%
Zach PlesacCLE@ CIN@ CHW55%
J.A. HappNYYvs PHI@ TB36%
Johnny CuetoSF@ COL@ LAD34%
Brady SingerKC@ CHCvs MIN31%
Jordan MontgomeryNYY@ BAL@ TB25%
Freddy PeraltaMILvs CHWvs CIN14%
Danny DuffyKC@ CHCvs MIN9%
Kyle GibsonTEX@ OAKvs LAA8%
Justus SheffieldSEAvs OAKvs COL6%
Alec MillsCHCvs KC@ STL4%
Kevin GausmanSF@ COL@ LAD4%
Framber ValdezHOU@ ARI@ OAK2%
Tyler MahleCINvs CLE@ MIL2%
Daniel MengdenOAK@ SEAvs HOU1%
Derek HollandPIT@ MINvs DET1%

Streaming Services

Every week I will pull team data from FanGraphs to see which offenses are having the hardest time making good contact and scoring runs. I will then match those teams up with all probable starting pitchers that are less than 60% owned in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball leagues.

DateSPH/ATeamOppOwn
MonZach PlesacACLE@CIN55%
MonJustus SheffieldHSEAOAK6%
MonDerek HollandAPIT@MIN1%
MonDaniel MengdenAOAK@SEA1%
TueKyle GibsonATEX@OAK8%
TueFramber ValdezAHOU@ARI2%
TueTyler MahleHCINCLE2%
TueCristian JavierAHOU@ARI46%
FriJon LesterACHC@CLE56%
TueJohn MeansHBALMIA16%
TueKris BubicAKC@CIN3%
WedRick PorcelloANYM@WAS24%
WedRandy DobnakAMIN@PIT6%
WedKyle GibsonATEXOAK8%
WedSean NewcombHATLTOR11%
WedBrad KellerAKC@CIN3%
ThuMike FiersHOAKTEX44%
ThuGio GonzalezHCHWMIL3%
ThuTouki ToussaintHATLTOR2%
FriAnthony DeSclafaniACIN@MIL34%
FriDylan CeaseHCHWCLE18%
FriDaniel NorrisADET@PIT1%
SatJosh JamesAHOU@OAK45%
SatZach DaviesHSDARI13%
SatAlex CobbABAL@WAS8%
SatAlec MillsACHC@STL4%
SatZack GodleyHBOSTOR2%
SatTrevor WilliamsAPIT@CIN2%
SunJon LesterHCHCMIL56%
SunTyler MahleACIN@MIL2%
SunFramber ValdezAHOU@OAK2%
SunWade LeBlancABAL@WAS1%

Injury Updates

Mike Soroka’s season is officially over after tearing his Achilles. The Atlanta Braves were already forced to rely on Touki Toussaint and Kyle Wright and now might have to bring Mike Foltynewicz back into the rotation.

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Mitch Keller on the 10-day injured list with an oblique strain.

The Texas Rangers traded for Corey Kluber this offseason and he lasted just three outs before being shut down with a shoulder injury. He will return as a reliever this season. His departure from the rotation opens up a spot, potentially for Kolby Allard.

Miles Mikolas‘ season is over for the St. Louis Cardinals. Daniel Ponce de Leon took his spot in the rotation.

Miami Marlins Ace Sandy Alcantara tested positive for COVID-19. Click here to view the updated COIVD-19 Tracker!

Homer Bailey landed on the injured list with biceps tendinitis.

Prospect Portal

Jesus Luzardo will make his first MLB start on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers. He has made two appearances out of the bullpen this season and struck out seven batters in 6.2 innings.

Spencer Howard was scheduled to start for the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend, but postponed games changed that. He should start a game this week. Howard just turned 25-years-old and struck out 94 batters in 71 innings pitched last season. In 2018, he piled up 147 strikeouts over 112 innings pitched. He is the Phillies’ top pitching prospect.

The Toronto Pittsburgh Buffalo Blue Jays just saw Nate Pearson start on Wednesday vs the Washington Nationals. Going head-to-head with Max Scherzer, Pearson tossed five shutout innings, striking out five. Pearson is the team’s top pitching prospect. In 25 starts last season he tallied 119 strikeouts over 101.2 innings. He punched out 16 hitters this Spring/Summer in 10.2 innings.

Cristian Javier looked great against the Los Angeles Dodgers, striking out eight in 5.2 innings. He should make a start this week against the Arizona Diamondbacks, taking Justin Verlander’s spot in the rotation.

Brady Singer struck out seven Cleveland hitters over his five-inning MLB debut with the Kansas City Royals. Kris Bubic debuted on Friday for the Royals after pitching 149 innings in A-ball last season. He went four innings and punched out three Chicago White Sox batters.

This Call to the Pen…

Roberto Osuna is getting an MRI on his elbow. Look for the Houston Astros to turn to Ryan Pressly to close games in Osuna’s absence.

Anthony Bass converted the first save opportunity for the Blue Jays who lost closer, Ken Giles, to an elbow injury.

Trevor Gott converted back-to-back saves against the Dodgers for the San Francisco Giants.

It was Greg Holland who closed the game for the Kansas City Royals (in 2020, yes), not Ian Kennedy! Trevor Rosenthal has also closed out a game successfully.

The Tampa Bay Rays are going to mix things up a bit with the backend of their bullpen. Oliver Drake converted two save opportunities before blowing a save Wednesday. Nick Anderson is always a threat to vulture saves.

After Edwin Diaz blew a save against the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets turned to Seth Lugo on Monday night who converted the save opportunity.

Giovanny Gallegos returned to the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen. Kwang Hyun Kim is still the closer for now.

Videos/GIFs of the Week

Shohei Ohtani‘s return to the mound did not go as planned!




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