2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner (Aug 31 – Sept 6)

by Keith Lott
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The shortened 60 game MLB season has been nothing short of "entertaining." You never know what news is going to break with each passing moment! But the past is the past and it is time to look ahead with the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner.

The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics game was postponed Sunday due to a positive COVID-19 test on the A's. Jesus Luzardo and Framber Valdez were scheduled to pitch and now these two rotations will have to adjust in Week 6. Will update the two-start pitchers and streaming options as we learn more!

Seattle has Monday off, followed by three at Seattle against the Mariners. They come home for a three-game series against the San Diego Padres this weekend.

Houston also has Monday off as well, followed by seven games in six days - three against the Texas Rangers and then four on the road against the Los Angeles Angels, including a doubleheader on Saturday where they are the home team in one of the games.

Walker Buehler was placed on the injured list with a blister on his pitching hand. He owns a 4.23 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP over 25 innings pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His walk rate is up nearly 4% (8.8%) in 2020 vs his breakout 2019 campaign (5%).

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 6 Pitching Planner (Aug 31 - Sept 6)

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The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals are scheduled to play eight games in Week 6

The Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants are scheduled to play just five games between August 31st and September 6th.

Every other team is scheduled to play six or seven games in Week 6.

Pitcher of the Week

Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox

Giolito pitched a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night!

He has now made back-to-back starts with 13 strikeouts and hasn't allowed a run over his last 16 innings, lowering his season ERA to 3.09.

Honorable Mentions:

Previous Winners:

Two-Start Pitchers

SPTeamOpp1Opp2Y! Own
Shane BieberCLE@ KCMIL99%
Gerrit ColeNYYTB@ BAL99%
Aaron NolaPHIWAS@ NYM99%
Lucas GiolitoCHW@ MIN@ KC98%
Patrick CorbinWAS@ NYY@ ATL98%
Sonny GrayCINSTL@ PIT97%
Tyler GlasnowTB@ NYYMIA96%
Max FriedATL@ BOSWAS93%
Jesus LuzardoOAK@ SEASD92%
Julio UriasLADARICOL89%
Dallas KeuchelCWS@ MIN@ KC85%
Masahiro TanakaNYYTB@ BAL81%
German MarquezCOLSD@ LAD81%
Framber ValdezHOUTEX@ LAA75%
Sean ManaeaOAK@ SEASD62%
Cristian JavierHOUTEX@ LAA60%
Brad KellerKCCLECWS56%
Marco GonzalesSEA@ LAATEX53%
Kwang-Hyun KimSTL@ CIN@ CHC46%
Ian AndersonATL@ BOSWAS43%
Spencer TurnbullDET@ MIL@ MIN35%
Dakota HudsonSTL@ CINCHC34%
Anthony DeSclafaniCINSTL@ PIT28%
Spencer HowardPHIWAS@ NYM16%
Alex YoungARI@ LAD@ SF5%
Trevor WilliamsPIT@ MILCIN4%
Chase AndersonTORBAL@ BOS4%
Erick FeddeWAS@ PHI@ ATL2%
Jordan LylesTEX@ HOU@ SEA2%
Asher WojciechowskiBALNYMNYY2%
Jakob JunisKCCLECHW2%

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.

DaySPTeamOppY! Own
MonBrad KellerKCCLE58%
MonJamie BarriaLAASEA8%
MonChase AndersonTORBAL7%
MonTrevor WilliamsPIT@ MIL5%
TueJon LesterCHCPIT54%
TueKwang-Hyun KimSTLCIN50%
TueJosh LindblomMILDET7%
WedTriston McKenzieCLE@ KC57%
WedAdrian HouserMILDET46%
WedSpencer TurnbullDET@ MIL38%
WedTyler MahleCINSTL9%
WedJohan OviedoSTL@ CIN3%
WedRobbie ErlinATL@ BOS1%
ThuDylan CeaseCHW@ KC56%
ThuTaijuan WalkerTOR@ BOS40%
ThuAlec MillsCHCPIT25%
FriJosh FlemingTBMIA11%
FriTanner RoarkTOR@ BOS7%
FriTyler AndersonSFARI5%
FriLjay NewsomeSEATEX1%
SatTony GonsolinLADCOL44%
SatAnthony DeSclafaniCIN@ PIT24%
SatKyle GibsonTEX@ SEA10%
SatChase AndersonTOR@ BOS7%
SatYusei KikuchiSEATEX5%
SatTrevor CahillSFARI6%
SunRich HillMINDET58%
SunJohnny CuetoSFARI36%
SunChad KuhlPITCIN10%
SunNick MargeviciusSEATEX3#

Injury Updates

Sandy Alcantara is ready to join the Miami Marlins rotation. He has been on the COVID-19 list after testing positive at the end of July. The Marlins starters own one of the top 10 ERAs in the MLB, lead by Pablo Lopez, Elieser Hernandez and recently, Sixto Sanchez. They are one of the four teams in the National League with a .500 or better record!

Charlie Morton (shoulder) could join the Tampa Bay Rays in the coming days.

The Cincinnati Red put Wade Miley back on the injured list. Welcome back to the rotation Tyler Mahle!

The Arizona Diamondbacks lost Merrill Kelly for the season to shoulder surgery.

We Have a Trade to Announce

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The Cleveland Indians have traded Mike Clevinger to the San Diego Padres! He joins Chris Paddack, Garrett Richards, Dinelson Lamet and Zach Davies in the rotation.

San Diego has done everything they can to compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West for a shot at the World Series.

In return, Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Austin Hedges, Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo and Owen Miller will head to Cleveland.

The Padres also acquired Trevor Rosenthal from the Kansas City Royals for Edward Olivares and a player to be named later.

Six games over .500 (21-15), San Diego has seen its offense explode and its starting rotation owns a top 10 ERA. However, the Padres bullpen has seen injuries to Kirby Yates and Drew Pomeranz and as a whole owns one of the 10 worst ERAs.

The Seattle Mariners traded Taijuan Walker to the Toronto Blue Jays. He debuted on Saturday and pitched six shutout innings, lowering his season ERA to 3.27.

The Blue Jays also acquired Robbie Ray from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Ross Stripling from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Miami Marlins traded Caleb Smith and Humberto Mejia to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Starling Marte.

Arizona also traded Archie Bradley to the Cincinnati Reds and Andrew Chafin to the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs also added Josh Osich from the Boston Red Sox to their bullpen.

The Baltimore Orioles have traded Tommy Milone to the Atlanta Braves for two prospects, Mychal Givens to the Colorado Rockies for Terrin Vavra, Tyler Nevin and a player to be named later and Miguel Castro to the New York Mets.

The 2020 MLB Trade Deadline has now passed!

Prospect Portal

Ian Anderson made his MLB debut for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday against the New York Yankees. Anderson struck out six over six innings and earned the win in a seven inning doubleheader game.

He was pitching a no-hitter until Luke Voit homered in the sixth inning.

Anderson has racked up 451 strikeouts over 377.2 Minor League innings but has had some control issues.

Deivi García will make his MLB debut for the New York Yankees today. He pitched at A, AA & AAA in 2019, tallying 165 punch-outs across 111.1 innings.

The Houston Astros have called up 23-year-old Luis Garcia who racked up 168 strikeouts in 108.2 innings last year at A ball. Not sure yet if he will be making a start or pitching out of the bullpen.

This Call to the Pen...

With Trevor Rosenthal traded to the San Diego Padres, the Kansas City Royals bullpen will need to find a new closer. Josh Staumont, Scott Barlow & Greg Holland are the likely candidates.

Andrew Miller landed on the injured list which means the St. Louis Cardinals closer is now officially Giovanny Gallegos.

Joe Jimenez continues to struggle and the Detroit Tigers will move to a closer committee that features Buck Farmer, Gregory Soto & Jose Cisnero.

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Keone Kela back on the IL. If you are desperate for saves (not many here), Richard Rodriguez is the pickup.

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