Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Pitching Planner.
Every Saturday of the MLB regular season, the Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner takes a look at the upcoming SP landscape for the week ahead. I will look to answer some of the questions regarding which hurlers to start, sit, or stream.
A ranking of low-owned (50% or less), two-start options that may be worthwhile acquiring off the waiver wire leads things off. The first two guys have really made an impression on me so far on the young season. I highly recommend them if needed.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Pitching Planner
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Two-Start Waiver Options
*** Roster Percentages based on Yahoo! Leagues as of May 7 ***
|Brad Keller (KC)
|Jameson Taillon (NYY)
|Jose Quintana (PIT)
|Michael Pineda (DET)
|Dillon Peters (PIT)
|Austin Gomber (COL)
|Humberto Castelllanos (ARI)
|Patrick Corbin (WSH)
|Zach Plesac (CLE)
|Kyle Bradish (BAL)
|Elieser Hernandez (MIA)
|Vladimir Gutierrez (CIN)
Ian Anderson (ATL) - vs Boston Red Sox
With an ERA above 4.00 and a WHIP approaching 1.40 on the season, Anderson appears to be disappointing fantasy owners on overall. A closer look shows, however, that those ratios are still inflated due to an awful season debut back on April 10.
Over his four ensuing starts, Anderson has pitched to a nice 2.45 ERA and 1.18 WHIP while limiting the opposition to a .664 OPS. The strikeouts are still down (17.0 K%) and walks are still up (14.2 BB%), but those should come around. Anderson’s 13.5 SwStr% is encouraging.
The Red Sox offense has not been getting it done for the most part this season. Alex Cora’s club entered play Friday ranked 25th in the league at 3.46 runs per game.
Madison Bumgarner (ARI) – vs Miami Marlins
Madison Bumgarner has been ejected. Lots happening here. ? pic.twitter.com/SGl0tZIQZM
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) May 4, 2022
Go ahead and bet on Bumgarner being amped up for this start following that debacle which ended his last outing after just one inning. That snapped a streak of four starts in which he worked five full frames.
MadBum is no longer the high-strikeout guy he was in past years. Rather, he now plays the part of crafty veteran and has been playing it quite well so far this season. Through 24.0 innings, the four-time All-Star has crafted a 1.50 ERA and 1.13 WHIP while inducing weak flyball after weak flyball.
Bumgarner’s velocity has been up a tick this year while his batted-ball profile has improved from recent years. The Marlins lineup is not one to fear. Bumgarner is a safe start.
Jose Berrios (TOR) – at New York Yankees
After three solid outings, Berrios got rocked this past Thursday for the second time in six starts on the season. For those who are well acquainted with him, the occasional blowup from the Blue Jays hurler is not unusual. However, a couple of them in the first few weeks of the campaign is very frustrating.
Going into Friday, the Yankees had averaged more than seven runs per game over their last ten and 5.38 per game at home. Berrios is obviously a risky play, carrying a 5.34 ERA and 1.64 WHIP into Yankee Stadium. His 14.8 K% and 49.5 Hard Hit% on the year are not inspiring either.
Cal Quantrill (CLE) – at Chicago White Sox
Quantrill registered a season-high seven strikeouts while recording his third straight quality start last time out. Still, his underlying numbers simply should not produce much confidence despite a respectable 3.54 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through five starts.
Even with those seven strikeouts, Quantrill still holds just a 14.8 K% on the year alongside a 13.0 BB%. His .222 BABIP and 3.1-percent HR/FB rate both seem quite sustainable. The 27-year-old’s 4.96 xERA agree with that notion.
The White Sox offense has yet to really get going this year. That could change quickly given the track record of several bats in that lineup. Quantrill just does not have the upside to take that chance, particularly pitching on the road.
Nick Martinez (SD) – vs Chicago Cubs
Martinez turned in his best performance of the season last time out, limiting the Marlins to only one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four across seven innings. He had been showing good some good signs over his first four starts. It obviously all came together this past Thursday.
A home matchup with the Cubs – a team averaging a mere 3.17 runs per game on the road – provides a great opportunity for Martinez to keep it going. The one walk and 69.6-percent strike rate from his last start are promising, as his walk-rate had previously been above a whopping 20-percent.
If he can maintain that control, Martinez may be worth hanging onto even beyond this outing. He does not offer immense strikeout upside (19.6 K%, 11.9 SwStr%), but the 31-year-old righty could provide value with wins (or QS) and ratio stats.
Martin Perez (TEX) – vs Kansas City Royals
Perez has quietly been in a serious groove on the mound. The veteran southpaw has surrendered just one run across 20.0 innings over his last three starts as he gets set for a bout with the Royals league-worst offense (3.04 runs per game).
In that three-start stretch, Perez has given up only eight hits and issued five free passes while striking out 13. He has yet to allow a home run in 28.0 innings this season and the opposition has produced a weak .560 OPS against him. Perez is finding his way on to more and more fantasy rosters at present. Though, he is still widely available for now.
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