We make our way into the third week of the MLB season with the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (4/17 - 4/23).
After Week 2, we're starting to realize the pitching market isn't as clear-cut as in past seasons. It has become difficult to find quality pitching this year, which places more emphasis on your start/sit decisions and exploiting matchups.
In this article, we will be diving into the pitching schedule and discuss some start and sit options. We will also take a look at some guys that will serve as solid streamers for the week.
You're always going to start your aces, but this article will help with guys that are on the cusp. One bad start can ruin your whole week and we're here to help you avoid just that!
The 2023 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (417 - 4/23) also includes a table listing all the two-start pitchers and their grades for each matchup. This table can help when it comes to deciding whether to actually plug in a two-start pitcher or not. Just because you have a pitcher with two starts that week doesn't necessarily mean you should start him!
2023 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (4/17 - 4/23)
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|Pitcher||Team||Ovr Grade||Opp1||Opp1 Grade||Opp2||Opp2 Grade|
|Lance Lynn||White Sox||C||PHI||C||@TB||D|
|Kevin Gausman||Blue Jays||B||@HOU||C||@NYY||C|
|Brayan Bello||Red Sox||C||LAA||C||@MIL||D|
Jacob DeGrom, Texas Rangers (@KC, OAK)
This is for the people that have to face him next week. Mr. deGrom gets two of the worst offenses in the league. Good luck...
Chris Sale Brayan Bello, Boston Red Sox (LAA, @MIL)
The Red Sox switched up the rotation a bit and according to ESPN have a six-man rotation this week! Bello will go head-to-head with Shohei Ohtani on Patriots Day at Fenway Park on Monday. The Brewers are now sixth in the MLB offensively in team wRC+ and are not an easy matchup.
Sale currently sits with an 11.25 ERA after giving up 15 earned runs in his first three starts. He doesn't look happy out there and he can't seem to throw the ball where he wants it right now. It's best to avoid starting him this week.
Lance Lynn, Chicago White Sox (PHI, @TB)
Lance Lynn, Wicked 90mph HBP Cutter. ?
Adding injury to insult.
Lance is that MF'er. pic.twitter.com/hZpha1t7Up
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 6, 2023
Lynn hasn't been the hottest pitcher on the planet. He got blown up by the San Francisco Giants in his second start and currently sits with a 7.31 ERA. However, in his previous start against the Minnesota Twins, the righty looked strong with 10 strikeouts. His cutter looks deadly and he is trending upwards. Despite the tough matchups, start Lynn with confidence.
Kyle Freeland, Colorado Rockies (PIT, @PHI)
Somehow Freeland has been one of the better pitchers in baseball this season. His 0.96 ERA this year looks fabulous, but he has a career ERA of 4.20 in 158 games. It is still hard to start Freeland with a ton of confidence. His first matchup of the week against the Pittsburgh Pirates looks tasty, but it will be at Coors Field and the temperature is rising next week. The second matchup isn't friendly in the slightest. I still don't trust him enough to start him this week, but if you want to get risky, roll the dice and try to ride the hot hand.
The Alex's start the week with a great matchup in Miami before finishing the week with the Mets. Despite the Mets seemingly stacked lineup, they only have a 93 wRC+ so they're still a decent option for a starter. Solid matchups for these two righties.
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