2023 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (8/14 – 8/20)

by Taylor Cochran
2023 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (8/14 - 8/20)

Mid-August...wow, this season is flying by. Meanwhile, the MLB Playoff race is growing stronger by the day. The Baltimore Orioles are in first place propelled by their ever-so-solid pitching staff. The Los Angeles Angels pitchers, however, can't get it together since the All-Star break!

As we round the corner into the latter parts of the season, pitching matchups have become vital. One pitching blowup can set you back and leave you out of playoffs! We're here to help you stay in the race and power forward. Without further ado, here is your 2023 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (8/14 - 8/20)!

As we take a dive into this week's pitching planner, check out the two-start matchups. There are a lot of studs and duds that need a second look based on the analytics. You may think it's a no-brainer to start your ace, but I'm here to make you think differently!

The 2023 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (8/14 - 8/20) includes a table listing all the two-start pitchers and their grades for each matchup, based on opposing team wRC+ splits. 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 (8/14 - 8/20)

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Two-Start Pitchers

Max Scherzer, Rangers (LAA, MIL)

Mad Max gets his first two-start week in his early career with the Rangers. He is 1-0 at home with the Rangers this season, going six innings and striking out nine. Meanwhile, the Angels strike out a lot -- in fact, they're amongst the top four when it comes to K's. Expect Scherzer to mow them down and rack up close to double digits. The hard-throwing righty then hosts the Brewers,

Logan Gilbert, Mariners (@KC, @HOU)

Two matchups on the road isn't usually ideal for most pitchers. However, Gilbert does most of his damage on the road. This season, the righty is 7-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 0.97 WHIP away from Seattle. His first matchup against the Royals should be a cakewalk. Then he heads off to face the Astros, a team he absolutely dominated earlier this season -- Gilbert went for seven innings, giving up just three hits while punching out six batters. Fantasy owners should be excited about Gilbert's potential this week.

Merrill Kelly, Diamondbacks (@COL, @SD)

I am avoiding Merrill Kelly despite his two-start week. First off, he has historically struggled in Colorado. In his career, Kelly has a 5.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP at Coors Field. It's also warm this time of year -- the ball is flying. Secondly, Kelly also has an ERA north of 3.00 in San Diego. His 1.15 WHIP is nothing to write home about either. Lastly, he left his last start with the trainer and there hasn't been an update since. With the injury and his away games, I firmly believe Kelly is a two-start pitcher to avoid this week.

Brady Singer, Royals (SEA, @CHC)

Singer is on an absolute roll. Since the All-Star break, the righty is 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA and an astonishing 0.86 WHIP. Furthermore, he has five quality starts in his last eight matchups. Singer is more than two-ERA points better at home, so he should cruise through a Mariners team that has the second most strikeouts in the league. Then, Singer heads to Chicago, another team that ranks in the top 10 most strikeouts in the MLB. While the matchup won't be easy, it seems as if Singer has figured it out. He is throwing his sinker and slider much more, and the results have been fantastic. Get the kid in your lineup.

Max Fried, Braves (NYY, SF)

I love Fried's matchups this week. Historically, the lefty is dominant at home and he hosts both opponents this week. Fried is 28-12 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.15 WHIP at 342.1 innings at home. Since coming back from injury, Fried has looked good. Right now, the Yankees can't hit the ball. They're currently batting .232 as a team, second worst in the MLB. Then, Fried hosts the Giants, a team with the third-most strikeouts in the league. Combine this all together and you have a recipe for success. Expect big things for the Braves veteran this week.

Kyle Hendricks, Cubs (CHW, KC)

The pitcher with the best two-start schedule of the week is Kyle Hendricks. He loves pitching at Wrigley Field, a place where he has a 3.20 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 714 career innings. The best part? Both teams he faces rank in the bottom three offensively. The White Sox have a .238 BA as well as a well-below-par .295 OBP. Then he goes on to face the Royals, a team with an 85 wRC+. They're both horrible, and I expect Hendricks to thrive.

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