2023 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (8/21 – 8/27)

by Taylor Cochran
2023 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (8/21 - 8/27)

We are officially entering the last full week of August. This season has truly flown by! With just a few weeks left until playoffs, it is time to take advantage of every start.

I'm thrilled to see how the Cy Young Award situation pan out. Gerrit Cole seems to have a firm grasp on the AL Cy Young Award while Zac Gallen, Blake Snell and Logan Webb battle for the NL's accolade. How crazy is it that the three frontrunners are all from the NL West?

However, just because you're battling for a Cy Young Award doesn't mean you can't make the Sit 'Em List! 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 (8/21 - 8/27)!

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 (8/21 - 8/27) 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 (8/21 - 8/27)

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Two-Start Pitchers

Luis Castillo, Mariners (@CHW, KC)

My favorite two-start pitcher of the week and for good reason. Castillo is having one of the better seasons of his career. The righty currently has a 3.14 ERA and 1.03 WHIP while sporting strong strikeout numbers (10.2 K's per 9). Now, Castillo gets two of the worst offenses in baseball. The White Sox and Royals are both in the bottom six in runs scored. Furthermore, both teams have a wRC+ under 86, ranking in the bottom three in the MLB. It's a Fantasy Baseball manager's dream for a starting pitcher, let alone Castillo, to face these two teams in one week. Enjoy watching the righty dominate.

Chris Sale, Red Sox (@HOU, LAD)

Sale enjoyed his first start in over two months after coming back from the IL. However, the lefty only made it through 4.2 innings as manager Alex Cora is trying to limit his innings upon return. This makes for a concerning two-start week against two above-average offenses. First up are the Astros in Houston. Sale has been substantially worse on the road this season, holding a 5.34 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Then come the Dodgers, a team that the lefty has struggled against over the course of his career. The lefty has an alarming 10.13 ERA against the Boys in Blue in three career appearances. He's too risky this week. Keep away.

Framber Valdez, Astros (BOS, @DET)

Valdez has put together a fantastic season for the Astros, sporting a 3.31 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 148 strikeouts this season. He's been a model of consistency. At home, the two-time All-Star has dominated to the tune of a 2.44 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Expect a good start when he hosts the Red Sox. Then, Valdez heads to Detroit to face a Tigers team that supports an 87 wRC+. It's a good two-start week for the lefty.

Andrew Abbott, Reds (@LAA, @ARI)

Abbott started off the season scorching hot, but he's settled back down on earth recently. The lefty has a tough two-start week as both matchups are on the road. So far this season, he is much worse on the road, a place where his OBA allowed jumps almost a full point. Furthermore, Abbott has struggled since the All-Star break. He has a 6.35 ERA in August, allowing 12 runs over his last three starts. The Angels and Diamondbacks both have above-average offenses, so keep him on your bench this week.

Luis Severino, Yankees (WSH, @TB)
Noah Syndergaard, Guardians (LAD, @TOR)

Please... Whatever you do, make sure these guys aren't in your lineup. Actually, make sure they're not on your team. If they've somehow lasted this long on your squad, get them off quickly. I don't understand how they're still rotation pieces, but all they're doing is blowing up fantasy managers' stat sheets. Severino is currently riding a 7.98 ERA and 1.88 WHIP while Thor has a 6.35 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Do you need to know anything else?

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