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Week 12 Pitching Planner: Finding Streamers That Are Keepers

Week 12 Pitching Planner - CC Sabathia
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Last week I was chasing perfection in my streaming suggestions. This week, I am finding guys to pick up and keep in the Week 12 pitching planner.

As it stands now, I am three starts away from perfection. As of this writing, I am waiting on Clay Buchholz, Blaine Hardy and Alex Cobb starts over the weekend.

Besides those three, my other seven streaming options all gave up three runs or less. They were just five outs away from all having quality starts. In fact, if you only used my streaming options, then your staff would have a 2.75 ERA, WHIP just a bit above 1.00, a little low on strikeouts with just 25 and three wins.

There are not as many strong streaming options this week. There is a good amount of bad pitching facing good hitting. However, there are some players worth picking up and keeping.

My Week 10 suggestions ended up perfect and now Week 11’s picks are following suit. Overall, my streaming options heading into the Week 12 pitching planner are a stellar 40-9-1.

For the Week 12 pitching planner, I am using ownership percentages from ESPN. The information is up to date as of June 16th.

Week 12 Pitching Planner

2-Start Pitchers

Take note for those that have lineup decisions in weekly leagues.
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Zack Greinke, ARI: at LAA, at PIT

David Hess, BAL: at WAS, at ATL

Chris Sale, BOS: at MIN, vs. SEA

Tyler  Chatwood and Mike Montgomery, CHC: vs. LAD, at CIN

Dylan Covey and Carlos Rodon, CWS: at CLE, vs. OAK

Sal Romano, CIN: vs. DET, vs. CHC

Trevor Bauer, CLE: vs. CWS, vs. DET

Tyler Anderson and German Marquez, COL: vs. NYM, vs. MIA

Give me both Rockies this week (both less than 10% ownership) and I would hold on to them with two juicy matchups.

Gerrit Cole, HOU: vs. TB, vs. KC

Ian Kennedy, KC: vs. TEX, at HOU

Kenta Maeda, LAD: vs. CHC, at NYM

Caleb Smith, MIA: at SF, at COL

Jhoulys Chacin and Freddy Peralta, MIL: at PIT, vs. STL

Jose Berrios, MIN: vs. BOS, vs. TEX

Jacob deGrom and Jason Vargas, NYM: at COL, vs. LAD

Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray, NYY: at WAS, at TB

Paul Blackburn, OAK: at SD, at CWS

The eight runs and being chased in the second inning against the Astros does not deter me. The start before, Blackburn faced a bad lineup and only gave up one run in six strong innings. He has two bad lineups this week and would be a good pick-up and keep a player with his 1.5% ownership.

Nick Pivetta, PHI: vs. STL, at WAS

Trevor Williams and Jameson Taillon, PIT: vs. MIL, vs. ARI

Eric Lauer, SD: vs. OAK, at SF

Andrew Suarez and Dereck Rodriguez, SF: vs. MIA, vs. SD

I like both as streaming options in both matchups. Dereck Rodriguez is a prime candidate to pick up for the rest of the year as well.

Marco Gonzales, SEA: at NYY, at BOS

Miles Mikolas and Luke Weaver, STL: at PHI, at MIL

Bartolo Colon, TEX: at KC, at MIN

I would not mind starting Big Sexy in either game this week.

Jaime Garcia, TOR: vs. ATL, at LAA

Toronto has a brutal week and half coming up for their staff.

Erick Fedde, WAS: vs. NYY, vs. PHI

Good Matchups

These are mostly must-start pitchers anyway, but take note for daily players.
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Sean Newcomb and Julio Teheran, ATL vs. BAL

David Price, BOS at MIN

Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber, CLE vs. CWS

ALL Astros’ pitchers: they get a combination of Tampa Bay and Kansas City. They should increase their ERA lead.

Sean Manaea, OAK at CWS

Cole Hamels, TEX at KC

Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer, WAS vs. BAL

Bad Matchups

In year-long leagues, you probably aren’t sitting these guys, but stay away in daily formats.
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Dylan Bundy, BAL at ATL

Luis Castillo, CIN vs. CHC

Felix Hernandez and James Paxton, SEA at NYY

Mike Leake, SEA at BOS

Streaming Options

These are the guys to pick up and insert in your lineup for a good matchup this week.
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CC Sabathia, NYY at TB (33.1% ownership)

Sabathia is a prime candidate to hold on to. I know he is absolutely ancient. But he really only has one bad start this season. Sporting a sterling 3.27 ERA and a 4-1 record, he needs to be owned in the majority of leagues.

Chris Bassitt, OAK at CWS (2.4% ownership)

Bassitt only has two starts on the year but has given up just three runs in 11 innings. He uses a few too many pitches per inning, but that should be less of a problem against a White Sox lineup with the second-lowest on-base percentages in the league.

Derek Holland, SF vs. MIA (2.1% ownership)

While he only has one quality start in his last six outings, he also has also only given up 14 runs over his last seven starts. Toss in the Marlins’ lineup and I am “in” on Holland again this week.

Yohander Mendez, TEX at KC (0.4% ownership)

It was not a great start for the young Ranger as he got throttled by the potent Rockies’ lineup. The Royals should pose a much lesser threat. I would also keep your eye on Mendez in keeper/dynasty leagues as he does have a bright future.


That’s it for the Week 12 pitching planner. Be sure to check out the latest hot topics as well as the most recent injury report.

Michael Tomlin
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Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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