So as we dive into the Week 10 Pitching Planner, a few things came afloat.
For example, Aaron Nola is a future ace! However, I’m finding it hard to start him most weeks.
Zach Wheeler has looked better than I thought. His lines look great.
Also, why Trout? Why did the Fantasy Baseball Gods have to take Trout?
Enough about that, let’s get to the Week 10 Pitching Planner.
Week 10 Pitching Planner
*This article will be broken down by start’em/sit’em (two-start pitchers) and start’em/sit’em (one-start pitchers)
Antonio Senzatela, COL (vs. CLE, at CHC) (RHP)
Senzatela is no longer serviceable. In my opinion, you should try and trade him for John Gray or almost anyone in the Top 75 SP. Senzatela has only had one QS in his last four games, two of which were away from Coors. His ERA for the month of May is at 4.11. Time is closing to move him based on whatever name value he does have.
With the Indians and Cubs lining up next to take on Senzatela, your window for moving him will be closed after this week. Cleveland will come to Coors, and with the firepower of that offense, I’d sit him for sure based on this start alone. Cleveland is sitting at four runs per game away from home. In the last week, they have been a Top 10 offense, and with Coors coming up, I don’t want to face a team that’s heating up before they head a mile up.
Next, they face the Cubs. Granted, the Cubs have not looked great this year. Even looking like crap, the Cubs are still sitting at 4.5 runs a game. If you play in a daily league and feeling risky, go for it. However, I would not chance it, as they can put up double-digits on any pitcher in the MLB. They knocked out Kershaw in 4.2 innings pitched last week. Sit this week, and feel good about the decision.
Masahiro Tanaka, NYY (vs. BOS, vs. BAL) (RHP)
Tanaka should be a sit until he shows that he can put together a few good starts. Tanaka only had one QS all month, and an 8.42 ERA for the month as well. Yes, he threw a CG against Boston, but only had three Ks. In two starts against Baltimore, he has handed out 10 ERs, 15 hits, and six walks. Tanaka cannot be trusted right now and should ride your digital pine, until further notice.
Dinelson Lamet, SD (at ARI, vs. KC) (RHP)
Dinelson Lamet has been anything but lame in his first two starts in the MLB. In two starts, he has two wins, 16 Ks and only three ERs. If Lamet is still out there, I’d pick him up right now and start him for the upcoming week.
With the D-Backs and the Royals coming up this week, it could be a very solid one for Lamet. The D-Backs are in the Top 10 in Ks in the last week. The D-back have also won two of their last six games. On top of that the D-Backs rank in the bottom 10 of the league in scoring within the last week.
Sitting at 23-30, the Royals have ranked 30th in scoring for a few weeks now. KC is sitting pretty at 7.42 Ks per game this year, with the D-Backs at 8.81. This could be an excellent week for Lamet and your squad.
Junior Guerra, MIL (vs. SF, at ARZ) (RHP)
Junior Guerra was one of my favorite sleepers coming into the year. Ending September last year with a 1.88 ERA for the month, and a 2.81 in 20 games last year. However, keeping with the injury theme, Guerra went down with an injury. Guerra is back and looking pretty good. In 14.2 innings, Junior is sporting a 1.84 ERA.
Guerra has the Giants at home, and then the brew crew jumps cross country to face the D-Backs. The Giants have played as good as Tiger Woods this year. Staring at an 11 game deficit in the division, the Giants are second worst in scoring this year. They have failed to take walks this season, sitting in the bottom seven of the league. The Giants are pretty bad at home as well, so I expect Guerra to walk away with a QS in this one.
Already touching on the D-Backs, they are in a funk as their K rate of 10 batters a game in the last three games is not ideal for them. Flyballs/HR are not a problem for Guerra, so Chase field should not give him a problem. Start with confidence this week.
Aaron Nola, PHI (at ATL, at STL) (RHP)
Nola wasn’t great by many means last week. However, you should not bench him this week. Nola is going to face the Braves and the Cards. Nola should fare well against these teams this.
First of all, the Braves have been mediocre at best this year. The last 10 games have been bad, as they have won on won 3-of-7. The Braves have been striking out at the rate of eight Ks per game. Sitting at two games under .500 at home for the year, this start will be good for Nola to get back in a groove.
Following a visit to Atlanta, the Phillies head to St.Louis. With the Cards really under performing, they have left the persona of great in the rear view mirror. Only two batters with at least 70 AB are hitting over .254. Since facing the Red Sox, the Cards have been slumping hard, losing 11-of-16. The Cards are averaging eight Ks per game, so even if Nola does run into trouble, the Ks will still be there.
Joe Ross, WSH (vs. BAL) (RHP)
Joe Ross has potential, but he has yet to put it all together. Joe has surrendered five runs in three of his last four outings. In Ross’s last game vs. the Padres, he allowed 12 hits over 4.0 IP. The Padres! The Orioles have put up 20 runs in their last three games, so sit Ross this week and save your ratios.
Zach Wheeler, NYM (at Tex) (RHP)
Wheeler has been pretty good so far this year. However, in away games, he has been hittable with an ERA of 3.22 and a 1.39 WHIP. Texas has a great offense and even after losing three of the last four, they still put up 19 runs. Texas is tied for 11th in runs, and I would not start Wheeler as the Mets defense has been okay at best this year.
Tyson Ross, TEX (@WSH) (RHP)
Ross gave up eight runs in 5.1 innings of work against the Dodgers. I’ve never seen the fascination in Ross to begin with. Ross has never had a record above .500 in six years of work. On top of that, Ross is facing the hottest team in the MLB, who have put up 36 runs in the last week. The Nats have been the team that you don’t want your SP to face, and especially a guy just coming off the DL. Ross might be a good option later this year, but until he gets going, sit him
Jhared Cotton, OAK (vs. TOR) (RHP)
I’m excited that Cotton is back, and you should be too. For the month of June, he has a 1.59 ERA. You know, cause he has only had one start, and June started three days ago. These are jokes people. Okay, let’s jump back on track. Cotton only gave up one ER and managed four Ks against one of the better teams in the league. Yes, he still has a way to go, but with Texas losing their last 8-of-10, this could be the perfect storm for Cotton to get going again.
Mike Foltynewicz, ATL (vs. PHI) (RHP)
Whew, did anyone see Foltys last game? He racked up 10 Ks, two hits, and zero runs. Folty did not get the win because the Braves are the Braves, but man it was impressive. Slowly, he has put together some signs of consistency, and I like it a lot. Add him this week, and keep him on your team forever. Philly has been averaging nine Ks the last three games, and eight all year. With Philly hurting for offense and Folty getting into a groove, expect great things.
Sonny Gray, OAK (at TB) (RHP)
Gray has been very up and down this year. However, he faces a team that is averaging 10 Ks per game. With the Rays being terrible, this game should not be a hard for Gray to dominate. Before he gave up seven runs to Cleveland, he was on a four QS game streak. With 22 Ks in his last three games, I think it’s safe to start Gray.
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