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Week 11 Pitching Planner: Chasing Perfection When Choosing Streaming Options

Week 11 Pitching Planner
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For the Week 11 pitching planner, I am chasing perfection! Perfection on my streaming suggestions that is.

When I was first tasked with this weekly post, I was worried I would get bored with it. Once I found a way to hold myself accountable and keep track of my progress, I now look forward to writing it each week. Which starter with a double-digit ERA am I going to go with? Which lineup is in a funk and I want to attack?

The Week 11 pitching planner focuses on the streaming options more than ever (and from the feedback, that is what most people really want anyway).

The Week 9 streaming options finished up 8-1 with Trevor Cahill ruining the perfect week by giving up 4 runs in 4.2 innings. Week 10 is shaping up to be a heavy dose of perfection in my book.

Of all the streaming options I gave last week (with one yet to pitch as of this writing) not a single pitcher has given up more than 3 runs. Only Kyle Freeland even gave up three runs with every other starter suggested giving up two or fewer scores.

Once again, wins were hard to come by with three losses and two no-decisions, but the ERA and WHIP help that these streamers provided was huge if you used them.

Heading into the Week 11 pitching planner, my streaming options are now 32-9-1. For the Week 11 pitching planner, I am using ownership percentages from ESPN and the information is up to date as of June 9th.

Week 11 Pitching Planner

2-Start Pitchers

Take note for those that have lineup decisions in weekly leagues.

Patrick Corbin and Clay Buchholz, ARI: vs. PIT, vs. NYM

Four starts, three of them quality, and only five earned runs total allowed: I think Buchholz is back. Still only owned in about a third of leagues grab him now and go, especially against the Mets.

Dylan Bundy, BAL: vs. BOS, vs. MIA

A horrible matchup followed by the sweetest of all.

Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS: at BAL, at SEA

Jose Quintana, CHC: at MIL, at STL

Lucas Giolito and Hector Santiago, CWS: vs. CLE, vs. DET

Carlos Carrasco and Adam Plutko, CLE: at CWS, vs. MIN

There’s a couple of nice matchups for the Indians’ duo this week.

Jon Gray, COL: at PHI, at TEX

Blaine Hardy, DET: vs. MIN, at CWS

He got roughed up for five runs in his last start, after only giving up five total in the previous three outings. I’m buying him for both outings this week at this lowly 2.9% ownership.

Lance McCullers, HOU: at OAK, at KC

Wei Yin Chen, MIA: vs. SF, at BAL

Jake Odorizzi, MIN: at DET, at CLE

Zack Wheeler, NYM: at ATL, at ARI

CC Sabathia, NYY: vs. WAS, vs. TB

Daniel Mengden, OAK: vs. HOU, vs. LAA

Aaron Nola, PHI: vs. COL, at MIL

Trevor Williams, PIT: at ARI, CIN

Jordan Lyles, SD: at STL, at ATL

Madison Bumgarner and Chris Stratton, SF: at MIA, at LAD

Stratton is definitely a streamer at just 15.4% ownership against the awful Marlins.

Wade LeBlanc and Mike Leake, SEA: vs. LAA, vs. BOS

Jack Flaherty, STL: vs. SD, vs. CHC

Samuel Gaviglio, TOR: at TB, vs. WAS

Good Matchups

These are mostly must-start pitchers anyway, but take note for daily players.

Zack Godley, ARI vs. NYM

Chris Sale, BOS at BAL

Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger, CLE at CWS

Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel, HOU at KC

Bad Matchups

In year-long leagues, you probably aren’t sitting these guys, but stay away in daily formats.
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Chase Anderson and Jhoulys Chacin, MIL vs. CHC

Jake Junis and Danny Duffy, KC vs. HOU

Jacob deGrom, NYM at ATL

Clayton Richard, SD at ATL

Stephen Strasburg, WAS at NYY

Streaming Options

These are the guys to pick up and insert in your lineup for a  good matchup this week.

Matt Koch, ARI vs. NYM (7.8% ownership)

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Koch was spectacular against the Marlins last week going seven strong, scattering three hits and striking out six. He has lowered his ERA to 3.76 and WHIP to 1.16, yet is still owned in less than 8% of leagues. Stream him and keep him, as he is my favorite streamer in the Week 11 pitching planner.

Brandon McCarthy, ATL vs. NYM (12.4% ownership)

I’m not trying to just pick on the Mets, but they have scored the third fewest runs with the third worst team batting average in the league.

Alex Cobb, BAL vs. MIA (7.9% ownership)

I know, I said I was done with Orioles’ pitching. But, I mean, this Marlins offense is just atrocious.

Tyler Mahle, CIN at KC (6.8% ownership)

Mahle is coming on decently after a rough start to the year with just two earned runs in his last two starts total. Now he gets the struggling Royals.

Mike Fiers, DET at CWS (4.0% ownership)

Fiers is a couple of outs away from back to back quality starts, with really only one bad outing in the past two months.

Andrew Suarez, SF at MIA (1.8% ownership)

I really do not trust Suarez… but I just have to start anyone facing the Marlins.

That’s it for the Week 11 pitching planner! Be sure to check out some bold predictions for the rest of the season!

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