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It’s Week 16 and things are beginning to get dicey.

Matchups are becoming more and more important as the race for the playoffs has officially begun.

These upcoming weeks are crucial for teams that are making a run for a playoff spot, which means you have to throw the right pitchers at the right time.

Any pitcher blowup could eventually cost you a week leading to you saying: “If only I hadn’t pitched (insert fringy starting pitcher name’s here).”

Let’s not make any mistakes in Week 16 and make those playoffs!

Week 16 Pitching Planner (July 26 – 31)

Pitchers to start

Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals (@ NYM, @ MIA)

Martinez seems to have lost a tick on his strikeout rate, but in doing so, has become an all-around solid pitcher in 2016.

Martinez must be licking his chops as he looks to face two teams that play in easily the worst MLB division, NL East. A visit to Queens is first in store as CarMart faces a very weak Mets lineup who just can’t seem to gain any traction in their division. The Redbirds then travel to Miami to face a good Marlins team who have had the pleasure of beating up on, again, the weaker NL East teams.

Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs (@ CHW, vs. SEA)

Hendricks couldn’t have decided to breakout at a better time for the surging Chicago Cubs.

Hendricks and the Cubbies head into Chicago to face a downward trending White Sox team that just can’t seem to cut it, besides Chris Sale (I did that) in 2016. The Seattle Mariners then head to the Windy City to face off against a far superior team.

Steven Wright, Boston Red Sox (vs. DET, @ LAA)

Steven Wright has made pitching in the majors look easy at the ripe old age of 31.

The all-or-nothing Detroit Tigers come into town with hopes of derailing Boston’s attempt at a playoff spot in 2016. With Wright’s nasty knuckler going, they’ll have an uphill climb. The BoSox then head to Los Angeles to face an Angels team that would be better off in Triple-A.

Pitchers to sit

Tim Lincecum, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (@ KC, vs. BOS)

If you’re rostering Tim Lincecum, I’m going to help you out here: Take your computer  mouse, put the cursor on the “drop” icon and click.

It doesn’t matter who this guy plays, his career in the majors is over.

Matt Garza, Milwaukee Brewers (vs. ARI, vs. PIT)

Matt Garza doesn’t really have a tough Week 16 ahead of him, it’s the fact that he’s not a good pitcher, playing on an even worse team who looks to be sellers at the trade deadline.

Do you want to win your league this year? Then if you’re rostering Garza, you’re doing it wrong.

Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks (@ MIL, @ LAD)

Patrick Corbin has been a major disappointment this year for Fantasy owners after he came back from injury last season and killed it.

It surely is not helping Corbin that the Diamondbacks have been a complete bust, minus Paul Goldschmidt. A visit to Milwaukee isn’t a bad matchup, but again it’s a hitter friendly ballpark, much like Chase Field, where Corbin struggles. A visit to the streaking Dodgers is next where the Dodgers lineup is far superior to that of the D-backs.

Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (vs. CIN, vs. WAS)

Matt Cain is a shell of his former self. No, make that a shell of a shell of his former self.

The Giants lineup is solid, which could lead to a few cheap wins, but it’ll cost a high ERA, WHIP no matter who he plays week in and week out.

Rob Moccio

Rob Moccio is an avid fantasy baseball player. He's been the commish of a highly competitive dynasty league, simply named The Sandlot, since 2011. When he's not gushing over fantasy baseball he freelances in sports and comedy writing. Happily living in sunny Florida, Rob resides with his beautiful girlfriend and loving dog.

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