As we rear into mid-May, a combination of the injury bug and generally poor performance has created uncertainty in many rotations. This has made the Week 7 Pitching Planner a little harder to decipher.
Early rainouts have also forced some double headers this weekend, which also leads to question marks going forward with the pitching staffs.
Eight different rotations have the dreaded “TBD” by at least one spot in their rotation in the upcoming week. The Angels are a complete question mark as they continue to mystify with their handling of Shohei Ohtani’s pitching.
The big takeaway is that you have to stay on top of it. I’m writing this Week 7 pitching planner on May 12th, so I am working with the knowledge from this point. Keep yourself informed so that you do not miss an opportunity.
It was an up and down week for my streaming options last week. Of my two Oriole suggestions against Kansas City, Chris Tillman got rocked while Andrew Cashner delivered a quality start. German Marquez got roughed up a bit, but Nick Pivetta scattered four hits with seven strikeouts and no earned runs in his win.
On the year, my streaming suggestions have a decent 7-5 mark as far as the guy giving you a good outing in a normal league. Let’s hope the Week 7 pitching planner provides some more winners!
For the Week 7 pitching planner I am using ownership percentages from ESPN and the information is up to date as of May 12th.
Week 7 Pitching Planner
Patrick Corbin, ARI vs. MIL, at NYM
Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz, ATL at/vs. CHC, vs. MIA
Foltynewicz makes me look up his correct spelling every time I try to type his name.
Andrew Cashner, BAL vs. PHI, at BOS
There’s a bit of uncertainty with the Orioles’ rotation with Tillman being pushed out and a doubleheader this weekend, but it looks like Cashner will definitely get two starts.
Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS vs. OAK, vs. BAL
There is also a bit of ambiguity with the Red Sox rotation as we wonder how serious David Price’s possible Fortnite injury is.
Jose Quintana and Yu Darvish, CHC vs./at ATL, at CIN
Darvish has failed to go five innings and given up at least four runs in three of his last four starts.
Reynaldo Lopez, CWS at PIT, vs. TEX
Sal Romano, CIN at SF, vs. CHC
Carlos Carrasco, CLE at DET, at HOU
Tyler Anderson, COL at SD, at SF
Throw Anderson and his 12.7% ownership into my streaming options as he gets two bad offenses in bad hitting parks.
Lance McCullers, HOU at LAA, vs. CLE
McCullers has a solid 3.72 ERA, but is FIFTH in his own rotation in the category.
Eric Skoglund, KC vs. TB, vs. NYY
Alex Wood, LAD at MIA, at WAS
Wei-Yin Chen, MIA vs. LAD, at ATL
Junior Guerra, MIL at ARI, at MIN
Jake Odorizzi, MIN vs. SEA, vs. MIL
Sean Manaea and Daniel Mengden, OAK at BOS, at TOR
These are really tough matchups with two of the best six scoring offenses.
Nick Pivetta, PHI at BAL, at STL
Pivetta was good for me last week and still sports a 24.4% ownership so he is one of my streaming options again in the Week 7 pitching planner.
Trevor Williams, PIT vs. CWS, vs. SD
Joey Lucchesi, SD vs. COL, at PIT
Chris Stratton and Ty Blach, SF vs. CIN, vs. COL
Wade LeBlanc, SEA at MIN, vs. DET
Mike Leake SEA vs. TEX, vs. DET
Miles Mikolas, STL at MIN, vs. PHI
Mike Minor, TEX at SEA, at CWS
Minor is basically getting a quality start every other outing but is at least chewing up innings.
Jaime Garcia, TOR at NYM, vs. OAK
Sean Newcomb, ATL vs. MIA
Walker Buehler and Kenta Maeda, LAD at MIA
Jameson Taillon, PIT vs. CWS
Cole Hamels, TEX at CWS
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) May 12, 2018
Coming off of a brilliantly combined shutout of the hot Astros, Hamels is finding his groove.
Dylan Bundy, BAL at BOS
Jon Lester, CHC at ATL
The Braves just continue to hit well, and I am a full believer in their youth now.
Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, HOU at LAA
The Angels are currently leading the league in home runs.
Chris Archer, TB at LAA
Gio Gonzalez, WAS vs. NYY
— Boston Sports Extra (@BosSportsExtra) May 11, 2018
Drew Pomeranz, BOS vs. BAL (23.1% ownership)
I have always been a Pomeranz fan. It has been a rough start, but now would be a great time to buy low on him
Matt Harvey, PHI at SF (7.6% ownership)
The Matt Harvey redemption train left the station with a solid, but short outing against the Dodgers, and I think it really picks up steam against the woeful Giants.
Ian Kennedy, KC vs. TB (16.3% ownership)
He’s coming off an awful outing but now gets the Rays at home.
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