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Week 7 Pitching Planner: The Dreaded “TBD” In Many Rotations

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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

2-Start Pitchers

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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


Good Matchups

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Sean Newcomb, ATL vs. MIA

Walker Buehler and Kenta Maeda, LAD at MIA

Jameson Taillon, PIT vs. CWS

Cole Hamels, TEX at CWS

Coming off of a brilliantly combined shutout of the hot Astros, Hamels is finding his groove.

Bad Matchups

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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

Streaming Options

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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