Week 12 of fantasy baseball is already here, which means we have a little more time to make some gains (or play catch up) in our leagues before the MLB All-Star break. Before I continue, allow me to introduce myself! My name is Danna, I’m from Hawaii, and fantasy baseball has been a passion of mine for over a decade. My favorite team is the Atlanta Braves, my favorite color is black, I have a 24/7 sweet tooth, and I’ve been running my own small business for a little over a year now. You can find me on Twitter: @DannaHanashiro.
Let’s get started on this week’s Pitching Primer! We’ll look at pitchers that you can stream, who are available in about 50% or more of ESPN and Yahoo fantasy baseball leagues. Listed will be a pitcher and their team, along with ownership percentages and their projected opponent. This week also includes two, two-start pitchers.
Joe Musgrove – Pittsburgh Pirates (ESPN: 45.7%, Yahoo: 53%)
Projected start: 6/22 vs. ARI
Musgrove is a name we’re familiar with from his days with the Astros. It seems as though he’s healthy, and the Pirates should be able to help him improve from the past two seasons. In this start, Musgrove is facing the D-backs at home. He’s been able to pitch in at least five innings in each of this four starts. Overall, Musgrove’s numbers to start his season off the DL are pretty good. He’s getting almost a strikeout per inning, leaving 81.6% of runners on base, and 50% of balls in play are ground balls. Things changed quickly for the D-backs, as they fell into some tough times in May by losing 19 games. They’re trying to stay atop the NL West, but PNC Park favors pitchers more than hitters, so Musgrove should have a better outing than his last in Arizona.
Carlos Rodon – Chicago White Sox (ESPN: 20.6%, Yahoo: 33%)
Projected starts: 6/19 @ CLE, 6/24 vs. OAK
If you’re looking for two-start pitchers for Week 12, it’s a little difficult to find one where you’re comfortable with actually starting them for both starts. While Rodon is one of them since he’s facing the Indians on back-to-back starts, he has a favorable match up against the A’s at home. His first two starts have been decent, and I think it’s worth the chance if you need the stats. Considering these starts were against the Indians and Red Sox, he pitched five innings with just two earned runs in both, and 11 strikeouts combined. This is better than most would expect from a guy who is pitching for the first time this season. When using Rodon this week, you do it knowing that he may give up a few walks and a home run or two. Furthermore, if you’re thinking of keeping him on your roster, he may just be a spot starter with possible upcoming starts in Arlington, Houston, and at home against the Cardinals.
Tyler Mahle – Cincinnati Reds (ESPN: 7.1%, Yahoo: 11%)
Projected start: 6/20 vs. DET
Mahle’s Week 12 start comes at home against the Detroit Tigers. Personally, I really like Mahle and have him on some of my ESPN and NFBC rosters as a spot starter, but most people probably view him as the streamer type. The Reds don’t get a lot of wins and it’s hard to roster a pitcher in that position. When an opportunity to stream them comes up, they could be taken into careful consideration. The Tigers are in the NL, and that means they’ll lose the DH (Victor Martinez). Opposite of Mahle, should be Michael Fulmer. He hasn’t been pitching to his expectation, and it’ll be easy for this game to get out of hand for him if walks and home runs become a problem at the Great American Ball Park. For the month of June, Mahle has been cutting down on walks, and hasn’t allowed a home run. He does get more strikeouts at home, and should have a decent start if he can keep the Tigers’ left-handed bats quiet.
Dereck Rodriguez – San Francisco Giants (ESPN: 2.4%, Yahoo: 2%)
Projected start: 6/19 vs. MIA, 6/24 vs. SDP
With just four major league starts under his belt, Rodriguez has two home starts coming up against the Marlins and Padres. In the minors this season, he was averaging a little over a strikeout per inning. Rodriguez hasn’t quite reached that mark yet, but has the potential to in Week 12. Both the Marlins and the Padres are in the bottom third in MLB when it comes to many offensive categories. Both teams don’t walk much, and the Padres as a team have a K-rate of 25.2%. In Rodriguez’s starts against the Phillies and Marlins, he pitched at least six innings in each game. Combined, he only gave up three earned runs and struck out 10 batters. In what looks to be one of the better two-start pitchers in Week 12 in terms of availability and matchup, Rodriguez can be active for both starts.
Thank you for reading, and good luck with your fantasy baseball season and pitching streamers!