Football season has started, but we still have a little more Fantasy Baseball left! Since we’re so deep into the season Week 23 goes over a couple of pitchers that have been mentioned before, and also has a two-start pitcher.
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.
Anibal Sanchez – Atlanta Braves (ESPN: 40%, Yahoo: 54%)
Projected start: 9/12 @ SFG
Sanchez has been good this season, but hasn’t had anything to show for it since his win on August 3rd. Week 23’s start comes against the Giants, in San Francisco. AT&T Park is a great park for pitchers, especially in terms of keeping the ball in park. The Giants’ offense isn’t particularly strong, and more so with the absence of Buster Posey. Sanchez has pitched into the sixth inning in his last four starts, and can most likely get you a strikeout per inning. The Giants are currently striking out the sixth most in MLB, at 23.7%. Sanchez hasn’t been pitching deep enough into games to get quality starts, so you may want to stream another option if you absolutely need that stat. In my opinion, he’s worth the pick up, with or without the win or quality start.
Mike Minor – Texas Rangers (ESPN: 22%, Yahoo: 25%)
Projected starts: 9/10 @ LAA, 9/16 @ SDP
Minor is having himself a really nice season, to say the least. There wasn’t much expectation, and that’s what makes this a pleasant surprise. In his last six starts, Minor has wins against the A’s, Yankees, and Astros. He also pitched a good game against the Dodgers, but took the loss. He has a two-start week coming up, against the Angels and Padres. Having good outings against playoff contenders doesn’t solidify wins against losing teams, but it does bode well for Minor. Getting away from Globe Life Park, and into more pitching friendly parks should help with keeping his home run numbers down on the road. At home, Minor’s allowing 1.90 HR/9, and 1.39 HR/9 on the road. He gives up less walks on the road as well. If he can continue the season strong and healthy, keep an eye on him for 2019.
Joe Musgrove – Pittsburgh Pirates (ESPN: 21%, Yahoo: 28%)
Projected starts: 9/11 @ STL
I’m not sure why Musgrove isn’t owned in more leagues. Maybe it’s my bias because I really feel like there’s potential here for him to do better. He doesn’t have enough innings to qualify, but his current 3.75 ERA would put him at 35th, in between Kyle Gibson and James Paxton. He would be tied with Jake Arrieta and Kyle Gibson, for 1.05 HR/9. Musgrove has pitched into the sixth inning in 12 of 17 starts. His strikeouts aren’t always consistent, but he’s been able to keep walks to a minimum lately, with 5 in 50.1 innings. This start will be in St. Louis. It’s not ideal, but Musgrove walks less batters on the road, and has a better batting average and slugging percentage too. The Cardinals have lost 6 out of 10, so they can be beat.
Matt Shoemaker – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (ESPN: 12%, Yahoo: 22%)
Projected start: 9/13 vs. SEA
Shoemaker has just three starts this season, and two since being activated from the disabled list. Both September starts were on the road against the Rangers and White Sox. Shoemaker was able to keep the Rangers scoreless in five innings while giving up three runs in 5 1/3 against the Sox. The Mariners will be a taller task. They’re in the playoff hunt for the division or wild card spot. This one will be at home for Shoemaker, who pitches better at home over his career.The Mariners strikeout the fourth least in MLB, at a rate of 20.1%. He’s never been a big strikeout guy, so don’t be disappointed if only gets a couple.
Thank you for reading, and good luck with your fantasy baseball season and pitching streamers!