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Week 4 Pitching Planner: Holding Myself Accountable

Week 4 Pitching Planner
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Now that we are on to the Week 4 pitching planner for the Fantasy Baseball season, I wanted to start holding myself accountable.

I mean, anyone can throw out who is pitching and who they are facing. I want to make sure my process is providing successful results.

So let’s start with the streaming options I gave you last week. It is not as easy as Fantasy Football Start/Sit where I can judge it strictly as a win/loss based on their ranking that week. There is a little more subjectivity. For instance, I would definitely say Zack Davies was a win since he got the win on 6.1 innings giving up just 3 hits and no runs.

I would count Sabathia as a win as well. He only went 4.1 innings but gave up just four hits and zero runs. Jake Odorizzi was probably a loss for me though. He went five innings giving up four runs and six hits with six strikeouts.

I’ll probably just start with the streamers for now, because the good and bad matchups are usually guys you are starting anyway.

So let’s get to the Week 4 pitching planner! For the Week 4 pitching planner I am using ownership percentages from ESPN and the information is up to date as of April 21st.

Week 4 Pitching Planner

2-Start Pitchers

Carlos Carrasco, CLE at BAL, vs. SEA

Masahiro Tanaka, NYY vs. MIN, at LAA

Jose Berrios, MIN at NYY, vs. CIN

Kevin Gausman, BAL vs. CLE, vs. DET

Mike Leake, SEA at CWS, at CLE

Brandon McCarthy, ATL at CIN, at PHI

Chris Stratton, SF vs. WAS, vs. LAD

Sal Romano, CIN vs. ATL, at MIN

Miguel Gonzalez, CWS vs. SEA, at KC

Robbie Ray, ARI at PHI, at WAS

Alex Cobb, BAL vs. TB, vs. DET

Rick Porcello, BAL @TOR, vs. TB

Tyler Chatwood, CHC at CLE, vs. MIL

Carson Fulmer, CWS vs. SEA, at KC

Tyler Mahle, CIN vs. ATL, at MIN

Chad Bettis COL vs. SD, at MIA

Matt Boyd, DET at PIT, at BAL

Gerrit Cole, HOU vs. LAA, vs. OAK

Ian Kennedy, KC vs. MIL, vs. CWS

Jaime Garcia, MIA at LAD, vs. COL

Zach Davies, MIL at KC, at CHC

Steven Matz, NYM at STL, at SD

Trevor Cahill, OAK, at TEX, at HOU

Vincent Velasquez, PHI vs. ARI, vs. ATL

Chad Kuhl, PIT vs. DET, vs. STL

Bryan Mitchell, SD at COL, vs. NYM

Adam Wainwright, STL vs. NYM, at PIT

Matt Moore, TEX vs. OAK, at TOR

J.A. Happ, TOR vs. BOS, vs. TEX

Gio Gonzalez, WAS at SF, vs. ARI

Good Matchups

Julio Teheran, ATL at CIN

The Reds’ offense is still struggling mightily with the fewest runs in the league so far.

Clayton Kershaw, LAD at SF

Kershaw is a surprising 1-3, but a visit to the bay should right his ship.

Chase Anderson, MIL at KC

Anderson has started the year with three out of five quality starts and was two outs away from his fourth.

James Paxton, SEA at CLE

The Indians have the lowest batting average in the league at just .207.


Bad Matchups

Drew Pomeranz, BOS at TOR

Pomeranz got roughed up in his first start of the year and it does not get any easier at Toronto this week.

Dallas Keuchel, HOU vs. OAK

Oakland has definitely surprised me scoring the fourth most runs in the league so far.

Luis Severino, NYY at LAA

Severino better not try to strike out all of the Angels as they lead the league in home runs.

Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada, TOR vs. BOS

Boston is off to one of the best starts in league history and I don’t want anything to do with them.


Streaming Options

Sean Newcomb, ATL at CIN (18.6% ownership)

As already stated, I am targeting the Reds until their bats wake up.

James Shields, CWS at KC (2.2% ownership)

Shields has had a really rough start to the year, but the Royals are hitting just .237 as a team.

Jake Odorizzi, MIN vs. CIN (44.1% ownership)

I’m going back to Odorizzi, who needs to be owned more.

Erasmo Ramirez, SEA at CLE (1.3% ownership)

Ramirez will make his first start of the year against the aforementioned light-hitting Tribe.

Tanner Roark, WAS at SF (47.9% ownership)

Roark is just lightly owned enough to be streamed and has a great matchup with the Giants.

That’s it for the Week 4 pitching planner. Be sure to check out the waiver wire article by Josh Morgan.

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