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Pitching Planner for Week 25

Tim McCullough Managing Editor September 18, 2017 12:17PM EDT
Welcome to the Pitching Planner for Week 25. This is the penultimate Pitching Planner for this season, as things will wind down for all Fantasy Baseball leagues at the end of September. Many of you are already well into your playoffs already and I’ve even gotten some emails from people who have their finals this week. My guess is that having them this week avoids the chaos of figuring out who will play in the final week when many teams will rest their regulars for the upcoming playoffs. Still others will shut down anyone playing with a nagging injury, especially if their team is not in contention for a postseason slot.

I get lots of emails asking for “hot hitters” or “sneaky pitcher starts” for these final weeks. My advice to those folks never wavers, though. Always stick with the guys that got you to the dance in the first place. Naturally, there are exceptions, such as cases in which someone is injured or not going to play for whatever reason. But for the most part, it’s always better to stick with the lineup and staff that got you this far.

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Owners of Clayton Kershaw get the benefit of two good starts from him in Week 25. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

The table below will be published each week showing the expected pitching rotation matchups, whether the game is at home or on the road, and it will include the pitcher’s win/loss record as of the date the planner is written. Finally, you will note that each matchup is assigned a ranking numbered #1-5. This number refers to my recommendation as far as starting that pitcher in Fantasy play and the rankings break down as follows:

1 – Must-Start – These pitchers are aces and are virtually matchup proof.

2 – Favorable Start – These pitchers may or may not be aces but the matchup is favorable.

3 – Streaming Option – These pitchers are in a favorable matchup, so they can be started if needed.

4 – Risky Start – The matchup is prohibitively risky. Owners are advised to avoid this pitcher.

5 – Bench – Do not start this pitcher in this matchup.

NLNLNLNLNLNLNLNL
TEAM9-189-199-209-219-229-239-24
ARZPatrick Corbin (L) SP3
at. SD
Luis Perdomo (R)
Zack Godley (R) SP3
at. SD
Dinelson Lamet (R)
Robbie Ray (L) SP2
at. SD
Clayton Richard (L)
Zack Greinke (R) SP1
vs. MIA
Adam Conley (L)
Taijuan Walker (R) SP4
vs. MIA
Dillon Peters (L)
Patrick Corbin (L) SP3
vs. MIA
Dan Straily (R)
ATLLuiz Gohara (R) SP5
vs. WAS
Gio Gonzalez (L)
Max Fried (L) SP5
vs. WAS
Max Scherzer (R)
Sean Newcomb (L) SP5
vs. WAS
Tanner Roark (R)
R.A. Dickey (R) SP5
vs. PHI
Ben Lively (R)
Julio Teheran (R) SP2
vs. PHI
Henderson Alvarez (R)
Luiz Gohara (R) SP5
vs. PHI
Nick Pivetta (R)
CHCJon Lester (L) SP1
at. TB
Blake Snell (L)
John Lackey (R) AP2
at. TB
Chris Archer (R)
Kyle Hendricks (R) SP2
at. MLW
Zach Davies (R)
Jose Quintana (L) SP2
at. MLW
Brandon Woodruff (R)
Jake Arrieta (R) SP2
at. MLW
Chase Anderson (R)
Jon Lester (L) SP1
at. MLW
Brent Suter (L)
CINJackson Stephens (R) SP5
vs. STL
Adam Wainwright (R)
Rookie Davis (R) SP4
vs. STL
Luke Weaver (R)
Homer Bailey (R) SP5
vs. STL
Carlos Martinez (R)
Sal Romano (R) SP5
vs. BOS
Rick Porcello (R)
Robert Stephenson (R) SP5
vs. BOS
Eduardo Rodriguez (L)
Jackson Stephens (R) SP5
vs. BOS
Doug Fister (R)
COLGerman Marquez (R) SP3
at. SF
Johnny Cueto (R)
Chad Bettis (R) SP3
at. SF
Matt Moore (L)
Tyler Chatwood (R) SP3
at. SD
Travis Wood (L)
Kyle Freeland (L) SP3
at. SD
Jordan Lyles (R)
Jon Gray (R) SP3
at. SD
Jhoulys Chacin (R)
German Marquez (R) SP3
at. SD
Luis Perdomo (R)
LADClayton Kershaw (L) SP1
at. PHI
Nick Pivetta (R)
Yu Darvish (R) SP2
at. PHI
Aaron Nola (R)
Kenta Maeda (R) SP2
at. PHI
Jake Thompson (R)
Alex Wood (L) SP2
at. PHI
Mark Leiter-Jr. (R)
Rich Hill (L) SP2
vs. SF
Jeff Samardzija (R)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) SP3
vs. SF
Madison Bumgarner (L)
Clayton Kershaw (L) SP1
vs. SF
Chris Stratton (R)
MIADan Straily (R) SP4
vs. NYM
Matt Harvey (R)
Odrisamer Despaigne (R) SP4
vs. NYM
Seth Lugo ()
Jose Urena (R) SP4
vs. NYM
Rafael Montero (R)
Adam Conley (L) SP4
at. ARZ
Zack Greinke (R)
Dillon Peters (R) SP4
at. ARZ
Taijuan Walker (R)
Dan Straily (R) SP4
at. ARZ
Patrick Corbin (L)
MLWChase Anderson (R) SP3
at. PIT
Steven Brault (L)
Brent Suter (L) SP3
at. PIT
Jameson Taillon (R)
Matt Garza (R) SP5
at. PIT
Chad Kuhl (R)
Zach Davies (R) SP4
vs. CHC
Kyle Hendricks (R)
Brandon Woodruff (R) SP4
vs. CHC
Jose Quintana (L)
Chase Anderson (R) SP4
vs. CHC
Jake Arrieta (R)
Brent Suter (L) SP4
vs. CHC
Jon Lester (L)
NYMMatt Harvey (R) SP5
at. MIA
Dan Straily (R)
Seth Lugo (R) SP4
at. MIA
Odrisamer Despaigne (R)
Rafael Montero (R) SP4
at. MIA
Jose Urena (R)
Jacob deGrom (R) SP1
vs. WAS
Edwin Jackson (R)
Robert Gsellman (R) SP4
vs. WAS
Stephen Strasburg (R)
Matt Harvey (R) SP5
vs. WAS
Gio Gonzalez (L)
PHINick Pivetta (R) SP5
vs. LAD
Clayton Kershaw (L)
Aaron Nola (R) SP2
vs. LAD
Yu Darvish (R)
Jake Thompson (R) SP5
vs. LAD
Kenta Maeda (R)
Mark Leiter-Jr. (R) SP5
vs. LAD
Alex Wood (L)
Ben Lively (R) SP4
at. ATL
R.A. Dickey (R)
Henderson Alvarez (R) SP4
at. ATL
Julio Teheran (R)
Nick Pivetta (R) SP4
at. ATL
Luiz Gohara (R)
PITSteven Brault (L) SP5
vs. MLW
Chase Anderson (R)
Jameson Taillon (R) SP4
vs. MLW
Brent Suter (L)
Chad Kuhl (R) SP4
vs. MLW
Matt Garza (R)
Ivan Nova (R) SP4
vs. STL
Michael Wacha (R)
Gerrit Cole (R) SP2
vs. STL
Lance Lynn (R)
Trevor Williams (R) SP4
vs. STL
Adam Wainwright (R)
SDLuis Perdomo (R) SP5
vs. ARZ
Patrick Corbin (L)
Dinelson Lamet (R) SP5
vs. ARZ
Zack Godley (R)
Clayton Richard (L) SP5
vs. ARZ
Robbie Ray (L)
Travis Wood (L) SP5
vs. COL
Tyler Chatwood (R)
Jordan Lyles (R) SP5
vs. COL
Kyle Freeland (L)
Jhoulys Chacin (R) SP5
vs. COL
Jon Gray (R)
Luis Perdomo (R) SP5
vs. COL
German Marquez ()
SFJohnny Cueto (R) SP4
vs. German Marquez (R)
Matt Moore (L) SP4
vs. COL
Chad Bettis (R)
Jeff Samardzija (R) SP4
at. LAD
Rich Hill (L)
Madison Bumgarner (L) SP2
at. LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)
Chris Stratton (R) SP5
at. LAD
Clayton Kershaw (L)
STLAdam Wainwright (R) SP4
at. CIN
Jackson Stephens (R)
Luke Weaver (R) SP3
at. CIN
Rookie Davis (R)
Carlos Martinez (R) SP2
at. CIN
Homer Bailey (R)
Michael Wacha (R) SP2
at. PIT
Ivan Nova (R)
Lance Lynn (R) SP2
at. PIT
Gerrit Cole (R)
Adam Wainwright (R) SP2
at. PIT
Trevor Williams (R)
WASGio Gonzalez (L) SP2
at. ATL
Luiz Gohara (R)
Max Scherzer (R) SP1
at. ATL
Max Fried (L)
Tanner Roark (R) SP2
at. ATL
Sean Newcomb (L)
Edwin Jackson (R) SP2
at. NYM
Jacob deGrom (R)
Stephen Strasburg (R) SP1
at. NYM
Robert Gsellman (R)
Gio Gonzalez (L) SP2
at. NYM
Matt Harvey (R)
BALDylan Bundy (R) SP4
vs. BOS
Doug Fister (R)
Kevin Gausman (R) SP3
vs. BOS
Drew Pomeranz (L)
Wade Miley (L) SP4
vs. BOS
Chris Sale (L)
Gabriel Ynoa (R) SP5
vs. TB
Matt Andriese (R)
Jeremy Hellickson (R) SP5
vs. TB
Alex Cobb (R)
Ubaldo Jimenez (R) SP5
vs. TB
Jake Odorizzi (R)
Dylan Bundy (R) SP2
vs. TB
Blake Snell (L)
BOSDoug Fister (R) SP4
at. BAL
Dylan Bundy (R)
Drew Pomeranz (L) SP2
at. BAL
Kevin Gausman (R)
Chris Sale (L) SP1
at. BAL
Wade Miley (L)
Rick Porcello (R) SP2
at. CIN
Sal Romano (R)
Eduardo Rodriguez (L) SP2
at. CIN
Robert Stephenson (R)
Doug Fister (R) SP4
at. CIN
Jackson Stephens (R)
CWSLucas Giolito (R) SP3
at. HOU
Lance McCullers (R)
James Shields (R) SP4
at. HOU
Brad Peacock (R)
Carson Fulmer (R) SP4
at. HOU
Dallas Keuchel (L)
Reynaldo Lopez (R) SP4
vs. KC
Jason Hammel (R)
Dylan Covey (R) SP4
vs. KC
Danny Duffy (L)
Lucas Giolito (R) SP3
vs. KC
Ian Kennedy (R)
CLEMike Clevinger (R) SP2
at. LAA
Tyler Skaggs (L)
Josh Tomlin (R) SP3
at. LAA
Ricky Nolasco (R)
Trevor Bauer (R) SP3
at. LAA
Parker Bridwell (R)
Carlos Carrasco (R) SP2
at. SEA
Erasmo Ramirez (R)
Corey Kluber (R) SP1
at. SEA
Marco Gonzales (L)
Mike Clevinger (R) SP2
at. SEA
Mike Leake (R)
DETBuck Farmer (R) SP3
vs. OAK
Jharel Cotton (R)
Chad Bell (R) SP4
vs. OAK
Daniel Gossett (R)
Anibal Sanchez (R) SP4
vs. OAK
Daniel Mengden (L)
Jordan Zimmermann (R) SP4
vs. MIN
Adalberto Mejia (L)
Myles Jaye (R) SP5
vs. MIN
Kyle Gibson (R)
Matt Boyd (L) SP4
vs. MIN
Ervin Santana (R)
Buck Farmer (R) SP3
vs. MIN
Jose Berrios (R)
HOULance McCullers (R) SP2
vs. CWS
Lucas Giolito (R)
Brad Peacock (R) SP2
vs. CWS
James Shields (R)
Dallas Keuchel (L) SP2
vs. CWS
Carson Fulmer (R)
Charlie Morton (R) SP3
vs. LAA
Garrett Richards (R)
Justin Verlander (R) SP1
vs. LAA
Andrew Heaney (L)
Collin McHugh (R) SP2
vs. LAA
Tyler Skaggs (L)
KCIan Kennedy (R) SP4
at. TOR
Marcus Stroman (R)
Jake Junis (R) SP4
at. TOR
Brett Anderson (L)
Jason Vargas (L) SP4
at. TOR
J.A. Happ (L)
Jason Hammel (R) SP4
at. CWS
Reynaldo Lopez (R)
Danny Duffy (L) SP2
at. CWS
Dylan Covey (R)
Ian Kennedy (R) SP4
at. CWS
Lucas Giolito (R)
LAATyler Skaggs (L) SP5
vs. CLE
Mike Clevinger (R)
Ricky Nolasco (R) SP5
vs. CLE
Josh Tomlin (R)
Parker Bridwell (R) SP5
vs. CLE
Trevor Bauer (R)
Garrett Richards (R) SP3
at. HOU
Charlie Morton (R)
Andrew Heaney (L)
SP3at. HOU
Justin Verlander (R)
Tyler Skaggs (L) SP5
at. HOU
Collin McHugh (R)
MINErvin Santana (R) SP2
at. NYY
Jaime Garcia (L)
Jose Berrios (R) SP3
at. NYY
CC Sabathia (L)
Bartolo Colon (R) SP4
at. NYY
Masahiro Tanaka (R)
Adalberto Mejia (L)
SP4 at. DET
Jordan Zimmermann (R)
Kyle Gibson (R) SP3
at. DET
Myles Jaye (R)
Ervin Santana (R) SP2
at. DET
Matt Boyd (L)
Jose Berrios (R) SP3
at. DET
Buck Farmer (R)
NYYJaime Garcia (L) SP2
vs. MIN
Ervin Santana (R)
CC Sabathia (L) SP4
vs. MIN
Jose Berrios (R)
Masahiro Tanaka (R) SP2
vs. MIN
Bartolo Colon (R)
Luis Severino (R) SP2
at. TOR
Marco Estrada (R)
Jordan Montgomery (L) SP3
at. TOR
Joe Biagini (R)
Sonny Gray (R) SP2
at. TOR
Marcus Stroman (R)
OAKJharel Cotton (R) SP4
at. DET
Buck Farmer (R)
Daniel Gossett (L) SP4
at. DET
Chad Bell (R)
Daniel Mengden (L) SP4
at. DET
Anibal Sanchez (R)
Kendall Graveman (R) SP5
vs. TEX
Nick Martinez (R)
Sean Manaea (L) SP3
vs. TEX
Miguel Gonzalez (R)
Jharel Cotton (R) SP4
vs. TEX
Martin Perez (L)
SEAMike Leake (R) SP4
vs. TEX
Martin Perez (L)
Felix Hernandez (R) SP4
vs. TEX
Andrew Cashner (R)
James Paxton (L) SP2
vs. TEX
Cole Hamels (L)
Erasmo Ramirez (R) SP4
vs. CLE
Carlos Carrasco (R)
Marco Gonzales (L) SP3
vs. CLE
Corey Kluber (R)
Mike Leake (R) SP4
vs. CLE
Mike Clevinger (R)
TBBlake Snell (L) SP4
vs. CHC
Jon Lester (L)
Chris Archer (R) SP2
vs. CHC
John Lackey (R)
Matt Andriese (R) SP4
at. BAL
Gabriel Ynoa (R)
Alex Cobb (R) SP3
at. BAL
Jeremy Hellickson (R)
Jake Odorizzi (R) SP3
at. BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez (R)
Blake Snell (L) SP4
at. BAL
Dylan Bundy (R)
TEXMartin Perez (L) SP4
at. SEA
Mike Leake (R)
Andrew Cashner (R) SP4
at. SEA
Felix Hernandez (R)
Cole Hamels (L) SP2
at. SEA
James Paxton (L)
Nick Martinez (R) SP4
at. OAK
Kendall Graveman (R)
Miguel Gonzalez (R) SP4
at. OAK
Sean Manaea (L)
Martin Perez (L) SP4
at. OAK
Jharel Cotton (R)
TORMarcus Stroman (R) SP2
vs. KC
Ian Kennedy (R)
Brett Anderson (L) SP4
vs. KC
Jake Junis (R)
J.A. Happ (L) SP2
vs. KC
Jason Vargas (L)
Marco Estrada (R) SP2
vs. NYY
Luis Severino (R)
Joe Biagini (R) SP4
vs. NYY
Jordan Montgomery (L)
Marcus Stroman (R) SP2
vs. NYY
Sonny Gray (R)

NameTeamGame 1 DateGame 1 OpponentGame 2 DateGame 2 Opponent
Dylan Bundy BALMonday, 9/18 7:05 PMBOS vs. Doug Fister Sunday, 9/24 1:35 PMTB vs. Blake Snell
Doug Fister BOSMonday, 9/18 7:05 PM@BAL vs. Dylan Bundy Sunday, 9/24 1:10 PM@CIN vs. Jackson Stephens
Chase Anderson MLWMonday, 9/18 7:05 PM@PIT vs. Steven Brault Saturday, 9/23 1:05 PMCHC vs. Jake Arrieta
Ervin Santana MINMonday, 9/18 7:05 PM@NYY vs. Jaime Garcia Saturday, 9/23 6:10 PM@DET vs. Matt Boyd
Nick PivettaPHIMonday, 9/18 7:05 PMLAD vs. Clayton Kershaw Sunday, 9/24 1:35 PM@ATL vs. Luiz Gohara
Clayton Kershaw LADMonday, 9/18 7:05 PM@PHI vs. Nick PivettaSunday, 9/24 4:10 PMSF vs. Chris Stratton
Buck Farmer DETMonday, 9/18 7:10 PMOAK vs. Jharel Cotton Sunday, 9/24 12:10 PMMIN vs. Jose Berrios
Jharel Cotton OAKMonday, 9/18 7:10 PM@DET vs. Buck Farmer Sunday, 9/24 4:05 PMTEX vs. Martin Perez
Dan StrailyMIAMonday, 9/18 7:10 PMNYM vs. Matt Harvey Sunday, 9/24 4:10 PM@ARZ vs. Patrick Corbin
Matt Harvey NYMMonday, 9/18 7:10 PM@MIA vs. Dan Straily Sunday, 9/24 1:10 PMWAS vs. Gio Gonzalez
Luis Perdomo SDMonday, 9/18 10:10 PMARZ vs. Patrick Corbin Sunday, 9/24 4:40 PMCOL vs. German Marquez
Patrick CorbinARZMonday, 9/18 10:10 PM@SD vs. Luis Perdomo Sunday, 9/24 4:10 PMMIA vs. Dan Straily
Jose Berrios MINTuesday, 9/19 7:05 PM@NYY vs. CC Sabathia Sunday, 9/24 12:10 PM@DET vs. Buck Farmer
Brent Suter MLWTuesday, 9/19 7:05 PM@PIT vs. Jameson Taillon Sunday, 9/24 2:10 PMCHC vs. Jon Lester
Marcus StromanTORTuesday, 9/19 7:07 PMKC vs. Ian Kennedy Sunday, 9/24 1:07 PMNYY vs. Sonny Gray
Ian Kennedy KCTuesday, 9/19 7:07 PM@TOR vs. Marcus Stroman Sunday, 9/24 2:10 PM@CWS vs. Lucas Giolito
Jackson StephensCINTuesday, 9/19 7:10 PMSTL vs. Adam Wainwright Sunday, 9/24 1:10 PMBOS vs. Doug Fister
Adam Wainwright STLTuesday, 9/19 7:10 PM@CIN vs. Jackson StephensSunday, 9/24 1:35 PM@PIT vs. Trevor Williams
Blake SnellTBTuesday, 9/19 7:10 PMCHC vs. Jon LesterSunday, 9/24 1:35 PM@BAL vs. Dylan Bundy
Jon Lester CHCTuesday, 9/19 7:10 PM@TB vs. Blake Snell Sunday, 9/24 2:10 PM@MLW vs. Brent Suter
Luiz Gohara ATLTuesday, 9/19 7:35 PMWAS vs. Gio Gonzalez Sunday, 9/24 1:35 PMPHI vs. Nick Pivetta
Gio Gonzalez WASTuesday, 9/19 7:35 PM@ATL vs. Luiz Gohara Sunday, 9/24 1:10 PM@NYM vs. Matt Harvey
Lucas GiolitoCWSTuesday, 9/19 8:10 PM@HOU vs. Lance McCullers Sunday, 9/24 2:10 PMKC vs. Ian Kennedy
Tyler SkaggsLAATuesday, 9/19 10:07 PMCLE vs. Mike Clevinger Sunday, 9/24 8:05 PM@HOU vs. Collin McHugh
Mike Clevinger CLETuesday, 9/19 10:07 PM@LAA vs. Tyler Skaggs Sunday, 9/24 4:10 PM@SEA vs. Mike Leake
Mike Leake SEATuesday, 9/19 10:10 PMTEX vs. Martin Perez Sunday, 9/24 4:10 PMCLE vs. Mike Clevinger
Martin Perez TEXTuesday, 9/19 10:10 PM@SEA vs. Mike Leake Sunday, 9/24 4:05 PM@OAK vs. Jharel Cotton
German Marquez COLTuesday, 9/19 10:15 PM@SF vs. Johnny Cueto (Sunday, 9/24 4:40 PM@SD vs. Luis Perdomo

 

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