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Pitching Planner for Week 3

Pitching Planner for Week 3
Tim McCullough Managing Editor April 9, 2018 1:36AM EDT

RotoExperts’ Week 3 Pitching Planner

Welcome to the Pitching Planner for Week 3 of the Fantasy Baseball season. While it’s way too early to draw any conclusions based on the statistics that have accumulated to date, there are a few interesting numbers that have me scratching my head. For instance, Shohei Ohtani is certainly living up to the hype that preceded his arrival in California. He started and won his second game of the season, limiting the Oakland A’s to just one hit over seven innings with 12 strikeouts and just one walk. He’s now 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and .55 WHIP; plus, he’s batting .389/.421/.889 with three HRs, seven RBIs and four runs scored. Ohtani has hit more HRs than two teams (Tigers, Royals). I hate to sound like a curmudgeon but I just can’t envision Ohtani keeping this up for very long. Something has to give way, whether it’s his elbow or another body part that wears down remains a mystery – but something’s got to give way.

The Red Sox brought their record up to 8-1 with Sunday’s victory over the 1-8 Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays (1-8) have a triple slash of just .188/.254/.264 with a team strikeout rate of 26.4 percent. Oddly enough, the Phillies are just about league average with their current mark of .237./.335/.403 despite their strikeout rate of 27.4 percent and relatively average production. Hang in there if your team is off to a slow start; another interesting season is just underway and the offensive milestones will come your way if you are able to be patient.

Starting Pitcher Rankings

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 handedness (left-handers are designated with an “L”). 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.

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ARZZack Godley (R) 2
at. SF
Derek Holland (L)
Patrick Corbin (L) 3
at. SF
Johnny Cueto (R)
Robbie Ray (L) 3
at. SF
TBD
Zack Greinke (R) 2
at. LAD
Rich Hill (L)
Taijuan Walker (R) 3
at. LAD
Clayton Kershaw (L)
Zack Godley (R) 2
at. LAD
Alex Wood (L)
ATLJulio Teheran (R) 2
at. WAS
Max Scherzer (R)
Michael Foltynewicz (R) 2
at. WAS
Stephen Strasburg (R)
Brandon McCarthy (R) 2
at. WAS
A.J. Cole (R)
Anibal Sanchez (R) 4
at. CHC
Yu Darvish (R)
Sean Newcomb (L) 4
at. CHC
Jose Quintana (L)
Julio Teheran (R) 3
at. CHC
Tyler Chatwood (R)
CHCTyler Chatwood (R) 2
vs. PIT
Ivan Nova (R)
Jon Lester (L) 2
vs. PIT
Steven Brault (L)
Kyle Hendricks (R) 2
vs. PIT
Trevor Williams (R)
Yu Darvish (R) 1
vs. ATL
Anibal Sanchez (R)
Jose Quintana (L) 2
vs. ATL
Sean Newcomb (L)
Tyler Chatwood (R) 2
vs. ATL
Julio Teheran (R)
CINCody Reed (L) 5
at. PHI
Ben Lively (R)
Homer Bailey (R) 4
at. PHI
Aaron Nola (R)
Luis Castillo (R) 3
at. PHI
Nick Pivetta (R)
Sal Romano (R) 4
vs. STL
Michael Wacha (R)
Tyler Mahle (R) 4
vs. STL
Luke Weaver (R)
Cody Reed (L) 4
vs. STL
Miles Mikolas (R)
Homer Bailey (R) 3
vs. STL
Carlos Martinez (R)
COLJon Gray (R) 3
vs. SD
Clayton Richard (L)
Tyler Anderson (L) 4
vs. SD
Joey Lucchesi (L)
German Marquez (R) 4
vs. SD
Luis Perdomo (R)
Chad Bettis (R) 3
at. WAS
Gio Gonzalez (L)
Kyle Freeland (L) 4
at. WAS
Tanner Roark (R)
Jon Gray (R) 3
at. WAS
Max Scherzer (R)
Tyler Anderson (L) 4
at. WAS
Stephen Strasburg (R)
LADAlex Wood (L) 4
vs. OAK
Sean Manaea (L)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) 4
vs. OAK
Daniel Mengden (R)
Rich Hill (L) 3
vs. ARZ
Zack Greinke (R)
Clayton Kershaw (L) 1
vs. ARZ
Taijuan Walker (R)
Alex Wood (L) 3
vs. ARZ
Zack Godley (R)
MIAJose Urena (R) 4
vs. NYM
Noah Syndergaard (R)
Caleb Smith (L) 4
vs. NYM
Jacob deGrom (R)
Jarlin Garcia (L) 4
vs. NYM
Seth Lugo (R)
Dillon Peters (L) 4
vs. PIT
Chad Kuhl (R)
Trevor Richards (R) 4
vs. PIT
Jameson Taillon (R)
Jose Urena (R) 4
vs. PIT
Ivan Nova (R)
MLWJhoulys Chacin (R) 3
at. STL
Miles Mikolas (R)
Brent Suter (L) 4
at. STL
Carlos Martinez (R)
TBD
at. STL
Adam Wainwright (R)
Zach Davies (R) 3
at. NYM
Steven Matz (L)
Chase Anderson (R) 3
at. NYM
Matt Harvey (R)
Jhoulys Chacin (R) 3
at. NYM
Noah Syndergaard (R)
NYMNoah Syndergaard (R) 1
at. MIA
Jose Urena (R)
Jacob deGrom (R) 1
at. MIA
Caleb Smith (L)
Seth Lugo (R) 3
at. MIA
Jarlin Garcia (L)
Steven Matz (L) 2 vs. MLW
Zach Davies (R)
Matt Harvey (R) 2
vs. MLW
Chase Anderson (R)
Noah Syndergaard (R) 1
vs. MLW
Jhoulys Chacin (R)
PHIBen Lively (R) 3
vs. CIN
Cody Reed (L)
Aaron Nola (R) 2
vs. CIN
Homer Bailey (R)
Nick Pivetta (R) 3
vs. CIN
Luis Castillo (R)
Vince Velasquez (R) 3
at. TB
Jacob Faria (R)
Jake Arrieta (R) 2
at. TB
Chris Archer (R)
Ben Lively (R) 3
at. TB
Blake Snell (L)
PITIvan Nova (R) 4
at. CHC
Tyler Chatwood (R)
Steven Brault (L) 4
at. CHC
Jon Lester (L)
Trevor Williams (R) 4
at. CHC
Kyle Hendricks (R)
Chad Kuhl (R) 3
at. MIA
Dillon Peters (L)
Jameson Taillon (R) 3
at. MIA
Trevor Richards (R)
Ivan Nova (R) 3
at. MIA
Jose Urena (R)
SDClayton Richard (L) 5
at. COL
Jon Gray (R)
Joey Lucchesi (L) 5
at. COL
Tyler Anderson (L)
Luis Perdomo (R) 5
at. COL
German Marquez (R)
Bryan Mitchell (R) 3
vs. SF
Chris Stratton (R)
Tyson Ross (R) 3
vs. SF
Ty Blach (L)
Clayton Richard (L) 3
vs. SF
Derek Holland (L)
Joey Lucchesi (L) 3
vs. SF
Johnny Cueto (R)
SFDerek Holland (L) 4
vs. ARZ
Zack Godley (R)
Johnny Cueto (R) 3
vs. ARZ
Patrick Corbin (L)
TBD
vs. ARZ
Robbie Ray (L)
Chris Stratton (R) 3
at. SD
Bryan Mitchell (R)
Ty Blach (L) 3
at. SD
Tyson Ross (R)
Derek Holland (L) 3
at. SD
Clayton Richard (L)
Johnny Cueto (R) 2
at. SD
Joey Lucchesi (L)
STLMiles Mikolas (R) 3
vs. MLW
Jhoulys Chacin (R)
Carlos Martinez (R) 2
vs. MLW
Brent Suter (L)
Adam Wainwright (R) 2
vs. MLW
TBD
Michael Wacha (R) 4
at. CIN
Sal Romano (R)
Luke Weaver (R) 3
at. CIN
Tyler Mahle (R)
Miles Mikolas (R) 3
at. CIN
Cody Reed (L)
Carlos Martinez (R) 2
at. CIN
Homer Bailey (R)
WASMax Scherzer (R) 1
vs. ATL
Julio Teheran (R)
Stephen Strasburg (R) 1
vs. ATL
Michael Foltynewicz (R)
A.J. Cole (R) 2
vs. ATL
Brandon McCarthy (R)
Gio Gonzalez (L) 2
vs. COL
Chad Bettis (R)
Tanner Roark (R) 2
vs. COL
Kyle Freeland (L)
Max Scherzer (R) 1
vs. COL
Jon Gray (R)
Stephen Strasburg (R)1 vs. COL
Tyler Anderson (L)
BALDylan Bundy (R) 2
vs. TOR
J.A. Happ (L)
Andrew Cashner (R) 4
vs. TOR
Aaron Sanchez (R)
Kevin Gausman (R) 4
vs. TOR
Marco Estrada (R)
Chris Tillman (R) 5
at. BOS
TBD
Mike Wright Jr. (R) 5
at. BOS
TBD
Dylan Bundy (R) 3
at. BOS
E. Rodriguez (L)
BOSChris Sale (L) 1
vs. NYY
Luis Severino (R)
David Price (L) 1
vs. NYY
Masahiro Tanaka (R)
Rick Porcello (R) 3
vs. NYY
TBD
TBD
vs. BAL
Chris Tillman (R)
E. Rodriguez (L) 3
vs. BAL
Mike Wright Jr. (R)
Chris Sale (L) 1
vs. BAL
Dylan Bundy (R)
CWSMiguel Gonzalez (R) 1
vs. TB
Chris Archer (R)
Carson Fulmer (R) 2
vs. TB
Blake Snell (L)
James Shields (R) 4
vs. TB
TBD
Lucas Giolito (R) 3at. MIN
Jose Berrios (R)
Reynaldo Lopez (R) 2
at. MIN
Lance Lynn (R)
Miguel Gonzalez (R) 2
at. MIN
Jake Odorizzi (R)
Carson Fulmer (R) 3
at. MIN
Kyle Gibson (R)
CLECorey Kluber (R) 1
vs. DET
Francisco Liriano (L)
Josh Tomlin (R) 3
vs. DET
Matt Boyd (L)
Carlos Carrasco (R) 1
vs. DET
Jordan Zimmermann (R)
Trevor Bauer (R) 2
vs. DET
Michael Fulmer (R)
Mike Clevinger (R) 4
vs. TOR
Marcus Stroman (R)
Corey Kluber (R) 1
vs. TOR
Jaime Garcia (L)
Josh Tomlin (R) 3
vs. TOR
J.A. Happ (L)
DETFrancisco Liriano (L) 3
at. CLE
Corey Kluber (R)
Matt Boyd (L) 3
at. CLE
Josh Tomlin (R)
Jordan Zimmermann (R) 3
at. CLE
Carlos Carrasco (R)
Michael Fulmer (R) 4
at. CLE
Trevor Bauer (R)
Mike Fiers (R) 4
vs. NYY
Sonny Gray (R)
Francisco Liriano (L) 4
vs. NYY
Jordan Montgomery (L)
Matt Boyd (L) 5
vs. NYY
Luis Severino (R)
HOUJustin Verlander (R) 2
at. MIN
Jake Odorizzi (R)
Dallas Keuchel (L) 2
at. MIN
Kyle Gibson (R)
Lance McCullers (R) 3
at. MIN
TBD
Gerrit Cole (R) 1
vs. TEX
Mike Minor (L)
Charlie Morton (R) 2
vs. TEX
Cole Hamels (L)
Justin Verlander (R) 1
vs. TEX
Doug Fister (R)
KCJake Junis (R) 3
vs. SEA
Felix Hernandez (R)
Eric Skoglund (L) 4
vs. SEA
James Paxton (L)
Danny Duffy (L) 2
vs. SEA
Ariel Miranda (L)
Ian Kennedy (R) 5
vs. LAA
TBD
Jason Hammel (R) 4
vs. LAA
Shohei Ohtani (R)
Jake Junis (R) 3
vs. LAA
Garrett Richards (R)
Eric Skoglund (L) 3
vs. LAA
Tyler Skaggs (L)
LAAGarrett Richards (R) 2
at. TEX
Doug Fister (R)
Tyler Skaggs (L) 3
at. TEX
Martin Perez (L)
Parker Bridwell (R) 3
at. TEX
Matt Moore (L)
TBD
at. KC
Ian Kennedy (R)
Shohei Ohtani (R) 1
at. KC
Jason Hammel (R)
Garrett Richards (R) 2
at. KC
Jake Junis (R)
Tyler Skaggs (L) 3
at. KC
Eric Skoglund (L)
MINJake Odorizzi (R) 3
vs. HOU
Justin Verlander (R)
Kyle Gibson (R) 3
vs. HOU
Dallas Keuchel (L)
TBD
vs. HOU
Lance McCullers (R)
Jose Berrios (R) 2
vs. CWS
Lucas Giolito (R)
Lance Lynn (R) 2
vs. CWS
Reynaldo Lopez (R)
Jake Odorizzi (R) 2
vs. CWS
Miguel Gonzalez (R)
Kyle Gibson (R) 3
vs. CWS
Carson Fulmer (R)
NYYLuis Severino (R) 2
at. BOS
Chris Sale (L)
Masahiro Tanaka (R) 2
at. BOS
David Price (L)
TBD
at. BOS
Rick Porcello (R)
Sonny Gray (R) 2
at. DET
Mike Fiers (R)
Jordan Montgomery (L) 2
at. DET
Francisco Liriano (L)
Luis Severino (R) 2
at. DET
Matt Boyd (L)
OAKSean Manaea (L) 3
at. LAD
Alex Wood (L)
Daniel Mengden (R) 3at. LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)
Daniel Gossett (R) 2
at. SEA
Mike Leake (R)
Andrew Triggs (R) 2
at. SEA
Marco Gonzales (L)
Kendall Graveman (R) 4
at. SEA
Felix Hernandez (R)
SEAFelix Hernandez (R) 2
at. KC
Jake Junis (R)
James Paxton (L) 1
at. KC
Eric Skoglund (L)
Ariel Miranda (L) 3
at. KC
Danny Duffy (L)
Mike Leake (R) 3
vs. OAK
Daniel Gossett (R)
Marco Gonzales (L) 3
vs. OAK
Andrew Triggs (R)
Felix Hernandez (R) 2
vs. OAK
Kendall Graveman (R)
TBChris Archer (R) 1
at. CWS
Miguel Gonzalez (R)
Blake Snell (L) 2
at. CWS
Carson Fulmer (R)
TBD
at. CWS
James Shields (R)
Jacob Faria (R) 4
vs. PHI
Vince Velasquez (R)
Chris Archer (R) 1
vs. PHI
Jake Arrieta (R)
Blake Snell (L) 3
vs. PHI
Ben Lively (R)
TEXDoug Fister (R) 3
vs. LAA
Garrett Richards (R)
Martin Perez (L) 4
vs. LAA
Tyler Skaggs (L)
Matt Moore (L) 4
vs. LAA
Parker Bridwell (R)
Mike Minor (L) 5
at. HOU
Gerrit Cole (R)
Cole Hamels (L) 4
at. HOU
Charlie Morton (R)
Doug Fister (R) 5
at. HOU
Justin Verlander (R)
TORJ.A. Happ (L) 3
at. BAL
Dylan Bundy (R)
Aaron Sanchez (R) 4
at. BAL
Andrew Cashner (R)
Marco Estrada (R) 2
at. BAL
Kevin Gausman (R)
Marcus Stroman (R) 2
at. CLE
Mike Clevinger (R)
Jaime Garcia (L) 3
at. CLE
Corey Kluber (R)
J.A. Happ (L) 2
at. CLE
Josh Tomlin (R)

Ben Lively Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum

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