Week 18 of the Fantasy Baseball season is coming to a close. Do you need starting pitching this weekend? If you do I have some widely available options (under 50 percent owned in Major Fantasy Baseball leagues) for you to consider this weekend.
Nate Karns and the Tampa Bay Rays have a Friday night game in Texas against the Rangers. Over his last 4 starts Karns is 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA on 22 strikeouts, 6 walks and 4 bombs in 21.1 innings pitched. Super 1.08 WHIP and very good .245 BABIP with a below average 4.46 FIP and much more manageable 3.69 xFIP. The Rangers slash a .262/.327/.419/.726 line against righties and since the All Star break have a 19 percent strikeout rate, .18 ISO, .339 BABIP, .338 wOBA and wRC+ of 111. The Rangers have been hot but so has Karns and with his matchup against the struggling leftie Martin Perez I look for good numbers straight across the board for Karns....and maybe even a win also.
Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs head cross town for a Friday afternoon game with the White Sox. Over his past 4 starts Hendricks is 2-1 with a 5.01 ERA with 24 strikeouts, 9 walks and 3 bombs in 23.1 innings pitched. Below average 1.37 WHIP and .313 BABIP and solid 4.00 FIP and even better 3.24 xFIP. The White Sox slash a .254/.309/.393/.702 line and since the All Star break have struck out 22 percent of the time, .185 ISO, .327 BABIP with a .340 wOBA and wRC+ of 116. Don't let those huge sabermetric numbers fool you and focus on the strikeouts and let everything else take care of itself.
Marco Estrada and the Toronto Blue Jays have a Saturday afternoon home game with the New York Yankees. Over his past 4 starts Estrada is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA with 18 strikeouts, 8 walks and 1 bomb in 22.2 innings pitched. Extremely solid 1.08 WHIP and .238 BABIP with a very good 3.41 FIP and much higher 4.72 xFIP. The Yankees slash a .257/.322/.429/.751 line against righties and since the All Star break have a 18.8 percent strikeout rate, .193 ISO, .299 BABIP with a wOBA of .345 and wRC+ of 119. Estrada blanked the Yankees in his last start and this matchup at home could be a very good one with solid numbers straight across the board.
Chris Bassitt and the Oaklnad Athletics travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles in a Saturday evening matchup. Over his last 4 starts Bassitt has posted a 1-2 record with a 2.03 ERA with 27 strikeouts, 5 walks and 2 bombs over 26.2 innings pitched. Excellent 0.90 WHIP and .262 BABIP with a terrific 2.61 FIP and xFIP of 2.86. The Orioles slash a .252/.310/.429/.738 line and since the All Star break have a 21.8 percent strikeout rate, .175 ISO, .285 BABIP with a wOBA of .313 and wRC+ of 97. This doesn't get much better than this for a streaming option and good numbers should be expected from Bassitt on Saturday.
Drew Hutchison and the Toronto Blue Jays play host to the Yankees in a Sunday afternoon contest. Over his past 4 starts Hutchison is 2-0 with a 5.57 ERA, 16 strikeouts, 7 walks and 3 bombs over 21 innings pitched. High 1.52 WHIP and .333 BABIP and average 4.57 FIP and better 4.54 xFIP. The Yankees slash a .257/.322/.429/.751 line against righties and since the All Star break have a 18.8 percent strikeout rate, .193 ISO, .299 BABIP with a wOBA of .345 and wRC+ of 119. Hutchison has been up and down all season yet hasn't had a loss since July 3rd.
Rubby De La Rosa and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in Atlanta for a Sunday afternoon game with the Braves. Over his last 4 starts De La Rosa is 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA on 16 strikeouts, 7 walks and 3 bombs over 25 innings pitched. Solid 1.16 WHIP and .247 BABIP with a good 4.22 FIP and better 4.19 xFIP. The Braves are slashing a .240/.288/.388/.626 line with a 17 percent strikeout rate, .099 ISO, .280 BABIP with a wOBA of .275 and wRC+ of 72. It doesn't get much better than this on Sunday.
Good Luck this weekend Fantasy Baseball owner.
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