Fantasy Baseball: Week 22 pitching outlook

Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians

Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians

As the final month of regular season baseball opens on Monday, fantasy owners need to be totally prepared for the playoffs. Most fantasy baseball leagues start their playoffs this week, but for those that still haven’t started, it’s just as important to fight for the last few spots or that elusive first-round bye.

Two-start pitchers

Since we’re essentially down to the “win or go home” part of the season, streaming pitchers is ever more important. For the following week, here is a list of all the two-start pitchers who are widely available to be streamed.

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The list is ranked in the order in which I believe they should be utilized; it includes the player name, team, ownership percentage in ESPN fantasy baseball leagues, and their pitching matchups.

  1. Carlos Carrasco CLE (32.2) – Tue. vs. DET, Sun. vs. CWS
  2. Henderson Alvarez MIA (52.7) – Mon. vs. NYM, Sun. vs. ATL
  3. James Paxton SEA (39.1) – Tue. @OAK, Sun. @TEX
  4. Kevin Gausman BAL (5.6) – Mon. vs. MIN, Sat. @TB
  5. Shane Greene NYY (8.8) – Tue. vs. BOS, Sun. vs. KC
  6. Bud Norris BAL (5.3) – Tue. vs. CIN, Sun. @TB
  7. C.J. Wilson LAA (54.1) – Tue. @HOU, Sun. @MIN
  8. Derek Holland TEX (0.3) – Tue. @KC, Sat. vs. SEA
  9. Wade Miley ARI (11.2) – Tue. @SD, Sun. @LAD
  10. Jason Hammel OAK (39.6) – Mon. vs. SEA, Sun. vs. HOU
  11. Jeremy Hellickson TB (11.6) – Tue. vs. TOR, Sun. vs. BAL
  12. Chris Young SEA (31.1) – Mon. @OAK, Sat. @TEX
  13. Odrisamer Despaigne SD (3.0) – Tue. vs. ARI, Sun. @COL
  14. Joe Kelly BOS (3.0) – Mon. @TB, Sat. vs. TOR
  15. Trevor Cahill ARI (0.8) – Mon. @SD, Sat. @LAD
  16. Jimmy Nelson MIL (2.4) – Mon. @CHC, Sun. vs. STL
  17. Roberto Hernandez LAD (5.0) – Mon. vs. WSH, Sun. vs. ARI
  18. Rubby De La Rosa BOS (1.6) – Mon. @TB, Sat. vs. TOR
  19. Colby Lewis TEX (0.4) – Mon. @KC, Sat. vs. SEA
  20. Tommy Milone MIN (1.3) – Tue. vs. CWS, Sun vs. LAA
  21. Franklin Morales COL (0) – Mon. vs. SF, Sun. vs. SD
  22. Kyle Lobstein DET (0) – Tue. @CLE, Sun. vs. SF
  23. Jacob Turner CHC (0.1) – Mon. vs. MIL, Sun. vs. PIT

While many of the pitchers listed could effectively help a fantasy baseball team, the last six or so pitchers should only be used as a last ditch effort on Sunday.

[Under-owned pitchers]

Pitching Notes

Derek Holland may be worth more than just a stream this week. Holland’s first start of the 2014 season will come on Tuesday in Kansas City. Last year, in over 200 innings pitched, Holland had a 3.42 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and averaged 8.0 K/9. Although there isn’t much time left in the 2014 regular season, Holland should provide better quality pitching than most other starters available via free agency. However, since he is coming off an injury, the Texas Rangers may limit his pitching, especially considering that they currently own the worst record in the majors.

Michael Wacha is set to join the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation soon; if not this week, early next week. Wacha has made a few rehab appearances in the Cardinals’ farm system, but should be back at the major league level soon. He is currently owned in 48.6% of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues. He is worth a roster spot if you can spare the bench room until he rejoins the big league club.

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