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.[table “2716” not found /]
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