Headlining this week’s fantasy baseball pitchers with two starts are Shane Bieber, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Verlander and Patrick Corbin.
Merrill Kelly: Monday @ MIA, Sunday vs WSH TWO STARS
Kelly was torn apart in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles and he hasn’t earned a win in his previous seven outings. He has been solid at points in the year but is hard to trust after this recent performance.
Dallas Keuchel: Monday @ WSH, Saturday vs CIN FOUR STARS
Julio Teheran: Monday @ WSH, Sunday vs CIN THREE STARS
After struggling in his first two starts of 2019 Keuchel has rebounded nicely and is coming off his best start of the season. He struck 12 out through six innings and only allowed five runners on base.
Teheran earned the loss his last game despite not allowing an earned run. With a little help from the batters, Teheran should be winning games and could be in for a solid week.
Boston Red Sox
David Price: vs Tuesday vs TB, Sunday @ NYY THREE STARS
Price has allowed four home runs in his last three starts and six walks as well. He is coming off two straight losses and needs to cut those down in order to earn a win. However, Price should still be trusted and started.
Yu Darvish: Tuesday @ STL, Sunday vs MIL FOUR STARS
Darvish lines up against two teams in the top 10 scored runs since July started and could face some troubles. The current St. Louis Cardinals only have a .231 batting average against Darvish and the Brewers only have a .183 batting average against him. With these numbers in mind, Darvish needs to be played even if it’s against two strong teams.
Chicago White Sox
Reynaldo Lopez: Tuesday vs NYM, Sunday @ PHI FOUR STARS
Lopez has been on fire recently despite not earning the wins he deserves. If the White Sox start driving in runs expect Lopez to walk away with two wins this week.
Sonny Gray: Monday vs PIT, Saturday @ ATL FOUR STARS
Tanner Roark: Tuesday vs PIT, Sunday @ ATL TWO STARS
Gray has allowed only two home runs in his last four starts. His strikeouts have been high recently and similarly with Lopez the Reds need to drive in runs for Gray to earn a win this week.
Roark, on the other hand, needs to start limiting runs if he is to earn the win. He is more prone to home runs and also doesn’t strike as many out as Gray but has gotten better run support in his outings.
Shane Bieber: Tuesday vs HOU, Sunday vs LAA FIVE STARS
Bieber allowed one hit and one walk through nine innings while striking out 10 in his most recent start. Bieber has shown he can go deep in games this whole season. Houston is always a tough matchup for any pitcher but Bieber should do just fine.
Jon Gray: vs LAD, vs SF TWO STARS
Kyle Freeland: vs LAD, vs SF ONE STAR
Gray is coming off an injury that made him leave his last start early. He will be tough to trust as he’s been walking multiple players a game and not striking out as many as he should.
Many fantasy baseball managers probably wished they had traded Freeland after his first couple starts of the season. After posting stellar outings he had a complete downfall and now should not be trusted to start on any fantasy team.
Jordan Zimmermann: Monday @ LAA, Sunday @ TEX ONE STAR
Do not trust Zimmermann as he mostly ends up with negative points in his starts.
Justin Verlander: Tuesday @ CLE, Sunday vs SEA FIVE STARS
Verlander has struck out 23 batters his last two games and seems to be rolling.
Kansas City Royals
Brad Keller: Monday vs TOR, Sunday @ MIN THREE STARS
The Toronto Blue Jays have a .371 batting average against Keller and could prove troublesome. Keller, however, has been on fire lately limiting his walks and home runs while striking out plenty. His own percentage of 15 should be higher as his hot streak continues.
Los Angeles Angels
Jamie Barria: Monday vs DET, Sunday @ CLE THREE STARS
Barria tends to be solid on most nights but will have an outlier every few games. on July 19 he allowed 10 earned runs. On July 24 he only allowed one earned run. It’s hard to predict what Barria will do but he should be started against the Tigers.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Kenta Maeda: Monday @ COL, Saturday vs SD THREE STARS
Julio Urias: Tuesday @ COL, Sunday vs SD TWO STARS
Any pitcher that has to play in Coors Field will have limited fantasy value. Maeda is good enough though that he should be started no matter where he’s playing. Urias, on the other hand, doesn’t have a long track record yet and might be better off on the bench versus the Rockies.
Caleb Smith: Monday vs ARI, Sunday @ TB FOUR STARS
Smith might be a surprise as a four-star this week but shouldn’t be after he struck nine out over seven innings allowing only two hits and two walks. He is the ace of the Miami Marlins and has been playing like it recently.
Jake Odorizzi: Tuesday @ MIA, Sunday vs KC THREE STARS
Odorizzi has been struggling with the long ball since mid June and it’s hard to tell when he’ll break out of it. He’s allowed 10 home runs in his last seven starts and earned three losses and only two wins in that period. Kansas City and Miami rank as the two teams with the fewest home runs since the start of July. Start Odorizzi and hope he breaks this slump.
New York Yankees
J.A. Happ: Tuesday vs ARI, Sunday vs BOS THREE STARS
Happ struggled against the Minnesota Twins a week ago but has a chance to rebound against two teams he’s pitched well against in the past. He is owned in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues and will probably be started in all formats.
New York Mets
Noah Syndergaard: Tuesday @ CHW, Sunday @ PIT FIVE STARS
Syndergaard has been in as many trade rumors as just about anybody. Meaning his status might change this week. He has two favorable matchups and should perform well if he is still wearing a Mets uniform after the deadline.
Drew Smyly: Tuesday vs SF, Sunday vs CHW TWO STARS
Smyly pitched well in his first appearance for the Phillies registering eight strikeouts over six innings, easily his best performance all year. On Tuesday he goes against the red hot Giants and could see him return to the bottom of the starting pitcher ranks. His Sunday match up could be a streaming option if fantasy owners are in need of points.
Jordan Lyles: recently traded to the Brewers and it is unknown who will be starting in his place. Whoever that ends up being will likely get two starts this week.
San Diego Padres
Chris Paddack: Monday vs BAL, Sunday @ LAD THREE STARS
One might see Baltimore as an easy matchup but they have scored the 11th most runs since July started. The Dodgers have scored the eighth-most runs in that span. Paddack should be started but don’t expect him to be dominate the whole time.
San Francisco Giants
Tyler Beede: Monday @ PHI, Saturday @ COL THREE STARS
Philadelphia has been one of the worst offensive teams in July making that match up perfect for both Giants pitchers. Beede, however, has to face the Rockies in Coors field limiting him to only three stars.
Toronto Blue Jays
Marcus Stroman: Like Lyles he was recently traded but to the Mets. Whoever starts in his place will likely get two starts.
Max Scherzer: Tuesday vs ATL, Sunday @ ARI FIVE STARS
Patrick Corbin: Monday vs ATL, Saturday @ ARI FIVE STARS
Two of the top pitchers in the MLB are sure-fire five stars this week. Scherzer is currently nursing an injury but it seems he should be ready for Tuesday.
*Scherzer was recently placed on the 10-day IL.
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