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Week 4 Fantasy Baseball is already here as the season is seemingly flying by. This week we have three pitchers that you should be adding for the long haul and three that can help in the short term.

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Joey Lucchesi | San Diego Padres
(70% owned on Yahoo!)

After his first start of the season where he was a complete mess, the Padres’ Joey Lucchesi has been great. His ownership is climbing fast and you will want to hop on board before he is owned everywhere.

Lucchesi has performed both in San Diego where pitchers should excel but also at Coors field where good pitchers typically struggle. He has 24 strikeouts and 4 walks in his last three outings, allowing only one earned over that span. The lefty is proving he belongs on your fantasy baseball team.

Nick Pivetta | Philadelphia Phillies
(40% owned on Yahoo!)

The Phillies pitching staff is looking like it has the makings to be a dominant group. Obviously Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta, who was awesome on Thursday are getting the most attention. Nick Pivetta and Ben Lively, are very interesting options as well.

Pivetta has been inconsistent with the strikeouts and may frustrate some owners. But an ERA under 2.5 and a WHIP under 1 is a welcomed sight. The strikeout potential is there especially against K prone teams. He had 18 strikeouts in the two stars prior to the game against the Braves. He will start at home against the Pirates on Sunday and should perform great once again. Add Pivetta and use him the rest of the way.

Chris Stratton | San Francisco Giants
(14% Owned on Yahoo!)

The San Francisco Giants Chris Stratton has stepped up for a pitching rotation that badly needed help. While he is not a huge strikeout guy usually around 4 per game, the potential to put up a number approaching double digits is there.

He has gone 7 innings in his last two starts and looks to have solidified his rotation spot for the near future. Add Stratton this week if you need pitching help in deeper leagues.

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Tanner Roark | Washington Nationals
(66%) owned on Yahoo!

It’s been a strong start to the season for the Nationals Tanner Roark outside of one start against the Mets where he allowed five earned. He has allowed two earned or less in his other three outings. Roark has 24 strikeouts to only 9 walks.

This week he is on the road to face a weak Giants lineup. San Francisco has been a free swinging team over the last week, with 58 punch outs. Look for Roark to limit the damage and tally up the K’s in this match-up.

Jake Faria | Tampa Bay Rays
(41% owned on Yahoo!)

Jake Faria is scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles, a team that loves to strikeout. They are second in the MLB with 147 strikeouts against right handed pitching. The Orioles are a team that can put up a ton of runs so there is some danger with using Faria.

His last two outings show why he could be trustworthy, going 11.1 innings with 13 strikeouts, 3 walks and 2 earned. Use Faria this week and assuming things go as planned, he should be an option you can use going forward.

Zach Davies | Milwaukee Brewers
(24% Owned on Yahoo!)

It has been a lot of up and down for the Brewers Zach Davies this season. He had two outings where he allowed one or less earned and two outings where he allowed five or more earned. The strikeouts have done the same thing with totals of two, four, six, and eight.

That said, this is a golden opportunity for Davies to perform well. He will get the park advantage with this game being in Kauffman stadium and not in Milwaukee.

The Royals are at the bottom of the league for runs, total bases and OPS. Kansas City is not a huge strikeout prone team but they can be had. The downside is very low for this start and the upside feels massive. Fire up Davies this week.

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