Welcome to Week 20 of the Fantasy Baseball season. Two San Francisco Giants have the ability to continue to impress. Mike Leake can build on his impressive first start of the DL and Ryan Vogelsong gets a chance to solidify his rotation spot both with the Giants and your fantasy baseball team. This week allows Mike Fiers to see what he can do after pitching a no hitter in his last outing.
Charlie Morton – Pittsburgh Pirates
(Tuesday at Miami Marlins)
Charlie Morton has been doing really as of late including allowing only 2 earned runs in 3 of his last 4 starts. The best part about his recent run is the increase in strikeouts. He has gone from a guy who would strikeout in the neighborhood of four to five strikeouts, to a guy who can approach 10 punch-outs. While the Marlins aren’t the strikeout team that the Mets and Reds have shown to be, the potential for six or seven strikeouts is there. The Marlins are also a team that hasn’t been scoring a ton of runs so Morton should be able to keep his earned run total low as well. I expect six-plus innings with two earned runs or less, six-plus strikeouts and a great shot at getting the win.
Mike Fiers – Houston Astros
(Wednesday at New York Yankees)
A week ago Mike Fiers was terrific against the Los Angeles Dodgers finishing the no hitter. A week later he get another solid matchup. He heads into Yankee stadium to face a team that that is in the top 10 in terms of strikeouts for the month of August. They are also in the bottom third in terms of runs scored in the month of August. These two things set Fiers as a strong streaming option. While i’m not predicting another no hitter or anything close to it, but a outing where he allows few earned runs and racks up the strikeouts in the process is definitely on the table.
Mike Leake – San Francisco Giants
(Friday vs St. Louis Cardinals)
I recommended Leake a week ago, even coming off of the disabled list. He rewarded those who started him with a six inning performance, allowing one hit and one earned, striking out six in the process. He faces a Cardinal team this week that is having a very tough time scoring runs. The Angels are the only team to score less runs in the month of August than St. Louis. Get Leake while you can because another strong outing could see him owned to highly to remain a streaming option.
Joe Ross – Washington Nationals
(Friday vs Miami Marlins)
Joe Ross got back on track in his last start against the Brewers. He allowed only one earned run over seven innings. His strikeout total was only four, which isn’t ideal but definitely helps. This week, he will get a home matchup against a Marlins team that struggles to score runs. I expect Ross to have a very similar stat line this week as he did last week. The Marlins don’t strike out a ton so three to five strikeouts seems reasonable. He should limit the damage too which should help his counting stats.He tends to avoid the walk keeping his WHIP in a very useful level.
Ryan Vogelsong – San Francisco Giants
(Sunday vs St. Louis Cardinals)
Ryan Vogelsong has forced his way back into the rotation for the Giants. He is getting his arm strength back in the last three outings and is going deeper and deeper in each outing. His last two outings have seen Vogelsong give up five hits and one earned. The strikeout total has come back as well, tallying 19 since joining the rotation again. He did have six walks in those outings and he will need to limit those on Sunday. Against a Cardinal team that can’t score runs and is in the upper half of the MLB in terms of strikeouts in the month of August, Vogelsong seems like a great pitcher to rely on this week.