Who’s On First? (8/3/20-8/9/20)

This article is going to be a weekly planner/FAAB piece. It will come out each Sunday morning for those of you looking for ideas for that night’s pick-up. I encourage you to also read the What’s on Second article which has more players and things to consider for the not too distant future.

Things to Consider
The Marlins and Cardinals are dealing with COVID outbreaks and will miss an undetermined amount of games.

The rotations for the Phillies, Brewers, Blue Jays, Marlins, and Cardinals have not been reset yet and are difficult to predict at the moment of writing this.

The Orioles, Red Sox, and Nationals only play five games in Week 2.

The Giants play four games in Colorado.

The Astros, Angels, Blue Jays and Giants play all of their games on the road this week.

The Padres play all of their games at home this week.

All Double Headers are now 7 innings long.

 

Pickups to Consider By Position
Catchers:
Austin Nola– Nola now has catcher eligibility and is hitting now that he is healthy.

 

Corner Infielders:
Evan Longoria– Longoria is a boring name, but he is back from the IL and gets a Colorado series.

Wilmer Flores– Flores is hitting in the middle of the Giants lineup and gets that Colorado series.

 

Middle Infielders:
Nick Madrigal– Made his Major League debut and should provide some average and a little speed in a good lineup.

Donovan Solano- They call him Donnie Bats in SF and is getting every day at bats with a Colorado series to start the week.

Willy Adames– Adames hit 3rd in the lineup yesterday and is a former top prospect with pop and speed. One of the few Rays that isn’t going to platoon.

 

Outfielders:
Bradley Zimmer– Zimmer is getting a good amount of play in the Indians outfield. He is a former top prospect with pop, speed, the ability to walk and good defensively. I have been a huge fan and prospect fatigue has taken him off of everyone’s radar.

Nick Markakis– He’s back!

Edward Oliveras- Oliveras is getting more and more playing time and has some pop and good speed.

Alex Dickerson– Dickerson is hitting at the top of the Giants order and gets that Colorado series this week.

 

Starting Pitchers:
Homer Bailey– Next start lines up against the Royals.

Cristian Javier– Impressive in his first start and the minors. With Verlander gone, he has a spot in the rotation long term and has a decent matchup in Arizona this week.

Daniel Ponce De Leon- Gets the Tigers depending on what happens with the COVID issues. If it lines up correctly, he will get a two-step against the Pirates and the White Sox next week.

Daniel Norris– Gets the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

 

Relievers:
Trevor Rosenthal– I think the closer role in KC is likely a committee moving forward, but Rosenthal has experience with manager Mike Matheny and got the most recent save.

Jesse Chavez and Jonathan Hernandez– With Jose Leclerc done for the season, the Rangers need a new closer. Hernandez seems like the logical next man up, but I think this is another committee situation.

Dellin Betances- Betances got blown up the other night and then Seth Lugo lost the game. The Mets are clearly looking for a closer other than Diaz and I think they would prefer Betances be it and have Lugo be a multi-inning guy.

James KarinchakBrad Hand’s days are numbered in Cleveland and when he wasn’t available, Karinchak got the save.

Ryan PresslyRoberto Osuna left last night’s game with an injury and Pressly was the guy the Astros were going to go with when Osuna wasn’t ready to start the season. Cy Sneed could be in line as well if Pressly isn’t ready considering Pressly just came off the IL.

Rowan Wick– Wick got the save last night and it seems the trust in Kimbrel is rightfully gone.

 

Two-Start Pitchers Worth Considering
Zach Plesac at CIN, at CHW
Matt Shoemaker at ATL, at TB
Framber Valdez at ARI, at OAK
Kyle Gibson at OAK, vs LAA
Alec Mills vs KC, at STL
Jeff Hoffman vs SF, at SEA

 

Starting Pitching Schedule

Starting Pitchers for 8/3/20-8/9/20
Mon, Aug 3 Tue, Aug 4 Wed, Aug 5 Thu, Aug 6 Fri, Aug 7 Sat, Aug 8 Sun, Aug 9
BAL OFF OFF John Means* OFF Alex Cobb Wade LeBlanc* Tommy Milone*
BOS OFF Nathan Eovaldi Martin Perez* OFF Ryan Weber Zack Godley BULLPEN
NYY Gerrit Cole J.A. Happ* Jordan Montgomery* Masahiro Tanaka James Paxton* Gerrit Cole/TBD J.A. Happ*
TBR OFF Charlie Morton Ryan Yarbrough* OFF Blake Snell* T. Glasnow/Y. Chirinos Charlie Morton
TOR OFF Matt Shoemaker TBD TBD TBD TBD Matt Shoemaker
CHW Carlos Rodon* Lucas Giolito Dallas Keuchel* Gio Gonzalez* Dylan Cease Carlos Rodon* Lucas Giolito
CLE Zach Plesac Shane Bieber Mike Clevinger Carlos Carrasco Aaron Civale Zach Plesac Shane Bieber
DET OFF Matthew Boyd* I. Nova/TBD Spencer Turnbull Michael Fulmer Daniel Norris* Matthew Boyd*
KCR Danny Duffy* Brady Singer Kris Bubic* TBD Jakob Junis Danny Duffy* Brady Singer
MIN Rich Hill* Jose Berrios Randy Dobnak Kenta Maeda Homer Bailey Rich Hill* Jose Berrios
HOU OFF Framber Valdez* Cristian Javier Lance McCullers Jr. Zack Greinke Josh James Framber Valdez*
LAA OFF Andrew Heaney* Dylan Bundy Matt Andriese Griffin Canning TBD Shohei Ohtani
OAK Frankie Montas Jesus Luzardo* Sean Manaea* Mike Fiers Chris Bassitt Frankie Montas Jesus Luzardo*
SEA Justus Sheffield* Justin Dunn Marco Gonzales* Taijuan Walker Yusei Kikuchi* Kendall Graveman Justus Sheffield*
TEX OFF Kyle Gibson Lance Lynn Mike Minor* Jordan Lyles Kolby Allard* Kyle Gibson
ATL Mike Soroka Max Fried* Sean Newcomb* Touki Toussaint Kyle Wright Mike Soroka Max Fried*
MIA OFF TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
NYM Jacob deGrom Steven Matz* Rick Porcello OFF Michael Wacha David Peterson* Jacob deGrom
PHI TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
WSN OFF Max Scherzer Stephen Strasburg OFF Patrick Corbin* Anibal Sanchez Austin Voth
CHC Alec Mills Kyle Hendricks Yu Darvish Tyler Chatwood Jon Lester* Alec Mills Kyle Hendricks
CIN Trevor Bauer Sonny Gray Tyler Mahle Luis Castillo Anthony DeSclafani Trevor Bauer Sonny Gray
MIL TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
PIT Derek Holland* Joe Musgrove Trevor Williams Mitch Keller Steven Brault* Derek Holland* Joe Musgrove
STL OFF TBD TBD/TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
ARI OFF Madison Bumgarner* Robbie Ray* Zac Gallen Luke Weaver Merrill Kelly Madison Bumgarner*
COL German Marquez Jeff Hoffman Jon Gray Kyle Freeland* Antonio Senzatela German Marquez Jeff Hoffman
LAD Walker Buehler Dustin May Ross Stripling OFF Julio Urias* Clayton Kerhsaw* Walker Buehler
SDP Chris Paddack Dinelson Lamet Garrett Richards OFF Joey Lucchesi* Zach Davies Chris Paddack
SFG Johnny Cueto Kevin Gausman Logan Webb Drew Smyly* Jeff Samardzija Johnny Cueto Kevin Gausman
*Left-Handed
Blue= 2-Start
Red= TBD
Yellow= Bullpen Game

 

Schedule for 8/3/20-8/9/20
MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
8/3 8/4 8/5 8/6 8/7 8/8 8/9
BAL OFF MIA MIA MIA @WSN @WSN @WSN
BOS OFF @TBR @TBR OFF TOR TOR TOR
NYY PHI PHI @PHI @PHI @TBR @TBR-2 @TBR
TBR OFF BOS BOS OFF NYY NYY-2 NYY
TOR OFF @ATL @ATL @ATL @BOS @BOS @BOS
CHW @MIL @MIL MIL MIL CLE CLE CLE
CLE @CIN @CIN CIN CIN @CHW @CHW @CHW
DET OFF STL @STL-2 @STL @PIT @PIT @PIT
KCR @CHC @CHC CHC CHC MIN MIN MIN
MIN PIT PIT @PIT @PIT @KCR @KCR @KCR
HOU OFF @ARI @ARI @ARI @OAK @OAK @OAK
LAA OFF @SEA @SEA @SEA @TEX @TEX @TEX
OAK @SEA TEX TEX TEX HOU HOU HOU
SEA OAK LAA LAA LAA COL COL COL
TEX OFF @OAK @OAK @OAK LAA LAA LAA
ATL NYM TOR TOR TOR @PHI @PHI @PHI
MIA OFF @BAL @BAL @BAL @NYM @NYM @NYM
NYM @ATL @WSN @WSN OFF MIA MIA MIA
PHI @NYY @NYY NYY NYY ATL ATL ATL
WSN OFF NYM NYM OFF BAL BAL BAL
CHC KCR KCR @KCR @KCR @STL @STL @STL
CIN CLE CLE @CLE @CLE @MIL @MIL @MIL
MIL CHW CHW @CHW @CHW CIN CIN CIN
PIT @MIN @MIN MIN MIN DET DET DET
STL OFF @DET DET-2 DET CHC CHC CHC
ARI OFF HOU HOU HOU @SDP @SDP @SDP
COL SFG SFG SFG SFG @SEA @SEA @SEA
LAD @SDP @SDP @SDP OFF SFG SFG SFG
SDP LAD LAD LAD OFF ARI ARI ARI
SFG @COL @COL @COL @COL @LAD @LAD @LAD

Yellow= Double Headers

 

HUGE Thanks to Jason Martinez for allowing me to use his schedules and starting pitching matchups from Roster Resource!!!

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Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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Just FWIW, Solano’s actual nickname is Donnie Barrels.