Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Report (Week 22): Waiver Wire Pickups, Streamers, Injury Updates & More
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No pitcher monologues this week. Time for waiver adds and injury news.
Cole Irvin – Oakland Athletics
Yahoo: 51%, ESPN: 53%
The low strikeout rate and sub-.500 win-loss record does not stick out for many fantasy players, but Irvin has maintained a sub-3.70 ERA and 1.30 WHIP despite his limitations. He earned a tough win against the White Sox on the road August 19 and has logged quality starts in three of his last four starts. As of Sunday morning, he is lined up to face the Seattle Mariners in Oakland on Tuesday.
Chris Flexen – Seattle Mariners
Yahoo: 47%, ESPN: 56%
Don’t want to trust Irvin? Take his opponent Tuesday. Flexen has been an excellent home pitcher for Seattle but has taken his winning ways to the road of late. He has quality starts in three of his last four road starts, including three earned runs in five innings in the Bronx. For as good as Flexen has been in 2021, his recent stretch may be his best of the season.
Austin Gomber – Colorado Rockies
Yahoo: 39%, ESPN: 40%
Gomber has been mediocre at best against teams he should do well against (Arizona Diamondbacks most recently). His lone start this week is in Chicago against the Cubs. Since August 1, the Cubs have a 60 home Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) against southpaws. That is tied for 28th in baseball over that time. The offense has also racked up a 37.2% strikeout rate over that sample, the worst in baseball by 7.2%.
Tarik Skubal – Detroit Tigers
Yahoo: 44%, ESPN: 38%
Skubal had a two-game win streak snapped August 18 despite going seven-plus innings and allowing two earned runs. He has three straight quality starts and has allowed two runs in 18 2/3 innings in those starts. He should fare well against the Cardinals’ mediocre offense this week.
Logan Gilbert – Seattle Mariners
Yahoo: 43%, ESPN: 43%
The rookie has been hit hard his last two starts, allowing 14 earned runs over 9 2/3 innings pitched, but I don’t care with the Royals coming to Seattle next week. Kansas City has a 79 road wRC+ and .653 OPS against right-handed pitching.
Ian Anderson (shoulder) will make one more rehab start before rejoining the Atlanta rotation.
Kenta Maeda will undergo an MRI on his forearm after exiting his start against the New York Yankees.
Chris Archer is scheduled to come off the 60-day IL August 22 and start against the White Sox. It would be his first start in four months.
After one start with the Padres, Jake Arrieta landed on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain.
Jacob deGrom was transferred to the 60-day IL. The earliest he can come off the IL is September 15.
Freddy Peralta is expected to make his next scheduled start after exiting his last start against the Cardinals with shoulder discomfort.
This is a projected list. Starts are subject to change and not all starters have been named.
Lance Lynn and Dylan Cease (CHW) — at TOR, vs CHC
Marco Gonzales (SEA) — at OAK, vs KC
Pete Blackburn (OAK) — vs SEA, vs NYY
Dylan Bundy (LAA) — at BAL, vs SD
Ranger Suarez (PHI) — vs TB, vs ARI
Suarez has not logged five innings in a start since being moved to the starter/opener role.
Tylor Megill (NYM) — vs SF, vs WSH
Taylor Hearn (TEX) — at CLE, vs HOU
Eli Morgan (CLE) — vs TEX, vs BOS
Jack Flaherty (STL) — at DET, at PIT
Tyler Mahle (CIN) — at MIL, at MIA