Time for Field of Streams, so jump on in, the water’s fine. You know the drill, before we look into the future, let us check the past. Last week, the eight recommended streamers went 3-5, with a 3.09 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a K/9 of 8.45. Overall that will do, but the week certainly had its Ups, Downs and What Have Yous!
Brandon McCarthy, Yankees – 9IP, 4H, 0ER, 8K, W
Matt Shoemaker, Angels – 7.2IP, H, 0ER, 9K, W
Chase Anderson, Diamondbacks – 2IP, 6H, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, L
Travis Wood, Cubs – 6IP, 8H, 4ER, BB, 6K, L
WHAT HAVE YOUS
Roenis Elias, Mariners – 4IP, 3H, ER, 6BB, 4K, L
James Paxton, Mariners – 4IP, 7H, ER, 2BB, 5K, L
Ryan Vogelsong, Giants – 4IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, L
Okay, now that your whistle has been whetted, let’s get to the good stuff!
Roenis Elias, Mariners (vs. Rangers) – Truth be told, I recommended Roenis last time around and the results were not, great. Not terrible, but not great. I mean if you want to be nitpicky, Elias struggled and only lasted four innings against the Phillies. But, Elias did only allow one run and only allowed 3 hits. Yeah, you take away those six walks and the line is not that bad. Unfortunately he did have those six walks and exited early, marring an otherwise sort of pleasant-looking pitching line. The streaming pool is a little shallow, come Monday, so judge your level of desperation, here, kids. But what’s to like about this matchup is this is in Seattle, a good pitcher’s locale, against the Rangers, a struggling offense. The Rangers are bottom five in the majors in runs scored, wOBA and SLG over the past couple of weeks. Now, granted I thought Elias would pitch well against the light hitting Phillies offense and it didn’t quite pan out, but in two starts this season against Texas he has only allowed four earned runs over 12.1 innings. Elias’ FIP against them is below 2.60 as well, so I am like 63% sure he can get you a quality start on Monday.
5.5% owned in ESPN, 8% owned in Yahoo!
J.A. Happ, Blue Jays (vs. Red Sox) – I don’t mind Just Alright Happ. Quite the endorsement, huh? Okay, what I mean is Happ is definitely not a must own/must start pitcher, but he’s kind of like a poor man’s Jamie Navarro. You know, like a Jamie Navarro in his prime. Okay, look, I am not even sure the late Billy Mays (R.I.P.) could sell Happ but, as mentioned, the Monday streaming is light and like Elias it is not as much the general numbers as the matchup. Happ faces the RedSox whom, despite plating a few more runs here and there are still towards the bottom of the league in OBP and SLG. Plus, in his last start against the BoSox Happ shut them out for six innings in Fenway. Again, your desperation levels should be low to start the week, so when it comes to Happ, stream with caution.
1.6% owned in ESPN, 4% owned in Yahoo!
James Paxton, Mariners (vs. Rangers) – Not to pick on the Rangers, but, well, yeah, let’s pick on the Rangers some more. Their offensive woes of late have already been documented above, so no need to rehash all that data, here. Unlike in the case of Elias, though, I actually like Paxton a heck (pardon my French) of a lot. The kid’s got skills, people, s-k-i-l-l-s, skills! Like Elias, though, Paxton was not sharp against the Phightins last week, also only lasting four innings but, unfortunately allowing four runs (one earned). That little start created some open seats on the Paxton ship, but look, the stuff was still there as his FIP was 2.13. The biggest problem for Paxton, in Philly, was the fly balls. The normally good ground ball rate was non so present in that outing and that should be better this time around and, you know what, if it isn’t, Paxton is pitching in Seattle, not Philly, so damage should be minimal.
38.2% owned in ESPN, 38% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Shoemaker, Angels (vs. Marlins) – There is certainly something to be said for riding the hot hand and that is exactly what I advise doing with Shoemaker. Look, I am not entirely sure of what the future looks like for Shoemaker beyond this start, but the Cordwainer looked pretty darned good against the Red Sox on Thursday, allowing just one hit over 7.2 innings! Yes, you are correct, I did recommend that start and you are welcome. Alright, enough talk of my greatness…that’s what we were talking about, right? Anyways, let us get back to the point of this section, Mr. Matty Shoemaker. Shoemaker has been plenty good as a starter this year with a 3.44 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and an 8.9 K/9. But wait! There’s more! At home this season, Shoemaker has a 2.72 ERA and a 9.35 K/9! The FIP at home comes at a none too shabby 3.02, as well. The Marlins offense is not as bad you may think, but I still like Shoemaker in this battle.
36.9% owned in ESPN, 40% owned in Yahoo!
Shane Greene, Yankees (@ Tigers) – Much like with the aforementioned James Paxton, Shane Green’s ownership numbers kind of baffle me. In seven starts with the Bombers, Greene is 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA and an above average 7.95 K/9. The FIP is at 3.25, so those nice and shiny numbers seem to be fairly legit. Now the Tigers are never an ideal matchup for streaming, what with a very good offense and all, but Shane has already faced the Tigers and did, ya know, okay, pitching eight scoreless innings. No big deal or anything. While that was an impressive showing, I am not going to read too much into. You see, the Tigers have some very good hitters and for most, if not all, of them, it was their first time seeing Greene and this is the first lineup that is seeing him for the second time around, so this could be an interesting test. Yes, I know, when streaming, you don’t want interesting, you want dominating. Well, eight scoreless frames may not be in the cards this time around, but I would say, at the very least, a quality start is.
18.3% owned in ESPN, 16% owned in Yahoo!
Kevin Gausman, Orioles (vs. Rays) – Before Friday’s start against the Cubbies, which went not so great, Gausman had thrown a quality start in four of his five previous starts. In seven of Gausman’s starts he has allowed one run or less, so there is always a gem lurking. Now, overall, Gausman has pitched more o an ERA over four, what with a 4.37 xFIP, but he does generally pitch to the park well, with a regular old FIP of 3.58 prior to Friday’s outing. Rays are what I consider to be middle of the pack, offensively, and against them this season, Gausman has had one good start and one lousy start. Really this start could go either way but, for whatever reason, I like this matchup for Gausman.
11.1% owned in ESPN, 18% owned in Yahoo!
Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays (vs. Red Sox) – Yes Stroman Candle has had some struggle recently, but I am standing by him, especially at home. At home this season Stroman has been super-duper good. Don’t believe me? Well, allow me to show ya! In Canada this season he holds a 2.70 ERA and a .95 WHIP.You’d be cuckoo to not take those numbers any day of the week and twice on Sundays! The Red Sox offense is showing signs of life off and on, but as Matt Shoemaker showed us last week, they can be easily stymied. Stroman has already faced the Red Sox twice in 2014 and both starts were kind of stellar. In those two starts Stroman pitched a total of 14 innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits, walking four and striking out 15. Sure, the Sawx have some new hitters since the last time Stroman Candle faced them, but I still think Marcus has their number. Either that or he will soon become my fantasy kryptonite.
27.8% owned in ESPN, 44% owned in Yahoo!
Colin McHugh, Astros (vs. Rangers) – At this point, with playoff spots on the line in head-to-head leagues, I feel like good ol’ Colin McHugh is a must own. It is to the point where this Irish lad is a just about a must start each time he takes the hill. McHugh has allowed one earned run in each of his last four starts, going at least six innings in each. The season FIP is a solid 3.37 and Colin is striking out over a batter per inning. You know (or at least you will) how much I love a good K/9. It is hard to imagine a starter with a 3.00 ERA and K/9 over nine, not being owned in more than half of all leagues, but that is what we have here with Colin McHugh. The Rangers offense is a shell of its former self and I am not quite buying a JP Arencibia hot streak. This is your Mc…Cue to utilize McHugh.
48.6% owned in ESPN, 42% owned in Yahoo!
Carlos Carrasco, Indians (@ White Sox) – I am a bit hesitant to recommend Carrasco at the Cell, since every streamer I recommend seems to get knocked around, there. At least one of those recommendations, Drew Hutchison is something of a fly ball pitcher, so maybe I should have seen that coming? Anyways, Carrasco has a very good ground ball rate of 54% so he should be able to keep the ball in the park. In his three starts since jumping into the rotation, Carrasco has allowed just one earned run in eighteen innings on just, wait for it, seven hits. SEVEN! I shouldn’t have to tell you that those are some good digits next to Carrasco’s name. In general, the White Sox have not been good at the plate, so as long as Carlos continues to keep the ball on the ground he should have a good outing.
23.4% owned in ESPN, 21% owned in Yahoo!
Well that wraps up another Field of Streams! Look both ways when crossing the street and happy and safe streaming!