I would guess most of you are here because you find me just doggone delightful, but some of you may also be here because you are actually in need of some streaming advice. Let’s call the latter the one percent that I will be catering to, today. The bottom line, folks, is it is crunch time and if you are still in it to win it, some strategic streaming could give you that little bit of oomph to get you to title town.
As always, streaming is generally high risk-high reward. After all there is usually some reason that these pitchers are not readily available, ya know? Predicting sports, especially baseball is not easy, case in point, Ben Revere has a HR and eight RBIs this week. Prior to this week, Revere and zero homers and twelve, yes twelve, RBIs on the year and he has 512 ABs, so it’s not like he just started getting playing time. Could anyone have predicted that? Well, maybe I could have , since in the league where my playoff opponent has the aforementioned Ben Revere, I have been fairly unlucky most of the season. I mean, I still made the playoffs, but finished sixth despite being in the top three of 8 of 12 categories and only below sixth in two categories. But, I digress, since that rant could fill its own 100 word rant, easy. You didn’t come here to here me complain about my fantasy woes (DARN YOU, BEN REVERE!), you came here to find some streamers for the upcoming week.
Of course, we can’t just dive right in without some context, so let’s see how my recommended streamers from last week fared. Well, the week started off, umm, to put it lightly, poorly. My hot hand picking streamers turned into a popsicle on Monday and Tuesday. The four streamers on those days went 1-3, with a 10.80 ERA, a 2.27 WHIP and a 9.00 K/9. Hey! Nice K/9, right? Look, I’ll take what I can get from that disastrous two days, okay? Plus, turned it around with the last four starters, who went 1-1, with a 2.16ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and a 7.92 K/9. Somewhat redeeming there in what I will call the Even Steven week.
Okay, okay, enough babbling like a brook, let’s get to next week’s recommendations.
Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays (vs. Cubs)- I have been on the Stroman Candle train since it left the station and have been trying to get more passengers ever since. Have there been some bumps along the way, causing the train to almost come completely off the tracks? Well, sure, but no one’s perfect and plus, did you know in ten starts at the Rogers Centre (née SkyDome) nine of them have been quality and in those nine he has allowed more than two earned runs only once? I thought not. As a starter in games played in Canada Stroman has a, wait for it, 2.08 ERA. 2.08!! The kid has been pretty darned good when pitching in the Great White North, and if he can pitch a complete game shutout there against the Tigers, I don’t expect the Cubbies to offer much resistance.
(15% owned in ESPN, 31% owned in Yahoo!)
Roberto Hernandez, Dodgers (vs. Padres)- The artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has been somewhat decent since putting on the Dodger blue, throwing quality starts in three of five starts. As a Philly in 2014, Carmona, er, Hernandez had seven quality starts…out of 20. The Nats got to him his last time out, but the Nats have been getting to a lot of pitchers lately, so I wouldn’t read too much into that start. That being said, Hernandez is not a must own ace or anything, don’t get me wrong, but he is facing the Padres. The Padres as you may remember are not a good hitting team, as it were. Granted they did touch Hernandez up for four runs (three earned) over five innings last time he faced them, so this is, by no means, a stream that has me bathed in confidence. I may be going more with my gut than my brain here, but I think Roberto spins a QS versus the Friars.
(3.1% owned in ESPN, 7% owned in Yahoo!)
Colin McHugh, Astros (@ Mariners)- This time of year everyone could use a little luck of the Irish for their fantasy teams and what better place to find that than from a boy with a fine Irish moniker like McHugh? I was a person who kind of liked McHugh when he was called up in 2013, but he got a bit roughed up a bit and I seemed to forget all about him. Well, what do you know, one year later I am back singing the praises of McHugh’s streaming value. There is not a ton of belief in McHugh’s numbers, right now, I mean how else would you explain a guy with a sub three ERA and a K/9 over nine being owned in less than half of both ESPN and Yahoo! leagues? Hmm? The peripheral numbers, like, say, I dunno, that xFIP just several hairs over three points to only a minor regression, so what’s the deal folks? Take Colin in Seattle and thank me kindly.
(35.2% owned in ESPN, 44% owned in Yahoo!)
Roenis Elias, Mariners (vs. Astros)- Look, the actual number of streaming options alone on Tuesday is low, so take what you can get. Elias has been good to me lately in a streaming capacity, so I will let loose with him again, here. Despite the inability to get through the sixth inning, Elias has been pitching fairly well, allowing two earned runs or less in each of his last eight starts. Elias made it at least five in all but one of those starts, so odds he gets lit up are sort of low. The Astros are unpredictable right now, after Bo Porter’s dismissal, but I think Elias is good for five or six innings of two run ball, on Tuesday.
(8.1% owned in ESPN, 11% owned in Yahoo!)
Drew Hutchison, Blue Jays (vs. Cubs)- Yes, Hutch draws the Cubs this week and yes, that is the primary reason he is appearing here, but Hutch has been showing flashes of brilliance, lately. Hutch has thrown three consecutive quality starts, allowing just four earned runs over nine innings. That alone if darned good, but over those 19 innings Hutch has also fanned 22 batters to the tune of a 10.42 K/9. I’ll pause a moment for that to sink in. (cue elevator music). Good? Good. Four of Hutchison’s last five starts have also been of the quality variety and, and, did you not see that he is facing the Cubs? Come on people, that’s money in the bank for Hutch this week!
(6.2% owned in ESPN, 16% owned in Yahoo!)
Jarred Cosart, Marlins (@ Brewers)- I recommended Cosart on Friday and Cozy rewarded me with seven and two-thirds strong innings, allowing three earned (although none of those runs came until the seventh inning) runs on five hits while striking out six. In case you are not keeping track that’s five consecutive quality starts for Cozy. That last start was also the only one of the five where he allowed more than a run. Yep, you read that correctly. In four of his last five starts Cosart has gone at least six innings and allowed one or no runs in each of those starts. Let us go ahead and throw that up against the Brewers how are struggling down the stretch. That sounds like the perfect match for a nice hump day stream. Well, that sounds weird, but you get my point.
(18.2% owned in ESPN, 20% owned in Yahoo!)
Jose Quintana, White Sox (vs. Athletics)- Ah, Q, your season has been filled with ups and downs, for darned sure, but I still like ya. This is not the most favorable matchup for Q, but looking at Thursday’s slate of available starters, well, it looks pretty grim. After four straight iffy looking starts (at least according to the pitching lines) Q bounced back with a fine quality start against the Tigers. The good and bad seem to come in bunches for Q, lately. After nine straight starts in which Quintana gave up no more than three runs in any of them, he proceeded to allow four or more runs in four consecutive starts. Oh and those nine straight good-looking starts were preceded by back-to-back clunkers. Basically Q does not seem to throw a clunker without a nice little quality start streak. I think the next streak started against Detroit and continues on against the Athletics.
(26.2% owned in ESPN, 44% owned in Yahoo!)
Nathan Eovaldi, Marlins (@ Brewers)- I like Nate the Great and all, but his appearance here, this time around, is due in large part to the available options. There aren’t many. Eovaldi did not let me down in his last outing against the Bravos, spinning six and two-thirds innings of nine hit one-run ball. That’ll do the trick, any day of the week and twice on Sunday (not literally). As mentioned in the Jarred Cosart chapter, the Brew Crew are sort of down right now, so I am thinking Eovaldi takes advantage of that to the tune of a quality start. In his five starts prior to that Braves game, Nate the Great had a FIP below two and although it ballooned to 3.73 against the Braves, it still points to a high chance of a QS.
(11.6% owned in ESPN, 18% owned in Yahoo!)
Alright, ladies and gentleman, that’s all I have for you this week. Until we meet again, happy streaming!