FIELD OF STREAMS: WEEK 24 WEEKEND WARRIORS

Field of StreamsWow, I can’t believe we are almost to the end of another fantasy baseball season. Luckily fantasy football provides me plenty of frustration for the next few months. Anyways, here we sit, winding down another fantasy baseball season. For those of you still kicking in a fight for a championship, congrats! Now, especially for you, let’s find some streamers. Oh, but let’s see how last week panned out, first.

Last week’s six recommended starters went 2-1, with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and a 7.71 K/9. I’ll take that in a pinch, for sure. Four starts were quality to high quality starts, one clunker of sorts (I still believe in Cory Rasmus) and one Vance Worley what have you. Enough looking upon my highly successful past, let’s turn to my highly successful future…

FRIDAY

Jose Quintana, White Sox (vs. Twins) – So, Q actually got pushed back a day and slides into an even better matchup. The Twins are not pathetic at the plate or anything, but they are not as troublesome for a streamer as the Athletics happen to be, so, yeah, it’s a better matchup for Q. Qs good starts seem to come in bunches and he is only two into his current streak of goodness right now. In his last two starts against the Twinkies, Q allowed only two earned runs over 12 innings. Jose also struck out 11 batters and allowed just four base runners. The season FIP is under three and for the most part Quintana has put up good numbers. I don’t foresee the Twins giving much trouble this week.
(24.6% owned in ESPN, 43% owned in Yahoo!)

Vidal Nuno, Diamondbacks (vs. Padres) – Wasn’t too long ago that starting Nuno was a definite no-no, but now he has transformed himself into a viable streaming option with the Diamondbacks. Nuno’s last four starts have been high quality outings, where he went at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer runs. That’s  a little something I like to call “getting the job done”.  You won’t get Ks, or wins apparently (Nuno is still winless as a D-back), but the other numbers are solid, and solid gets even solider against the Padres, ladies and germs.
(1.7% owned in ESPN,  4% owned in Yahoo!)

 

SATURDAY

Chase Anderson, Diamondbacks (vs. Padres) – Chase hit a minor bump in the road with back-to-back not so swell outings a few weeks back, but he seems to now have righted the ship, as it were. Look, eight of Anderson’s last ten starts have been quality and in only three of his 19 total starts, has he allowed more than three runs to score. And hey, in five of his last six starts he has truck out at least a batter per inning, which is pretty darned solid and a wise man once wrote that “solid gets even solider against the Padres”. Now, sure, I know his last start against the Padres was less than good, but have the Padres knocked around the same starting pitcher, back-to-back times? I actually have no idea, but I would guess the answer is probably no or if the answer is yes, it hasn’t happened that often this season.
(4.4% owned in ESPN, 9% owned in Yahoo!)

Shane Greene, Yankees (@ Orioles) – This one is kind of high risk, high reward right now, as Greene has seemed far less dominant than he was when we first met. The fact remains that Greene has only allowed more than three earned runs in two of his 11 starts, and while I realize that is not overly spectacular, it shows potential for streaming gold. The numbers point to Greene being about average-ish, but in his last start against the Orioles, Greeney pitched seven and a third scoreless innings, striking out nine. I am not saying Greene replicates that performance, in fact I am sure he will regress a bit, but if you are worried about him being “figured out” upon a second viewing, Greene pitched well twice against the Tigers, so why not do it against the O’s?
(8.6% owned in ESPN, 12% owned in Yahoo!)

 

SUNDAY

Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays (vs. Rays) – I have been on board with Stroman Candle since he jumped into the Jays rotation and have been starting him ever since. No, it is not just because I love calling him Stroman Candle, although that does help. Stroman has good stuff and if you haven’t noticed, he has dominated up in Canada…just ask the Cubs. Yes it is the Cubs, but Stroman shut them out, while striking out eight and walking none! In only two home starts this season has Stroman allowed more than two earned runs. That’s twice in eleven starts and in only one of those starts did he allow more than three runs. Sure that start was against the same Rays he faces this time around, but you got have faith, kids! Stroman continues to dazzle up in Canada.
(36.8% owned in ESPN, 37% owned in Yahoo!)

Hector Santiago, Angels (vs. Astros) – Don’t look now but Hector Santiago is pitching fairly well. In the month of August, Santiago posted a 1.93 ERA over 28 innings. Granted, the FIP was around four, so maybe he got a bit lucky, but often times in fantasy it’s better to be lucky than good. Not really, but kinda. Santiago has pitched well at home this season to the tune of a 2.93 ERA. Again there is a bit of luck there and those numbers should regress, but there is just something I like about this matchup. It’s not a matchup I would rest my fantasy season on or anything, but my gut says Hector slogs his way through to a quality start.
 (8.5% owned in ESPN, 16% owned in Yahoo!)

Tom Koehler, Marlins (@ Phillies) – TK has been good to me, lately, racking up four consecutive quality starts, with a 3.12 ERA over that stint. Not to mention, in Koehler’s last two starts, he has struck out 16 batters in 13 innings. Not too bad, right? Oh and in his two starts this season against the Phillies, Koehler has allowed two earned runs over 12 innings, while striking out 13. In both those starts, his FIP was below two. Everything points to TK being poised for another strong start against the Phightins, so stream away!
(7.1% owned in ESPN, 18% owned in Yahoo!)

 

That wraps up another breathtaking edition of Field of Streams. Have fun, be safe and happy streaming!

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Will Emerson

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Affectionately know by close friends as Willie Moe, Will is back living in Boston after brief, 11 year stint, in upstate New York. Will loves numbers and baseball, so it is no surprise that he has been addicted to fantasy baseball for over two decades. That’s right, Will was playing fantasy baseball since before the internet was providing up to the minute stats and standings, and you had to get your hands inky checking box scores in the newspaper.