Welcome, welcome, once again to Field of Streams, the streaming post rated #1 in the nation, by my mother. Sadly, the regular season is winding down (tear rolls down cheek) and so are your 2014 Field of Streams posts. I’ll pause for everyone to collect themselves. All set? Alright, on with the show.
Last weekend, was not what I would call a great weekend for my streamers. The six streamers that took the hill, did manage to go 3-2, but wins are “meh” (#killthewin). The real numbers are a bit more iffy. Those six pitchers sported a 4.74 ERA, a 1.55 WHIP and a 10.38 K/9. So the K/9 (thanks Jose Quintana) was good, but everything else was a decent distance from the land of the good. Buy, I’m over it, no need to harp on the past, let’s look to the future!
Jose Quintana: White Sox (at Rays) – So, last week whence recommending Q against the Twins, I mentioned that his high quality starts tend to come in bunches. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself, in last week’s Weekend Warriors. In fact, this season, when coming off a less than quality start, with a good start, Q has not rattled off fewer than eight consecutive darned good starts. This current streak, including last week’s seven strong innings against the Twinkies, is at three. The Rays offense is somewhat middle of the road and Q actually has a road ERA that is lower than his home ERA, so ride the hot streak again, this week.
(33% owned in ESPN, 46% owned in Yahoo!)
Kevin Gausman: Orioles (vs. Red Sox) – 1.98, 2.84, 2.03, 1.12. Those are Gausman’s FIPs in each of his last four starts, respectively. That’s not bad. not bad at all. I know I use FIP a lot and while I do like this number it is not the end all, be all and should be used with caution and taken with a grain of salt. I mean, more likely than not FIP will do you any good in your fantasy leagues, but it does maybe give you an idea of how the pitcher is pitching. So, that being sad, it looks like Gausman maybe turning the corner we all knew he could, at the major league level. Gaus’ last two starts have been high quality, allowing just two earned runs over 14 innings, while striking out 14. The Red Sox shouldn’t pose much of a problem for Gausman in this one, especially since they were already stymied by him in their previous clash.
(6.1% owned in ESPN, 14% owned in Yahoo!)
Jared Cosart: Marlins (vs. Nationals) – It’s seven consecutive quality starts and counting for Jared Cosart. That’s also seven quality starts in eight starts since joining the Marlins. Cosart had 12 in 20 starts with the Astros, so the percentage of quality starts is a tad bit higher since the change of teams. The Nats have a good offense, for sure, and even though they clinched the division, I think the sitting of players, if it happens, won’t start until next week. So, yeah, not an easy matchup by any means, but I still think Cosart continues to roll right along with this quality start streak.
(23.6% owned in ESPN, 30% owned in Yahoo!)
Yusmeiro Petit: Giants (at Padres) – I would say all you really need to know here is that Petit is facing the Padres in San Diego, which is relevant, but Yusmeiro has actually been pitching pretty well. In the four starts since his return from the bullpen, Petit has allowed 11 earned runs over 26 innings. So, good, not spectacular. But what if I told ya that the one “ugh-ly” start was in Colorado? Take away that start from those four and you have five earned runs in 22 innings. Much better. Overall as a starter Petit, has been up and down, but his recent rotation visit is looking good thus far and did I mention he faces the Padres in San Diego?
(21.4% owned in ESPN, 29% owned in Yahoo!)
Roenie Elias: Mariners (at Astros) – All you should need to know is that Elias has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last ten starts, right? Well, hold on there professor. That is true, but also misleading. While he has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of those starts, in only two of them did he throw six or more innings and when I say six or more, I mean six. In half of those ten starts Elias threw five innings or less. So, while Elias does not get a ton of quality starts, he will not hurt your ratios too much. Plus, in his two starts against the Astros he has allowed only two earned runs over 11.1 innings pitched, while striking out ten, so odds are better for a QS, here.
(7.2% owned ESPN, 11% owned in Yahoo!)
Ryan Vogelsong: Giants (at Padres) – I am not going to get too into Vogelsong’s numbers because, well, they’re not great. At this point, you are going for broke and on Sunday, Ryan Vogelsong should be in a box on the wall, with a little window, with the words “BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” scrawled across the glass. What I am saying, is Vogelsong should only be used in the most desperate of situations. Basically, Vogelsong is here because he is facing the Padres. With an ERA around four, Vogelsong could be worse, but I still have little faith in him in most situations. When it comes down to it on Sunday, though? There’s not a whole heck of a lot else out there.
(13.4% owned in ESPN, 18% owned in Yahoo!)
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, folks! Happy streaming!