I’m back! Did you miss me? Did you even know I was gone? I’m going to assume your answers to those questions in order were “yes” and “no”. As always, in my stead, I left Field of Streams in the capable, talented hands of Jim Finch. Looks like Finchy (he’s probably not gonna like that) did pretty well in my absence (good thing he has his own posts to write). See for yourself:
|Drew Hutchison||Blue Jays||7||6||0||1||7||W|
Last week’s streamers went 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and a 7.04 K/9. If you were smart enough to heed the warnings for Hand’s Sunday start, you came away with a 2.17 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Cha-Ching! Nice work Jim!
Now that you’ve had your appetizers it’s on to the main course.
Drew Hutchison, Blue Jays (vs. Orioles) – Yep, once again I find myself recommending Hutch. I wouldn’t quite call Hutch my fantasy Kryptonite, but he is pretty darned close. Sometimes (most times) it feels like you should just flip a coin to decide whether or not Hutch is worth slotting into a SP slot on your roster, but this outing is not one of those times. Yes, pocket that quarter folks, cause I am gonna tell you why Hutch is your streamer du jour on Friday! Hutch has thrown three consecutive quality starts. Yes, I know that generally means he is due for a flop, but keep reading – I got ya covered. Hutch is facing the Orioles this time around and they have not been hitting so well lately. Allow me to elaborate. Over the past couple of weeks the Orioles are dead last in wOBA, 25th in ISO, and 27th in runs scored. Not fantastic. Oh, and if you want some icing on your cake (and why wouldn’t you?) Hutch’s last outing against the Orioles was in Toronto and he allowed just two earned runs over eight innings while striking out seven. Nothing is perfect and this is no lock, but may be as locky as I can get on Friday.
41% owned in ESPN, 48% owned in Yahoo!
Jorge de la Rosa, Rockies (vs. Giants) – Yes, I generally, don’t like recommending pitchers throwing in the mile high air, but I like this match-up. Don’t worry, I’m not finished, I will tell you why, keep your pants on. Jorge is not an ace by any means and his ERA around 4.40 seems like it is about where it should be, but let’s move past those things and focus on ground ball rate. Jorge has a ground ball rate of over 50% which is a good thing to have when pitching in the mile high air of Denver. Although the walks can get up there, de la Rosa does also have a fairly good strikeout rate as evidenced by an 8.09 K/9, which I tend to like. You know what else I tend to like? It’s a rhetorical question, I’m going to answer it regardless. The “what else” I like is a good matchup for a streamer, and right now the Giants provide that. Over the past two weeks, the Giants are 28th in wOBA, 30th (or dead last) in ISO, and 26th in runs scored. The struggle is real for San Fran batters. Now, Colorado is a place that can change all the rules, for sure, but I am sticking with Jorge, here.
6.5% owned in ESPN, 6% owned in Yahoo!
Josh Tomlin, Indians (at Tigers) – In August, Josh Tomlin just snuck into our lives as well as into Field of Streams relevance. Through four starts with the Indians Tomlin is 3-1, with a 3.08 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP. Now, the FIPpials point to those numbers being unsustainable and perhaps regressing towards a rarely streamed pitcher, but for now I think we’re safe to keep riding the Tomlin train. The ground ball rate is a few touches lower than I would like, but Tomlin is striking out almost a batter an inning right now which helps ease my hesitations a bit. The main reason I like Tomlin to continue to out-pitch his FIPpials is the Tigers. Only the Orioles have scored fewer runs than the Tigers in the past couple weeks and their ISO and wOBA are both towards the bottom of the majors during that same time period. The matchup seems favorable enough for me and, more importantly for Josh Tomlin.
25.3% owned in ESPN, 13% owned in Yahoo!
Brett Anderson, Dodgers (at Padres) – Do you have faith in me? That is what I ask myself, about you, the reader, when I continually recommend Brett Anderson. Brett is widely available, even though he keeps piling up quality starts for the Dodgers. While only 16 of his 26 starts have been quality, Brett has had 10 quality starts in his last 14 outings. Also in those 26 starts he has allowed more than three earned runs just thrice. Thrice! In only one of those three starts did Anderson allow more than four earned runs. The strikeouts won’t be there, but about two-thirds of batted balls against Anderson are grounders. Padres are about middle of the pack offensively right now, but you have to like the pitcher friendly park for Anderson in this one. Put your faith in me and go with Brett. (This is sure to immediately blow up in my face.)
24.3% owned in ESPN, 20% owned in Yahoo!
Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox (vs. Phillies) – Eduardo has been good more often than he has been bad; not the grandest of endorsements, sure, but it works. Ten of Eduardo’s 17 starts have been quality and in only four of his starts has he allowed more than three earned runs. The problem is, in those four starts where Rodriguez allowed more than three runs, he was somewhat knocked around giving up 9, 6, 7 and 8 earned runs. So his implodability factor is higher than I’d like. E-Rod has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his last five starts and three earned runs or less in six of his last seven starts. The Phils are not quite the laughing stock offense that they once were, but they are not exactly murderer’s row neither. Plus this is in Fenway Park where E-Rod has not allowed more than three earned runs in his last seven starts. Yep, all signs point to a good outing for Rodriguez here.
29.8% owned in ESPN, 24% owned in Yahoo!
Joe Ross, Nationals (vs. Braves) – Joe Ross has been quite serviceable for the Nats, with a 3.50 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a K/9 close to nine. Oh and Ross also has a groundball rate right around 50%. Eight of Joe’s 12 starts this season have been quality and he has allowed more than three runs just twice. I feel like there should be a few more people hopping on Joe’s bandwagon, but what are you gonna do? Regardless of your overall feelings on Ross, he is putting up numbers and the Braves are hardly the team to make that stop. The Braves are not hitting well. How not well, you may ask? Over the past two weeks they have the worst wOBA and ISO in the majors. That’s how not well. So, serviceable pitcher meets unserviceable offense….you do the math.
41.3% owned in ESPN, 31% owned in Yahoo!
That’s all I got for you. Go on, get outta here, go stream!
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