Field of Streams: Week 23 Weekday Streamers

Field of Streams logoGood to be back in the Field of Streams saddle after a brief hiatus. Thanks once again to the wonderful and talented Jim Finch for filling in, in my absence. Seems like he has done just fine picking up my slack.  Last weeks streamers went 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and a 6.04 K/9. Not too shabby, Mr. Finch; just like every week though, there were Ins, Outs and What Have yous so let’s take a look at those.

Ins IP  BB  ER  W/L
Matt Shoemaker Angels 7 5 2 1 5 W
Justin Nicolino Marlins 7 6 2 0 3 W
Tommy Milone Twins 7 3 0 0 7 W
Carlos Rodon White Sox 6 5 3 2 4 L
Adam Conley Marlins 5 4 3 3 4 W
Outs        
Scott Feldman Astros 2.2 3 5 3 2 ND
Mat Latos Dodgers 4 8 0 4 3 ND
What Have You  
Brett Anderson
Dodgers 5 6 1 3 1 ND
 Total 43.2 40
16 16 29 4-1-3

And now we move on to today’s main course…

MONDAY

Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks (vs. Giants) – Corby’s ownership numbers surprise me a little bit. I mean Corbin was something of a fantasy darling before he was shelved for the 2014 season, and since he has returned he has pitched darned decently. Corbin has a 3.67 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and is striking out almost a batter an inning. Fantasy elite numbers? No, but darned decent numbers. Numbers that I think would earn him some higher ownership numbers. Four of Corbin’s last five starts, and six of his last eight starts have been quality, and his opponents (the Giants) are not currently a team that should prevent starters from getting quality starts. Over this past fortnight the Giants are dead last in wOBA, dead last in ISO and, surprisingly, only 29th in runs scored. This should be an easy peezy quality start for Patty Corbs.
(30.4% owned in ESPN, 23% owned in Yahoo!)

Aaron Harang, Phillies (vs. Braves) – Some of what little luster Harang had early on the season has faded…ok, disintegrated, but doesn’t mean he cannot be useful here and there. Namely here. In three starts against the Bravos this season, Harang has allowed two earned runs over 19 innings. That’s a  0.95 ERA in case you were wondering. Sample size is by no means large, but the Braves are not exactly hitting the ball well these days anyways. In the past two weeks the Braves are 23rd in wOBA, 29th in ISO and dead last in runs scored. All in all should be good enough to warrant starting Harang, here.
(5.7% owned in ESPN, 13% owned in Yahoo!)

TUESDAY

Aaron Nola, Phillies (vs. Braves) – Nola has an ERA over four and the FIP point to that being roughly deserved. Overall I like Nola’s upside better than Aaron HArang, but still you have the Braves on the docket and as mentioned above, the Braves are bottom of the barrel offensively right now. Two of Nola’s last three starts have been high quality and he already has a nice little start against the Bravos under his belt. Add to that the fact that Nola has been very solid at home with a Citizen’s Bank Park ERA under three and you got yourself a good streaming option.
(41.3% owned in ESPN, 27% owned in Yahoo!)

Erasmo Ramirez, Rays (at Tigers) – Overall Ramirez has been alright, posting a 3.84 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Alright, not great. Lately Erasmo has been an Eras-NO when it comes to helping fantasy teams, so I can understand some hesitancy to stay the course with him. Hey, I’m not asking you to keep Ramirez on your roster, but he has stream value – especially in this instance. The Tigers are not the proud and mighty offense they once were. Detroit is 27th in wOBA, 25th in ISO and 28th in runs scored over the past two weeks. Erasmo is on shaky ground for sure, but I like him – at least in this matchup I do.
(20.8% owned in ESPN, 28% owned in Yahoo!)

WEDNESDAY

J.A. Happ, Pirates (at Reds) – J.A. Happ has long had his serviceable streaming moments and these days it seems like a move to Pittsburgh for a starting pitcher is a good one. After a shaky first start with the Buccos, Happ has been pretty much on point, making other teams look “Happ”-less in their efforts to score runs. In Happ’s last five starts he has allowed two earned runs. That’s not in each start – that is total. Two earned runs over Happ’s last 30 innings pitched. Happ is in Pitchburgh now and it certainly becomes him, which is bad news for Cincy come Wednesday.
(25% owned in ESPN, 19% owned in Yahoo!)

Josh Tomlin, Indians (at White Sox) – Five starts so far for Tomlin and he has gone at least six innings in all of them, throwing a quality start in four outings and capped off by a brilliant game on Friday. In Friday’s start against Detroit, Tomlin pitched a complete game, allowing one run on four hits while walking one and striking out six. Based on the FIPpials the superficial numbers won’t last, but will still fall in a reasonable area for streaming. Plus, in the here and now, Tomlin has a good enough matchup to keep those superficial numbers going. The ChiSox are 22nd in the majors in wOBA and 27th in ISO over the past couple weeks; although they are kind of middle of the pack in runs scored, I still like the Tomlin train to keep on chugging along the tracks.
(31.9% owned in ESPN, 17% owned in Yahoo!)

THURSDAY

Charlie Morton, Pirates (vs. Brewers) – Thursday does not have a boatload of streaming gems, in fact if I didn’t have to pick someone I would probably steer clear of streaming on this day. That being said, Charlie Morton is not your worst option. Four of Morton’s last six starts have been quality and in the last three starts (for whatever it may be worth) Morton has posted FIPs close to two. It has been one good start and one clunky start against the Brew Crew this season for Chuckie Morton, but the silver lining here is that the good start was in Pitchburgh which is where this start takes place. Might not be the sexiest, most number driven stream, but in a pinch Morton may be able to get the job done for ya on Thursday.
(23.5% owned in ESPN, 17% owned in Yahoo!)

Jorge de la Rosa, Rockies (at Padres) – I recommended Jorge on Friday and that worked out pretty well. Friday night in Colorado, de la Rosa allowed one earned run on six hits over seven innings while walking no one and striking out seven. Six of Jorge’s last seven starts have now been quality and this upcoming start is in a much friendlier pitcher environment than Coors Field. I wish there was also a stat I could throw at you that proves Jorge also dominates the Padres, but I don’t. Jorge’s last two starts against San Diego were borderline okay, but de la Rosa is sort of rolling right now and I like the odds of that continuing in San Diego on Thursday.
(8.3% owned in ESPN, 6% owned in Yahoo!)

Well, that’s all I got. Go on, get outta here, go stream!

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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.
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