Drew Hutchison. I don’t know why I can’t quit you? I mean you do have your moments, but they are not always good. Take, for instance, last weekend. Bad moment. Bad, bad moment, Hutch. Six earned runs,on nine hits over five innings? Really, Hutch? Seriously, folks, if you see me recommending Hutch again, just walk away. Anyways, I digress. The good news is that kind of start was the minority for last weekend’s recommended streamers. For real. Overall, last weekend’s six streamers went 4-1, with a 3.32 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 6.16 K/9. Not all Ins, but a high percentage of ins, a couple of outs and no what have yous this week, but don’t take my word for it, see for yourself:
|Jorge De La Rosa||Rockies||7||6||0||1||7||W|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||Red Sox
|Drew Hutchison||Blue Jays||5||9||0||6||2||L|
Okay, enough appetizers, onto the main course…
Cody Anderson, Indians (vs. Tigers) – A 3.72 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP make things look pretty nice on the surface for Cody Anderson. While a FIP in the low fours point to regression, it is not a monumental regression, per se. Now while the ground ball rate is just a few hairs below 50%, I am not sure that entirely makes up for a K/9 under four. Oh wait, I am supposed to be encouraging you to actually use him Anderson this weekend, huh. Okay, back to the manageable ERA and FIP; those are decent enough to ride, and even if you are not fully aboard there, then how about we take a peek at the matchup itself. The Tiger name listed under “Opponent” may still give some folks pause, but this is not your, um, older brother’s Tigers? I dunno, but what I mean is the Tigers are not quite the Motor City Maulers of the past few seasons. Over the past two weeks the Tigers are 28th in the majors in wOBA and 29th in runs scored. See? Not intimidating. Plus Cody Anderson’s last start was against these same Tigers and he tossed seven scoreless innings in that one.
(7.3% owned in ESPN, 5% owned in Yahoo!)
Danny Duffy, Royals (at Orioles) – Look, no one is confusing Danny Duffy with a staff ace or anything, but for streaming you can find him some moments. Over Duffer’s last 12 starts he has allowed more than three earned runs just three times. Come on, that’s something, right? Low K/9, mediocre ground ball rate, a FIP in the mid-fours and the only thing else I have is that Duffy has allowed more than three runs, three times in his last 12 starts? Not quite, keep your pants on, kids. The other thing to consider here is the Orioles. The O’s are 25th in wOBA and 26th in runs scored over the past couple of weeks; not exactly plating runs left and right or anything. Duffy does have one start against the Orioles in 2015 and it went fairly decently. In that outing, Duffer went five and two-thirds innings, allowing just two runs and striking out five. I may not be all in on Duffy here, but I think the odds of a decent start are better than the odds of an implosion.
(12.9% owned in ESPN, 22% owned in Yahoo!)
Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox (at Rays) – Rodriguez’s last four starts have been fairly money if you ask me, and since you are reading this I am assuming it is implied that you are asking me. Anyways, over Rodriguez’s last four starts he has allowed eight runs (five earned) over 26 innings, allowing just 28 hits and four walks. The strikeouts still aren’t quite where I thought they would be, but in most outings Ed-Rod will deliver a serviceable amount of strikeouts. Okay, obviously you are thinking, “okay Will, but all four of those starts were at home and his last road start was an unmitigated disaster – against the Marlins of all teams. Yes, this is true, but three of his five road starts have been quality, so more good than bad on the road? Look, the road implosions are a mild concern, but I am all for riding the hot hand in this one.
(34.9% owned in ESPN, 27% owned in Yahoo!)
Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays (at Yankees) – Whoo-hoo! Stroman Candle is back! Well, at least he will be come Saturday. I am a huge fan of Stroman Candle and was sincerely bummed (though probably not as much as he was) when he went down in Spring Training. The only reason for Stroman’s low ownership numbers, of course, is because he has yet to pitch in 2015. The injury was fluky, not related to his throwing arm, and by all accounts he has looked good on his comeback trail (minus his final warm-up start). Stroman was really putting it together at the end of 2014 with a 2.61 ERA in September, which is supported in his 2.16 FIP. Stroman can pitch, no one doubts that, but I will understand if you have some hesitancy here, since he is pitching at the major league level for the first time this season and in a not so friendly environment. I clearly have a huge fantasy man crush on Stroman, but at the very least he should be a nice stash for your playoff run.
(27.7% owned in ESPN, 23% owned in Yahoo!)
Jon Niese, Mets (at Braves) – My once reliable, Jonathon Niese has been, well, not so much, er, reliable of late. Niese has owned the Phillies over the past three or four seasons and was knocked around by them twice in back-to-back starts. The usual quality start kid has not been getting it done with no quality starts in his last four games. Niese is in a funk, but you know what’s good for a pitching funk? Facing the Braves. The Braves offense is, well, bad may be an understatement right now. Over the past two weeks no team in the majors has a lower ISO and wOBA or have scored fewer runs. I am banking on Niese being decent enough in this outing to shut that “offense” down.
(17.6% owned in ESPN, 15% owned in Yahoo!)
Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks (vs. Dodgers) – According to the ownership numbers, it’s apparently tough to ignore what Corbin has been doing lately. So, for the ignorers, let us review. Since Corb’s return he has allowed more than three earned runs in just two of his twelve starts. But wait, it gets better! Five of Corbin’s last six starts have been quality, and in only one of those five quality starts did he allow more than two earned runs , and in two of those starts he allowed no runs. I realize this is against the mighty first place Dodgers – or is it? Well, it is against the Dodgers, but not sure how mighty they are. Over the past two weeks the Dodgers are 23rd in wOBA and 25th in ISO. They are not quite in the bottom third of the majors in runs scored over that time span, but they are knocking on that door. Regardless, you should be picking up what I am putting down here. If you see Corbin on your waiver wire, make a move…now!
(34.8% owned in ESPN, 26% owned in Yahoo!)
Well, that’s all I got. Go on, get outta here, go stream!
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