Field of Streams; Week 24 Weekend Streamers

Field of Streams logoAnother week almost in the books as we inch closer to the end of the fantasy baseball season (sniff, I promised myself I wouldn’t cry). Many of you may be headed into the final weekend of a head-to-head playoff matchup and looking for a slight edge in the pitching categories – which inevitably led you here to Field of Streams. Well, before I start doling out this weekend’s streamers, we must of course first take a look at how last weekend’s streamers performed.

Overall, last weekend’s five streamers went 2-1, with a 3.58 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 6.51 K/9. Not too shabby. No, no, it had just the right amount of shabby. Of course not every streamer is created equal, and, as always, there are Ins, Outs and What have yous!

Ins IP  BB  ER  W/L
Jonathan Niese Mets 6 8 1 2 3 ND
Patrick Corbin
Diamondbacks 6 8 0 2 4 L
Cody Anderson Indians 5.2 7 1 2 3 W
Outs        
Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 5 4 2 3 2 W
What Have You  
Danny Duffy
Royals 5 3 3 2 8 ND
 Total 27.2 30
7 11 20 2-1-2

Well dem’s your apps, let’s get to that main course you’re hankerin’ for!

FRIDAY

Kyle Gibson, Twins (vs. Angels) – With a 3.71 ERA and a FIP not much higher than that, Kyle Gibson seems to be always teetering on the steaming fence. Gibson has only allowed more than three runs twice in his last seven starts and has not allowed more than three runs in his last four home outings. In fact, in Gibson’s last seven home starts he has not allowed more than three runs. Gibby has a nice groundball rate over 50% that helps overshadow the low K-rate just a tad. Gibson also gets to face the Halos in this start. It may be engrained in some people’s heads that the Angels are some sort of offensive juggernaut, but lately that could not be further from the truth. How much “not further from the truth” would those people’s thoughts be? Well, over the most recent fortnight the Angels are 29th in the majors in wOBA and 25th in ISO which probably explains them also being 27th in runs scored over that time span. Gibson at home versus a struggling offense is a “GO” in my book.
(18.2% owned in ESPN, 20% owned in Yahoo!)

Roenis Elias, Mariners (at Rangers) – Roenis is always on my streaming radar and I like him all the more so when matched up against the Rangers. In fact, Elias faced the Rangers two starts ago and in that outing he went five and one-third innings, allowing two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out six. The likelihood of duplicating that outing is quite a possibility considering that over the past two weeks the Rangers are 24th in wOBA, 19th in ISO and 25th in runs scored. Plus, although this start is on the road, three of Elias’ last five road starts have been quality. I think you get a quality start or a close facsimile thereof out of Roenis come Friday.
(2.5% owned in ESPN, 2% owned in Yahoo!)

SATURDAY

Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks (at Giants) – Corbin has registered a quality start in his last four outings, as well as in eight of his last ten times taking the hill. The ground ball rate is just a shade under 50% and the K/9 not to far from nine which is probably why the FIP point to very little regression from that 3.29 ERA. Quite frankly Corbin has been mostly rolling and his low ownership numbers baffle me. Hey, maybe you are not sold for the long haul, but against the Giants you should be on board. Why? Well, Corbin has started twice against the G-men this season and he has allowed just two earned runs over 11 innings while allowing ten hits, walking one and fanning ten. Both of those starts were in Arizona, a hitter’s park, whereas this start is in San Fran, a pitcher’s park. You picking up what I am putting down here kids? If you are, Patrick Corbin will be pitching for you this weekend.
(39.9% owned in ESPN, 32% owned in Yahoo!)

Carlos Rodon, White Sox (at Indians) – Rodon’s overall numbers have not been eye-popping, but lately he has been like butter throwing six consecutive quality starts. As a matter of fact, let’s call ‘em high quality starts since he did not allow more than two earned runs in any of them. Carlos is also striking out a batter an inning over those last six starts and getting batted balls into the ground approximately 50% of the time. Make no mistake, those are all numbers you should have on your fantasy pitching staff if you wanna grab yourself a championship. So go out and do it already!
(38.6% owned in ESPN, 38% owned in Yahoo!)

SUNDAY

Kris Medlen, Royals (at Tigers) – Well, Medlen has been okay since returning to rotation work. Nothing spectacular, but okay. Medlen has only allowed more than three runs in one of his five starts in 2015, and in that one start his xFIP was 3.13…for whatever good that does. It’s something of a silver lining, right? Maybe? Okay, let’s just move on. Medlen is now coming off of back-to-back quality starts and draws the struggling Tigers in a pitcher’s park. Sounds like a recipe for a nice little stream to me.
(18.8% owned in ESPN, 16% owned in Yahoo!)

John Danks, White Sox (at Indians) – So, if you are desperate for another streaming option on Sunday, Danks may be your option. Danks has thrown three consecutive quality starts and only allowed more than three earned runs twice in his last eight starts. That’s pretty much all I have here. Danks hasn’t even dominated the Indians, so this is basically my gut hoping to ride the quality start streak. This is classic desperation time here, as none of the rest of Sunday’s available streamers really jump out at me. Mostly I’d steer clear, but if your backs against the wall? Danks time.
(6.5% owned in ESPN, 3% 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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