Okay, ladies and germs, this is it, the last week of the regular season, and for those still in it to win it I have eight streamers for you! Now, in the last week, you will want to pay close attention each day as some pitchers can be more likely to get scratched from starts on short notice for any number of reasons. Plus, expanded rosters alter lineups making some outcomes harder to predict. I know it sounds like I am boarding the excuse train outta town before even getting started, but really I am just letting you know the realities. Of course, we can’t just dive right into the main course, right? Of course not! Nope, gotta give you the appetizers in the form of last weeks’ streaming results.
Last week’s eight streamers went 2-3 with a 3.22 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP and a 6.45 K/9. The numbers are kind of up and down, but probably because with each set of weekday streamers, there are Ins, Outs and What have yous…
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|Rick Porcello||Red Sox||7||11||1||2||8||L|
Alright, you got your apps, on to the main course…
Rick Porcello, Red Sox (at Yankees) – Since July, Rick Porcello has more or less pitched like the Rick Porcello the Red Sox thought they would get all season. In Porcello’s last ten starts: he has only allowed more than three earned runs in two of them, has gone six or more innings in six of his last seven starts, and five of his last six have been quality. Porcello hasn’t quite been ace like, but he has putting up some darned decent numbers. Porcello draws the Yankees who are still fighting for the A.L. East title. Porcello faced the Bronx Bombers at the beginning of the month and his line in that outing was pretty nice: eight innings, three runs (one earned), five hits, a walk and thirteen strikeouts. That’ll get the job done for ya, folks. Now I am skeptical of Porcello fanning double-digit pinstripes in this one, but a quality start certainly seems in order.
(24.8% owned in ESPN, 37% owned in Yahoo!)
Colby Lewis, Rangers (vs. Tigers) – Nothing special about Colby’s overall numbers on the season, but a 4.36 ERA kept him on the streaming radar; in recent starts Colby has pitched better than that ERA. Lewis has rattled off three consecutive quality starts, and while his FIP data from the last outing points to him maybe dodging a few bullets, the results were still good. Also helping your fantasy pitcher, the Tigers. Lewis threw seven scoreless innings against Detroit the last time he faced them and the Tigers of late have not been lighting up scoreboards. Over the past two weeks the Tiger kittens have been 29th in isolated power and bottom third of the league in wOBA and runs scored. To me, the above sentences are a recipe for a quality start.
(45.6% owned in ESPN, 39% owned in Yahoo!)
Cody Anderson, Indians (vs. Twins) – When it comes to streaming sometimes I need to stray from high strikeout pitchers in exchange for good numbers elsewhere. So is the case with Cody Anderson. Cody has a K/9 below five, but somehow he is getting things done. The FIP point to regression so there is that to watch out for, but we are the music makers, we are the streamers of streams (kudos if you know what movie that references). Look, Anderson has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last six starts, including allowing one run over six innings last time out against the very same Twins he draws this time around. Now this is not without risk, as in that start Anderson did allow 10 hits and in his last start at home against the Twinkies he was chased in the third inning. If I had to label it, I would say I am about 73.8% confident that Cody gets a QS.
(21.7% owned in ESPN, 15% owned in Yahoo!)
Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks (vs. Rockies) – Good ol’ Robbie Ray has overall out up decent numbers for the Dbacks this season, and the FIP doesn’t point to much of an ERA regression, which is nice. Now, the thing is Robbie is not an innings eater. Ray has only allowed more than three runs twice in his last seven starts, but has just three quality starts. But, here’s some good news; Ray faces the Rockies. Not only are the Rockies 29th in wOBA and 28th in ISO over this past fortnight, but Ray has two very solid outing against them under his belt this season. In that pair of starts, Ray has allowed two runs, total, over 11.2 innings. So, I think this could be a nice little gem for R-Squared.
(8.2% owned in ESPN, 7% owned in Yahoo!)
Drew Smyly, Rays (vs. Marlins) – Smyly has a 3.26 ERA that the FIPpials seem to think is unsustainable, but Smyly has some good stuff and of course I really like that 10.24 K/9. Right now it seems like Smyly is alternating good and not so good starts, so considering the last start was a good one, that doesn’t really help my case for streaming him here. What does help my case is the fact this start is against the punchless Marlins. In the past couple of weeks the Fish have been 24th in ISO and 22nd in runs scored. I will grant you the Marlins have shown some signs of life at the plate recently, but not enough signs to steer me away from recommending Smyly.
(39.5% owned in ESPN, 50% owned in Yahoo!)
Chase Anderson, Diamondbacks (vs. Rockies) – My boy Chase is no stranger to Field of Streams and he heads into this week with a nice matchup. As I mentioned above the Rockies hitters are not too intimidating right now and add to that the fact Chase has been decent in his last two outings against them and I like his chances this time around. Plus Chase is coming off a nice little ten strikeout performance his last time out. I like to think Chase carries that over into this start and gets you a QS against the Rockies.
(3.3% owned in ESPN, 4% owned in Yahoo!)
Tyler Duffey, Twins (vs. Indians) – After a rough first start of the season, Duffey has gone on to not allow more than three earned runs in any of his next seven starts – five of those starts being quality. Overall Duffey has posted a 3.15 ERA, and with a 3.26 FIP it seems like that could be (for the most part) sustainable. Duffey also has a nice little streak of three consecutive quality starts going right now, and to me, continuing that streak against the Tribe could be in the cards. Why do I think that? Well, aside from the above numbers, Duffey already pitched (and pitched quite well) against the Indians, throwing six innings of one hit, shutout ball. Granted he walked five, but he struck out seven. At the very least this should be a quality start.
(37.3% owned in ESPN, 25% owned in Yahoo!)
Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks (vs. Rockies) – Alright, so I have been touting Corbs for a while now and I will continue to do so, even despite his rough time last time out. No one’s perfect, right? Right. Now, before that little “bump in the road” Corbin had rattled off five consecutive starts where he allowed two or fewer runs. One of those starts just happened to be against the Rockies. In fact, in his two starts against Colorado this season Corbin has allowed four runs over 11.2 innings and I like him for another QS here.
(43.1% owned in ESPN, 35% owned in Yahoo!)
Well, that’s all I got. Go on, get outta here, go stream!
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