Well, it looked like I was pretty much back on track until the Jon Niese debacle. Even with the Niese implosion, last weekend’s numbers were not awful.
The five streamers last weekend went 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and a 6.03 K/9. Hey, for streamers, that’ll do, but if you take out the Niese start the streamers had a 2.08 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Even a mediocre start from Niese would make me feel better, but it is what it is.
Well, I kind of stepped on my one out already, so let’s take a look at the Ins and What Have Yous…
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Dem’s the apps – let us get to the main course!
Trevor Bauer, Indians (vs. White Sox) – Not quite sure Trevor Bauer will ever “break out” as a pitcher, like some (me) once hoped, but he’s putting up decent numbers – for streaming at the very least. On the season Bauer has a 3.69 ERA, and although the xFIP is over four (which is still manageable for our purposes), the FIP is at 3.70, so it seems like he has pitched well in his surroundings. The 4.11 SIERA makes one think a wee bit o’ regression is a coming, but still to a decent spot for further streaming. Bauer has posted quality starts in his last four outings, and in six of his last seven times taking the hill for the Tribe.
On top of all that, Bauer faces a White Sox lineup that has not been spectacular at the plate of late. Hey, look, I’m a poet and I didn’t know it. Anyways, the Pale Hose are in the bottom third of the majors in wOBA, ISO and runs scored over the last fortnight, so I wouldn’t sour on Bauer in this one.
28.9% owned in ESPN, 35% owned in Yahoo!
Jon Gray, Rockies (@ Marlins) – Did you know Jon Gray has thrown a quality start in seven of his last eight starts? Well, I didn’t, that much is for sure. In his last four starts Gray has posted an ERA of 2.33, an xFIP of 3.33 and a 3.31 SIERA. Not too shabby, right? That will most certainly get the job done for ya. Oh, and not sure how I got this far without mentioning Gray has a K/9 over ten and a ground ball rate near fifty percent. Those numbers will catch the eye. Plus, in this start, you don’t even have to worry about the thin air of Colorado coming into play, since this will be in the spacious, pitcher friendly fish bowl in Miami.
The Marlins have been plating a few more runs here and there lately, but they are hardly world beaters as evidenced by the 28 other teams with a better ISO over the past couple weeks. With the way Gray has been pitching lately, I would start him against most opponents, and that includes the Fish.
40.4% owned in ESPN, 35% owned in Yahoo!
Jerad Eickhoff, Phillies (vs. Diamondbacks) – Eickhoff is still sporting a nice 3.40 ERAm and a first name that I immediately misspell every danged time. Anyways, the xFIP and SIERA point to regression, but one that us avid streamers can most assuredly live with, so there’s not much concern there. Five of Eickhoff’s last six starts have been quality including the last three starts, so he has been on a nice little roll. In those last three starts he has a 1.37 ERA and a 3.13 FIP, and even though the xFIP is somewhat higher it is still in that quality start realm.
Now, the Diamondbacks are a team that, at the moment, seem like a good bet to have a quality start thrown against them. Over the past couple weeks the Diamondbacks are in the bottom third of the league in wOBA, ISO, and runs scored. Seems like a good enough, well, bad enough, offense to keep a quality start streak going.
19.9% owned in ESPN, 37% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Moore, Rays (vs. Giants) – Yes, it has been a bumpy ride for Matt Moore in 2016, but I still think he has the stuff there, and it started to show a bit in his last outing. In that outing against the Astros, Moore tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, walking one and striking out ten. Now, I’m not saying that this is what you can now expect from Matty Moore from here on out, but it is a nice jumping off point, and Moore gets to follow that up with a start against the Giants.
Why is that you ask? Well, because over the last couple of weeks the Giants offense has been a bit stagnant. Oh, you want to know how stagnant? I got ya covered. In the past two weeks, they are 25th in batting average, 26th in wOBA and home runs, and 28th in ISO. Not exactly intimidating to opposing pitchers, am I right? Of course I am. I also feel I am right going with Matt Moore here.
14.8% owned in ESPN, 18% owned in Yahoo!
Tyler Anderson, Rockies (@ Marlins) – I am not one to go off one start, but hey; the Marlins don’t scare me much and this is in pitcher friendly Miami, so I think it might be okay to give Anderson a whirl. I will grant you that first gem was against the Padres, but it was also in Colorado so maybe we should take heed? The numbers were solid, but it was just one start and I don’t have much background on Tyler, but a lot of ground balls and strikeouts, even against the Padres is still something I like. As I mentioned earlier in this post, the Marlins have been showing offensive signs of life, but I am not prepared to shy away from streaming against them just yet.
1.8% owned in ESPN, 2% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Garza, Brewers (@ Dodgers) – Well, can’t say I had imagined seeing Matt Garza in here this season, but here we are. Garza’s first start was short, but somewhat effective. In his one start he was taken out in the fifth inning after giving up eight hits, although only one run was plated. Now, just under five innings is hardly a sample size we can really go on, but it’s what we have and his FIP was below two and his xFIP was only 3.02.
I may be grasping at straws here trying to force myself to believe Matt Garza could once again be fantasy relevant, but it’s not exactly like the Dodgers have been crushing the ball of late. Their two-week numbers are not so hot. You heard right, and the number to know is three – that’s how many teams have scored fewer runs than the Dodgers over the past two weeks. They’re also 29th in OBP and dead last in batting average during this time. May be going out on a limb a bit with Garza, but I like this somewhat bold stream.
2.2% owned in ESPN, 1% owned in Yahoo!
Well, that’s all I got. Seriously, go on, get outta here, go stream!
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