Good day folks and welcome back to the feel good streaming post of the year, Field of Streams. Before we delve into this weekend’s recommendations, let’s take a look at how last weekend’s streamers fared.
Last weekend’s six streamers were all fairly decent, although they did go 0-3 (#killthewin). Take away the W/L record and the numbers were fairly nice: 2.48 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 7.43 K/9. Not too shabby, and deserving of better than an 0-3 record you would think.
Well, as we know not all streams are created equal, there tend to be Ins, Outs and What Have Yous….except this week where it’s only Ins and What Have Yous..
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Alright, dems the apps, onto the main course…
Jake Peavy, Giants (vs. Phillies) – Peavy’s ownership levels remain low (real low) despite having thrown a quality start in five of his last seven outings. Over those last seven starts, Peavy has an ERA and FIP under three, and although the xFIP and SIERA over that span are over four, that’s still good enough for streaming purposes. Now, even if I haven’t sold you on starting Peavy with these numbers, take a look at his opponent. That’s right, it’s the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phils have not been a good offense; I think we can all agree on that, but to hammer it home a bit more – over the past two weeks the Phils are 27th in runs scored, 29th in batting average and dead last in wOBA. I’d be quite surprised if Peavers doesn’t get at least a QS against Philly.
11.0% owned in ESPN, 13% owned in Yahoo!
Tyler Anderson, Rockies (vs. Diamondbacks) – Anderson’s sample size is too small to really judge, but it is what we have, and what we have is a nice two starts. Over two starts, Anderson is sporting a 2.25 ERA and a 2.67 xFIP with a .92 WHIP and a 7.50 K/9. So far, so good for Anderson, right? If you are worried about him starting in Colorado, well, maybe a ground ball rate near 60% will help ease your mind a bit? Granted, Anderson has not exactly been facing world beaters thus far, but the numbers are the numbers. The Diamondbacks are a middle of the pack offense and hit lefties well, but they haven’t seen this lefty yet, and I think that gives Anderson a slight edge
7.1% owned in ESPN, 10% owned in Yahoo!.
A.J. Griffin, Rangers (vs. Red Sox) – In 2012 and 2013, Griffin was very serviceable for Oakland, but injuries derailed the next two seasons preventing Griffin from gaining any sort of momentum. Upon his return with the Rangers in 2016, Griffin once again seemed serviceable. Through six starts this season before his injury, Griffin sported a 2.94 ERA and 3.48 FIP. Now the xFIP is a bit high, but not too gaudy. Griffin was lit up in the start where is injury came about, but remove that start and the ERA is even better for A.J. In the first five starts he posted a 2.32 ERA, and the xFIP of 4.44 is just within the quality start zone, so definitely serviceable.
Yeah, this is coming off injury, and against a Red Sox team whose offense has been ranked near the top for most of the season, but I think Griffin has shown that he can get the job done, so I am taking the gamble here.
13.5% owned in ESPN, 20% owned in Yahoo!
Honestly, come Saturday, there are not a ton of streaming options I like. Beyond Griffin, it’s up to you to roll the dice.
Anthony DeSclafani, Reds (vs. Padres) – Tony D was on my late round sleeper list before the season started, but injuries have prevented him from proving me right or wrong. Two of his three starts since returning from the DL have been quality, and his last start, in Texas, looked fairly sharp. While the FIP and xFIP paint an ugly picture, the last start made it look like DeSclafani is starting to get into a groove.
Now he gets to face Padres who have been one of the weakest offensive teams in the league for most of the season. The Padres have shown signs of life, but as I said, I was high on DeSclafani before the season started and think he is showing signs of being the pitcher than I thought he would be. I think people should start hopping on board the DeSclafani wagon.
12.9% owned in ESPN, 20% owned in Yahoo!
Bartolo Colon, Mets (@ Braves) – Eight of Colon’s 14 starts, have been quality, but the thing I like most about Colon is his implodability factor. You see, Colon rarely gets knocked around. In his 14 starts this season, he has allowed more than three earned runs, once – Just once, folks. That’s a low implodability factor. Plus, Colon gets the Braves this time around.
The Braves, in case you have spent the majority of this season under a rock, have arguably the worst offense in the majors. Colon already has one start against the Bravos this season and it was sharp. He pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing seven hits with seven strikeouts. Maybe you don’t quite get those numbers in this start, but something darned close should be in the cards.
29.1% owned in ESPN, 35% owned in Yahoo!
Well, that’s all I got. Seriously, go on, get outta here, go stream!
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