Good day, my people! Welcome back to another wild and wacky edition of Field of Streams! I hope you all had a great 4th of July and are ready to stream on into the All-Star Break. You know, even with all the global warming I don’t think America looks a year over 200. You go, America! Alright, enough blabbering, let’s get to the good stuff – last weekend’s streamers.
Last weekend was another solid weekend of streaming, with our six streamers going 2-1, with a 3.18 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP And a 7.94 K/9. All in all a fairly decent weekend, right? Of course not all streams are the same, there are Ins, Outs and What Have Yous…or at least Ins and Outs…
Well, dem’s the apps, onto the main course…
Kyle Gibson, Twins (@ Rangers) – There are really not any streaming options for Friday that blow my hair back, but if you must stream, you could do worse than Kyle Gibson. I know, not quite a ringing endorsement, but what can I say. Gibson has given up four runs or more in four of his last six starts so it’s not even like he is riding a hot streak or anything. That being said, his last two starts were quality, and one was against the very same Rangers he faces on Friday. Granted, Gibby gave up four runs in that start, but only two were earned, so ya know, for fantasy stats that’ll work.
Might be some major straw grasping here folks, but over his last two starts Gibson does have a 1.32 ERA, a FIP under three, and an xFIP of 3.27. Add in the fact his ground ball rate over those two starts is over 50% and he is striking out close to a batter an inning and you have a hint at a streak of fantasy goodness. I am still not fully on board here, but in a pinch this could be a decent start.
3.0% owned in ESPN, 10% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Wisler, Braves (@ White Sox) – Wisler gives me a bit more confidence than Gibson, but still not 100% on this stream. In the pros column you have the fact Wisler has rattled off four straight quality starts, and while the xFIP in those starts is over four, his FIP for those starts was sitting at 3.21, which ain’t too shabby. The ground ball and strikeout rates are generally moving in the right direction as well, but are not overwhelmingly good or consistent.
The White Sox are hitting the ball fairly well, but over the past couple of weeks that has not really been translating into a ton of runs, so there is a decent possibility that the quality start streak can continue for Wisler on Friday.
12% owned in ESPN, 12% owned in Yahoo!
Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers (vs. Padres) – Brandon McCarthy certainly returned in style, throwing five scoreless innings against the Rockies in his first start off the DL. McCarthy also allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out eight. Not a bad day’s work, huh? McCarthy induced grounders at a 66.7% rate as well, which is probably why he is sporting a FIP below one and an xFIP of just 1.24. Sure, it is just one start, but McCarthy was pitching well way back before his injury, and he draws the Padres on Saturday, which is a nice little gift.
Although they are not as bad an offense as they were at the beginning of the season, the Padres still don’t intimidate much, which works well in B-Mac’s favor. I don’t anticipate McCarthy remaining widely available in fantasy leagues too much longer, so jump on this bargain, now.
15.8% owned in ESPN, 35% owned in Yahoo!
Tyler Anderson, Rockies (vs. Phillies) – Come on people, Tyler Anderson has been pitching well, so where’s the love? In five starts Anderson has yet to give up more than three runs in any of them. A 3.34 FIP and a 2.98 xFIP seem to point to the ERA probably being sustainable, and if you are worried about him in Colorado’s thin air, allow me to point out that he has a ground ball rate over 60%. Yeah, he’s doing fairly well, yet remains available to stream. Combine the good pitching with facing a Phillies offense that has generally not be a threat to put up a ton of runs and this is a stream that seems like a no-brainer, am I right? Of course, I am.
7.8% owned in ESPN, 9% owned in Yahoo!
Junior Guerra, Brewers (vs. Cardinals) – This will probably be Junior’s last time on Field of Streams for a while, since he is already a borderline candidate as is, but let’s stream him while we can. Guerra has only allowed more than three earned runs in one of his last ten starts, with eight of those ten starts being quality. In six of those last ten starts he has allowed two or fewer earned runs six times, so his implodability factor is certainly low. There is the matter of his xFIP being a shade over four, but the FIP is 3.55 which is certainly manageable. Plus, although the superficial numbers were not spectacular in his last start against the Redbirds, the FIP was extremely good.
Besides it’s not like St. Louis hitters are tearing covers off the ball right now. Over the past fortnight, the Cards are 24th in wOBA and 20th in ISO which probably accounts for them being 22nd in runs scored in that same time frame. I don’t think Guerra will be too disappointing in this one.
43.5% owned in ESPN, 52% owned in Yahoo!
Tyler Chatwood, Rockies (vs. Phillies) – Starting against the Phils is practically enough for me in this one, but Chatterbox has been pretty decent anyways. Before hitting the DL, Chatty had rattled of quality starts in five of six and seven of nine starts. Now his xFIP is over four, but in a spot that is good enough for us to work with. Generally you won’t see many K’s from Chatty, but much like the aforementioned Tyler Anderson, Chats keeps the ball on the ground (close to 60%) which helps limit damage when pitching in the thin air of Colorado. I would safely put some money on this being a quality start, so stream him with confidence.
29.3% owned in ESPN, 42% owned in Yahoo!
Well, that’s all I got. Seriously, go on, get outta here, go stream!
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