To say that I’ve had better streaming weekends than last weekend would be quite the understatement. Last weekend’s six streamers did not impress much, going 2-2 with a 6.25 ERA, a 1.74 WHIP, and an 8.81 K/9.
Well, not all bad, the K/9 was pretty good, I guess? That’s something, right? Now, of course it was not all bad, or all outs as with most weekend streamers. There were Ins, Outs and What Have Yous…
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Alright, let’s go ahead and get past that weekend, in fact, never bring it up again, okay? Great! Alright, enough of the past, let’s get to the future.
Anthony DeSclafani, Reds (vs. Brewers) – Well, we are seriously closing in on Tony D not being available to stream, but for now, he is still available for at least half of you. DeSclafani has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his six starts this season, and as such is sporting a nice little 2.23 ERA. None too shabby, eh? While the xFIP has not been overwhelmingly great, over his last four starts Tony has been putting up a FIP below three, so that’s nice.
Even if his numbers don’t blow you away, hows about the Brewers numbers leading up to the All-Star Break? Over the past couple weeks the Brewers have managed not only the worst wOBA in the majors, but also the worst ISO in the majors as well. Seems like DeSclafani is ripe for the streaming in this one.
49.6% owned in ESPN, 52% owned in Yahoo!
Jorge de la Rosa, Rockies (@ Braves) – With an ERA near six, it’s really not much of a surprise that poor Jorge is readily available. I mean, it’s not even as if the FIP or xFIP point to a large amount of bad luck, so we need to look really hard to see silver linings. Well, maybe not that hard. Nope, we need merely eye his last four starts which have all been quality. In those four starts Jorge’s ERA is 3.12, and he has been inducing a good amount of grounders to boot!
Yes, the FIP point to possibly, maybe, a buttload of luck in these four starts, but what’s to say the luck runs out this week? Especially given that this is against the Braves, a team that has pretty much struggled offensively, all year long. Look, there aren’t too many options come Friday night, but you can’t do too much better than a matchup against the Bravos, right?
5.9% owned in ESPN, 7% owned in Yahoo!
Bartolo Colon, Mets (@ Phillies) – With some streamers I feel like a broken record. Well, a scratched record, at least. I mean how many times do I have to point out the wonderful streaming qualities Bartolo Colon possesses? At least one more, it seems. Okay, I know you’re gonna focus on the negative and point out the Nats knocked him around, but I’m more of a glass half full guy. Bartolo allowed the Nats to plate six runs in that last start, but that is only the second time all season that he has allowed more than three earned runs in a start, so I’ll make like his belt and give him some slack.
Plus, this is the Phillies, who are not exactly sending a murderer’s row of bats to face Mr. Colon. Even if you weren’t readily armed with the fact the Phils have struggled against most pitching, there is the fact Bartolo has pitched against them twice already this season and both starts were quality; he allowed four run over 12 innings against them. Color me surprised if Bartolo doesn’t get you another quality start over the weekend.
36.9% owned in ESPN, 45% owned in Yahoo!
Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers (@ Diamondbacks) – While his start against the Padres was not spectacular, he is still striking guys out to the tune of a 12.6 K/9 and posting a sub-three ERA. I like B-Mac for more than just his delightful tweets, let me assure you. In 2014, McCarthy had a resurgence with the Yankees, who dusted off the stink the Diamondbacks done sprayed on him. He posted a 2.89 ERA, a 8.19 K/9, and a ground ball rate close to 50% over 14 starts.
Now in 2015 with the Dodgers, McCarthy had four rough starts before being shut down until, well, just recently. Now it has only been two starts since his return, but as long as he keeps the strikeout and ground ball rates near where they are I think he’ll be just fine. Plus, he gets to face a former team that traded him, so he’ll be looking to show them what they’re missing.
42.3% owned in ESPN, 52% owned in Yahoo!
Jon Gray, Rockies (@ Braves) – The fact the Braves offense is not so good has been well documented here at Field of Streams. As such, it is fairly rare for me to avoid recommending streaming against them – which you may have guessed, since you already know I have opted to recommend this stream. Gray’s 4.67 ERA is not quite spectacular, but the xFIP and SIERA point to an ERA a full point lower, so let’s not focus too much on ERA.
Instead, let’s focus on the ground ball rate near 50%, and the fact he is striking out more than a batter per inning. Also, you should know seven of his last nine starts have been quality. Now there are some shaky game mixed in there which I understand can be concerning, however, again, it’s the Braves. That’s good enough for me!
30.2% owned in ESPN, 28% owned in Yahoo!
Adam Conley, Marlins (@ Cardinals) – Not a lot of the starters have been named for Sunday, hamstringing me a bit here. Conley is not quite consistent, so this is a tad out on the limb. I mean the 3.62 ERA is nice, and the FIP is a shade under four, but only seven of his 18 starts have been quality. The consistency is not quite there. That being said, he only allowed two earned runs over his last two starts; although he only got through 5.2 innings in one of those starts. Like I said, consistency has not been Conley’s strong point.
Aside from his last two starts being very decent, the other thing that has me crawling out on this limb is his opponents, the Cardinals. Over the most recent fortnight the Cards have been in the bottom third of the league offensively, so it has me feeling slightly confident that the limb won’t snap.
31.9% owned ESPN, 39% owned in Yahoo!
Well, that’s all I got. Seriously, go on, get outta here, go stream!
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