The All-Star break means that there are no weekday streamers to review from last week, so we can dig right on into the good stuff!
Tyler Anderson, Rockies (vs. Rays) – Anderson has made six starts this season and has yet to allow more than three runs to cross in any one of ’em. Anderson has a 3.03 ERA supported by a 2.97 xFIP, and he has a K/9 over eight. So, why are his ownership numbers so low? I mean, sure, there will always be some hesitation with Colorado pitchers what with the mile high air out there in Denver, but the numbers speak for themselves. But if that is causing you some hesitation here, maybe you should be aware that Anderson has a ground ball rate near 60%. Ground balls are far less likely to become extra-base hits than fly balls, and in Colorado grounders are a pitcher’s best friends. The sample size is still small, but personally I am just about ready to jump on the Tyler Anderson bandwagon.
9.9% owned in ESPN, 12% owned in Yahoo!
Brandon Finnegan, Reds (vs. Braves) – Okay, Finn’s last two starts were, well, not so hot. Before that though, he was putting up some decent pitching numbers. While Finnegan has been much better at home than he has been away from the Queen City, he has not been necessarily spectacular at home. Really the biggest thing going for Mr. Finnegan is the fact he is facing the Braves. I don’t think I have to dive too deep into the numbers, since we should all know by now that the Braves offense is less than spectacular. In fact, Finnegan has already thrown a high quality start against Atlanta not too long ago, so I don’t see much holding him back this time around.
9.4% owned in ESPN, 10% owned in Yahoo!
Tyler Chatwood, Rockies (vs. Rays) – Chatterbox has not exactly been putting up sparkling numbers since his return from the DL, but before the injury his numbers were solid. At some point he will get back on another roll, and while it didn’t come against Philly like I thought it might, this may just be where he turns it back on. Why? Well, maybe because the Rays offense is having a tough go of it, lately. Over the past two weeks the Rays are last in wOBA, 28th in ISO and dead last in runs scored. Normally you might think that the thin air of Denver would help a struggling offense, but much like his aforementioned rotation mate, Tyler Anderson, Chatty keeps the ball on the ground. The strikeouts are not quite there, but he should still get you some good numbers.
33.7% owned in ESPN, 43% owned in Yahoo!
Mike Fiers, Astros (@ Athletics) – Fiers has had an up and down go of it, so one needs to really pick their spots when streaming him. For some positive notes (kind of), Fiers has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his last seven starts, allowing four runs in those other two starts. Only three of those last seven starts have been quality, so he’s not exactly blowing anyone away with any consistency. The reason this could be a good matchup for Fiers is the fact that the Athletics have not been doing so well with the bats lately. Oakland is 26th in wOBA and 23rd in ISO and runs scored over the past two weeks. For even more things to point the needle towards Fiers, he already has one start against the Athletics in Oakland and it was pretty darned good. I think you will see a close facsimile to that start when Tuesday rolls around.
29.9% owned in ESPN, 34% owned in Yahoo!
Bartolo Colon, Mets (@ Cubs) – Although his last two starts have not been quality, he still has a low implodability factor. In 18 starts this season, Colon has allowed more than three earned runs in just two starts. Now, the Cubs don’t throw your run of the mill average Joe offense out there. In fact, as we all know, they have one of the top offenses in the majors. So, is there a bit more risk than most other streams? Perhaps, but when Bartolo faced the Cubbies just a couple of weeks ago, he threw a nice little quality start. Now the per game FIP numbers point to Colon getting a tad bit lucky, so there is still some somewhat high risk in this stream, but I’m going out on a limb for Bartolo.
39.2% owned in ESPN, 47% owned in Yahoo!
Lucas Harrell, Braves (@ Reds) – Seems so long since Lucas Harrell has been fantasy relevant, but here we are. Two of Harrell’s three starts as a Brave have been quality, though his last start was an unmitigated disaster. While the sample size is already small, if we take out said unmitigated disaster, Harrell has a 1.32 ERA and a 2.81 FIP. Yes, sample size is small, but there was at least a glimpse at some fantasy goodness. Also in Harrell’s favor in this one is facing the Red Stockings. Over the past fortnight, Cincy is in the bottom third of the league in wOBA, ISO and runs scored, and the ISO sits 29th in the majors, so Harrell should be able to kind of get back on track in this one.
2.2% owned in ESPN, 6% owned in Yahoo!
C.C. Sabathia, Yankees (vs. Orioles) – Sabathia’s overall numbers don’t look terrible, which I understand that is not the most ringing endorsement, but it’ll do for now. Sabathia’s last four starts though, were an absolute train wreck, as he has allowed 21 earned runs over 23 innings. So, what would make me even suggest staring him against Baltimore on Thursday? Well, how about the fact that CC has owned the O’s this season? Okay, it’s just been two starts, but over two starts and 12 innings he has yet to allow a run. Sure, streaks are meant to be broken, but I think we have to ride this while we can, and quite frankly, Thursday’s streaming options are a bit light. Maybe there is not a ton of positives here, but I think it’s enough if you have to stream on Thursday.
23.1% owned in ESPN, 26% owned in Yahoo!
Jerad Eickhoff, Phillies (vs. Marlins) – Over Jerad’s last 14 starts he has allowed more than three earned runs in just two of them. The FIP and xFIP are in the low fours, which is just fine for streaming, but let’s focus on his home numbers. Eight of Eickhoff’s nine home starts have been quality, and he has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his home starts this season. Eickhoff’s home ERA is 2.41 which I don’t have to tell you is darned good. His home FIP is 3.56 FIP and his home xFIP is 3.81, which are maybe not darned good, but are somewhat good, right? The Marlins lineup is not exactly full of Punch and Judy hitters, but Eickhoff has one start against the Fish already this season and it was quality. The underlying numbers in that start are not great, but at home I like Eickhoff to put up another quality start.
37.5% owned in ESPN, 54% owned in Yahoo!
That’s all I got, go on, get out of here, go stream!
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