Welcome back friends! Oh what, are you mad at me for last weekend’s picks? The six streamers from last weekend certainly took us on a roller coaster ride.
Overall the six streamers went 3-3 with a 5.91 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, but also a 9.00 K/9. So, um, you’re welcome for the nice strikeouts. Alright fine, my sincerest apologies for the other numbers, but it wasn’t all bad, of course. Nope, as always there are your Ins, Outs and What Have Yous…
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Alright enough apps, let’s get on to the main course that will hopefully be a bit tastier this time.
Tyler Chatwood, Rockies (@ Mets) – After throwing a quality starts in seven of his first ten starts in 2016, things got a bit rough for Chatty. Since then he has just two, count ’em, two quality starts in his last eight outings. Needless to say that is a sure-fire way to have your ownership numbers in fantasy baseball leagues plummet. Obviously there is something more to the story or Chatterbox wouldn’t be here in Field of Streams, the most popular streamer post in my mom’s kitchen.
You probably think I am gonna mention that his last start was decent as he threw five scoreless innings, but alas, that was only a decent start on the surface. Granted the surface is all you need for fantasy purposes, but you also need to have an inkling of when such fantasy goodness will take place, before it takes place. That start, for one, was against the Braves – Need I say more? Even against the Braves though, his FIP numbers were not good, sitting in the fives.
So, why stream Chatterly here and now. Well, as the Braves have generally struggled at the plate this season, so have the Mets over the last few weeks. A wOBA and ISO near the bottom of the league has translated into the Metropolitans scoring fewer runs than all other teams in Major League Baseball over the past fortnight. I think Chatty is good enough to provide decent numbers against a struggling offense.
25.7% owned in ESPN, 36% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Wisler, Braves (vs. Phillies) – Much like the aforementioned Mr. Chatwood, Wisler has fallen on hard times of late. Over his last three starts (15.1 innings) he has allowed 18 runs (17 earned). Nothing even points to him being particularly unlucky in any of those starts either, but much like Chatwood, Wisler gets a weaker hitting team this time around, in the Phils.
I don’t think I have to go into too much detail here since, if you have been reading Field of Streams regularly (and you should be) or, I dunno, paying attention to baseball this season, you know the Phillies bats are on the weaker side. Wisler already has a couple of quality starts against them this season, and he gets to return home. Yes, his last three disastrous-ish starts were on the road in hitter friendly parks, while this one is back home in Atlanta, where Wisler has thrown a QS in eight of eleven starts. Some home cookin’ and some weak bats leads to some fantasy goodness from Mr. Wisler, I reckon.
6.9% owned in ESPN, 8% owned in Yahoo!
Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies (@ Mets) – Looks like the Mets will be the latest victim of my Colorado streamers crush. I already addressed the fact the Mets offense is having trouble plating runs lately, so with that out of the way let’s talk some De La a Rosa. Jorge has put a quality start on the board in six of his last seven starts and was one inning away from making that seven over eight starts. Plus, his last five road starts have been quality, and his FIP and xFIP in all but one of those starts were below four; that is good enough for us active streamers. All in all, I like Jorge in New York this weekend.
3.9% owned in ESPN, 5% owned in Yahoo!
Jeremy Hellickson, Phillies (@ Braves) – Hellickson has put up some very respectable numbers this season and has been on somewhat of hot streak lately. Six of Hellboy’s last seven starts have been quality, and in five of his last six starts he has allowed one or no earned runs. Those stats have helped Hellickson tote around a 2.20 ERA over his last seven starts, and while the xFIP is a higher but respectable 3.89, the FIP is even more respectable at 3.27. But let’s face it; how respectable does one even have to be for me to stream them against the Bravos? Remember them? You know, Bravos that have been sitting at or near the bottom of most offensive categories since the start of the season? Plus, with one high quality start against Atlanta already this season, this one is ripe for some nice fantasy goodness.
39.9% owned in ESPN, 43% owned in Yahoo!
Jerad Eickhoff, Phillies (@ Braves) – Well, the above paragraph you just read about the Braves applies here as well. While it doesn’t take a whole lot for me to stream against the Braves, it is not to say that Jerad is not fairly streamable anyways. His numbers lately have not been as good, or as consistent, as Hellickson, but he is certainly a viable streaming option, nonetheless. Although it has been a bit of an up and down ride of late with Eickhoff, his ERA and FIP both sit at a somewhat nice 3.83, so the good starts outweigh the bad. Not really an overly ringing endorsement, but the bottom line is Eickhoff may be streamable against teams that are not the Braves. Something to keep in the ol’ memory bank for future reference.
28.5% owned in ESPN, 47% owned in Yahoo!
Bud Norris, Dodgers (vs. Diamondbacks) – With FIP and xFIP just a hair under four, a K/9 over eight and ground ball rate near 5o%, Bud floats right onto my streamer radar. The thing is the overall numbers don’t even tell the whole story of why this is a great streaming option. You see, Bud Norris is a homeboy. When pitching at home in 2016 he has posted a 2.78 ERA, a .98 WHIP, a 2.83 FIP and is striking out a batter per inning. I mean, what is this, 2012? Yes, the home starts have been for two different teams, and thus in two different home parks, but it hasn’t seemed to matter. Bud has quality starts in two of three starts in Chavez Ravine and missed making it a perfect three for three by an inning. Also, that non-quality start was the only one in which he allowed any runs to score. So stick with your homeboy Bud on Sunday.
20.5% owned in ESPN, 22% owned in Yahoo!
Well, that’s all I got. Seriously, go on, get outta here, go stream!
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