Welcome to another edition of Field of Streams, the fantasy column that is all the talk around the water cooler. Well, it’s all the talk around my water cooler, and I’m the one talking about it so I’m just going to assume it’s like that everywhere else. We have some some tasty streaming options for you this week, but before we can get to those there is a matter of last weeks selections.
Last weeks streamers went 3-3 with a 5.15 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and a 6.94 K/9. There were some win and a decent strikeout totals so you know there were Ins, but unfortunately there were also some Outs and What Have Yous… Let’s take a look.
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Alright, enough of the past. Let’s get to what you came here for.
Kyle Davies, Brewers (@ Braves) – Mister Davies’ five consecutive quality starts have popped him right on my streaming radar. Over those five starts, Davies has an ERA of 1.97 with a 2.38 FIP, which is pretty darned fine and dandy, right? I mean the xFIP is still over four and the K/9 is below six so it’s not all kittens and rainbows, but it is plenty good enough for our purposes. Davies keeps the ball on the ground which helps limit the damage and somewhat makes up for the lack of strikeouts. In any case, although the Braves have improved their ISO, they still don’t stand out as a run scoring threat, which makes me think Davies has a quality start in the cards.
48.3% owned in ESPN, 44% owned in Yahoo!
Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers (vs. Phillies) – It is pretty safe to say that almost without fail, if McCarthy is available to stream, then stream him I will. He has hit a few recent bumps, but even with those last two starts being less than stellar, he still has an ERA of 2.76 and a FIP of 3.06 which are both solid numbers. One of the best remedies for bumps in the road this season has been the Phillies. They are putting a few more runs on the board lately, but they are still near the bottom of the barrel in both ISO and wOBA, so I think a bounce back start is not out of the question here.
39.8% owned in ESPN, 43% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Moore, Rays (@ Marlins) – Moore has somewhat quietly rattled of seven consecutive quality starts. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, part of why his ownership numbers have not skyrocketed is (I think) the fact that he sports a 4.22 FIP – he has not necessarily been aces every time out. The FIP has been below four in his last two starts, including his first one as a Giant, which seems promising. The strikeouts and grounders were abundant as well in his first Giant start, though it was against the Phillies. The Marlins have not exactly been pushovers at the ol’ plate, but they do struggle a tad against southpaws. On the season they are 26th in ISO and middle of the pack in wOBA. There is some risk involved here, but I am banking on at least a quality start from Moore.
49.2% owned in ESPN, 55% owned in Yahoo!
Hector Santiago, Twins (vs. Astros) – Before Santiago’s last start he had not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last six starts. While his ERA during that stretch was under three, the FIP paints a bit of a different picture sitting at 4.57, so that is only borderline quality start material. The good news here is that the Astros have been struggling a bit over the past couple of weeks. In the most recent fortnight, the Astros are 28th in wOBA and runs scored so they don’t seem to pose a big offensive threat right now. A change of scenery can sometime invigorate a pitcher, although it did not look that way in his first start. I am a Santiago fan and will bet on a quality from him against the ‘Stros.
33.4% owned in ESPN, 41% owned in Yahoo!
Bartolo Colon, Mets (vs. Diamondbacks) – Bartolo has been more prone to imploding lately so I do have some slight hesitancy, but right now if comes down to matchups. The Diamondbacks offensive WAR, for whatever that is worth, is down near the bottom of the majors over the past couple of weeks. Now the wOBA, ISO and runs scored are kind of middle of the pack so they are not necessarily push overs or anything. Another thing in Bartolo’s favor is his home FIP and xFIP are about a half a run lower than his road ones. It’s not the greatest to go on, but it is something, right? Well, it’s what I’m going on anyways.
32.2% owned in ESPN, 41% owned in Yahoo!
Ryan Vogelsong, Pirates (vs. Padres) – I’ve Never been much of a Vogelsong fan, but I do like what Pittsburgh seems to do with starters. Vogelsong’s last start was money, albeit against Atlanta. Nevertheless, his FIP and xFIP in his two starts since rejoining the rotation are pretty darned good, even if the first start was just two innings. Too early to determine if Searage’s tutelage is working, but it looks good right now. Facing the Padres is never a bad thing, even with the little bit of punch they are now kind of showing. The streaming is not super great on Wednesday, but Vogs may be the cheapest fantasy goodness you will get on hump day.
1.6% owned in ESPN, 2% owned in Yahoo!
Jameson Taillon, Pirates (vs. Padres) – Five straight quality starts; that’s what Jameson Taillon has done. Over those starts Taillon has posted an ERA of 2.40 with a FIP of 2.66. Those are some nice numbers, folks. The ground ball rate is close to 60%, and the K-rate is pretty above average which points towards some fantasy goodness. The Padres have been much improved, but coming from the bottom of the barrel means they are still only slightly above average – or something to that extent. What I am getting at is Taillon should be able to handle the Padres.
39.3% owned in ESPN, 44% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Garza, Brewers ( vs. Braves) – Garza’s return started wonderfully, but then things fell off a bit. Look, Garza’s last start was highly decent and the one before was quality, so let’s go ahead and ride that for now. He won’t strike out a ton, but he has a good ground ball rate which is nice. The big thing here is he gets to face the Braves, who are still not so hot at the plate (although Carlos Martinez might say otherwise). Might be a bit of a wild card here, but I still like Garza nonetheless.
1.9% owned in ESPN, 2% owned in Yahoo!
That’s all I got… go on, get out of here… go stream!
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