Ahoy hoy! So we meet again, on the Field of Streaming. I got some decent streaming options for you, but first we need to look at how last week’s streamers fared.
The seven streamers that took the hill last week went 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and an 8.05 K/9. That’s a darned decent little bit of streaming if I do say so myself.
Of course it wasn’t all hunky dory. No, no, there were of course, Ins, Outs and What Have Yous…
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C.C. Sabathia, Yankees (@ Royals) – Yeah, this is not the CC of old, it is more CC the old. Well, the numbers are no longer ace-like, but he has shown he can still be a serviceable as a streamer – especially on the road. That’s right, Sabathia’s road numbers in 2016 have been a bit closer to ace like-ish; he has an ERA of 3.45 and he is striking out a batter more per nine innings than at home, so it is something that catches my eye. The FIP and xFIP on the road are still in the low fours, so there is that. Nevertheless, eight of Sabathia’s 11 road starts have been quality, so regardless of what is maybe deserved, he is getting things done on the road and I think he will continue do said things this week in KC.
12.6% owned in ESPN, 14% owned in Yahoo!
Jon Gray, Rockies (vs. Dodgers) – I backed off of recommending Gray for a hot minute while he stumbled through a few rough starts, but I hadn’t fully abandoned ship, folks. No, no, I was still here, lurking, knowing he would turn things back around. Lo and behold his last start was quality where he struck out 10 batters, so here we are. Gray’s last two starts against the Dodgers have been good, and in the last one he tossed five scoreless innings while striking out six batters. It was a nifty little start, even if it wasn’t quality. I think Gray is back on track, and was already on track when facing the Dodgers, so I am good with recommending him on Monday.
33% owned in ESPN, 34% owned in Yahoo!
Daniel Norris, Tigers (vs. White Sox) – Young Daniel Norris makes yet another appearance here in the Field of Streams because, well, he’s pitching fairly well and few seem to be noticing. In only one of his four August starts has he allowed more than two runs, and in that start he allowed just three runs, sporting 2.91 ERA over that span. In fact, Norris has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his starts this season, so his current implodability factor is fairly low. The 3.66 FIP over his last four starts is somewhat comforting to me as well. Now the strikeouts won’t blow you away, but the rest of the numbers have been making up for that just fine (in my mind). Additionally, the White Sox are in the bottom third of the league, offensively, over the past two weeks, which makes me believe another nice start is coming, for Norris.
6.4% owned in ESPN, 9% owned in Yahoo!
Kendall Graveman, Athletics (@ Astros) – From July 4th on, Kendall Graveman has had ten starts and eight of them have been quality. In those ten starts Graveman is 7-2 (if you are into win-loss records), with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Pretty darned good, right? That was rhetorical. Of course, the reason Graveman is pretty widely available, probably stems from the lack of strikeouts (4.19 K/9 over those ten starts) and the FIP and xFIP being in the fours, but that doesn’t scare me much this time around. You see, Graveman’s last two starts against the ‘Stros were quality, as he allowed just four runs over 15 innings. I like that trend to continue this week.
17.9% owned in ESPN, 17% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Moore, Giants (vs. Diamondbacks) – Sometimes a change of scenery is all a pitcher needs to get hot. Doesn’t hurt if that new scenery is a pitcher’s, in a league where pitchers hit. All of those things are certainly part of Matt Moore’s recent success. While I have been a fan of Matty Moore, I was wondering when he would start giving his owners some consistent fantasy goodness. I mean, it hasn’t all been puppies and rainbows for Moore since joining the Giants, but three of his five starts have been quality, and his ERA is 3.45 since moving to the senior circuit – that includes him just missing a no-no his last time out. The new digs seem to agree with Moore, and I think he is good for at least a quality start against the D-backs come hump day.
42.4% owned in ESPN, 48% owned in Yahoo!
Bartolo Colon, Mets (vs. Marlins) – Bartolo’s consistency with the quality starts and implodability factor has dipped a bit, but I am standing strong. Not necessarily because of recent fantasy goodness from Bartolo, but rather recent fantasy badness from the Marlins. Over the most recent fortnight, the Fish are 25th in wOBA, dead last in ISO and 24th in runs scored. Yep, things have not been so pretty in Miami ,and Bartolo already chalked up a nifty little start against these Marlins once this season. I don’t see why he can’t do that again this time around.
42.7% owned in ESPN, 51% owned in Yahoo!
There are only four games on Thursday, and none of the pitchers available in more than half of the leagues look to be great options. I would just avoid streaming altogether Thursday. Just crack open a beer and relax.
That’s all I got… go on, get out of here… go stream!
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