This is it! The final week of the season – at least for some of you. This weekends streaming options can either win you a championship, or give you that extra point needed to move into the championship round. Hopefully I can be some help to you in that department. Before we get to this week’s streamers, though, there is a matter of recapping what happened last week in this very space.
Last week’s streamers went 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a 10.06 K/9. The WHIP was on the high side and wins were hard to come by, but the ERA was well within streaming parameters and the strikeouts – oh those glorious strikeouts. Your results may be slightly different depending on who your rostered, as there were Ins, Outs, and What Have You..,
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And there you go – now on to this weeks streamers.
Jon Gray, Rockies (@ Dodgers) – As you know I have long been in on Jon Gray, despite a few minor hiccups here and there. Well, I have limited time left to stream Gray this season so I am gonna get it in while I can. Gray has not been consistently ace-like or anything, but he is coming off a complete game shutout. Gray’s game FIP has gone over four just once in his last six starts, and he gets the Dodgers this time around. Not only did he allow no runs in his last start against the Dodgers, but he is working on a 15 inning scoreless streak against said Dodgers. Maybe that streak comes to an end, but I think you should still get a quality start out of him.
35.3% owned in ESPN, 41% owned in Yahoo!
Doug Fister, Astros (vs. Angels) – Yeah, I’ll need to defend this one pretty heartily since Dougy Fist allowed six or more earned runs in three of his last four starts. Admittedly that’s pretty awful and I understand that, but stay with me kids. There was a stretch this season where Fisty was darned good, so I know he is capable of putting up solid starts. From there let me tell you about Fister versus the Angels. Both of his 2016 starts against the Halos have been quality as he allowed just three earned runs in 13 innings against them. Now sure, teams can turn things around, but the Angels right now are not looking like an offense that is gonna do such a thing.
Over the past two weeks the Angels are dead last in wOBA and ISO, and only one team has scored fewer runs than them in that time period. There’s no guarantees, as is the case with any stream, and I understand the hesitancy, but pitching against a team who has struggled against him on the season and against, well, everyone, of late? That smells like some fantasy goodness coming our way.
29.9% owned in ESPN, 40% owned in Yahoo!
Alec Asher, Phillies (@ Mets) – I understand he only went 4.1 innings in his last outing, but he also had four strikeouts and a 1.98 FIP in that short start. I agree, it is a small sample size, but it does point to Asher still pitching kind of well, right? Asher does have a 2.16 ERA and a 3.07 FIP over 16.2 innings in 2016. Another bright spot from that last start is he increased both the K and ground ball rates, which is very promising. Also very promising are starts against the Mets right now. Over the past two weeks only the Angels and Twins have scored fewer runs than the Metropolitans. The Mets ISO in that span is middling so maybe they are hitting the ball hard, but they have not seen Asher yet this season, which I think tips the scales in his favor.
11.1% owned in ESPN, 8% owned in Yahoo!
Joe Ross, Nationals (@ Pirates) – In my mind Joe Ross should be very widely owned. His stint on the DL kind of made people forget about him, but a 3.43 ERA and 3.48 FIP deserve attention. Rain cut short what was turning out to be a nice start for Ross in his first game back, but let’s not let that short start go for naught, folks. We can certainly extrapolate some things from those three innings of works. The negative FIP is fun to look at and think about, am I right? I know that is not super meaningful over three innings, but fun, nonetheless. Also fun, but tough to read too much into, are those five strikeouts over three innings. Ross was fairly solid before his injury, and while I don’t expect a ton of Ks, a serviceable amount should be in order.
31.7% owned in ESPN, 48% owned in Yahoo!
Robert Gsellman, Mets (vs. Phillies) – On the surface this one seems to be a no-brainer, right? I mean, Gsellman has a 3.13 ERA and a 3.07 FIP, which are some nice digits to have next to your name. Granted it is only in the small sample size of 31.2 innings, but it is what we have and it is quite promising. Gsellman is sporting a decent K-rate and a ground ball rate just a hair over 50%, which are both things I like. I also like that he gets to face the Phillies in this one. Yes, the same Phillies that have spent the bulk of this season lingering around the bottom of the barrel offensively. Gsellman was not spectacular in his previous starts against the Phils – what are the odds of this team doing well against a pitcher twice in a row? I don’t think they’re that great.
16.5% owned in ESPN, 16% owned in Yahoo!
Joe Musgrove, Astros (vs. Angels) – Musky has been generally serviceable on the season, but has seemed to really pick it up over the past three starts. Two of those three starts have been quality, and he just missed the third one being quality by two-thirds of an inning. Over those three starts, Musgrove is sporting a 3.06 ERA, inducing ground balls at close to a 50% clip while posting a 8.15 K/9. Those numbers are not too shabby, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that his FIP over these starts was still over four. Still serviceable, but puts things a bit more into perspective. All that being said, let us not forget that he is facing the Angels whom, you may remember from above, have not been lighting up scoreboards of late. I think streaming Musky could net you a quality start.
23.1% owned in ESPN, 29% owned in Yahoo!
Well, that’s all I got. Seriously, get outta here, go stream!
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