Here we are folks. The end of days. Well, the end of regular season fantasy baseball days for about six months or so. Plus, for me, it is the end of my Field of Streams days for the foreseeable future. That’s right folks, I’m retiring. I’m not saying this won’t be a Favre-esque retirement, but for now, this should be considered my last Fantasy Assembly post. I will let you gather your emotions. Finished? Good, let’s get on with the show, for one last time.
Even though this is my last posting, we still have protocols to follow which require me to recap last week’s recommendations. Last week’s streamers went 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 8.94 K/9. Damn it feels good to go out on a high note. But not all those starts were gems. No, no, no; we had usual Ins, Outs, and What Have You..,
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Now on to your final streamers for the 2017 season!
Robert Gsellman, Mets (@ Phillies) – I can’t really explain why Gsellman is available in so many leagues, other than the fact many leagues are all wrapped up. A 2.56 ERA and 2.83 FIP certainly seem like very ownable numbers, so what gives? Well, the sample size is small, I will grant you that, but a 54.4% ground ball rate and a 8.15 K/9? All the numbers point to Gsellman getting things done. Sample size be darned, Gsellman IS getting it done and is coming off of seven shutout innings against the Phillies. Yes, the very same Phillies he will face on Friday. I’m sold on this being a quality stream for all involved.
34.3% owned in ESPN, 43% owned in Yahoo!
Alex Asher, Phillies (vs. Mets) – If you are not sold on Gsellman, hows about the other side of this matchup? Smaller sample size, smaller ERA. The ERA is below two through four starts, and the 3.14 FIP is nice to look at as well. The strikeouts are not generally there, but the ground ball inducing is getting better and Asher is coming off throwing five scoreless innings against the Mets. The very same Mets that he is facing on Friday. Maybe this is a slightly harder sell, but I still like the low implodability factor, and of course the low FIP. If you play both you’ll have a better shot at a W.
9.7% owned in ESPN, 13% owned in Yahoo!
Jharel Cotton, Athletics (@ Mariners) – Let’s get jha-real about Jharel, folks. Cotton has allowed just four earned runs over his first four major league starts. That has translated into a 1.44 ERA thus far which makes him a pitcher worth monitoring. The 3.78 FIP shows some minor flies in the ointment, but not pesky flies we can’t deal with. More good news is the past couple of starts have even seen a slight rise in the ol’ strikeout rate to almost a serviceable number. Obviously we continue to deal with small sample sizes, but it is what is this late in the season, kiddos.
36.4% owned in ESPN, 25% owned in Yahoo!
Sean Manaea, Athletics (@ Mariners) – Three of Sean’s last five starts have been quality, and he has not allowed more than an earned run in any of those five starts. Over those last five starts Manaea has a spectacular 0.64 ERA and a very nice 3.11 FIP. Manaea is also sporting a ground ball rate over 50% and a K/9 of 8.58. He even had a quality start his last time out against Seattle. All the numbers are looking good of late for Manaea, so what are you waiting for? Need a nice stream to finish off this season? Seems like Manaea could be your guy.
26.2% owned in ESPN, 27% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Koch, Diamondbacks (vs. Padres) – Digging deep here, and if you want a small sample size gut stream to end the season, Matty Koch might be the way to go. Sample sizes don’t get much smaller than one major league start. Nevertheless, let’s see what we can take away from that start. Five innings, two runs (both earned) – not bad numbers by any means. Not a ton of Ks or grounders which mildly concerns me, but the 3.14 FIP don’t seem to mind and is highly respcetable, even if the xFIP was over five.
Like I said, there is some gut at work here, and facing the Padres helps with that. The Friars have been near the bottom of the barrel offensively for much of the 2016 season, and I don’t see them finishing the season any different.
1.0% owned in ESPN, 0% owned in Yahoo!
Alright, that’s it folks! Thanks to my loyal readers who have joined me on these streaming journeys over the last few years. I’ve had a great time, and I hope you have as well. Keep shining and keep streaming. Alright, that’s all I got. For the last time – go on, get outta here… go stream.
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