One great thing about the end of the season is that many league mates have been eliminated and so are far less active on the waiver wire. This is something we can capitalize on when looking for streamers. There are many arms that shouldn’t be on waivers that you can scoop up as a result of their neglect. Some of us are just looking for an extra arm while others are desperate and just need to pick up any pitcher to help us advance to the next round of the playoffs or rack up counting stats for a potential roto title.
Before we get to this weeks streamers there’s a matter of accountability. Jim Finch took the mound last week, and his recommended streamers went 4-1 with a 4.82 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a 6.0 K/9. Not great, but then again not all streams are created equal. There are Ins, Outs, and of course What Have Yous.
|Carlos Rodon||White Sox||8||5||1||3||6||W|
|Reynaldo Lopez||White Sox||5||7||1||4||2||ND|
|Ryan Borucki||Blue Jays||4||6||4||4||1||ND|
|What have you|
Now that we’ve had our review, let’s see what I came up with for this week.
*Ownership rates under 50% in Yahoo and ESPN – Jim Finch wrote up Monday’s starter due to some miscommunication.
Andrew Cashner @Toronto
Cashner’s 4.71 ERA and 1.49 WHIP are a little deceiving. That’s the pitcher he was in April and May, but in June (3.21 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) and July (3.75 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) he was quite useful. He has had two bad games over his last nine, one against the Yankees and another at Texas – two games smart fantasy owners stayed away from. The other seven were against the Mets, Rays, Twins, Angels, Mariners, and Monday’s opponent the Toronto Blue Jays. He has faced the Blue Jays three times this year, allowing a total of 4 runs over 18.2 innings (1.93 ERA). His success against the Blue Jays, overall success against weaker hitting team, and solid number since June (more than 3 earned runs in 2 of 12 starts) makes Cashner an easy choice for me – and highly available I might add.
Toronto is a below average team when it comes to average, OBP and scoring runs. They have hit a little better in August, but not enough to change the predicted outcome here. His floor is a quality start; just don’t expect a lot of strikeouts.
Mike Fiers vs Texas Rangers
With a 3.38 ERA for the year, 3.30 in June, 2.23 in July and 2.03 through three August starts, the only reason I see for Fiers to be on waivers is your entire league has been preoccupied by that pan of magic brownies. June 22 was the last time he allowed more than three runs in a game, and since then all but two starts (which were both three run quality starts) have been two or fewer runs allowed. Home runs are still an issue, but he has been stingy with the free passes and this game is in Oakland which should help with homers.
Tyler Anderson vs San Diego Padres
Anderson was gaining steam as a pickup a month or so back due to a change in his strikeout profile. That is to say, he finally started striking some guys out. Anderson threw his cutter more and it led to some more swing and miss. I have long wished Anderson pitched in another park as I like him, but it’s hard to buy anyone at Coors. A few blow up starts against the Brewers and Astros – those are starts where any pitcher might have run into problems. Anderson has had a K percentage of 24% since July 4th, which is around when we noticed the change in his game.
I would stream Anderson pretty confidently against the Pads based on the improvements that he’s made and the fact that the Padres have the second worst team wOBA in the bigs.
Brett Anderson vs Texas Rangers
Sticking with another Anderson, I would consider streaming Brett Anderson against the Rangers. Anderson is by no means a stud, but he, like the A’s in general, has been hot as of late. He’s coming off of a start against the Mariners where he was able to elicit 18 grounders. The Ks haven’t really been there, but obviously Oakland is a great pitcher’s park and the Rangers lineup is not nearly as vaunted on the road. It’s a little risky, but I would give this stream a look if I was in a deeper league.
James Shields vs Minnesota Twins
Gone are the days when Shields was a borderline ace. “Big Game James” isn’t what he used to be, but he’s also not arguably the worst pitcher in the bigs, which is what he was last year. He’s been pretty serviceable this year. I kind of wish the game was on the road so he would have a better balllpark, but Shields has been averaging about a strikeout per inning for 30 days now. The Twins are also not exactly the Red Sox – they rank as the 21st best offense in the bigs by wOBA.
Note: there is a chance with the promotion of Michael Kopech that Shields gets moved to Thursday to face the Tigers on the road. I still like him there as the Tigers have been worse than Minnesota offensively.
Kyle Gibson home vs the White Sox
Like Rodon, Gibson should really be owned but is still below 50% in ESPN leagues. Gibson has been a top 40-50 SP in most formats this year so I feel good about deploying him. He gets to pitch against a bad White Sox team as well. This is one of the better streams available this week.
Matthew Boyd home against the White Sox
Matthew Boyd helped me win a title two years ago so there’s a bit of nostalgia here for me. Boyd gets to face the White Sox, and as I said earlier they are no offensive juggernaut. Boyd has been averaging just shy of a strikeout per inning and just under a 3.00 ERA over the last 30 days. These positive results have also been accompanied by a velocity gain. I definitely like streaming Boyd this week.
Tyler Glasnow home against the Royals
I love the change of scenery for Glasnow. He was a K machine in the minors and was once heralded as a very top end pitching prospect. The Rays helped Blake Snell figure out his control and I’m hopeful they can do the same for Glasnow. He’s also been very good with the Rays so far, averaging over a strikeout per inning and his ERA is 2.78 over the last 30 days. The Royals also have the fourth worst wOBA of any team in baseball. It’s also in Tampa Bay which is a good pitcher’s park. This should be another strong stream.
That’s all I got… go on, get out of here… go stream!
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