We are at the very, very end of the line here. Hopefully you’re running away with things and don’t need to stream. That said: if you’re back is up against the wall streaming can be your best, or sometimes only choice. Below are some guys that I would consider streaming this week.
Before we move on to this weeks streamers we need to take a look back. Last week’s streamers went 2-5 with a 5.36 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP, and a 8.78 K/9. Those are some bad numbers, but it wasn’t all bad. There were Ins, but they were cancelled out by the Outs.
Now that we’ve had our review, on to this weeks streamers.
*Ownership rates under 50% in Yahoo and ESPN
C.C. Sabathia @Oakland Athletics
I am not going to dig deep here as I’ve written about the big man 2 weeks in a row prior to this. He’s having a good year (3.36 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) and is a member of the Yankees. He’s still owned in under 45% of ESPN leagues (just over 50% on Yahoo). This is a mistake that you need to rectify immediately. The A’s are good this year, but I’ll still take a guy who has performed like a top 30 pitcher in one of the three or four best parks for pitchers in the league.
Jose Urena vs Philadelphia Phillies
Urena has had a pretty bad year by fantasy standards. We weren’t expecting much anyway so that’ okay. However, he is a league average type that’s worth sticking with in good matchups and when he gets on a bit of a roll, like recently. He’s had a 3.00 ERA over his last two starts and he gets the Phillies at home. The Phils have had a great year but are still the 9th worst offense in the league by wOBA. I’d take a shot here if I needed to.
Reynaldo Lopez vs Detroit Tigers
I’ve written a lot about Lopez as well over the last few weeks. He is raw but has a talented arm and a great fastball. He has been up and down all year, but he’s been good in his last two starts including holding the Yanks to just one run over seven innings last time out. He’s also averaged a strikeout per inning in his last two games. Throw in the Tigers with the third worst wOBA in the majors and you have yourself a solid stream.
Lucas Giolito home vs Tigers
Giolito gets the same very weak match up this week against a weak Tigers lineup. He was once the best pitching prospect in baseball, and he’s finally starting to show it over the past month. Yet despite the noticeable improvements he’s owned in only 20% of ESPN leagues. He’s been striking out more than a batter per inning in the last 30 days and has given up 3 or fewer runs in eight of his last ten starts. This seems like a great stream. He was also a waiver wire recommendation the other day so I’m not the only one recommending him here.
Joey Lucchesi @Arizona Diamondbacks
Lucchesi has had a good year, posting an ERA in the mid 3.00s and has done quite well with strikeouts as well. The K rate is thanks in no small part to a pitch he calls his “churve.” I am grateful that he’s allowed me to say churve all summer long. For some reason, Lucchesi is owned in under 25% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues (he was injured and I guess people forgot about him). I view him as an asset and would roster him anywhere. He’s been especially good lately with a strong start at Coors and a 9 K dazzler against the M’s. Go get him!
Michael Kopech vs Detroit Tigers
I’m cheating here since his ownership rate is closer to or above 60% on ESPN and Yahoo, but grab him Kopech if he is available. Obviously he’s a big pitching prospect with a thunderous fastball, but he also has the same great Tigers matchup as his recommended teammates above.
Nick Pivetta @Miami Marlins
Pivetta looked like he was having a breakout season just a few short months ago. He was then plagued by several blow up starts, which frustrated droves of fantasy owners to drop him en mass. He is owned in under 40% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues. I am already confident Pivetta will be a sleeper for me next year as the Ks and most of the advanced stats tell us he is a much better pitcher than he has shown this year. He also has a date with the Marlins and their cavernous park and putrid offense, which is the second worst in the majors by team wOBA, along with a number of other supporting stats.
Mike Leake at Baltimore Orioles
Leake is coming off a pair of blowup starts, but I don’t really care about that. We know what Mike Leake is. He’s not great and he’s not bad; he’s just an OK pitcher. He will go on occasional really good or really bad streaks, but Mike Leake is always Mike Leake. That makes him good enough in my book to put up a nice start against the lowly O’s. The Orioles have the sixth worst offense in baseball by team wOBA, and a lot of that calculation included Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop who are no longer in their employ. I think there’s a good chance for a win and a quality start with this stream.
Shane Bieber @Toronto Blue Jays
The pickings on Thursday are extremely thin. Bieber was a popular addition earlier in the year when he went on a bit of a run. He hit an extremely rough patch, which makes sense if you’ve seen his stuff. He doesn’t exactly rival his teammates Carrasco, Kluber, or Bauer in stuff nastiness, instead relying on control and weak contact. That said, he plays on one of the best teams and is one of the few pitchers even pitching on Thursday. I would pull the trigger here if I was desperate.
Eric Lauer @Cincinnati Reds
I have watched a lot of Eric Lauer for some reason. I can’t for the life of me tell you why, but I’ve seen more of him pitching this year than you would expect and I kinda like him. I think there’s something here and that he could be fantasy relevant. He shut down Colorado at home in his last start, which was his first start in a month. Prior to that, he had only allowed more than 3 runs in two of his previous three starts. The Reds are a good hitting team in a good park so I don’t love the matchup. Given how little there is to work with on Thursday, I would consider this stream if I was in a position where I had to. But with three more days you don’t really have to… do you?
That’s all I got… go on, get out of here… go stream!
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