Field of Streams: Week 24 Weekday Streamers

Hopefully you’re still in the mix and in need of streaming advice.  Below are some guys that I would consider taking a chance on this week, but before we get to them we need to look back to last week. Last week’s streamers went 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Those are some solid streaming numbers – almost looks like I know my stuff.

Ins IP H BB ER K W/L
Jose Urena
vs Phillies
7 4 0 1 7 W
Reynaldo Lopez
vs Tigers
7
4
0
1
6
ND
Mike Leake
@Orioles
6
7
0
0
4
W
Shane Bieber
@Blue Jays
6.1
7
1
3
6
W
Joey Lucchesi
@Diamondbacks
5
3
1
2
6
L
Eric Lauer
@Reds
4
2
3
0
8
ND
Outs
C.C. Sabathia
@Athletics
3.1 7 2 4 4 L
Lucas Giolito
vs Tigers
1.1 4 2
4
3
L
What Have Yous
 
Nick Pivetta
@Marlins
4
3
2
2
4
L
Total 44 41 11 17 48 3-4-2

Now that we’ve had our review, on to this weeks streamers.

*Ownership rates under 50% in Yahoo and ESPN

Monday

Mike Minor @Los Angeles Angels

Mike Minor was a hot pickup at the very beginning of the season but was dropped in pretty large numbers after several blowups.  Since then he has been fairly consistent – still the occasional blowup, but overall a solid pitcher and largely under-owned all season. Over the last 30 days he has a 3.18 ERA with a 0.79 ERA and just under a K per inning.

He’s locking up with a middle of the pack Angels team on Monday, who have the 17th best offense by wOBA in the majors.  The park in Anaheim is nice and cavernous as well. I definitely like Minor as a solid stream on Monday and he’s owned in just 23% of ESPN and 26% of Yahoo leagues.

Jacob Junis vs Chicago White Sox

Junis was also a popular pickup at the beginning part of the year as his nasty breaking ball led to some early success. He was bad for a pretty extended period of time, specifically June and July with an ERA over 7.00. That has led fantasy owners to overlook his recent 30-day stretch where he posted a 1.91 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts over 33 innings. The White Sox are also the 8th worst offense in the bigs based on wOBA.  This is another nice stream, and Junis is available in 32% of ESPN and 36% of Yahoo leagues.

Tuesday

Mike Fiers at Baltimore is a pretty obvious stream but is also teetering on the edge of the ownership that I try to exclude.  Grab him if you can, though, as he would be one of the best under-owned options if available.

Trevor Richards @New York Mets

Richards was a popular stream recommendation over the last few weeks before getting slammed in 2 of his last 4 starts.  Despite the two bad outings, he did strikeout 20 over his last 16 ⅔ innings. He also draw the feeble Mets lineup with the 7th worst team wOBA in the league.  I don’t love Richards, but this matchup is worth chasing. He’s owned in under 5% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues so he should be pretty available.

Note: with the Marlins game postponed on Sunday there is a chance Richards gets pushed a day or two. The Marlins have a four game series against the Mets so Richards should still face them, but it could be on Wednesday or Thursday – double-check the day.

Shane Bieber @Tampa Bay Rays

I was a bit skeptical of Bieber when he first burst onto the scene earlier this year. He’s been better than he seems as of late.While he has a 4.28 ERA over his last seven starts, a 2.84 FIP and 25% strikeout rate suggest he has been unlucky and should have had better results. He pitches for a studly team so he has a good chance at a win against a middle of the pack Rays offense. The pitcher’s park won’t hurt either. Bieber is owned in under 40% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues.

Wednesday

Anibal Sanchez @San Francisco Giants

Sanchez has been pretty good this year, but people have been reticent to pick him up.  This guy was once routinely a top 15 pitcher before turning into an absolute time bomb for the better part of two years.  He currently holds a 3.09 ERA with a strikeout per inning over 113.2 innings yet he is owned in under 40% of ESPN leagues (54% ownership on Yahoo). A matchup in the cavernous confines of AT&T park against the lowly Giants only makes starting Sanchez more appealing.  The Giants have the third worst team wOBA in the majors. I would be pretty happy about this stream.

Daniel Mengden @Baltimore Orioles

Mengden is not my kind of pitcher.  He doesn’t strike nearly enough people out for my taste and he lost his starting gig for quite some time.  He has a 2.53 ERA out of the pen since August 27 which includes two long scoreless relief appearances at Houston (4 innings) and against the Yankees (4.2 innings).

This start is tentative as Oakland could reshuffle their rotation with an off day Monday, but if Mengden starts he will draw the lowly O’s, a team with the 5th worst wOBA in the majors which has continued to decline without Machado and Schoop. I don’t love Mengden, but this should be a decent stream for deeper leagues.

Thursday

Mike Leake @Los Angeles Angels

Leake is blah as we all know, with a 4.11 ERA and 1.30 WHIP for the season. His ERA for the past few months has been over 4.50, but the usable games outnumber the ones that hurt. He also doesn’t strikeout out many, but he is an innings eater (only 7 of his 28 starts were less than 6 innings) who keeps his team in the game. I like Leake for the matchup – against the Angels (discussed under Mike Minor) – and the venue. I don’t love many of the matchups on Thursday so this one is worth giving a shot if needed.

Chris Bassitt @Baltimore Orioles

The main issue with Bassitt is innings; he hasn’t gone past the fifth inning in his past four starts, walks a few too many, and the strikeouts are inconsistent and unpredictable. He was a bit of a sleeper a few years back, and I’m not sure he’ll ever make good on his former hype. What makes him an interesting stream is he faces the same lowly Orioles team as Mengden. Even if he only goes 5 innings, if he keeps the score to two or less he could get a W. He’s worth a shot in a pinch and should be universally available.

Note: Bassitt could pitch Wednesday should the A’s reshuffle their lineup (still against Baltimore) so double-check the pitchers for Wednesday and Thursday.

*****

That’s all I got… go on, get out of here… go stream!

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Mike Sheehan

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