After a brief hiatus, I have returned! Returned to lay before you some potential streamers for this upcoming weekend. A big thanks to the man, the myth, the reverend, Jim Finch for covering me while I was away. We’ll see how he did in the next article, but right now, let’s check out how last weekend’s streamers fared. Last weekend’s six streamers went 3-2, with a 4.17 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and a 6.63 K/9. ERA could have been a tad lower, but overall I’ll take those numbers. Of course, those numbers are not indicative of every stream, as always there are Ins, Outs and What have yous!
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Welp, there’s our apps, now on to the main course…
Erasmo Ramirez, Rays (at Red Sox) – Although Erasmo did allow five runs in his last start, he did still manage to minimize the fantasy damage by pitching into the eighth inning. Erasmo had not allowed more than two runs in any of his nine stars prior to his last one. Aside from that, Erasmo has been darned streamable with a K/9 a shade over seven, a groundball rate close to 50% and a FIP slightly below four. Now, sure, Ramirez has only gone six or more innings three times in his last eight starts, but he draws the BoSox this time out and lately the BoSox have not shown much at the plate. Over the past two weeks, the Red Sox are 29th in weighted on-base percentage, 28th in isolated power and 25th in runs scored. All in all, looks to be a nice little stream for Erasmo.
22.6% owned in ESPN, 30% owned in Yahoo!
Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox (vs. Rays) – If you don’t like Erasmo, perhaps I can interest you in the other side of the matchup. Eduardo. Rodriguez bounced back from a shelling against the Angels to twirl a nice little gem against the Tigers. On the season Rodriguez has quality starts in seven of his 11 starts, but does have a slight implodability factor to him. That aside, I generally like Eduardo; he’s got a decent enough ground ball rate and the Ks can be there, especially against the Rays. Tampa Bay batters have the ninth highest K% over the past two weeks and have scored even fewer runs than the Red Sox in that same time span.
41.7% owned in ESPN, 32% owned in Yahoo!
Aaron Nola, Phillies (vs. Braves) – Nola could be a future ace for the Phillies; while the time is not now for that, it is certainly the perfect time for streaming. Nola has a tad bit of hype coming in, but unfortunately, only tad bit of major league sample size. As small a sample size as it is (just two starts), it’s what we’ve got to work with here so let’s go with it. Nola is striking out almost eight batters per nine innings and inducing ground balls at a 51% clip. Both of those are numbers I can work with. His FIP is close to 5.0 so perhaps the 3.29 ERA is not as deserved as we would like to believe. That being said, overall I like what Nola can do and what I like even more is this tasty matchup against the Bravos. Over the past two weeks, no team in the majors has a lower wOBA, ISO or fewer runs scored than Atlanta. Long story, short: the Braves are the tastiest streaming matchup going right now, so I am all in on Nola in this one.
42.4% owned in ESPN, 25% owned in Yahoo!
Kyle Hendricks, Cubs (at Brewers) – A 3.41 SIERA and 3.36 FIP make it seem like, just maybe, Hendricks has deserved a bit better than his 3.81 ERA. I said, “just maybe”. For the most part Hendricks has been serviceable and, for our purposes, streamable. I also like that Hendricks has a reasonable K-rate that pairs nicely with a ground ball rate right around 50%. Hendricks also gets a decent matchup in this one with the Brewers. The Brew Crew have not been atrocious, but over the past two weeks they are 22nd in runs scored. Milwaukee is not quite a pitcher’s paradise, but Hendricks faced the Brewers once there already this season and threw five and one-third scoreless innings. Bottom line: this is a decent spot to stream Hendricks.
28.3% owned in ESPN, 25% owned in Yahoo!
Nate Karns, Rays (at Red Sox) – Well, you can look above at the Erasmo Ramirez section of your program to find all the information you need on the Red Sox recent offensive futility. It is slightly less applicable here since Karns (in my humble opinion) has pitched better than Erasmo. Karns has a K/9 over eight, and a ground ball percentage in the low 40s. That, as well as some other factors here and there, leads to a 3.80 SIERA. Plus, five of Karnsy’s last eight starts have been quality and in only one of those eight starts did he allow more than two runs to cross the plate. Granted his only start against Boston this season was less than special, but he did manage to go six innings, so there is that. The first start against Boston was many weeks ago and if you combine the Red Sox recent offensive struggles with Karns’ recent pitching successes, you have yourself a shot at streamy goodness.
25.6% owned in ESPN, 25% owned in Yahoo!
Mike Leake, Reds (vs. Pirates) – First off, I am going to lay it right out on the table here. After Karns, the streaming options on Sunday thin out quite a bit. That being said, let’s talk Leake. Mike won’t necessarily garner you a large number of Ks, but his implodability factor is somewhat low. Two-thirds of Leake’s starts this season have been quality and in only five of his 21 starts has he allowed more than three earned runs. Leake has a streak of five consecutive quality starts going, and he generally has had good fortune against the Bucs. In three starts this season, Leake has thrown 20.2 innings and allowed just five earned runs, including two earned runs over his last fifteen innings against Pittsburgh. This may not be the flashiest of streaming options, but I like Leake’s chances here, so stream well.
48.6% owned in ESPN, 48% owned in Yahoo!
Well, that’s all he wrote. Seriously. Go on, get outta here, go stream!
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