Greetings, friends! Can I still call you friends after last weekend’s streaming? Please? I know it was an unmitigated streaming disaster, but I will try to do better, I swear. I don’t want to relive last weekend too much, so I am just gonna give you the bare bones.
Last weekend’s six streamers went 0-5, with an eye-popping 11.57 ERA, a 2.10 WHIP, and a 8.14 K/9. So, the K/9 was good, right? This week will be better; I just know it. So, let’s get to it!
Kevin Gausman, Orioles (vs. Astros) – Gaus’ numbers not only put him well within the criterion of a quality starter, but also that of a quality streamer. The consistency has not been there which is probably why he sits on many a waiver wire/free agent list right now, but let us get to the positives. Gausman has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his three starts which is a step in the right direction – even if his last start only saw him make it through four innings. Over Gausman’s last three starts he has a K/9 over 11 and a FIP of 3.67, so there’s those little rays of potential fantasy goodness peaking out here and there. Another positive is he is facing the Astros this time around, and they haven’t been so good at the plate of late. Over the past two weeks the ‘Stros are 23rd in wOBA and 28th in ISO, making this seem like a decent matchup.
27.1% owned in ESPN, 28% owned in Yahoo!
That is really the only stream I am confident in for Friday. If you stream any other players you do so at your own risk.
Bartolo Colon, Mets (@ Giants) – Bartolo has not been the consistent pitcher I once made him out to be, but, he has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his last five starts. During that span Colon has a 3.03 ERA and a 2.93 FIP, so he is still doing something right some of the time, right? Sure, there was one clunker in those five starts, and in two of his last six starts he allowed five or more earned runs, but the overall numbers point to him pulling it all together in most matchups, in my opinion. If I haven’t convinced you just yet, then allow me to present you and Bartolo with the Giants. Over the last couple of weeks, the Giants are 24th in wOBA, 27th in ISO and 23rd in runs scored, so I like Colon for a quality start on Saturday.
40.9% owned in ESPN, 48% owned in Yahoo!
Jeremy Hellickson, Phillies (vs. Cardinals) – Where do I start? Well, let’s see. Over Hellboy’s last ten starts he has allowed more than three earned runs just once and in that one start he allowed just four earned runs. In those ten starts, Hellboy has a 2.60 ERA, a .96 WHIP and a nice little 3.25 FIP. Those are some darned good numbers, my friends. Now, combine those numbers with the another number. Twenty-five. That is where the Cardinals rank in runs scored over the past couple of weeks, and that makes me like Hellboy in this one even more.
34.9% owned in ESPN, 41% owned in Yahoo!
Ervin Santana, Twins (@ Royals) – Five straight quality starts now for Big Erv, and seven quality starts in the last eight outings. Both good things for streaming purposes, but beyond that is the fact he has allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of his last ten starts. Over those last ten starts he has an ERA of 1.77 and a FIP of 2.01 which are some darned fine numbers if I do say so myself. Facing the Royals certainly isn’t something that should prevent more good numbers for Erv. Over the past two weeks the Royals are 27th in wOBA, 26th in ISO and 20th in runs scored. Yeah, not exactly knocking the ball all over the ballparks across the land. All in all, seems like Santana is quite the viable stream.
44.3% owned in ESPN, 48% owned in Yahoo!
Chad Green, Yankees (@ Angels) – Chad Green has a small sample size, and even in that it has not always been the best of times. However, he is coming off a high quality start against the Blue Jays; he pitched six scoreless innings while striking out 11 batters. Overall it gets dicey, as only two of his five starts have been quality, but I am hoping this last start will be a jumping off point. The ERA is within an average quality start (overall), but as a starter it dips. Again looking for that last start to get things started, and the Angels could be a good follow-up. Over the past couple of weeks the Angels were dead last in wOBA and 26th in runs scored, so I like Chad to possibly throw another quality start here.
4.2% owned in ESPN, 8% owned in Yahoo!
Well, that’s all I got. Seriously, go on, get outta here, go stream!
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