Welcome one and all to another edition of Field of Streams, your best source of streaming options and the number one rated streaming column on the web. I went outside today and saw my shadow – that means we have six more weeks of fantasy baseball left to play. It’s playoff time for some leagues, and for the rest of you things are int he final stretch so every stream counts. Before we get to this weeks streamers, though, there is a matter of recapping what happened last week.
Last weeks seven streamers went 2 and 3 with a 4.48 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 6.26 K/9. Well, the ERA does fall into the definition of a quality start, so there is that. Just like every week, you can’t judge a line at face value – there were Ins, Outs, and What Have Yous…
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Let’s see if we can do better than a 50/50 split with this weeks main course.
Blake Snell, Rays (vs. Red Sox) – The streaming options to start the week are not super enticing, but Blake Snell may be the best of the bunch. Snelly hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last eight starts, and over those eight starts he is sporting a 2.83 ERA and a stupendous 10.89 K/9. Those are ownable numbers right there, ladies and germs. Over that span his xFIP is 4.01 and his FIP is 3.41 so some regression may be in order, and while that may make him not widely ownable it will still keep him widely streamable.
Snell has also been pretty good at home, not allowing more than three earned runs in any of his last five starts at the Trop. Granted if you go back one more start at the Trop, it was against the Red Sox, and he did allow four earned runs over just five and one-third innings, so that is where some slight hesitation starts to burrow its way into my head. What is keeping me on board with Snell is his most recent work, and the fact he still had a 3.90 FIP in that start against the BoSox. I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t still a little hesitation, but if I have to pick a streamer on Monday, Snell is the only one I’ll recommend.
31.5% owned in ESPN, 40% owned in Yahoo!
Jon Gray, Rockies (@ Brewers) – Yes, yes, poor Jon Gray has kind of fallen on hard times, rattlin’ off three straight kind of atrocious starts, but I have faith! First off, there are a couple bright spots embedded in those last three starts, like the fact he is still striking out a batter per inning. I like strikeouts from pitchers and so should you. Another bright spot is that his FIP in his last start was 2.40, which is nice. I know that is a statistic that can be hard to read on a game by game basis, but it’s still something. Gray is also still keeping the ball on the ground. This one may be a bit more gut based, but I have faith in Gray turning things around.
36% owned in ESPN, 36% owned in Yahoo!
Kyle Gibson, Twins (vs. Tigers) – Let me start by saying that the overall “statistics” for Gibby don’t look great and I understand that, but stay with me. Gibber has allowed three or fewer earned runs in four of his last six starts and is coming off a complete game against the Bravos. Of course, if you have been following Field of Streams or, well, baseball in general this season, you know the Braves don’t really post an intimidating lineup. Nevertheless, not many pitchers have thrown complete games against them, and in any event it’s not like the Tigers, Gibson’s opponent this time around, have not been so impressive of late. During the most recent fortnight the Tigers are 28th in wOBA and dead last in ISO and runs scored. This is really the main reason I like Gibby in this matchup.
3.1% owned in ESPN, 10% owned in Yahoo!
Jerad Eickhoff, Phillies (@ White Sox) – I will grant you, Eickhoff has not been on any sort of hot streak or anything, but for the most part he has not been getting knocked around that much either? Yep, get the straws ready, cause I am about to be graspin’ for them. Look, I am not at all saying I am fully on board with Eickhoff, but he has had his moments, and in the right matchups may just serve us well. So, why is this a “right” matchup? I am so glad you asked. You see, the main reasoning is the White Sox have been having some struggles at the plate, lately. Over the past two weeks, the Pale Hose are 26th in wOBA, 29th in ISO and 27th in runs scored. So, them numbers, right there, be the reason I like Eickhoff in this matchup.
28.6% owned in ESPN, 47% owned in Yahoo!
Matt Shoemaker, Angels (@ Blue Jays) – Matty Shoe has allowed more than three earned runs in just six of his last eight starts, and five of those eight starts have been quality. Over those eight starts Shoemaker is sporting a 3.69 ERA, and a respectable 3.97 FIP. The ground ball rate is decent, and the K rate is, um, close to average…kind of, but he is still a somewhat decent bet for quality starts. Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “against the Blue Jays though?!” Yes, we all know there are some power bats up north of the border, but did you all know that over the last month the Jays are 25th in wOBA? Or that in that time they are 25th in the majors in runs scored? Well, they are, and that is why I like Shoe for a quality start.
34.3% owned in ESPN, 44% owned in Yahoo!
Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks (vs. Braves) – First off, Ray is a strikeout machine, maintaining a 10.89 K/9 over 24 starts which is pretty darned impressive (you know how much Willie like strikeouts). The 4.47 ERA can dissuade some, but his FIP is 3.63 and his xFIP is 3.40, so you could argue he has been outpitching his ERA. Ray has allowed more than three earned runs in just two of his last seven starts, and on the season he has not allowed more than five earned runs in any of his starts. I know that is not overwhelmingly impressive, but it points to a middling implodability factor. Stir those into a pot with the fact he is facing the Braves and you got yourself a stew! A nice streaming hot stew!
28.7% owned in ESPN, 28% owned in Yahoo!
Chad Kuhl, Pirates (@ Brewers) – Kuhl as Ice has been just that with three consecutive quality starts. Let’s focus on the last two starts though since there was a gap between starts prior to those. In both starts Kuhl allowed just two earned runs. His strikeout numbers won’t impress you, but he keeps batted balls on the ground more than half the time which is pretty nice. The FIP is 3.73 so still in quality start territory, just not maybe as quality as his most recent starts. In any event, I like what Kuhl is putting out there, and absolutely not fully basing this on his awesome name. I am only partly recommending him because of his awesome name (wink).
20.1% owned in ESPN, 18% owned in Yahoo!
That’s all I got… go on, get out of here… go stream!
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