Straight Cheese, your fantasy baseball week 5 streaming starting pitchers resource providing the scoop on less than desirable, questionably talented, hardly owned pitchers that you can use for a spot start to get those all-important counting stats without drop-kicking your ratio stats into submission.
Before we dive into the dumpster looking for junk pitchers we can use this weekend, lets take a look back at my picks from last week.
Week 4 Review
|Clayton Richard||4/27 vs. NYM||1||6.67||3||6||3||4||L||4.05||1.35|
|Jaime Garcia||4/28 vs. TOR||1||5||5||5||4||5||L||9.00||1.80|
|Daniel Mengden||4/28 at HOU||1||2.33||4||6||1||1||L||15.45||3.00|
|Zack Wheeler||4/29 at SD||1||5||2||6||2||9||W||3.60||1.60|
|Week 4 Total||4||19||14||23||10||19||1-3||6.63||1.74|
The less said about last week the better.
- Process over Results. My results haven’t been great when evaluated by exclusively focusing on the bottom line. But when viewed line by line, I’ve uncovered matchups that have worked. I trust my process and can’t get caught up in the small sample size of 15 starts so far. Here’s a great article on Process over Results.
- Upon reflection I’ve noticed that I may be putting a little too much weight on the team the pitcher is facing on not necessarily considering if the pitcher can take advantage of the situation.
- Don’t put too much trust into the “unproven” guys. Two weeks ago it was Heaney. This week it was Mengden. I need to recognize that the risk is much greater with these guys.
With that out of the way, let’s scratch off some lottery tickets!
Week 5 Streaming Starting Pitchers
Ownership info from Yahoo! (Y) and ESPN (E) and all 2018 stats are through Monday, April 30.
RHP Trevor Cahill, OAK
Owned Y10%/E10% · vs. Baltimore Orioles – Friday, May 4
In his first three starts Cahill posted a 3.00 ERA, 3.12 xFIP, 1.00 WHIP with 19 strikeouts in 18 innings. Honestly, he should probably be owned in more than 10% of leagues at this point. If he is available in your league you should strongly consider picking him up and starting him this Friday when the free swinging Orioles come into Oakland. I’ve picked on the O’s in previous columns and I will continue to pick on them when they are dead last in MLB with a 31.2 K% vs. RHP on the road. When they do manage to not strikeout they are posting a .301 wOBA (19th) vs. RHP on the road.
So we have a team that strikes out a lot and has a lowish wOBA vs. RHP on the road. What I like even more about this matchup is that Cahill is limiting hitters to a very low .272 wOBA and he is striking them out to the tune of 27.1 K%. Take advantage this Friday and seriously contemplate hanging on to Cahill for a few more starts.
RHP Junior Guerra, MIL
Owned Y41%/E32% · vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Friday, May 4
The wheels will fall off of the Guerra bandwagon eventually. Through his first four starts he is sporting a double-take inducing 0.82 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 22 innings. Looking deeper and an unsustainable .232 BABIP, 39.6 GB% and 0.0 HR/FB% jump out and point at his 4.26 xFIP… dude is living on borrowed time. Which is exactly what you want to do with Junior. Borrow him for this Friday’s start against the Pirates.
On one hand you have Pittsburgh, who currently carry a .272 wOBA (28th) and 23.6 K% (16th) vs. RHP on the road. On the other hand you have Guerra, who is holding hitters to a .240 wOBA and striking them out 23.9% of the time. Put both hands together and pray that Guerra continues his wizardly ways and postpones the inevitable for one more start this weekend.
RHP Tyler Mahle, CIN
Owned Y18%/E11% · vs. Miami Marlins – Saturday, May 5
Okay, I know I said that I learned my lesson and to not put too much faith in “unproven” guys… but, I’ve said it before and I’m saying it here again: the Marlins suck. In 12 road games this season they’ve scored 39 runs (3.25 per game). In fact, in 8 of the 12 they scored 3 runs or less. They are a fish out of water when on the road (see what I did there?). Against RHP on the road they have a .242 wOBA (29th) and 29.5 K% (29th).
Mahle broke through a little last week when he struck out the Braves 11 times and held them to 3 hits, 2 walks and 3 earned runs in 6 innings on April 24th. The Braves don’t strike out a lot (20.2 K% / 7th in MLB). He followed that start up with another nice one in Minnesota on Sunday. He held the Twins to 4 hits, 2 walks and 1 earned run while striking out 7 in 6 1/3 innings. Although his ERA is 4.32 and WHIP is 1.32 through his first 6 starts, he does one thing quite well. He strikes people out. He has a 10.26 K/9 and 27.3 K%.
On Friday, RHP Sal Romano also gets to face the Marlins in Cincinnati but I can’t recommend him because he just doesn’t strike anyone out (4.94 K/9 and 1.4 K%).
RHP Zack Wheeler, NYM
Owned Y19%/E16% · vs. Colorado Rockies – Saturday, May 5
Yeah, I’m going to the well again. Wheeler was the only pitcher that came through for me last week and he’s got another good matchup this Saturday when the Rockies come into New York. Colorado currently has a .241 wOBA (30th – worse than Miami!) and a 23.6 K% (19th) vs. RHP on the road. As of Monday they hadn’t scored more than two runs in their last six road games.
Wheeler comes in with a 4.09 ERA, 3.99 xFIP, 1.32 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 22 innings over his first 4 starts in 2018. He’s currently holding hitters to a .299 wOBA and striking them out 22.1% of the time. Wheel him out there again and hope for the best!