Here is your week 8 streaming starting pitchers resource, Straight Cheese, identifying less than desirable, questionably talented, low-owned starting pitchers that you can use for a spot start for your fantasy baseball team.
First, lets take a look back at my picks from last week.
Week 7 Review
|Steven Matz||5/19 vs. ARI||1||4.00||4||6||1||2||-||9.00||1.75|
|Nick Kingham||5/19 vs. SDP||1||6.00||3||5||1||5||L||4.50||1.00|
|Trevor Williams||5/20 vs. SDP||1||6.00||4||4||0||5||-||6.00||0.67|
|Week 7 Total||3||16.00||11||15||2||12||0-1||6.19||1.06|
Tough week, again. I lost Foltynewciz’s start on Sunday against the Marlins. He’s strung together three solid starts and I could’ve used one of them this week. Oh, well. When you mess with the bull, you’re gonna feel the horns. This was also the first week where I had less strikeouts than innings pitched.
With that out of the way, let’s flip over the cushions and hope we find some loose change! [Editor’s note: pretty sure you used this one already]
Week 8 Streaming Starting Pitchers
The pitchers are listed in order of appearance as of Tuesday. Ownership info from Yahoo! (Y) and ESPN (E) and all 2018 stats are through Tuesday, May 22nd.
RHP Reynaldo Lopez, CHW
Owned Y27%/E24% · @ Texas Rangers – Friday, May 25th Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that Reynaldo isn’t particularly skilled at this pitching thing. Through his first 9 starts his ERA sits at 2.92, which seems solid. What isn’t solid is the crumbling mound of potential regression underneath. A 0.213 babip, 78.3% lob% and 8.9 hr/fb all point towards Lopez crashing back to Earth at some point this season. I don’t think it will be this Friday when he travels to Arlington. The Rangers have been gracious hosts to right-handed pitchers. They are currently struggling with a .289 wOBA (28th), 26.0 k% (26th) and 0.139 iso (23rd) vs RHP at home in 2018. This isn’t a stone-cold-lock of a recommendation, but the foundation is there for Lopez to come out of the matchup with favorable stats.
Note from Chris: Database error! Lopez isn’t facing the Rangers tonight… he’s at Detroit and the match up isn’t nearly as favorable. Don’t stream him! Look down below for a “bonus” streamer for Monday!
RHP Ross Stripling, LAD
Owned Y18%/E8% · vs. San Diego Padres – Friday, May 25th
Stripling has been very effective in his 4 starts this season. In those starts he has a 3.26 era, 1.29 whip with 23 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings. His other stats are 10.71 k/9, 1.40 bb/9, 0.93 hr/9 and is holding batters to 0.302 wOBA and 0.108 iso. He’s been rock solid.
Even though I picked on them last week and they proved me wrong, I’m going to put my faith in the statistics and pick on the Padres again. Even with their limited success against the Pirates last weekend they are still only putting up a 0.284 wOBA (26th) and 0.122 iso (29th) while striking out 26.6% (27th) of the time against RHP on the road. They are still weak in this situation and Stripling is capable of exploiting it.
RHP Daniel Mengden, OAK
Owned Y16%/E14% · vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Saturday, May 26th
The Diamondbacks return once again to this column. Overall they are 28th in the MLB in wOBA (0.295) and tied for last with a 26.2 k%. They are just flat out struggling right now. Don’t feel sorry for them, take advantage.
Mengden is not a pitcher I like normally. He doesn’t strike enough batters out (7.21 k/9 in 172 1/3 career MLB innings pitched). Through 10 starts this season he has a 3.30 era, 1.08 whip and only 38 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. He’s in a good matchup with the punchless D-backs.
RHP Trevor Cahill, OAK
Owned Y24%/E18% · vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Sunday, May 27th
Everything I just said about Arizona under Mengden still applies here. The big difference is that Cahill is a better pitcher than Mengden.
Cahill is someone with the potential to take advantage of the situation. Through 6 starts this season he has a 2.75 era, 0.97 whip and 35 strikeouts in 36 innings. He’s also holding batters to a 0.265 wOBA and striking them out 25.2% of the time. He is a pitcher to consider picking up and using this weekend and perhaps longer.
RHP Marco Gonzalez, SEA
Owned Y9%/E6% · vs. Texas Rangers – Monday, May 28th
Okay, the jury is still out on whether or not Marco is good at this baseball thing. Through 10 starts he’s putting up a 4.05 era, 1.25 whip and 49 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings. There’s stuff i like: 3.21 xFIP, 1.86 bb/9, 0.84 hr/9. But there’s some stuff I don’t like: 0.352 babip and 46.0 gb%. There’s a reason he’s available in roughly 90% of all leagues.
On Memorial Day he’s facing the Rangers in Seattle. Texas is currently struggling with a .244 wOBA (30th), 30.3 k% (30th) and 0.136 iso (21st) vs LHP on the road in 2018. Like my erroneous Lopez recommendation above, this also isn’t a stone-cold-lock, but the foundation is there for Gonzalez to come out of the match-up with favorable stats.