Fantasy baseball owners, this is the place where you come to get the straight cheese on less than desirable, questionably talented, less than 50% owned starting pitchers you can use for a spot start. Streaming pitchers is necessary to get those all-important counting stats for your roto league without drop-kicking your ratio stats into submission.
Before we dive into the dumpster looking for streaming pitchers week 19, let’s take a look back at my picks from last week.
Week 18 Review
|Anibal Sanchez ATL||8/3 @ WSN||1||6.00||1||2||2||9||W||1.50||0.67|
|Freddy Peralta MIL||8/4 vs COL||1||6.00||2||2||2||8||W||3.00||0.67|
|Trevor Cahill OAK||8/5 vs DET||1||6.00||0||3||1||10||W||0.00||0.67|
|Total for Week||3||18.00||3||7||5||27||3-0||1.50||0.67|
Well, well, well. Look who’s back. After last week’s small bit of turbulence we’re back to cruising altitude. All three had excellent outings but Cahill’s was especially dominant with 10 K’s in six shutout innings.
Streaming Pitchers Week 19
The pitchers are listed in order of appearance as of Wednesday morning. Ownership info from Yahoo! (Y) and ESPN (E) and all 2018 stats are through Wednesday, August 8th.
RHP Lance Lynn, NYY
Owned Y46%/E46% – vs Texas Rangers – Saturday, August 11th
The Rangers struggle on the road. We’ll start there and dig deeper to see that against RHP on the road they have a 0.302 wOBA (21st), 0.160 iso (19th) and strike out 25.9% of the time (26th). Lynn can take advantage of the Rangers this weekend. Through 114 innings he’s posting a 4.58 era, 1.54 whip and 114 strikeouts for an easy to calculate 9.00 k/9. He’s also striking out batters 22.3% of the time. Even though he’ll be making his first start in the pinstripes he’s always been a better pitcher when taking the mound for the home team. His career era in home games sits at 2.82 with a 1.20 whip and 22.2 k%. For sake of comparison his career road numbers look like this: 4.16 era, 1.42 whip and 22.3 k%. I’m not going to spend any time on why, I’m just going to stream him this weekend.
LHP CC Sabathia, NYY
Owned Y47%/E41% – vs Texas Rangers – Sunday, August 12th
Remember when I said Texas struggles on the road in the paragraph right above this one? Well, they don’t fare much better vs LHP away from Arlington either. On the road vs southpaws they are posting a 0.284 wOBA (26th), 0.124 iso (24th) and striking out 25.9% of the time (30th). That’s something CC should exploit. Sabathia currently has a 3.49 era, 1.31 whip and 99 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings. That’s a 7.86 k/9 and 20.0% k%. Even better is that when taking the bump in Yankee Stadium this year his era sits at 2.69, whip at 1.24 and he’s striking out batters 21.2% of the time (8.2 k/9). Roll CC out there this Sunday confidently.
LHP Matthew Boyd, DET
Owned Y18%/E18% – vs. Minnesota Twins – Sunday, August 12th
That’s right, I’m advising you to roll with Boyd again. You may recall my gutsy call to start him against the Red Sox on July 20th. He went five innings and only gave up one earned run while striking out six. The only thing he didn’t get was the win. This weekend he faces the Twins. Are the Twins better than the Red Sox? (Hint: no, they are not). Minnesota comes into Motown with a 0.283 wOBA (27th), 0.112 iso (27th) and striking out 22.7% of the time (20th) versus LHP on the road.
Boyd is currently sitting with a 4.33 era, 1.17 whip and 111 strikeouts in 122 2/3 innings. That’s an 8.14 k/9 and a 21.8 k%. Like, Lynn and Sabathia before him, Boyd is also enjoying a favorable (for us) home/road split. At home he has a 2.93 era, 0.99 whip and 48 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings (7.41 k/9 and 20.3 k%). Although the strikeouts are down a bit at home he should keep the Minnesota bats in check.
Remember, these suggestions aren’t ludicrous. They’re @Roto_Chris.