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 week 21 streaming starting pitchers, let’s take a look back at my picks from last week.
Week 20 Review
|Kyle Gibson MIN||8/17 vs DET||1||7.00||3||8||3||5||W||3.86||1.57|
|Anthony DeSclafini CIN||8/17 vs SFG||1||7.67||1||6||1||5||–||1.17||0.91|
|Jake Odorizzi MIN||8/19 vs DET||1||5.00||4||4||2||7||–||7.20||1.20|
|Luis Castillo CIN||8/19 vs SFG||1||6.67||1||3||0||9||W||1.35||0.45|
|Total for Week||4||26.33||9||21||6||26||2-0||3.08||1.03|
Well, we stumbled a bit this week thanks to Odorizzi’s rough outing. But for the week overall, the numbers were effective.
Week 21 Streaming Starting Pitchers
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 Tuesday, August 21st.
RHP Anibal Sanchez, ATL
Owned Y55%/E46% – @ Miami Marlins – Saturday, August 25th
Its been a while since I’ve picked on the Miami Marlins but here we are. The fish are currently struggling against RHP at home to the tune of a 0.289 wOBA (29th) and 0.104 iso (last in mlb). They are only striking out 20.6% of the time (11th) but Sanchez is someone that should take advantage of this matchup.
Anibal Sanchez currently has a 3.13 era, 1.09 whip and 98 strikeouts in 97 2/3 innings. That’s a 9.03 k/9 and 24.7 k%. Away from SunTrust Park he has a 3.00 era, 1.08 whip and 54 strikeouts in 48 innings. That works out to a 10.13 k/9 and 27.8 k%.
LHP Andrew Suarez, SF
Owned Y7%/E6% – vs Texas Rangers – Saturday, August 25th
LHP Derek Holland, SF
Owned Y20%/E20% – vs Texas Rangers – Sunday, August 26th
On the road versus southpaws, Texas Rangers are posting a 0.275 wOBA (29th), 0.115 iso (26th) and are striking out 26.7% of the time (worst in mlb). They are the reason I write this weekly article. In fact, I’ve picked on the Rangers the most so far this season. In those 7 games my line comes out to 2.39 era, 1.33 whip, 4 wins and 37 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings. Most of the damage was done in the first two games. If you only look at the 5 games since Memorial Day you’ll see this: 0.63 era, 1.15 whip, 4 wins and 29 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings.
The 25 year-old Andrew Suarez comes into the weekend series with a 4.68 era, 1.36 whip and 103 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings (7.77 k/9 and 20.6 k%). At home he’s pitching better (3.79 era, 1.10 whip and 51 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings). That’s a 7.74 k/9 and 22.0 k%.
The 31 year-old Derrick Holland’s overall numbers are better with a 3.75 era, 1.30 whip and 137 strikeouts in 134 1/3 innings for a 9.18 k/9 and 24.0 k%. His home numbers are slightly worse with a 4.18 era and 1.20 whip but he’s striking out batters at a 10.13 k/9 and 27.3 k% clip. For what it is worth his home xFIP sits at 3.13 so you could say that he’s been somewhat unlucky at home so far in 2018. I have a feeling that his luck will turn around this weekend against he Rangers.
Remember, these suggestions aren’t ludicrous. They’re @Roto_Chris.