This is my weekly column where I suggest low owned starting pitchers that have a matchup in their favor in the coming week to help your fantasy baseball team. Most of these hurlers are to be used and tossed back to the waiver wire. Some of them will graduate from the wire and find a permanent space on someone’s roster,
My process is to look at wOBA, iso and K% to identify weak lineups and conversely for pitchers I look at wOBA and iso against and their K%.
Streaming Starting Pitchers Week 8 Review
Before we get into next week’s pitchers to stream let’s look back at my previous recommendations, streaming starting pitchers week 8. Note we have to look back two weeks since last week’s Straight Cheese is for the current week. Got it? Good.
|Eric Lauer, SDP||5/16 vs PIT||1||5.67||1||7||0||3||ND||1.59||1.24|
|John Means, BAL||5/18 @ CLE||1||5.00||3||5||3||1||L||5.40||1.60|
|Luca Giolito, CHW||5/18 vs TOR||1||5.00||1||3||2||4||W||1.80||1.00|
|Weekly Total||3||15.67||5||15||5||8||1 – 1||2.87||1.28|
|Cumulative Season Total||13||67.67||31||65||24||55||6 – 5||4.12||1.32|
Well, two out of three again. This time the bad one wasn’t epicaly bad… just plain old bad. My only complaint is that I wish there were more than 8 strikeouts in just under 16 innings. Ah well, let’s get to it for Week 10.
All statistics, ownership and projected starting dates are as of Friday morning, May 23.
Streaming Starting Pitchers Week 10
Here are your three starters to stream next week.
LHP Tommy Milone, SEA
Owned Y1%/E1% · vs. Texas Rangers – Monday, May 27th
Filling in for the injured Felix Hernandez, Milone had one start on Tuesday in Texas. He gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits, 1 walk
He’ll get another crack at the Rangers when they come into Seattle next week. Against LHP on the road they have a 0.282 wOBA (23rd in MLB), 0.153 ISO (16th) and strikeout 33.8% of the time (worst in MLB). It’s a great matchup for Milone and we need to take advantage of it.
Since he’s only had the one start there is the possibility that Seattle doesn’t roll him out there against the Rangers again. If his start gets shifted to later in the week against the Angels I’m hesitant to suggest streaming him. It’s not a bad matchup as they have the worst wOBA (0.252) and 7th worst ISO (0.128) versus southpaws on the road. The downside is that they only strikeout 14.4% of the time (2nd best) in that scenario.
RHP Lance Lynn, TEX
Owned Y17%/E9% · @ Seattle Mariners – Monday, May 27th
Through 10 starts Lynn has a 4.67 ERA, 4.13 xFIP, 1.36 WHIP and a 22.7 K% in 61.2 innings. He is what he is now and hasn’t been the same since he left the Cardinals. Working in our favor is his home/away splits. In 6 starts on the
At home versus RHP the Mariners have a 0.292 wOBA (24th in MLB), 0.176 ISO (15th) and strikeout 28.2% of the time (worst in MLB). Everything points to Lynn having a nice matchup and we need to exploit it for our own good.
Lynn’s start in Seattle doesn’t appear to be in any jeopardy. He is on track for two starts next week with the other against the Royals in Texas but that matchup isn’t nearly as favorable to Lynn as the Mariners so I can’t recommend streaming him then.
RHP Adam Plutko, CLE
Owned Y6%/E5% · @ Chicago White Sox – Sunday, June 2nd
This is more about the White Sox woes than it is about Plutko. The AL Chicago team is currently posting a 0.308 wOBA and a 0.186 ISO (both 19th in MLB) at home versus RHP. What puts a hop in our step is their 27.3 K% (2nd worst) in same situation. Since May 1st they’ve only scored more than 2 earned runs once in 7 games.
Can Plutko take advantage of this matchup? That’s the question you want answered, right? He had a good start on May 18th against Baltimore: 1 earned run on 1 hit, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings. That’s been his only action this season so far (NOTE: he does have a start Thursday night after this article was submitted). In 86.1 career MLB innings he has a 5.11 ERA, 5.46 xFIP, 1.29 WHIP and an 18.4 K%. Not great but pickings are slim this week and the White Sox provide such an advantage that we need to roll the dice on him.
His other start next week is in Boston. No. No. Nope. Nada. Don’t do it. Don’t be a hero.
Here is where I recommend a two-start pitcher for you to stream. Please bear in mind that things can change after this article is posted. Injuries, rain delays, managerial moves, etc. can happen.
|Jerad Eickhoff, PHI||5/14 vs MIL||1||4.00||5||8||2||2||L||11.25||2.50|
|Jerad Eickhoff, PHI||5/19 vs COL||1||5.00||4||4||1||5||ND||7.20||1.00|
|Total||2||9.00||9||12||3||7||0 – 1||9.00||1.67|
|Cumulative Season Total||8||44.33||24||45||11||42||3 – 1||4.87||1.26|
Well, #$@&%*! To say that that didn’t go
RHP Sonny Gray, CIN
Owned Y34%/E19% – vs. Pittsburgh (Mon May 27) & vs. Washington (Sat Jun 1)
He’s been a revelation for the Reds in 2019 after a forgettable season with the Yankees in 2018. Through 10 starts he has a 3.78 ERA, 3.34 xFIP, 1.22 WHIP and a 27.4 K% in 50 innings. Frankly he’s worth owning in most formats.
- Pittsburgh vs RHP on the road: 0.304 wOBA (20th), 0.137 ISO (27th) and 20.8 K% (6th)
- Washington vs RHP on the road: 0.287 wOBA (26th), 0.146 ISO (23rd) and 24.5 K% (19th)
Both of these opponents provide favorable matchups for Gray next week. Let’s do the right thing and take advantage.