Straight Cheese, an exercise identifying less than desirable, questionably talented, low-owned pitchers that you can use for a spot start for your fantasy baseball team. These are streaming pitchers Week 10.
First, lets take a look back at my picks from last week.
Week 9 Review
|Wade LeBlanc||5/31 vs. TEX||1||5.00||1||4||2||4||W||1.80||1.20|
|Jordan Lyles||5/31 vs. MIA||1||7.00||2||6||1||7||W||2.57||1.00|
|Tyler Skaggs||6/3 vs. TEX||1||6.00||0||4||3||6||W||0.00||1.17|
|Kyle Gibson||6/3 vs. CLE||1||5.67||2||2||2||7||-||3.17||0.71|
|Total for Week||4||23.67||5||16||8||24||3-0||1.90||1.01|
Not as good as the previous week, but I’ll gladly take it. Each and every game means more data, and with more data comes more confidence in the Stream-O-Matic 2000. The downside of having more confidence in my process means that I am less willing to “reach” for pitchers to stream. In fact, this week I only have three recommendations for you, my loyal readers.
With that out of the way, let’s swipe right on these pitcher’s profiles!
Streaming Pitchers Week 10
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, June 5th.
LHP Caleb Smith, MIA
Owned Y39%/E31% · vs. San Diego Padres – Friday, June 8th
First things first, the Marlins may suck but this guy is good. Through 12 starts he has a 4.03 era, 1.19 whip and 74 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings (29.6 k%). He got shelled in his last outing in Arizona (5 earned runs in 4 innings) but don’t let that scare you. He’ll get the Padres at home where he excels. In home games he has a 3.51 era, 1.21 whip and 33 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings (31.1 k%).
San Diego comes into the matchup with a 0.276 wOBA (26th), 0.171 iso (10th) and striking out 28.2% of the time (worst in MLB) vs. LHP on the road. At first the iso looks worrisome but Caleb is currently holding batters to 0.140 iso when he pitchers at home. He’s in a great matchup that we all can take advantage of.
LHP Tyler Skaggs, LAA
Owned Y49%/E44% · @ Minnesota Twins – Saturday, June 9th
That’s right! I’m rolling with Skaggs again this week. Through 12 starts he has a 3.27 era, 1.27 whip and 70 strikeouts in 66 innings (25.1 k%). His numbers are even better when you look at his road splits: 2.94 era, 1.16 whip and 33 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings (only 23.2%). He’s good and the argument could be made that he should be owned in more leagues.
The Twins are currently putting up a 0.299 wOBA (19th), 0.103 iso (28th) and striking out 26.8% of the time (29th) vs. LHP at home. In fact, playing around with the splits leaderboard over at FanGraphs I see that Minnesota in the first 5 innings vs. LHP at home have 120 plate appearances, 0 homeruns, 0 triples, 5 doubles, 0.243 wOBA, 0.046 iso and 22.5 k%. If you look up the word “inept” in the dictionary, it says, “See Minnesota Twins vs. LHP at home in 2018.”
LHP Andrew Heaney, LAA
Owned Y44%/E32% · @ Minnesota Twins – Sunday, June 10th
You just read about how bad the Twins are vs. LHP at home. Well, Heaney is a southpaw, too. Through 10 starts he has a 3.12 era, 1.10 whip and 58 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings (23.6 k%). Heaney isn’t as skilled on the road as Skaggs: 4.43 era, 1.43 whip and 20 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings (20.4 k%). But, he is holding batters to a 0.108 iso and hasn’t allowed a homerun on the road yet in 2018.
Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself. Back in April I recommended streaming Heaney when he faced off against the Giants. Things did not go well. He served up 3 homeruns in that game… out of only 4 he’s allowed all season! I’m saying roll him out there again this weekend. He wouldn’t do me wrong again… Would he?
Remember, these suggestions aren’t ludicrous. They’re @Roto_Chris.