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 17, let’s take a look back at my picks from last week.
Week 16 Review
|Matt Boyd||7/20 vs. BOS||1||5.00||1||3||2||6||L||1.80||1.00|
|Sam Gaviglio||7/20 vs. BAL||1||7.67||4||7||1||8||-||4.69||1.04|
|Total for Week||2||12.67||5||10||3||14||0-1||3.55||1.03|
Well, my bold pick of Boyd vs. the BoSox paid off in every way except getting the win and Gaviglio was cruising until the eighth when Chris Davis launched his 103rd pitch 390 feet into right field for a two-run homer. Gaviglio was pulled immediately after. Seven and a third innings pitched with only two earned runs would have looked a lot better. Gray never got the chance to go on Sunday having his start pushed back to later in the week.
Streaming Pitchers Week 17
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, July 25th.
LHP Mike Montgomery, CHC
Owned Y13%/E9% · @ St. Louis Cardinals – Friday, July 27th
Since joining the Cubs’ rotation, Montgomery has been quite good in his 10 starts: 3.02 era, 1.18 whip, 36 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings (15.3 k%). He doesn’t strike a lot of batters out but he minimizes the damage with a 0.280 wOBA and 0.103 iso as a starter. Enter the Cardinals who are currently putting up a 0.274 wOBA (27th), 0.114 iso (26th) and a 22.2 k% (14th) vs LHP at home. Montgomery should be quite useful here… just don’t expect a lot of strikeouts.
RHP Nathan Eovaldi, BOS
Owned Y39%/E32% · vs. Minnesota Twins – Sunday, July 29th
Eovaldi comes into his first start with the Red Sox carrying a 4.26 era, 0.98 whip and a 23.7 k% in 57 innings. While the matchup isn’t glaringly favorable as the Twins come into Boston with a 0.301 wOBA (22nd), 0.167 iso (12th) and 22.2 k% (15th) vs. RHP on the road, there is some hope. This will be Minnesota’s 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th straight road game. In fact, this is their third road trip of more than 6 games this season. They average 3.1 runs in road games after the sixth consecutive road game (25 runs in 8 games).
RHP Clay Buchholz, ARI
Owned Y23%/E21% · @ San Diego Padres – Sunday, July 29th
The Padres are struggling offensively. Overall, they are last in the majors with a 0.289 wOBA and 25.5 k% and 28th with a 0.133 iso. You should be looking to start any pitcher you can against them. This weekend it is the rejuvenated Buchholz who comes in with a 2.38 era, 0.99 whip but only 36 strikeouts (20.0 k%) in 45 1/3 innings pitched. On the road he is even better: 1.57 era, 0.80 whip and 22 strikeouts (20.6 k%) in 28 2/3 innings. This one is simple, start him against this weak opponent.
Remember, these suggestions aren’t ludicrous. They’re @Roto_Chris.