Pitching Streamers: August 22 – 25
August 22, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Hello and welcome Fake Baseballers! Twice a week this baseball season I will be taking a look at pitchers who are viable streamers for your standard fantasy baseball leagues. On Tuesdays, I will outline streaming options to get you through Friday. Then on Fridays, I will pick up where I left off and highlight some options for Saturday through Tuesday.
For this series, I will be using ownership percentages from Yahoo! leagues. Generally speaking, I will be looking for pitchers who are less than 50% owned, but there are times where I may target a pitcher who is slightly over the ownership threshold if the matchup is too good not to mention. Many factors go into uncovering good streamers, including home/road splits, righty/lefty splits, and of course, the general talent level of the pitcher. Of course, since some of these players are selected a few days in advance, be sure to check back to be sure the schedule hasn’t been altered by weather, minor league call-ups, and other unforeseen circumstances.
Please note, all statistics and ownership percentages are from Tuesday, August 22. Let’s get started!
Tuesday, August 22
Jose Urena (MIA-RHP) @ Philadelphia Phillies
Urena continues to roll along, posting 11 wins along with a 3.61 ERA on the season. He’s been excellent over the past month of the season, picking up four wins with a 2.80 ERA. His strikeout upside is limited but the Phillies are striking out at a 23.6% rate against righties this season. Philadelphia ranks 26th in wOBA and 27th in ISO against righties this season giving Urena a good chance at turning in a useful fantasy performance against the Phillies on Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 23
Luke Weaver (STL-RHP) vs. San Diego Padres
Weaver was recently recalled from Triple-A after the Cardinals placed Trevor Rosenthal on the DL. In his short major league career, Weaver has shown solid strikeout upside, averaging 11.15 punchouts per nine innings in 2016 and 8.82 this season. The 24-year-old pulls a plus matchup against a Padres team that has struggled against right-handed pitching this season. San Diego’s 25.3% strikeout rate gives Weaver excellent upside in that area while their .305 wOBA is 29th in the league, ahead of only the Giants.
Thursday, August 24
German Marquez (COL-RHP) @ Kansas City Royals
Marquez is coming off two poor starts but those came at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Before his recent slip-up, Marquez had been pitching extremely well, putting together a string of seven straight starts allowing three runs or less. He will benefit from pitching in pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium on Thursday, against a Royals team that is 21st in wOBA and 20th in ISO against right-handed pitching this season.
Friday, August 25
Collin McHugh (HOU-RHP) @ Los Angeles Angels
McHugh has been mostly solid since coming off the disabled list on July 22. The veteran right-hander has allowed two runs or less in 4-of-6 starts since being activated. Look for McHugh to turn in another solid outing against the Angels on Friday night. The Angels have not been particularly good against right-handed pitching this season, ranking in 23rd in wOBA and 21st in ISO. As long as McHugh can pitch around Mike Trout, he should be in line for a win backed by an Astros lineup that is among the best in baseball.
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