Pitching Streamers: August 25 – 29
August 25, 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 Friday, August 25. Let’s get started!
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 20th 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.
Saturday, August 26
Luis Castillo (CIN-RHP) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Castillo continues to impress during his rookie season, posting a 3.45 ERA/4.05 SIERA while averaging 9.47 strikeouts per nine innings over 70 1/3 innings of work. He has shown excellent strikeout upside in his short big league career and draws an extremely favorable matchup against a Pirates offense that has struggled against right-handed pitching this season. Pittsburgh ranks 27th in wOBA and 29th in ISO against right-handed pitching this year.
Sunday, August 27
Jon Gray (COL-RHP) @ Atlanta Braves
Gray has been pitching well over the past 30 days, posting two wins, 3.06 ERA, and 28 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings of work. He pulls a plus matchup against the Braves while at the same time getting to escape his hitter-friendly home field in Colorado. The Braves currently rank 25th in wOBA and 28th in ISO against right-handed pitching, so Gray should be able to continue his recent success on the mound this Sunday.
Monday, August 28
Jhoulys Chacin (SD-RHP) vs. San Francisco Giants
Chacin has been absolutely dominant at home this season, posting a 1.86 ERA in 82 1/3 innings of work. His road ERA has not been quite so sparkling, but that isn’t a concern as he will take the mound at Petco Park against a Giants offense that is definitely worth targeting with fantasy pitchers. The Giants rank dead last in the league in wOBA and ISO against right-handers, giving Chacin an excellent shot at keeping his string of success at home intact.
Tuesday, August 29
R.A. Dickey (ATL-RHP) @ Philadelphia Phillies
Dickey has had an up-and-down month, but he is striking batters out at a high rate over the past 30 days, with 29 punchouts in 32 innings of work. He draws a decent matchup against a Phillies offense that has not been very effective this season, although rookie star Rhys Hoskins has given them a lift. On the year, Philadelphia ranks 24th in wOBA and 25th in ISO. Dickey might allow a few runs but his strikeout upside against a Phillies offense that has a 23.6% strikeout rate gives him a good outlook in this start.
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