Pitching Streamers: August 29 – September 1
August 29, 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 29. Let’s get started!
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 punch outs 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 23rd in wOBA and 23rd in ISO. Dickey might allow a few runs but his strikeout upside against a Phillies offense that has a 23.8% strikeout rate gives him a good outlook in this start.
Wednesday, August 30
Jerad Eickhoff (PHI-RHP) vs. Atlanta Braves
Eickhoff bounced back from a rough outing against the Giants to spin five innings of one-run ball against the Cubs this past Friday. The 27-year-old right-hander has put together a solid month of work, posting two wins, a 3.62 ERA, and 27 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings of work. He draws a favorable matchup against the Braves, a lineup which has had struggles against right-handed pitching this season. Atlanta currently ranks 26th in wOBA and 28th in ISO, making Eickhoff a strong streaming option on Wednesday.
Thursday, August 31
Bartolo Colon (MIN-RHP) vs. Chicago White Sox
Colon has shown improvement since joining the Twins, although that wasn’t exactly hard considering how poorly he pitched for the Braves at the beginning of the year. While he hasn’t exactly been consistent, he’s picked up four wins in his past five starts while providing adequate strikeout numbers along the way. The main reason to consider Colon for Thursday is the prime matchup he pulls against the White Sox. Against right-handers this season, Chicago ranks 28th in wOBA and 25th in ISO while striking out at a 22.7% rate.
Friday, September 1
Luis Castillo (CIN-RHP) @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Castillo is coming off a fantastic home start against the Pirates and now gets to face them again, this time in a much more favorable pitching environment at PNC Park. The rookie right-hander has compiled a 2-7 record, 3.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 83 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings of work. Pittsburgh has not fared well against right-handed pitching this season, ranking in the bottom-five in both wOBA and ISO. Castillo is a top streaming option for Friday.
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