Pitching Streamers: September 1 – 5
September 1, 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, September 1. Let’s get started!
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.
Saturday, September 2
Kyle Gibson (MIN-RHP) vs. Kansas City Royals
Gibson pitched well in the month of August, posting a 3.90 ERA over five starts. That includes a start against the Blue Jays his last time out in which he allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work. Gibson’s season-long ERA of 5.59 looks ugly, but he does have a SIERA of 4.87, suggesting he’s pitching a bit better than his ERA indicates. The Twins have been red hot of late as they try to claw their way into a Wild Card berth, while their AL Central rivals, the Royals, have been an offense to target with opposing right-handers, ranking 25th in the league with a .311 wOBA and 23rd with a .160 ISO. Gibson is in line to turn in a useful fantasy start on Saturday.
Sunday, September 3
Sal Romano (CIN-RHP) @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Romano is regarded as one of Cincinnati’s better pitching prospects and he’s started to show us why over his past three starts. In that span, he has a 2-0 record, 2.70 ERA, and three quality starts. As mentioned above with Luis Castillo, the Pirates are an offense you are going to want to target with right-handed pitching. The fact that this game will be played at pitcher-friendly PNC Park instead of Romano’s own hitter-friendly home park also adds to the allure of Romano on Sunday.
Monday, September 4
German Marquez (COL-RHP) vs. San Francisco Giants
Marquez is coming off possibly his best start of the season, which saw him ring up 10 strikeouts and allow three runs in a home start against the Detroit Tigers. Marquez, a rookie, has been impressive this season, posting a 4.18 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 131 1/3 innings despite pitching his home games at Coors Field. I usually try to avoid streaming pitchers in Coors, but Marquez hasn’t been terrible at home (4.48 ERA and almost a strikeout per inning). Also making Marquez worth using in this game is his opponent. The Giants have been one of the worst offenses in the league against righties, ranking dead last in wOBA and ISO. I’m not convinced playing at Coors will be enough to help them at this point.
Tuesday, September 5
Michael Wacha (STL-RHP) @ San Diego Padres
Wacha is slightly over the ownership threshold that I try to adhere to, but his matchup is too good to skip over. The right-hander will take the mound at Petco Park, one of the most pitcher-friendly venues in baseball, against a Padres lineup that has not been effective against right-handers this season. On the year, San Diego ranks 29th in wOBA and 18th in ISO. Wacha hasn’t been in great form lately, but he’s coming off a strong outing against the Giants and this matchup against the Padres is just what he needs to keep rolling.
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