Pitching Streamers: September 15 – 19
September 15, 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 15. Let’s get started!
Friday, September 15
Rafael Montero (NYM-RHP) @ Atlanta Braves
Montero has pitched well for the Mets over the past month, posting four wins, a 3.22 ERA, and 32 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander has struggled with walks this season, but the Braves rank 27th in the league with a 7.3% walk rate, so don’t expect them to do much to add to Montero’s total on Friday. The Braves have struggled against right-handed pitching this season, ranking just 24th in wOBA and 28th in ISO. Look for Montero to put up another useful fantasy start on Friday.
Saturday, September 16
Sal Romano (CIN-RHP) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Romano continues to pitch well in his rookie campaign. Over his last three starts, the 23-year-old has posted a 3.24 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings of work. He will square off against a Pirates team that he will be seeing for the third time in his young career. He draws a favorable matchup against Pittsburgh, a team that is just 28th in the league in wOBA and 29th in ISO. Look for Romano to turn in a solid fantasy outing on Saturday.
Sunday, September 17
Kyle Gibson (MIN-RHP) vs. Toronto Blue Jays
In one of the more surprising storylines over the past month, Gibson has been pitching extremely well for the Twins. The right-hander has posted a 2.89 ERA over his past nine starts after serving as a punching bag for opposing lineups for much of his career. He draws another favorable matchup on Sunday against a Blue Jays lineup that is 26th in wOBA and 16th in ISO on the year.
Monday, September 18
Jharel Cotton (OAK-RHP) @ Detroit Tigers
The Tigers are no longer the feared offense that they were over the past few seasons. With Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez struggling and J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton traded away, this is a team to target with opposing right-handed pitching. Cotton hasn’t pitched particularly well this season but he has a good chance to turn in a solid outing on Monday. The Tigers rank 25th in the league in wOBA and 27th in ISO against right-handers.
Tuesday, September 19
Dinelson Lamet (SD-RHP) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Lamet draws a tough matchup against the Diamondbacks, but the rookie right-hander has been lights out at home this season with a 3.59 ERA at Petco compared to a 4.73 road mark. He averages a strong 11.08 strikeouts per nine innings which will play well against a Diamondbacks offense that is striking out at a 23.4% rate against righties this season. What runs Lamet does allow should be offset by a high strikeout total.
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