Pitching Streamers: September 19 – 22
September 18, 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 Monday, September 18. Let’s get started!
Tuesday, September 19
Collin McHugh (HOU-RHP) vs. Chicago White S0x
McHugh had his last start skipped due to a broken fingernail but he appears to be ready to return to action. McHugh had been pitching well over his past three starts before the ripped nail forced him to leave early. Over his past three starts, spanning 13 2/3 innings, McHugh has posted a 2.63 ERA and 12 strikeouts. He draws a perfect opponent to return to as the White Sox have one of the worst offenses in the league against right-handed pitching, ranking 27th in wOBA and 23rd in ISO with a 23.5% strikeout rate.
Wednesday, September 20
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.
Thursday, September 21
Tyler Anderson (COL-LHP) @ San Diego Padres
Anderson has suffered through an injury-plagued 2017 season, pitching just 73 1/3 innings. He is making his third appearance since returning from a knee injury, having been excellent in his previous two starts, allowing no runs to score in 10 innings of work while striking out seven. He will take on a Padres team that he just saw in his last start, in which he pitched six shutout innings. San Diego has had struggles against southpaws this season, ranking 29th in both wOBA and ISO while striking out at a 25.2% rate, third-highest in the league. Anderson is a solid streaming option on Thursday.
Friday, September 22
Kyle Gibson (MIN-RHP) @ Detroit Tigers
Don’t laugh, but it appears Gibson is actually good at pitching now. The 29-year-old right-hander has put together the best month of his career, having picked up five wins and posting a 2.33 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings of work. He draws a matchup against a once-mighty Tigers offense that is no longer very fearsome. Against right-handers, Detroit ranks 23rd in wOBA and 26th in ISO.
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