Pitching Streamers: September 22 – 26
September 22, 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 22. Let’s get started!
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 24th in wOBA and 26th in ISO.
Saturday, September 23
Jhoulys Chacin (SD-RHP) vs. Colorado Rockies
Chacin has posted 12 wins, a 4.12 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 141 strikeouts in what has been his best season since 2013. While his season-long stats don’t scream must-start, his home splits certainly do. In the spacious confines of Petco Park, Chacin has a dominant 1.91 ERA. His opponent, the Rockies, are nowhere near as scary on the road and have mustered just six runs over the past four games.
Sunday, September 24
Lucas Giolito (CWS-RHP) vs. Kansas City Royals
Giolito continues to show what made him one of the top pitching prospects in baseball in 2016 and why he was the centerpiece in the deal which sent outfielder Adam Eaton to the Nationals. Giolito has made six starts for the Sox this season, posting a 2.58 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his 38 1/3 innings of work. He should keep rolling against a Royals offense that doesn’t have much pop against right-handers, ranking just 21st in wOBA and 23rd in ISO on the year.
Monday, September 25
Luke Sims (ATL-RHP) @ New York Mets
Sims has bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen for the Braves this season, compiling a 5.14 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts in 49 innings of work. Despite the weak overall numbers, he’s coming off an impressive start which saw him hold a dangerous Nationals lineup to one run over five innings of work. He still sets up as a risky streaming option on a day that doesn’t have many great options in that department, but he can be used in a pinch if you need to run another arm out there for your fantasy team. He draws an average Mets offense that is middle of the road in wOBA against right-handers. I’ve been more willing to pick on them with opposing pitchers since Michael Conforto was lost for the season last month.
Tuesday, September 26
Jake Junis (KC-RHP) vs. Detroit Tigers
Junis has pitched well for the Royals this season, posting an 8-2 record, 4.05 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 71 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings of work. He pulls a plus matchup against a Tigers team that has really struggled against right-handed pitching this season. When facing right-handers, Detroit ranks just 24th in wOBA and 26th in ISO while striking out at a 22.0% rate.
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