Pitching Streamers: September 26 – October 1
September 26, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Hello and welcome Fake Baseballers! Welcome to the final edition of the season. If you are reading this you are most likely competing for a fantasy baseball championship. Bravo to you!
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, September 26. Let’s get started!
Tuesday, September 26
Jordan Montgomery (NYY-LHP) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Montgomery will take the mound two more times as he attempts to win a spot in the Yankees’ postseason rotation. The rookie southpaw has turned in a solid rookie campaign with the Bronx Bombers, posting an 8-7 record, 4.06 ERA, and 136 strikeouts in 144 1/3 innings of work. He’s been in fine form of late, posting one win, a 3.21 ERA, and 13 strikeouts over his last three starts. The Rays have been an offense to target with lefty pitching this year, ranking just 25th in wOBA, 23rd in ISO, and striking out at a 25.9% rate.
Wednesday, September 27
Garrett Richards (LAA-RHP) @ Chicago White Sox
Richards has performed well for the Angels after missing most of the season with a right biceps strain. He has made four starts for the Halos since returning on September 5 and has yet to allow more than two earned runs in his four starts. He draws a favorable matchup against a White Sox offense that has been worth picking on with opposing right-handers this season.
Thursday, September 28
Sal Romano (CIN-RHP) @ Milwaukee Brewers
Romano went six straight starts without allowing more than three earned runs before the Red Sox knocked him around in his last outing. I’m willing to give him a pass on that seeing how Boston has plenty of dangerous hitters in that lineup, even if they’ve underperformed against right-handed pitching this season. Romano should bounce back against a Brewers offense that has been pretty average against right-handed pitching this year while striking out at a 25.7% rate, highest in the league.
Friday, September 29
Kyle Gibson (MIN-RHP) vs. Detroit Tigers
Gibson turned in a solid outing against the Tigers in his last start, holding them to three runs in seven innings while striking out six. He will take them on again on Friday, this time at home. Detroit’s offense has struggled against right-handed pitching this season, making Gibson a viable stream yet again, despite having faced them seven days earlier.
Saturday, September 30
Jhoulys Chacin (SD-RHP) @ San Francisco Giants
Chacin is normally best utilized in home starts but an exception can be made for a light-hitting Giants offense in one of the best pitcher’s parks in the league. Chacin has been solid this season, posting a 13-10 record, 3.98 ERA, and 1.27 WHIP. San Francisco is last in the league in both wOBA and ISO against right-handed pitching this year.
Sunday, October 1
Jose Ureña (MIA-RHP) vs. Atlanta Braves
Ureña has served as a nice source of wins this season, racking up a 14-6 record. While he has great stuff, he hasn’t quite translated that to strikeout upside on the mound for him just yet. That being said, the Braves are an exploitable offense with right-handed pitching, ranking just 25th in wOBA and 28th in ISO.
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