Pitching Streamers: September 5 – 8
September 5, 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 Tuesday, September 5. Let’s get started!
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 20th 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.
Wednesday, September 6
Dinelson Lamet (SD-RHP) vs. St. Louis Cardinals
You have to love what Lamet has been able to accomplish in his rookie season. The young right-hander has been tough on opposing batters, striking out 115 in 92 innings of work. In addition to his fantastic strikeout rate, Lamet has been exceptional at home this season, posting a 3.66 ERA/3.22 FIP and allowing just a .264 wOBA to opposing batters. The Cardinals are no pushovers with a .329 wOBA against righties this season, but they don’t have much power and Lamet has been good enough at home to trust in this matchup. For what it’s worth, Lamet has been firmly entrenched on my roster in my most important league for two months now.
Thursday, September 7
Tyler Mahle (CIN-RHP) @ New York Mets
This streamer comes with a bit of risk as Mahle is making just his third MLB start. That being said, the rookie has shown well in his first two starts, posting a 2.45 ERA and eight strikeouts in 11 innings of work. The Mets do have power against right-handers, posting a .187 ISO, but they are also without Michael Conforto, one of their best left-handed hitters and one of the main reasons the Mets’ ISO mark is so high. New York’s wOBA is nowhere nearly as concerning as their .322 mark against right-handers places them 18th in the league. Also helping matters is the fact that Mahle will see a significant park boost pitching in New York instead of his hitter-friendly home park. If you are in the fantasy playoffs, I’d refrain from streaming anyone on Thursday if you are considered the favorite against your opponent. Underdogs, however, should see a nice boost from Mahle on Thursday.
Friday, September 8
Lucas Giolito (CWS-RHP) vs. San Francisco Giants
Besides pitching in his hitter-friendly home venue, this is a beautiful matchup for Giolito. The young right-hander has been excellent over his past two starts, allowing just one run over his past 14 innings of work while racking up 14 strikeouts. Giolito is not that far removed from being considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and he appears ready to make good on his potential over the last month of the season. The Giants have been a favorite offense of mine to target this season, and for good reason, as they rank dead last in the league in wOBA and ISO against right-handed pitching.
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