SP Streamers for Thursday, August 7th
August 6, 2014 | Justin Klein
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As always the Streamers are listed in the order in which I would use them
Wily Peralta has been solid in his second season and has also been a SP Streamer favorite, as he has shoved to a 3.52 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. He’s also managed a 13-6 record while pitching for the first place Milwaukee Brewers or Broors if you’re down with that. While Wily’s career numbers against the Giants are terrible, it is a very small sample size, and surprisingly Wily has pitched very well at home in Miller Park. That is where he will face Jake Peavy and the Giants on Thursday. Available in 45% of Yahoo leagues, Wily has a solid shot at a win and a QS as well as solid ratios and a handful of K’s. Wily will be a great option in DFS formats if he is inexpensive.
Colin McHugh has quietly had a very useful season, as he has been a SP Streamer hero many times over. Despite totaling a 3.32 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 107 K’s in only 95 innings pitched, McHugh is available in 74% of Yahoo leagues. A player I have owned for a chunk of the season, I’m impressed every time I go back and look at his numbers. Despite pitching for the Astros, McHugh has an impressive 107/35 K/BB ratio. I’m sure the losses that have piled up are the main reason I dropped him and so many of you did as well, as he now sits with a 4-9 record on the season. While Colin will face the Phillies in the bandbox of Citizen’s Bank Park, it’s actually a very good matchup, because the Phillies happen to be the 24th ranked team in runs scored this season. Unfortunately, the Astros aren’t much better in the runs scored department, so the possibility of a loss is always looming when streaming McHugh. That said, his big strike out numbers would help ease the blow if he were to be hit up. On a side note, McHugh will face the Rangers at home in his next start and is in line for 2 starts next week, so you might think about holding onto the strikeout machine.
Edinson Volquez has hit a rough patch of late, but in his last 3 starts he’s faced the Dodgers at home and Colorado and Arizona on the road, so it was to be expected. In his 4 turns before that, he was utterly dominant but happened to be facing much weaker teams. On Thursday he will face the Marlins at home in the pitcher friendly confines of PNC Park. Surprisingly, Edinson has not pitched well at home this season, but he has pitched very well in 37 innings against the Marlins over the course of his career. Because of the weak opponent, I would pitch Edinson in 12 team leagues or larger and would use him in DFS formats as well, as he’ll likely be very cheap. He will have a shot at a QS and a win as well as solid ratios.He should pile up the K’s, as well. As always, even if he gets lit up it’s always nice to fall back on some K’s. Available in 85% of Yahoo leagues, he’s likely out there if you need him or if you’re willing to gamble. Remember that the glory goes to those who gamble.
Roenis Elias has had a rollercoaster of a season; he’s been totally hit or miss. Sometimes he looks great, but it’s only for 5 or 6 innings. Sometimes he gets rocked and can’t even get out of the 4th inning. To say he has been inconsistent would be an understatement. Despite his inconsistencies, he has managed to notch a 117/46 K/BB ratio in 129 innings pitched. So even if he is getting hit up he is at least racking up the K’s. On Thursday he’ll face the White Sox at home in Safeco Field in Seattle. Despite being in a pitcher friendly park, that is not a very good matchup. Because of this, I would only use Elias in 15 team or larger leagues, and I would stay away from him in DFS formats. Available in 84% of Yahoo leagues, he’s likely out there if you’re desperate.