Pitching Streamers: April 11-April 14
April 11, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Hello and welcome. 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 Monday.
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 callups, and other unforeseen circumstances. Let’s get started!
Tuesday, April 11th
Joe Musgrove (HOU-RHP) at Seattle Mariners
Musgrove squared off against these same Mariners in his first start of the season and held them to two runs over five innings while striking out two. Nothing to write home about, but still a useful streaming performance. It’s still early, but Seattle’s lineup has been slow to get going out of the gate. Against right-handed pitching in 2017, the Mariners are 26th in the league with a 75 wRC+ (100 is considered average) while also carrying a .264 wOBA and .113 ISO. While their offense can be expected to round into form at some point, they can be picked on while they are scuffling. Leadoff man and top offseason acquisition Jean Segura is dealing with a mild hamstring strain and unlikely to be in the lineup tonight. Robinson Cano is batting just .258 so far while Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager are both below .200.
Wednesday, April 12th
Steven Wright (BOS-RHP) vs. Baltimore Orioles
Wright was a surprise All-Star last season after posting a 3.33 ERA and a solid 7.30 strikeouts per nine innings rate. A base running injury cut his breakout campaign short or the knuckleballer would likely be more highly owned right now. Wright had good results against the Orioles in his 2016 season, facing them twice, allowing five runs in 16 1/3 innings of work while striking out 11. The Orioles lineup had the 10th-highest strikeout rate in the league last season at 21.5% and are currently getting punched out at a 20.5% clip through the first week of the season. While it’s rumored that Wright may not hold onto a starting pitcher role all season, he’s a solid option as a streamer on Wednesday.
Thursday, April 13th
Josh Tomlin (CLE-RHP) vs. Chicago White Sox
Tomlin was cruising in his first start, holding a dangerous Arizona offense to two runs through four innings. He then unraveled, allowing four runs in the fifth before being chased. While the final results weren’t great, Tomlin did manage to strike out six batters in the game. Tomlin can’t usually be counted on outside of very deep AL-only leagues, but he should be a serviceable streamer against the rebuilding White Sox on Thursday. While Tomlin is usually among the league leaders in home runs allowed, the White Sox have just five round-trippers through the first week of action. The venue being in Cleveland at Progressive Field instead of homer-happy U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago will also help to neutralize the Chicago lineup.
Friday, April 14th
Scott Feldman (CIN-RHP) at Milwaukee Brewers
Feldman, who didn’t even sign with the Reds until January, has been a pleasant surprise for the team. Through his first two starts of the year, the veteran right-hander has a 2.53 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings of work. Feldman pulls a prime matchup on Friday as he will take on a strikeout-prone Brewers lineup. Milwaukee was one of the most strikeout-happy clubs in baseball last season and they have continued their free-swinging ways thus far in 2017, sporting an insanely high 32.6% K rate against right-handed pitching. Feldman is not known as a heavy strikeout pitcher, but he still has excellent strikeout potential in this game.
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