Pitching Streamers: April 14-April 18
April 14, 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 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 callups, and other unforeseen circumstances.
Please note, all statistics are current as of Friday, April 14th. Let’s get started!
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.
Saturday, April 15th
Patrick Corbin (ARI-LHP) @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Corbin was excellent in his first start of the year, holding the Indians scoreless over six innings of work at home. Now, he gets a huge park boost as he will escape the hitter-friendly Chase Field to take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Dodgers really struggled against left-handed pitching last season, ranking last in the league in wRC+ and wOBA and 28th in ISO. They’ve been a little better in 2017 against southpaws, but not much. They currently have just a .276 wOBA, a .109 ISO, and a 23.5% strikeout rate. Corbin has a good chance to turn in a useful fantasy start on Saturday.
Sunday, April 16th
Tyler Skaggs (LAA-LHP) @ Kansas City Royals
Skaggs has been decent in the early going, averaging just under one strikeout per inning. His main issue since returning from Tommy John surgery has been his control as he averaged 4.17 walks per nine innings last year and is up over four again through his first two starts of 2017. Control issues aside, he will take on a Royals lineup that has been struggling against left-handers out of the gate. Kansas City is currently 27th in wRC+ with a .243 wOBA and just a .054 ISO against southpaws. They also sport a 21.2% strikeout rate, which should help buoy Skaggs’ strikeout totals on Sunday. His walk rate does give some reason for concern against the Royals, but his strikeout upside should be enough to offset any issues in the department.
Monday, April 17th
Jaime Garcia (ATL-LHP) vs. San Diego Padres
Garcia has always been a skilled pitcher, even though his list of injuries is considerably long at this point. He sets up as a solid streamer on Monday as he will do battle against a Padres lineup that struggled with left-handed pitching in 2016 and has seen that issue carry over into the 2017 season. Through their first 10 games, the Padres have just a .252 wOBA and a .128 ISO while striking out at a 21.6% rate. While Garcia is more of a groundball pitcher, he should see an uptick in strikeouts against the Padres.
Tuesday, April 18th
Luis Severino (NYY-RHP) vs. Chicago White Sox
Severino is fresh off of a dominant 11-strikeout no-decision against the Rays on Thursday night. He now has 17 strikeouts through 11 innings of work in his 2017 campaign and will find himself in a great spot on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. The rebuilding White Sox, despite knocking around Josh Tomlin on Thursday, have been struggling against right-handed pitching this season. The White Sox have a .288 wOBA and .137 ISO with a high 25.4% strikeout rate against right-handed pitching. That strikeout rate gives Severino another chance to eclipse double-digit Ks on Tuesday.
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