Pitching Streamers: July 14 – 17
July 14, 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 Friday, July 14th. Let’s get started!
Friday, July 14
Charlie Morton (HOU-RHP) vs. Minnesota Twins
Morton was impressive last Friday in what was his first start since being activated from the disabled list. The veteran right-hander fired six innings of one-run ball against the Blue Jays. The only complaint fantasy owners could make was that Morton struck out just three batters in the start. Fear not, as Morton has flashed much more strikeout upside this season than he showed against the Blue Jays, averaging 9.61 Ks per nine innings this season. The Twins should help him bolster those numbers as Minnesota is striking out at a 22.3% rate against righties this season.
Saturday, July 15
Jhoulys Chacin (SD-RHP) vs. San Francisco Giants
Chacin isn’t usually given much consideration as a fantasy streamer, but perhaps we should rethink that when he’s at home. The right-hander has a brutal 7.95 road ERA this season but at home in Petco Park, Chacin has a sparkling 1.68 mark. In addition to being at home for this start, he also faces off against a Giants offense that has been one of the worst in baseball against right-handed pitching. Through the All-Star Break, the Giants rank last in the league in both wOBA and ISO against righties.
Sunday, July 16
Trevor Cahill (SD-RHP) vs. San Francisco Giants
Cahill has been excellent for the Padres this season, with one of the only blemishes on his performance being a shoulder issue which held him out of action for almost two months. When he’s been healthy, he’s been San Diego’s best pitcher, posting three wins, a 3.38 ERA/3.35 SIERA, and 63 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings. The right-hander has now made two starts since being activated, and while he allowed four runs in five innings in his last outing, he still managed eight strikeouts. As mentioned above in the Jhoulys Chacin section, the Giants have the worst wOBA and ISO in the league when facing right-handed pitching. It’s wheels up for Cahill on Sunday.
Monday, July 17
Blake Snell (TB-LHP) @ Oakland A’s
Snell is regarded as one of the Rays’ better young pitchers. While he still exhibits some inconsistencies, the left-hander is still worth considering as a streamer in the right matchups. That is the case on Monday when he gets set to take on the A’s in Oakland. The A’s have struggled against left-handed pitching this season, posting a .284 wOBA which ranks 28th in the league, and a .141 ISO (25th). Add in a 26.0% strikeout rate which is fifth-highest in the league and Snell has a chance to post a huge outing in his first start since the All-Star Break.
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