Pitching Streamers: June 9 – June 13
June 9, 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 and ownership percentages are from Friday, June 9th. Let’s get started!
Friday, June 9th
Brad Peacock (HOU-RHP) vs. Los Angeles Angels
Peacock will be making his fourth start after the Astros shifted him from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The right-hander has pitched well as a starter, although his upside had been capped by a pitch limit while he was trying to get his arm stretched out. It appears he’s good to go now as he reached six innings in his last start. Peacock’s strikeout rate as a starter has been insane, with him punching out 42.4% of the batters he has faced. The Angels don’t strike out all that often, but they are just 26th in wOBA and ISO against right-handed pitching this year. Oh, and they don’t have Mike Trout. Fire up Peacock with confidence on Friday.
Saturday, June 10th
Jeff Hoffman (COL-RHP) @ Chicago Cubs
Last season you would have been crazy to target the Cubs with a streamer but Chicago just isn’t hitting the way they did last season, especially against right-handed hurlers. Hoffman is widely regarded as one of Colorado’s top pitching prospects and hasn’t let us down through his first three starts this season. Over those three starts, Hoffman has allowed five runs in 19 1/3 innings of work while striking out 24 batters. The Cubs rank just 24th in the league in wOBA against right-handed pitching this season.
Sunday, June 11th
David Paulino (HOU-RHP) vs. Los Angeles Angels
Paulino got the call when Joe Musgrove hit the disabled list and should remain in the starting rotation with Dallas Keuchel sidelined again. Paulino has been solid in a small sample size this season, striking out 12 batters in 9 2/3 innings of work while allowing five runs to score. The Angels don’t present much of a challenge for right-handed pitching, especially with Mike Trout on the disabled list. On the season, Los Angeles has just a .299 wOBA and a .145 ISO when they face off against a right-handed pitcher.
Monday, June 12th
C.C. Sabathia (NYY-LHP) @ Los Angeles Angels
Sabathia has been on fire over the past month, showing the form he did early in his career when he was a perennial Cy Young candidate. Over the past 30 days, Sabathia has five wins, 31 strikeouts, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 0.92 ERA in 32 1/3 innings of work. On the season, the Angels have a better wOBA against left-handed pitching, but less power than they do against righties. Did I mention Los Angeles is without Mike Trout? Sabathia is a strong streaming option and is a candidate to keep around if you have room on your roster, at least while he’s pitching so well.
Tuesday, June 13th
Tyler Chatwood (COL-RHP) @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Chatwood’s season-long stats don’t look great, but it’s important to look at his road splits. Like most pitchers, he performs much better away from Coors Field. Chatwood has a 7.03 ERA at home and a 2.53 ERA on the road this season. The Pirates haven’t been very dangerous against right-handed pitching this season, mustering just a .308 wOBA and a .141 ISO. Chatwood is a strong streaming option on Tuesday as he should enjoy the pitcher-friendly environs of PNC Park.
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