We’re rolling right now! Our streamers last week were some of our best recommendations of the season, with Braxton Garrett, Johan Oviedo, Aaron Civale, Michael Lorenzen, and JP Sears all performing well. We’re going back to one of those guys, but I’m really excited about this group of streamers. With that said, the hitters were tough to navigate, and we had to dive deep to find a couple of guys we wanted to recommend. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the favorable matchups and then dive into the pitching streamers!
Favorable Team Matchups
Chicago White Sox (at LAA, at OAK)
Detroit Tigers (at TEX, at COL)
Milwaukee Brewers (at NYM, at PIT)
Texas Rangers (vs. DET, vs. HOU)
Cleveland Guardians (at KC, at CHC)
Colorado Rockies (vs. LAD, vs. DET)
Los Angeles Dodgers (at COL, at KC)
Philadelphia Phillies (at CHC, vs. WAS)
Toronto Blue Jays (vs. SF, vs. BOS)
Ranger Suarez, PHI (at CHC, vs. WAS)
Suarez has always been a favorite of mine since he carried some of my fantasy teams in the 2021 season. The lefty had a 1.36 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in that fantastic campaign and has always had the ability to shut down opposing offenses. That’s been on full display recently, with Ranger allowing one run or fewer in four straight starts. He’s also got a 1.04 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in that span, despite facing dangerous offenses like the Braves, Dodgers, and D’Backs. That would make him enticing in any two-start week, but both of these are quality matchups. The Cubs are 22nd in runs scored since the beginning of May, while Washington ranks 25th in runs scored and 26th in xwOBA. The Streamonator loves Suarez in the Nats start, projected to provide $11.9 worth of value.
Bryan Woo, SEA (vs. DET)
This rookie was horrible in his debut, and it has his ERA sitting above 5.00. We’re willing to overlook that because he’s allowed two runs or fewer in all three starts since then. The advanced numbers tell a better story, with Woo posting a 2.60 xERA and 2.99 xFIP. That means more positive regression is right around the corner, mainly since he provided a 2.48 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 39 percent K rate at the minors since his call-up to A-Ball. This Tigers lineup doesn’t feel far away from being in A-Ball, ranked bottom-four in runs scored, OBP, OPS, K rate, and wOBA. We also don’t mind that Woo will enter this matchup as a -200 favorite! This is one of The Streamonator’s favorite streamers of the week, with Woo projected to provide $22.9 worth of value.
JP Sears, OAK (vs. NYY)
We had Sears in here as one of our streamers last week, and we’re going right back to the well after another successful start. Despite having just one win this season, Sears is sporting a 4.10 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Those averages would look even better if it weren’t for two duds against the Yanks and Angels, with Sears amassing a 3.30 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in his other 13 starts. You might be scared that he’s facing NY again here, but this is not your grandpa’s Yankees. This team ranks bottom-three in runs scored and OBP since Aaron Judge went down, and there’s no chance they succeed in a pitcher’s park like Oakland Coliseum. JP has a 3.09 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in six starts at home this year!
Garrett Whitlock, BOS (vs. MIA)
Something excites me about dominant relievers who get converted into starters. That’s what we have with Whitlock, who had a 2.73 ERA and 1.06 WHIP coming into this season. We’ve seen flashes of that dominance as a starter, posting a 3.60 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across his last five starts. He’s also thrown seven innings in back-to-back outings, and it’s clear he’s a full-fledged starter at this point. A home matchup with Miami only adds to his intrigue, with the Marlins ranked 26th in K rate, 24th in runs scored, and 25th in xwOBA.
Dane Dunning, TEX (vs. DET)
It’s surprising that Dunning is still one of our streamers because he’s been pitching well all season. Fantasy managers don’t trust him, but a 2.76 ERA and 1.17 WHIP are hard to argue with. One massive factor with our streamers is limiting blow-up potential, and Dunning has displayed that ability all season. He hasn’t allowed more than four runs in any appearance, allowing more than two runs just three times all year. That run should be easy to duplicate against Detroit, with the horrific offensive statistics mentioned in the Woo write-up. This is also one of the best bets for a win because Dunning will likely be a -250 favorite with how his team is rolling.
Leody Taveras, TEX (vs. DET, vs. HOU)
Taveras is still widely available, and it’s tough to understand why. He’s been one of my favorite hitting streamers all season, and it’s about time that fantasy managers rostered him for the remainder of the year. He’s got eight homers and seven steals, thanks to a .298 AVG, .350 OBP, and .827 OPS. Most of that damage has come recently, with Taveras tallying a .329 AVG, .376 OBP, .530 SLG, and .930 OPS since May 1. Batting ninth is usually concerning, but it doesn’t really matter since Texas is the highest-scoring team in baseball. The matchups in a seven-game week are the icing on the cake, facing at least three lefties and a disastrous Detroit pitching staff. Leody has a .382 OBP and .857 OPS with the platoon advantage in his favor this season.
Jake Burger, CWS (at LAA, at OAK)
This guy is a lot like Burger King. Most times you end up going, it’s a strikeout, but the home runs keep you coming back. The average from Burger has been a nightmare recently, but it’s tough to overlook his power. This Whopper of a man only has two hits over his last seven games, but he’s got a .539 SLG and .814 OPS this year. That’s some of the best raw power in baseball, with Burger totaling a SLG north of .600 and an OPS above .900 before this one-week slump. We believe he can recapture that form in this seven-game week, facing an Oakland team that sits dead-last in ERA and WHIP. The Angels aren’t special either, ranked 17th in xwOBA.
SAGNOF (Saves/Steals Ain’t Got No Face)
Maikel Garcia (KC)
Garcia has five steals over the last week and has developed into an everyday player for KC. He’s also been moving up in their order, hitting leadoff and fifth throughout most of the week.
Andrew Velazquez (LAA)
Velazquez is stuck in the nine-hole for the Angels, but he’s a great source of steals. He’s starting every day at shortstop and has four steals over his last six outings. There are not many steals streamers out there, but Velazquez should grab a couple every week at the bottom of this lineup.
Jordan Hicks (STL)
Everyone thought Gio Gallegos would steal this closer’s gig when Ryan Helsley got injured, but the Cards fooled everyone. They sent out Hicks for three saves in three days this week. It’s hard to overlook a run like that, and he needs to be rostered if he’s still out there.
Adbert Alzolay (CHC)
This Cubs closer situation has been a nightmare all season, but it looks like AA is doing good for some people. Alzolay has three saves in his last eight appearances, providing a 1.91 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 9.3 K/9 rate on the year.
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