We had an outstanding showing in our first week back from the All-Star break. Reid Detmers, Seth Lugo, Kyle Hendricks, and Michael Lorenzen all pitched well, and it’s not like Ranger Suarez killed our lineups! We feel like we have a great read on how these rotations are playing out right now, but this week could be chaotic. The trade deadline is just a week away, and there will undoubtedly be some major changes in that span. We can’t foresee any of those moves, but it smells like a busy deadline is right around the corner. With that in mind, let’s look at the streamers we love for this week!
Favorable Team Matchups
Cleveland Guardians (vs. KC, at CWS)
St. Louis Cardinals (at ARI, vs. CHC)
Washington Nationals (vs. COL, at NYM)
Chicago Cubs (at CWS, at STL)
Colorado Rockies (at WAS, vs. OAK)
New York Mets (at NYY, vs. WAS)
Philadelphia Phillies (vs. BAL, at PIT)
San Diego Padres (vs. PIT, vs. TEX)
San Francisco Giants (at DET, vs. OAK, vs. BOS)
Nick Pivetta, BOS (at SF)
Pivetta was a fantasy darling a few years ago, but he’s been bad since then. Moving into a relief role has really helped Pivetta thrive in Boston, being a bulk reliever, following an opener. We rarely recommend streamers in these circumstances, but it’s hard to fade Pivetta right now. The Boston righty has a 1.76 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 13.8 K/9 rate since May 28. You might be concerned about the pitch count, but we saw Pivetta reach 87 pitches earlier in the week. Those are usually numbers you see from a dominant closer, and it’s hard to understand why Pivetta is still so widely available. The Giants have a league-average lineup, but we can’t fade impressive peripherals like those in a pitcher’s park like Oracle against a team with a lackluster lineup.
Kenta Maeda, MIN (vs. SEA, at KC)
Maeda allowed 10 runs in a start earlier in the year, inflating some numbers in what’s been a solid season. The Twins righty has allowed two runs or fewer in six of his other eight starts, generating a 3.20 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 11.0 K/9 rate in that span. Those are exceptional averages from one of your streamers, but we’ve seen Kenta do this for years. In fact, Maeda has maintained a 3.94 ERA and 1.14 WHIP throughout his seven-year career.
That would make him a worthy option in a two-start week against anyone, but both of these matchups are great. Seattle sits 23rd in OBP, OPS, and wOBA, while Kansas City ranks bottom three in runs scored, OBP, OPS, and wOBA. He’s actually faced both of these offenses earlier in the year, totaling a 2.05 ERA, 0.53 WHIP, and 12.2 K/9 rate against them! The Streamonator also loves Maeda, projecting him to provide $14.7 worth of value.
Griffin Canning, LAA (at DET)
Canning has been one of our streamers numerous times throughout his career because he goes on these runs where he looks like a must-roster player. Over his last nine starts, Canning has compiled a 3.58 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 10.4 K/9 rate. That’s one of the best stretches of this youngster’s career, and he’s genuinely looking like a post-hype breakout. That stellar form should be easy to duplicate against Detroit’s disastrous offense, with the Tigers ranked bottom four in runs scored, OBP, OPS, wOBA, xwOBA, and K rate. In his one career start against the Motor City Kitties, GC threw six scoreless innings while striking out seven batters!
Seth Lugo, SD (vs. PIT)
We had Lugo as one of our streamers last week, and we’re obviously going right back to the well. This Padres pitcher provided yet another gem, picking up seven strikeouts, a win, and a quality start against the Tigers. This guy has developed into a quality start machine, amassing a 3.72 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the year. He’s also allowed three runs or fewer in 11 of his 13 starts, tallying a 2.44 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 8.8 K/9 rate in those 11 starts. One of those should be easy to reach against Pittsburgh, who rank 28th in runs scored and 27th in OPS since the opening month of the season. They also sit 29th in K rate and will likely have Lugo entering this matchup as a -200 favorite or higher! The Streamonator agrees, projecting Lugo to provide $17.4 worth of value.
Alex Wood, SF (vs. OAK)
It’s been a rough year for Wood, but we’ll use anyone against Oakland. This is the worst roster in MLB, ranked last in runs scored, OBP, OPS, and xwOBA since the start of last year. That’s far from shocking when peeking into this lineup, sending out a bunch of Triple-A players. That’s scary in a pitcher’s park like Oracle because a veteran like Wood can limit them in that environment. We’ve seen some flashes from Wood recently, too, allowing one run or fewer in five of his last nine starts. We’re talking about a crafty lefty who’s pitched to a 3.75 ERA and 1.24 WHIP throughout his career. That means a quality start and a win are very much in play, with Wood likely entering this matchup as a -250 favorite! That alone is intriguing from one of your potential streamers!
LaMonte Wade, SF (at DET, vs. OAK, vs. BOS)
Why is Wade still being overlooked by fantasy managers? This guy has been batting leadoff and third for the Giants all season and has one of the best eyes in baseball. So far this year, Wade has a .406 OBP, .430 SLG and .836 OPS. It’s rare to see a waiver wire guy with an OBP north of .400, especially when they have matchups like these. Oakland ranks dead-last in ERA and WHIP, while Boston ranks 19th in WHIP and 20th in wOBA. You might be concerned with the lack of power, but Wade should be rounding the bases all week with an OBP like that atop this solid San Fran lineup.
Tyler O’Neill, STL (at ARI, vs. CHC)
O’Neill was dropped in most fantasy leagues after a lengthy stint on the IL, but this is a great time to add him as one of your streamers. This guy was a coveted piece in fantasy drafts back in March, collecting 37 doubles, 48 homers, 138 RBI, and 29 steals across 234 games in the two previous years. That’s a beautiful pace across a full season, and we have to assume he’ll recapture that form in these final months of the season.
We’re also encouraged that St. Louis said they’ll play O’Neill every day because that was one of the issues earlier in the year. Playing every day in a seven-game week is massive with so many teams playing shortened schedules, and we’re certainly not worried about these matchups. Arizona ranks 24th in ERA and 25th in wOBA, while Chicago sits 18th in WHIP and 23rd in wOBACON.
SAGNOF (Saves/Steals Ain’t Got No Face)
Jake McCarthy (ARI)
McCarthy is one of the fastest players in the league and is up to 22 steals. He even got a chance in the leadoff spot earlier in the week and has been dropped in numerous fantasy leagues because of some ineffective hitting. The speed is still there, and the steals should keep coming!
Tony Kemp Jr (OAK)
Not many leadoff hitters are sitting on the waiver wire, but not many Oakland players are being rostered at all. Steals count the same for everyone, though, with Tony totaling eight steals over his last 21 games. He’s also got a .357 OBP in that span and has some of the best matchups of the week, despite playing just five games!
Kevin Ginkel (ARI)
This team runs through closers like DiCaprio runs through college girls. Andrew Chafin, Miguel Castro, and Scott McGough have all been effective as the D’Backs closer, but all have collapsed to lose this closer’s gig. That’s allowed Ginkel to take over recently, picking up the last two saves for this team. He’s also got a 2.39 ERA and 0.98 WHIP on the year!
Kyle Finnegan (WAS)
Finnegan had the first 12 saves for this team but lost the job to Hunter Harvey. The big news for Finnegan is that Harvey landed on the IL, awarding Kyle the closer’s gig once again. He’s earned it, though, collecting a 2.06 ERA and 0.74 WHIP since June 11.
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