Last week’s streamers scared me to death and they actually did alright. This week honestly isn’t much better though and it’s clear that the pitching landscape in baseball is downright ugly right now. The simple fact is, these backend pitchers kinda suck. They’re just not very reliable but that makes proper streaming as important as ever. If you can gain that extra edge through streaming, you’re putting some serious stress on your opponents to do something stupid. While these guys are geared more for head-to-head leagues, some of these streamers can be great assets to improve your ERA and WHIP too.   

Two-Start Streamers 

J.A. Happ, NYY (at BAL, at KC) 

Happ falls right on the border of streamer ownership percentages but he needs to be owned in all formats. While Happ was downright terrible in his first three starts of the season, he’s been superb since. In fact, Happ owns a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP across his last five starts. He’s put up those impressive numbers despite facing potent offenses like the Red Sox, Twins and Mariners.

That alone makes him tough to fade but these are some of the best matchups in baseball. Baltimore currently ranks 29th in xwOBA while Kansas City sits 21st in runs per game and xSLG. That puts Happ in a great spot to succeed and he should enter both of these games as a sizable favorite if you’re in need of wins. The Streamonator loves Happ too, as he’s projected to provide a 3.51 ERA and 1.16 WHIP while striking out 10.7 batters across 10.9 innings.  

Brad Peacock, HOU (vs. CWS, vs. BOS) 

Peacock was in our article last week as a two-start streamer but he and Wade Miley traded places in the rotation just for us. I called the Astros and was like, “Hey A.J. Hinch, can you switch Miley and Peacock in the rotation so I don’t have to write about Miley?” Hinch responded, “Yeah man, Miley sucks and you rock at these articles, so I got you homie!” That favor was obviously huge because Peacock is the far superior pitcher to Miley and I was so happy to hear the news on Saturday.

Peacock’s last two starts are really impressive, with the right-hander allowing just one run across 12 innings while striking out 15 batters. That says a lot about his stuff and Peacock definitely has some positive regression headed his way with a 3.47 FIP, .266 xwOBA and 25 percent K rate in his back pocket. Getting to face the White Sox is what makes this pick so tempting though, with Chicago ranking 20th in xwOBA and 22nd in K rate. Boston is obviously much scarier but the Chicago start makes Peacock hard to fade. The Streamonator only has Peacock lined up for the Boston start and it has him projected to provide $11.7 worth of value. That means we could be looking at a $30-week with the Chicago start added in, which would be one of the highest totals of any streamer all season long.

Also Consider Jake Odorizzi against the Angels and White Sox. Odorizzi’s ownership percentage has climbed to a point where we can’t recommend him but he’s still floating out there in some leagues and is a must add if available.  

One-Start Streamers 

Michael Wacha, STL (vs. KC) 

Oh man, this guy. Wacha is someone who I’ve always loved but he’s horribly inconsistent for fantasy purposes. What keeps people coming back is his first three seasons, in which Wacha posted a 3.21 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. That’s pretty identical to his line from last season and Wacha lovers are hoping he’ll recapture that form. We’re talking about a guy with a career xFIP below 4.00 and a 21 percent K rate, which makes him definitely streamer material.

Getting to face the Royals at home is why we really like him though, with Kansas City ranking 21st in scoring and 20th in xwOBA. That’s why the Streamonator has him projected to provide $11.5 worth of value, as he should enter this matchup as a –150 favorite with Kansas City projected for fewer than four runs.  

Kevin Gausman, ATL (at SF) 

This is probably my favorite streamer on the board and a series of unfortunate events has led to his ERA looking worse than it actually should. A nightmare start at Cincinnati is what kicked off his poor stretch, as he followed that up with a Rockies start, an early ejection, a suspension, the Dodgers and then the Brewers. That’s simply a bizarre stretch and we’re going to bet on him bouncing back to the guy he was at the beginning of the season.

Over his first three starts, Gausman posted a 2.25 ERA and 0.76 WHIP while striking out 22 batters across 19.2 innings. That’s the prospect that everyone has been hoping for and getting to pitch in San Francisco is a good way to start a new hot streak. Not only is Oracle Park arguably the best pitcher’s park in the Majors, the Giants also rank 26th in scoring and 29th in wOBA.

Spencer Turnbull, DET (vs. MIA) 

This guy deserves more credit than he’s getting. So far this year, Turnbull is pitching to a 2.40 ERA and 1.25 WHIP while striking out 50 batters across 48.2 innings. In fact. Turnbull hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any start this season and seems like a guarantee for a quality start in a matchup like this.

The Marlins are historically bad from the plate, with Miami sitting dead last in wOBAxwOBAxSLG, xBA and runs scored. That’s simply amazing and it makes Turnbull one of the best starts of the week. The Streamonator completely agrees, as it has Turnbull projected to provide $12.2, which is the highest total of any one-start streamer in this article.

Joey Lucchesi, SD (vs. ARI) 

Lucchesi has been one of the unluckiest pitchers in the league and his 4.28 ERA and 1.26 WHIP doesn’t show how good he’s been. The left-hander is currently pitching to a 3.36 FIP while posting a 25.4 percent career K rate. Those numbers are much more indicative of how talented this guy is and using him against the Blue Jays is definitely a good idea. Not only does Toronto rank 27th in wOBA, runs scored and OPS against southpaws, they also sit 20th in K rate.  

  1. Handy Afterall says:

    Ahoy TRJB,

    Some guidance, please…

    I’m at a loss where to go for my last three sp spots this week. H2h weekly lock, standard 5 pitching cats.
    It’s a real mix of fear and excitement this week;

    Flaherty vs ATL
    Corbin @ NYM, vs MIA
    Da German @ BAL, @ KC

    What to do? Pick 3, please:
    Woodruff vs PHI
    Eickhoff @ MIL
    Canning vs TEX
    Chirinos @ CLE
    Giolito @ HOU

    Humid appreciation,

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:

      Um, Id go with Woodruff, Canning and Chirinos
      I really dont trust Eickhoff or Giolito in those matchups

      • Handy Afterall says:

        Thanks, man

        • The Real Joey Bart

          The Real Joey Bart says:

          Yup, thanks for reading Handy

      • 183414 says:

        Agree with you on both Gausman and Lucchesi. I own a total of 6 shares. I usually check xfip before I consider dropping a starter. Especially a starter I drafted in the 20 th round or sooner. Never appreciated the available sabermetrics, until I began to understand them. Yes, the eye test is equally as important, but xfip is a pretty good indicator of either positive or negative regression. Should be called regression and progression.
        Chirinos has been just fine, and own him on 5 teams, but Dodgers at the moment are as scary as Houston and more so than Boston or New York. I’m throwing Canning, and Woodruff has been on a very nice run. Dodgers and a healthy Hill would have me look elsewhere 1st before I’d start him.

        • The Real Joey Bart

          The Real Joey Bart says:

          Yeah, in with you here. Not sure what you mean by the Dodgers cuz Chirnos faces Cleveland I believe. The LAD series is only a two-game set and and Chirnos pitched on the 17th. That lines him up for Cle on the 23rd

  2. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:

    With Garver out for a bit I need a Catcher. Options are Tony Wolters, Kevan Smith, Roberto Perez, Tyler Flowers, and Pedro Severino.

    Who would you grab? (OBP league)

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:

      Yeesh, those guys are so bad that you may be better off with an empty catcher slot. I guess Id say Flowers but with no conviction at all

  3. krazyivan says:

    Monday: Carrasco
    Tuesday: Teheran vs SF (could drop him for Wacha)
    Wednesday: Montas vs Cleveland
    Thursday: Pick up Gausman, I like your call
    Friday: Buehler
    Saturday: Carrasco, again
    Sunday: Got me stumped-I see Tampa’s Stanek vs Cleveland and think maybe grab Beeks that day and a chance a cheap W, but no chance at a QS.
    Thanks for the help.

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:

      Yeah, that looks solid to me

  4. prestige says:

    Any thoughts on the Twins (Martin Perez) @ Angels (Harvey) matchup tomorrow? Potential stacks / interesting info on the starters?


    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:

      My thoughts are pretty standard. Harvey sucks and the Twins have been rolling, so they’re all in play. Perez has been rolling and the Angels struggle with lefties so he’s probably a good option too.

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