Greetings streamaholics. I’m back for another week of zany hijinks and madcap fun in our pursuit of streaming perfection. Like always, I’ll be sorting through the bargain bin and lightly owned section of arms and bats to bring you the best options available in standard ESPN leagues. By now you should know the drill…..These suggestions will be less than 50% owned in the aforementioned leagues as well. Holding my hands throughout this entire process are the brains of this operation: The Stream-o-Nator and Hitter-Tron. These sexy, next-level love-bots have provided the pertinent information necessary to pass along the best streaming information in the industry. Hands down. Or hands up if you’re on a dirt bike excursion in the Rockies with Madison Bumgarner. He’s such a blast to kick it with on off days. So do yourself a favor and sign up for one of the many packages Razzball has to offer. The “tools” Rudy has put together here are second to none. The absolute best in the industry if you ask me. And you did ask me, right? Of course you did. Anyway, just sit back, relax and enjoy this post. I’m here to help you win your league. #honchoyourfriend
Ricky Nolasco vs TOR – This probably seems weird. Like, Richard Simmons missing for three years kinda weird, but here we go: Nolasco has been abused by the long-ball this year. He’s served up seven round-trippers in just four games. That’s certainly not ideal – If you’re scoring at home. But……here’s the thing: Nolasco has exhibited elite command thus far, producing a 5.67 K/BB & 1.19 BB/9 ratios. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are broken in terms of offensive output thus far. Toronto owns a 24.6 percent strikeout rate, which ranks 30th in the league and their .323 slugging percentage ranks dead last. One other interesting stat I uncovered pertaining to this match-up: Current Blue Jays batters have produced a .213/.288/.302 slash line over 75 career at-bats vs Tricky Ricky. In the words of the David Fizdale: “Take that for data!”
Hyun-Jin Ryu @ SF – For the second week in a row our buddy Ryu makes an appearance on this list. If you scroll down a bit you’ll see he’s actually listed twice! I told you……I’m crazy about Ryu! By the way, if this doesn’t work out, I’ll pick one lucky commenter to win a free weekend getaway to hang out with me in my luxurious, state-of-the-art Man cave. My Man cave is pretty cool. Not to brag, but it’s where I do cool things like hangout and watch sports…..and of course make loud love to female sports fans between half innings. Think about that for a bit and then comment away. Oh, I almost forgot. The Giants stink at the plate. They have a .131 ISO and a crisp .298 OBP.
Alex Wood @ SF – If I Wood, could you? See what I did there? If you missed the 90’s, this joke definitely flew over your head. The Giants are Down In A Hole this year. Okay I’ll stop. Seriously though, the light hitting Giants have produced a .289 wOBA this season and their wRC+ sits at a below average 86. Woof.
Tyler Skaggs vs OAK – He’s still working himself back into shape post TJ surgery, but here’s what I like about Skaggs, outside of his firm handshake…….He’s racked up 19 Ks in 17 1/3 innings and the A’s are whiffing at a 23% clip this year. The pitcher friendly park factors of Angel Stadium help make this an enticing stream.
Jason Vargas vs MIN – So you’re telling me Jason Vargas has a 13.4 percent swinging-strike rate and a 23:2 K:BB through 20 2/3 innings this year? Cool story, bro. He’s also yet to allow a home run and owns an extraordinary 2.08 GB/FB ratio. Sign me up.
Hyun-Jin Ryu vs PHI – Return of the Ryu, part two! Actually, the Phillies have been above average offensively so I’m not sure why the Stream-o-Nator covets this start. Maybe Ryu’s 9.98 K/9 along with his 17:4 K:BB have the old, pervy robot all revved up.
Justin Bour – Since 2015, Bour has sent 40 balls over the fence to become souvenirs for a few lucky fans. All have come at the expense of right-handed pitchers. This week he’s scheduled to face a right-handed starter six times. I like.
Austin Hedges – Over his past eight games he’s launched five home runs and owns an outstanding 1.431 OPS. He’s only 7% owned. Egregious!