What’s up amigos?! Let me first say that if you’re reading this, thanks. I really appreciate the support, especially when we’re all recovering from too many Mother’s Day Mimosas. What!? Surely I’m not the only one that enjoys a little champagne and citrus juice occasionally, right? I’ll let you in on another Honcho secret: I like mine fruity! No comments please. Anyway, I’m back for another week of streaming fun and I’ve vacuumed out the sidecar on my new, American made motorbike. Won’t you join me? I love adventures, especially the kind that make you feel like you’re living on the edge. Like the time I challenged a few skateboard Yolo teens to a dance off after they made fun of my favorite pair of white New Balance shoes and sweet fanny pack. I’m straight savage at times. Kind of like now, when I recommend using Alex Meyer on the road against the Mets. Look, his numbers are far from sexy, but he tossed an absolute gem Sunday vs the Tigers (3 H, ER & 7 Ks) and I’m in love with his 98 mph fastball. If we’re being honest, the Mets offense has been underrated all season, despite the injuries. This suggestion probably seems crazy, but who cares! The Stream-o-Nator loves him in this start and I’m standing by my man, I mean…… robot. Maybe it’s their .166 ISO vs RHP, which ranks 17th in the league that the SON loves? Or perhaps the .314 wOBA and .406 SLG% which rank 19th & 20th respectively are making the bot all hot and bothered. Who knows, but what we can conclude is that the Mets are slightly below average against right-handers this season and that’s good enough for me. Also, he’s available in 99% of standard ESPN leagues, so he’s waiting to be scooped off the wire. Remember friends, the arms and bats I’m suggesting below are all owned in less than 50% of standard ESPN leagues and more importantly – are supplied with the assistance from the Stream-o-Nator and the Hitter-Tron. If you like what you see, take a leap of faith and purchase a subscription to any of the Razzball tools. You’ll thank me later.
Jesse Chavez vs CHW – Chavez was almost the focus of the intro since he’s staring at a plush match-up to start the week. He’ll battle the White Sox who’ve been brutal at the plate thus far. Their .673 OPS and .137 ISO should go a long way in providing a quality start for the Angles righty.
Luis Perdomo vs MIL – Perdomo could be considered a hidden gem in the pile of steaming starters in San Diego. He’s turned in quality starts in each of his last three outings, while posting a 2.50 ERA over that same stretch. Although Milwaukee has been somewhat of a force offensively in 2017, they’re striking out at a 24.5 percent clip, so that should excite you. Additionally, Perdomo has been successful at keeping the ball in the park and on the ground, posting 0.3 HR/9 & 5.60 GB/FB rates respectively.
J.C. Ramirez vs CHW – Again, we’re piling on the White Sox because they’re not very good, plus all the cool kids are doing it as well. The reliever-turned starter has shown us just enough over his last five starts to land on the streamer list. He’s produced a decent 8.19 K/9, while keeping his walk rate to a respectable 2.66 BB/9. The American League version of Chicago baseball has produced an 85 wRC+ and .295 wOBA this season, so that should inspire you to consider our boy JC.
Jhoulys Chacin vs MIL – Kinda feels like we’re playing with fire taking on the Brewers in another streaming challenge. Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing. The pitching friendly atmosphere of Petco Park should provide enough reassurance to take the plunge. He’s also done a tremendous job of inducing groundballs, as his 2.03 GB/FB ratio suggests. Chacin has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts and he’s racked up 14 strikeouts over the last 16 innings.
Mike Foltynewicz vs TOR – Folty has been on the receiving end of some bad luck lately, but despite the 1-4 record he’s limited opposing teams to two or fewer earned runs in six of his seven starts. Toronto has been anything but inspiring against right-handers this year, posting bottom five numbers in wOBA, wRC+ and ISO.
Zack Godley @ SD – There’s a lot to like here. Let’s start with Godley’s 9.00 K/9, that will play in any league. His 0.8 HR/9 is great as well and he’s been a groundball machine in his two starts, posting a 5.25 GB/FB ratio. The Padres are always game for a disappointing offensive performance and that’s why I’m feeling confident in this start. San Diego owns a paltry .286 OBP and their 78 wRC+ is second-worst in all of baseball.
Justin Smoak – Where there’s Smoak, there’s fire. I couldn’t resist. I’ll show myself out. Honestly though, this idiom holds true over the last 14 games. Smoak has racked up nine runs, three home runs 11 RBI and an .824 OPS over that stretch.
Leury Garcia – The White Sox have 7 games this week, with 6 of them coming against right-handed starters. Garcia has smashed all four of his home runs this season off RHP, so this might be the time plug him into your lineup. If you want me to get all nerdy with you, well you’re in luck….Garcia owns a .340 wOBA and 117 wRC+ vs RHP this season. So there’s that.
Josh Reddick – Seems like Reddick is on this list every week. He’s still only 35% owned. That’s criminally low. Houston will play seven times this week, facing righties in six of those contests. Here’s what Reddick is doing vs RHP this year: .297/.505/.845 with 4 HR and 13 RBI over 91 at-bats. He’s also produced a career .339 wOBA & .188 ISO. Pretty cool, right?