Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 5
Each week this column will scour the waiver wire and look for pitchers who are less than 30% owned and could be useful streamers for your fantasy team. All ownership percentages come from Yahoo. Please note the probable pitcher matchups could change throughout the week due to rainouts or other circumstances, so be sure to check back before picking up and starting one of these recommendations.
Sunday, May 1
Doug Fister (HOU): @ Oakland Athletics
Fister has picked things up after a rough start to the season. Over the past two weeks, he has a 3.75 ERA over 12.0 innings of work. He doesn’t strike many batters out, but he does have a favorable matchup with an Oakland offense that has struggled to hit right-handed pitching. On the year, Oakland has a .231 batting average with a .293 wOBA. While he lacks much upside, Fister has a good chance at picking up a win in this start.
Monday, May 2
Bartolo Colon (NYM): vs. Atlanta Braves
The Braves lineup has proven that it is worth targeting with opposing pitchers. When facing right-handed pitching, the Braves are ranked 23rd in batting average, 28th in wOBA, and 30th in ISO. While Colon’s best days are behind him, he is a seasoned pitcher and should have no trouble disposing of an ineffective Braves lineup on Monday.
Tuesday, May 3
Steven Wright (BOS): @ Chicago White Sox
The knuckleballer continues to impress in the early going this season. Wright dominated the Braves in his last start, allowing just one earned run over seven innings. The red-hot White Sox will be a much tougher test than Atlanta was, but the knuckleball can humble the most dangerous of lineups. Wright is worth streaming on Tuesday if you are looking for a pitcher.
Wednesday, May 4
Jake Peavy (SF): @ Cincinnati Reds
The Reds have one of the worst offenses in the league when facing right-handed pitchers and Peavy should be able to exploit that matchup on Wednesday. Peavy is no longer a very effective pitcher, but he did have a decent start against the Marlins last week, holding them to two runs over seven innings. Cincinnati, when facing right-handed pitchers, is ranked 24th in batting average, 27th in wOBA, and 20th in ISO.
Thursday, May 5
Chase Anderson (MIL): @ Cincinnati Reds
This is a rough day for streamers. Anderson hasn’t performed well so far this season, but as mentioned in the Wednesday section above, the Reds have been one of the most favorable matchups for opposing pitchers. This allows for some optimism for Anderson’s chances, just don’t expect too much.
Friday, May 6
Matt Shoemaker (LAA): vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Shoemaker has a tough matchup opposite Chris Archer, but he also gets to face one of the least-effective lineups in the league against right-handed pitchers. The Rays are last in the league in batting average, 25th in wOBA, and have the highest strikeout rate in the league. Shoemaker should be able to rack up some punchouts in this outing, even if a win could be tough to come by.
Saturday, May 7
Nathan Karns (SEA): @ Houston Astros
Karns just pitched against the Astros last Tuesday, shutting them out over seven innings while racking up six strikeouts. He has pitched well this season, averaging 9.67 strikeouts per innings while posting a 3.96 ERA. The Astros have a 27.4% strikeout rate against right-handed pitching, second highest in the league.