Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 6
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.
All ownership percentages and statistics are current as of Friday, May 6.
Sunday, May 8
Nick Tropeano (LAA): vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Tropeano, for the most part, has pitched quite well this season. He did suffer a hiccup in his last outing against the Brewers, but he should find his Sunday matchup with the Rays to be favorable. Tampa Bay, while dangerous against left-handed pitching, is struggling against righties on the year.
When facing right-handers, the Rays are last in the league in batting average, 27th in wOBA, and have the highest strikeout rate in the league at 27.8%. Tropeano is an excellent streaming option for Sunday.
Monday, May 9
Chris Young (KC): vs. New York Yankees
Young has not been especially sharp this season, but he does have 29 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of work and will take on the struggling Yankees’ offense. New York, on the year, is 29th in batting average, 28th in wOBA and 25th in ISO.
The veteran Young should be able to limit the runs scored in this game and pick up a few strikeouts for your fantasy team along the way. After this start, keep Young around as he has another prime matchup with the Braves on Saturday.
Tuesday, May 10
Sean Manaea (OAK): @ Boston Red Sox
Over his first two starts, Manaea has shown flashes of what made him one of the top pitching prospects in the Oakland farm system while also showing some rookie growing pains. On the positive side, he’s striking out batters at a nice clip, with nine over 10 innings of work. He could stand to cut down on his walks, but he does have a favorable matchup against a Red Sox lineup that has not hit southpaws very well this season.
Wednesday, May 11
Jhoulys Chacin (ATL): vs. Philadelphia Phillies
This recommendation is based more off of the opponent and less off of faith in Chacin, as the Atlanta pitcher is hard to trust. He does have 27 strikeouts in 26.2 innings of work and draws a favorable matchup against a Phillies lineup that hasn’t given much trouble to right-handed pitchers on the year. Philadelphia ranks 21st in batting average, 26th in wOBA and 23rd in ISO when facing righties.
Thursday, May 12
Aaron Blair (ATL): vs. Philadelphia Phillies
As mentioned above, the Phillies are worth targeting with opposing pitching. Blair has been impressive over his first two career starts, allowing just four earned runs over 11.1 innings. He should be in a good spot to limit the runs scored in this start.
Friday, May 13
Jesse Hahn (OAK): @ Tampa Bay Rays
Hahn was solid in his first start of the season, which came last week. The young right-hander went 6.2 innings, shutting out the Astros while striking out four.
As mentioned above, the Rays have one of the worst offenses in the league when faced with a right-handed pitcher. Hahn is in a good spot in this start.
Saturday, May 14
Chris Young (KC): vs. Atlanta Braves
Young is a two-start streamer this week as he draws two of the easiest matchups in baseball for pitchers. The Braves’ offense ranks 26th in batting average and 30th in both wOBA and ISO.
Their ISO mark of .074 is extremely low and that mark won’t be helped by this game being played in pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium. Start Young with confidence in this one.