Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 9
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 Saturday, May 28th.
Sunday, May 29th
Nick Tropeano (LAA) vs. Houston Astros
Tropeano continues to impress and it may be time to start taking the young right-hander seriously. He’s allowed just one earned run over his past two starts and gets an Astros lineup that is striking out at a 25.8% rate against right-handed pitchers. That mark is third-highest in the league.
Monday, May 30th
Ervin Santana (MIN) @ Oakland Athletics
Santana is coming off his worst start of the year as the Royals roughed him up for six runs in 4.2 innings of work. He should find things easier as he takes on an Athletics’ lineup that is ranked 26th in wOBA and 24th in ISO when facing right-handed pitchers. Look for Santana to bounce back on Monday as he should enjoy pitching in spacious Oakland Coliseum, a huge park upgrade over his hitter-friendly home park.
Tuesday, May 31st
Jake Peavy (SF) @ Atlanta Braves
Peavy, while he’s no longer a very effective pitcher, showed in his last start against the Padres that he can still tame a bad offense. The Braves are just that as they have struggled against right-handed pitching this season. They are ranked 28th in the league in wOBA and dead last in ISO. Playing Peavy is not without risk, but the matchup is right.
Wednesday, June 1st
Robbie Ray (ARI) @ Houston Astros
Ray has flashed big-time strikeout upside this season, but he’s also struggled with his control which has prevented him from pitching deep into games. He gets a favorable matchup against an Astros’ lineup that has struggled against left-handed pitching this season. Against southpaws, Houston is ranked just 24th in wOBA with the highest strikeout rate in the league.
Thursday, June 2nd
Wade Miley (SEA) @ San Diego Padres
Miley will take on one of the worst-hitting offenses in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in baseball. San Diego, when facing southpaws, has the third-highest strikeout rate while ranking just 16th in wOBA. Miley has a 5-2 record with a 4.50 ERA and 41 strikeouts.
Friday, June 3rd
Eddie Butler (COL) @ San Diego Padres
Butler does not have good-looking season-long statistics, but his numbers are also skewed by the Coors Field factor. He’s actually been pretty decent on the road this season, holding opposing offenses to a .213 batting average and a .266 wOBA in 20.1 innings of work. He gets an extremely favorable matchup against a Padres’ lineup that is one of the worst in the league when facing right-handed pitching. San Diego is last in the league in wOBA and 29th in ISO while carrying the fourth-highest strikeout rate of all teams.
Saturday, June 4th
Junior Guerra (MIL) @ Philadelphia Phillies
Guerra has been surprisingly solid in his age 31 rookie year. He has a 3.30 ERA and is striking out 9.00 batters per nine innings. He should be able to limit run scoring on Saturday against a Phillies’ offense that is 27th in wOBA and ISO against right-handed pitchers. Guerra should be able to keep rolling in this outing.