Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 11
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, June 11.
Sunday, June 12
John Lamb (CIN) vs. Oakland Athletics
Lamb has pitched well over his past two starts, holding the Rockies to one run at Coors Field and following that up with just one earned run against the Cardinals this past Tuesday. He will face off against the Athletics on Sunday, a team which has not been strong against left-handed pitching. On the year, Oakland is ranked 26th in wOBA and 20th in batting average against lefty pitchers.
Monday, June 13
R.A. Dickey (TOR) vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The veteran knuckleballer draws one of the most favorable matchups in the league as the Phillies are in town. Philadelphia is not very fearsome against right-handed pitching, ranking just 28th in batting average and wOBA. Dickey has been solid over the past month of the season, posting three wins, a 3.08 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 38 innings of work.
Tuesday, June 14
Brandon Finnegan (CIN) @ Atlanta Braves
Finnegan is a no-brainer streamer for Tuesday. He gets a huge park boost pitching at Atlanta instead of his hitter-friendly home field.
He also will take on a Braves’ offense that is the worst in the league against southpaws, ranking 29th in wOBA and 30th in ISO. Finnegan is coming off his strongest start of the year, allowing just two runs in seven innings while striking out seven Cardinals.
Wednesday, June 15
Nathan Karns (SEA) @ Tampa Bay Rays
Karns has a decent matchup on Wednesday against a Rays’ team that has been one of the easiest teams in the league for right-handers to strike out. Tampa’s 25.3% K rate is second in the league, behind only the Brewers. Karns has a solid 67 strikeouts in 66 innings of work. He has struggled with his control over the past few starts, so that could be an issue, but the strikeout upside is worth taking a chance on.
Thursday, June 16
Dan Straily (CIN) @ Atlanta Braves
Straily, a right-hander, has really impressed this season. He has posted a 3.34 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 67.1 innings of work on the year.
As mentioned above, the Braves have struggled against southpaws this year. They aren’t much better against right-handers, so streaming Straily should be a fruitful endeavor on Thursday.
Friday, June 17
Jon Gray (COL) @ Miami Marlins
So Gray’s ownership is slightly above the 30% cutoff mark, but the young right-hander is still widely available, and his recent performance needs to be highlighted. He is achieving the impossible this season as he’s pitched well at home in Coors Field. He is coming off spinning seven innings of one-run ball while striking out seven batters this past Friday.
He gets a huge park upgrade leaving Coors Field and traveling to Marlins Park, one of the more pitcher-friendly venues in the league. The only downside to this stream is his matchup against Jose Fernandez will make a win tough to come by. His strikeout upside should offset that issue, however.
Saturday, June 18
Matt Boyd (DET) @ Kansas City Royals
Boyd has been okay over his 21.1 innings of work this season, posting a 3.38 ERA and 17 strikeouts. The Royals have been average at best against left-handed pitching this season, ranking just 18th in wOBA and 25th in ISO. Boyd is backed by one of the top offenses in the league and will enjoy playing in one of the most pitcher-friendly stadiums in the league.