Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 13
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, June 24.
Sunday, June 26
Anthony DeSclafani (CIN) vs. San Diego Padres
DeSclafani is widely available in leagues due to a two-month stay on the DL to begin the season. He was a popular sleeper before the year started and flashed his potential in his last start. The right-hander allowed just two runs in seven innings of work to the Rangers in that outing.
He gets an extremely favorable matchup with a Padres’ offense that is one of the weakest in the league against right-handed pitching. DeSclafani has two starts on the schedule this week and is worth deploying for both.
Monday, June 27
Robbie Ray (ARI) vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Ray has been extremely inconsistent this season, but he does have 93 strikeouts in 80.1 innings of work. He should find success against a Phillies’ offense that is one of the worst in the league against left-handed pitching. Philadelphia is ranked 29th in both wOBA and ISO against southpaws while carrying a 23.4% strikeout rate.
Tuesday, June 28
Albert Suarez (SF) vs. Oakland Athletics
Suarez has been filling in for injured Matt Cain and has done a decent job thus far. The right-hander has a 3.68 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 36.2 innings of work on the year. He gets a favorable matchup with an A’s team that has not been effective against right-handed pitching and is missing Josh Reddick, one of their top lefty bats.
Wednesday, June 29
Junior Guerra (MIL) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Guerra has been a pleasant surprise this season. The right-hander has posted a 3.67 ERA and 53 strikeouts over 61.1 innings of work.
He will take on a Dodgers’ lineup that has been extremely disappointing this season. A year after being one of the most feared offenses in the league against right-handed pitching, Los Angeles is ranked just 23rd in wOBA and 20th in ISO.
Thursday, June 30
Tom Koehler (MIA) @ Atlanta Braves
Koehler is usually not a very trustworthy fantasy pitcher, but he has a top matchup and should be a worthwhile streaming option for Thursday. The Braves do not have a very good lineup as they rank just 28th in wOBA and 30th in ISO against right-handed pitching. Look for Koehler to have a solid outing in this one.
Friday, July 1
Anthony DeSclafani (CIN) @ Washington Nationals
DeSclafani is worth streaming again for his Friday start. Many fantasy players avoid targeting Washington’s offense with pitching, but they are no better than league average against right-handers. DeSclafani is a solid, under the radar start for Friday.
Saturday, July 2
Daniel Mengden (OAK) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Mengden has been impressive over his first three big league starts. The rookie has flashed some strikeout upside so far and has a 3.00 ERA over 18.0 innings of work. The Pirates have solid season-long stats against right-handed pitching, but they have been struggling mightily as of late.