Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 2
Here we go with the second week of finding ignored pitchers turned serviceable for a day. Please take note that rotations are still dicey early in the season, so most of these streaming options are projected starters who aren’t set in stone. That especially holds true for games played later in the week, and I will put a note next to pitchers who haven’t been formally announced to pitch that day. If there’s no indication next to a pitcher’s name, then the team has dubbed them the starter on that day. Got it? Good!
Take note that we are looking for pitchers who are owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo leagues. Occasionally a recommendation will exceed that threshold if they are in a particularly favorable streaming situation.
Now let’s dive into the good stuff!
Wednesday, April 10
Frankie Montas (OAK) at Baltimore (14%)
Montas was reasonably good through 65 innings for the A’s last season, holding a 3.88 ERA supported by a similar 3.90 FIP. His strikeout rate of 5.95 K-9 left some room to be desired, but Montas holds a respectable 8.05 mark in that regard through his major league career. The 26-year-old righty has looked good over two starts this season, tossing 11 innings with three earned runs and 11 strikeouts. He ran into some trouble at Houston, but that’s expected. He’ll have a much better matchup on Wednesday against Baltimore, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Montas is a healthy road favorite in this spot.
Thursday, April 11
Mike Leake (SEA) at Kansas City (10%)
Should we start the campaign of Leake for the Cy Young Award? Kidding aside, the Mariners’ righty has been brilliant while racking up 13 strikeouts through 12.1 innings with four earned runs over two starts. The Seattle offense is playing outstanding as well, potentially giving him run support to earn his third-straight victory. Starting in Kansas City’s pitcher-friendly park should help.
Friday, April 12
Michael Pineda (MIN) vs. Detroit (26%) – not formally announced
The Twins have really shuffled things around with their rotation to begin the season, so you’ll want to wait for confirmation before taking Pineda here. Whatever day he starts within this weekend series, he’s worth a look as a streaming option. Pineda has been sharp through two outings this season, going nine innings with two earned runs and 10 strikeouts. His pitch count ramped up to 80 last Saturday at Philadelphia, which is a great sign moving forward. He’ll take on a subpar Detroit offense in a great spot to continue his success in a Twins’ uniform. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to keep Pineda moving forward?
Other Options: Tyler Thornton (TOR) vs. Tampa Bay (16%)
Saturday, April 13
Adam Wainwright (STL) at Cincinnati (6%)
Fantasy enthusiast may have written off Wainwright after getting ambushed for four earned runs through four innings in his 2019 debut at Pittsburgh (four walks too). However, the veteran righty responded with six innings of one-run ball and nine strikeouts against the Padres last Sunday. Meanwhile, Cincinnati has been one of the worst hitting teams to begin the season, opening the door for Wainwright to keep his momentum. He should step in as a road favorite with the Reds projected to start Tanner Roark against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Sunday, April 14
Kyle Gibson (MIN) vs. Detroit (17%) – not formally announced
Gibson wasn’t as bad as the box score showed in his season-debut at Kansas City (4.2 IP, 5 ER, 2 K). I’m interested to see if he bounces-back against the Mets on Tuesday. Either way, I believe he’s a respectable fantasy streamer in his home debut against Detroit on Sunday – which is projected to be the case. As mentioned earlier, you’ll need to double-check as the week moves along, as the Twins are one of those teams that like to mix-and-match their starters.
Other Options: Vincent Velasquez (PHI) vs. Washington (5%) – not announced