Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 4
Here we go with the fourth 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, so be sure to double-check the official announcements as we move closer to each date. 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!
Monday, April 22
Brad Peacock (HOU) vs. Minnesota (43%)
Mondays and Thursdays are usually tough to stream due to shortened slates. This week provides no exception to that rule. Peacock is in line to start against the Twins on Monday, but it doesn’t seem like he’ll work deep into the game after serving as a reliever in previous weeks. There’s a chance he’ll go five innings while positioning himself for a win, but that’s far from a guarantee against this respectable Twins offense.
Other Options: Mike Minor (TEX) at OAK (48%)
Tuesday, April 23
Zach Davies (MIL) at St. Louis (20%)
Davies had a tough time with walks his first few starts, but he has cut back with only three free passes over his last two outings. Even more impressive is the fact that he has allowed just one earned run with eight strikeouts through 12 innings in those games. Both of them came against the mighty Dodgers’ offense as well. Things won’t get much easier while traveling to St. Louis for this matchup, but at least he’ll escape his home hitter-friendly ballpark. Making matters even better, Davies is a candidate for two starts this week (see Sunday).
Wednesday, April 24
C.C. Sabathia (NYY) at LA Angels (23%)
This could be the last call for Sabathia in this column. His ownership rate spiked from 12% last week, but I’m expecting an even bigger jump as we move closer to his start on Wednesday. The veteran lefty has tossed 10 scoreless innings through both starts this season while racking up eight strikeouts along the way. He’ll need to worry about Mike Trout when traveling to Los Angeles this week, but the rest of the Angels’ lineup doesn’t scare me. Sabathia probably won’t stay healthy throughout the entire season, but he’s worth an add if he keeps mowing down hitters like his first two outings.
Thursday, April 25
Trevor Cahill (LAA) vs. NY Yankees (18%)
What did I say in the first write-up? Mondays and Thursdays are not good for streaming pitchers! You could try your luck with Cahill against the Yankees in this spot, but I would probably wait for better situations as we head into the weekend. There’s some merit with Cahill posting serviceable lines to begin the season, and he’s pitching at home against a banged-up Yankees’ offense. He’s a pure risk/reward streamer if you are into that kind of thing.
Other Options: Caleb Smith (MIA) at PHI (41%)
Friday, April 26
Jerad Eickhoff (PHI) vs. Miami (3%)
You might want to be ahead of the curve on this one, ready to strike whenever the Phillies announce Eickhoff as their starter. Nick Pivetta was optioned to Triple-A, and Eickhoff will take his place in the rotation. He’ll get a start at Colorado on Sunday, but I like him in this spot against Miami even if he bombs against the Rockies. He should check in as a solid home favorite while facing a Marlins team that ranks bottom five in wOBA to begin the season.
Saturday, April 27
Erik Swanson (SEA) vs. Texas (2%)
Swanson lost his MLB debut, but he looked strong while allowing just one earned run on two hits with five strikeouts in six innings against Cleveland. Seattle hasn’t officially announced that he’ll stay in the rotation, but you’d think the 25-year-old righty has earned a spot while Wade LeBlanc continues to recover. Whenever Swanson gets to start this week (at SD or vs. TEX), he’s worth a look.
Sunday, April 28
Jake Odorizzi (MIN) vs. Baltimore (12%)
Odorizzi is one of the more volatile options in the streaming universe. He had a few blowup outings at the Mets and Phillies earlier this year, but he has been sensational in two home starts against Cleveland and Toronto. There’s a chance we’ll see his good side against a subpar Baltimore offense in Target Field on Sunday. Odorizzi will start earlier in the week at Houston, but I don’t trust him enough in that spot.