Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 7
Here we go with the seventh 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, May 13
Reynaldo Lopez (CWS) vs. Cleveland (14%)
Lopez may seem like a puzzling recommendation, especially considering his 6.38 ERA at the moment. Aside from a setback in Fenway Park (we can forgive him for that), Lopez has looked better over the past three weeks. He has allowed three earned runs or less in four of his past five starts, and his ballooned ERA was inflated by a pair of terrible outings to begin the season. It seems like Lopez has settled down, and there’s some strikeout upside with 47 K’s through 42.1 innings so far. He’ll face a Cleveland offense that ranks 29th in wRC+ to begin the season.
Tuesday, May 14
Kyle Gibson (MIN) vs. LA Angels (21%)
I’m officially naming Gibson the mascot of this column. However, there’s a chance he’ll graduate from Streamer University if he keeps overachieving. There’s a good chance Gibson’s actually ownership rate is much higher than the listed 21%. He has two starts this week while coming off three dominant performances over his last four appearances. In summary, you’ll want to snag “Gibby” as soon as possible, as he’ll likely serve as a home favorite against the Angels before taking on the Mariners later in the week.
Wednesday, May 15
Lance Lynn (TEX) at Kansas City (8%)
This is not an exciting pick. The “other option” in Tanner Roark is not an exciting pick either. I won’t be offended if you leave both of them in the free agent pool. Trust me, I get it! In the event that you’re desperate, Lance Lynn makes the lesser of all low-owned pitching evils on Wednesday. He’ll shift to a pitcher-friendly park in Kansas City against the Royals’ subpar offense. Most of Lynn’s struggles have come at home, so maybe we’ll see his good side in KC.
Other Options: Tanner Roark (CIN) vs. CHC (15%)
Thursday, May 16
Eric Lauer (SD) vs. Pittsburgh (14%)
If the other listed options (Bassitt or Turnbull) are available in your league, I’d roll with them over Lauer. However, the San Diego lefty should be available in most player pools, and he’s not a bad play on Thursday. Petco Park is reasonably kind to pitchers, and Lauer will take the bump against a Pirates team that ranks 24th in wRC+ at 81.
Friday, May 17
C.C. Sabathia (NYY) vs. Tampa Bay (29%)
Other streaming options like Pablo Lopez and Merrill Kelly have better matchups, but Sabathia comes with more reliability. The veteran lefty won’t pitch deep into the game, but he could realistically give you a handful of strikeouts with legitimate chance to secure a victory. Don’t expect a ton of upside, but Sabathia probably won’t hurt your fantasy squad either.
Saturday, May 18
Lucas Giolito (CWS) vs. Toronto (13%)
This is definitely a risk/reward play, and you’ll need to assess if Giolito is worth the danger. The White Sox righty was one of the worst full-time starters from last season, but he has actually looked better as of late. He’ll start at Toronto on May 12 and then get a rematch with the Jays in Chicago. Toronto ranks 28th in wRC+ this year, and Giolito could use this double-dip to improve his overall numbers.
Other Options: Griffin Canning (LAA) vs. KC (32%)
Sunday, May 19
Danny Duffy (KC) at LA Angels (5%)
Take note that Gibson could be pitching on Sunday, which feeds the earlier recommendation. If Gibson is already taken or you need additional help, Duffy could be of service. Let’s not forget that the Kansas City southpaw was a borderline dominant pitcher in previous seasons. He’s coming off a shoulder injury, but Duffy has looked good against a pair of legitimate offenses (Houston and Tampa Bay) over his past two starts. He could keep the momentum while facing an Angels’ team that doesn’t have much to offer (vs left-handed pitching) outside of Mike Trout.