Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 12
Here we go with the 12th week of finding ignored pitchers turned serviceable for a day. Please take note that pitching rotations are always fluid, 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 I am 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, June 17
Danny Duffy (KC) at Seattle (8%)
Duffy isn’t the most trustworthy option at this stage of his career, so you may want to consider your weekly options before picking him up. Assuming you have appropriately weighed the risk, he has a path toward upside while facing a Mariners offense that carries the fourth-highest strikeout rate at 25%. On the other hand, Seattle also ranks fourth in wRC+ while standing in as one of baseball’s better home run hitting clubs. In other words, Duffy is the definition of a risk/reward streaming option.
Other Options: None
Tuesday, June 18
Trevor Williams (PIT) vs. Detroit (32%)
Williams hasn’t pitched an MLB game since May 16 due to a side injury. He reportedly felt good in a Triple-A start last Thursday while allowing two runs with five strikeouts through three innings (71 pitches). He should be ready to go for this meeting with the Tigers, which represents one of the best possible matchups for any hurler. Detroit currently ranks 27th in wRC+ with the second-highest strikeout rate at 26.2%.
Other Options: Tyler Skaggs (LAA) at TOR (27%)
Wednesday, June 19
Merrill Kelly (ARI) vs. Colorado (25%)
I was very surprised to see that Kelly is only 25% owned on Yahoo. Of course, he’s taken in my league, but I can live vicariously through fantasy enthusiasts with the ability to take action on this advice. He is rounding into form after racking up 18 strikeouts with only two earned runs allowed through 22.1 innings over his past three starts. His most recent gem at Philadelphia was very impressive considering the competition. Kelly will square off against the Rockies in this draw, and Colorado’s offense is much worse away from Coors Field. The splits are quite dramatic, as the Rockies have a 102 wRC+ at home compared to a 71 wRC+ on the road (29th in MLB). Kelly will look to take advantage with plenty of wind in his sails.
Thursday, June 20
Michael Wacha (STL) vs. Miami (15%)
Keep an eye on how Wacha performs Saturday night at the Mets, a game that hasn’t been played as of this article’s publication. The St. Louis righty is trying to earn his way back in the rotation, and twirling six scoreless innings with four strikeouts at Miami last Monday was a step in the right direction. If Wacha is granted another start past his meeting with the Mets, he’ll get a rematch against those bottom-feeding Marlins.
Friday, June 21
Dakota Hudson (STL) vs. LA Angels (29%)
Add Hudson to the list of streamers I thought would have a much higher ownership rate. The 24-year-old righty seems to be gaining confidence after allowing two or fewer earned runs in five straight outings. Although he’s a solid bet for a quality start at home against the Angels, Hudson’s alarmingly generous split to left-handed bats will make me nervous when Shohei Ohtani and Tommy La Stella step into the batter’s box. Having said that, Hudson has been relatively tame lately, and he’s playing on a good team.
Saturday, June 22
Mike Fiers (OAK) vs. Tampa Bay (25%)
You won’t brag to your friends about picking up Mr. Fiers, but he could be a serviceable waiver-wire add yet again. The veteran righty has pitched between six and seven innings in five straight games while not allowing more than three earned runs. On the other hand, he has 18 strikeouts through 30.2 innings over that span. See what I mean? He’s not terrible, but not even remotely exciting either. Even his no-hitter earlier this season was pretty lackluster as far as no-hitters go. You get the idea, though. Fiers is nothing more than a filler who probably won’t hurt your fantasy squad, but don’t expect shiny numbers.
Other Options: Spencer Turnbull (DET) at CLE (41%)
Sunday, June 23
Adrian Sampson (TEX) vs. Chicago White Sox (22%)
Both Sampson and teammate Ariel Jurado (listed on Friday) have been pitching better lately. Sampson got roughed up (6 ER, 5 IP) at Boston last Thursday, but he pinned down Oakland and Kansas City to a combined two earned runs with 18 strikeouts through 16 innings in his two previous starts. There’s a chance he’ll get back to that level when facing a White Sox offense that ranks 19th in wRC+ with the fourth-highest (25%) strikeout rate.
Other Options: Michael Pineda (MIN) at KC (12%)