Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 19
Here we go with the 19th week of finding ignored pitchers turned serviceable for a day. Please take note that pitching rotations are always fluid (especially with trades looming), 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 under 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, August 5
Jeff Samardzija (SF) vs. Washington (44%)
Samardzija has a pair of home starts this week, so he’s certainly in the streaming conversation for this double-dip in his pitcher-friendly ballpark. Facing the Nationals represents a mediocre matchup, but we can take comfort in the fact that the San Francisco righty has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts. His ownership is creeping up, so check your waiver wire sooner than later.
Tuesday, August 6
Anibal Sanchez (WAS) at San Francisco (39%)
Sanchez is another hurler who will benefit from San Francisco’s spacious atmosphere. It doesn’t hurt that the Giants rank 28th in wRC+ either. Sanchez has been up and down lately, but he pinned down the Dodgers for three hits and one earned run with six strikeouts through seven innings on July 26. In other words, there’s plenty of life in his arm, and he should excel in this draw.
Wednesday, August 7
Ivan Nova (CWS) vs. Detroit (9%)
You could go after the ascending likes of Jason Vargas on Wednesday, but don’t forget about Nova. The White Sox righty has gotten shelled for the better part of the season. However, he has piled up three straight quality starts with two earned runs allowed through 20 innings with 13 total strikeouts over that span. He’ll take the bump against a Detroit team that ranks dead last in wRC+ with the highest strikeout rate in baseball (26.3%).
Other Options: Jason Vargas (PHI) at ARI (25%)
Thursday, August 8
Danny Duffy (KC) at Detroit (13%)
Let’s keep picking on the lowly Tigers, as they host Duffy and the Royals on Thursday. I’ve mentioned this several times through the year, but the Kansas City lefty has clearly fallen from borderline “ace” status. Having said that, he’s still a quality hurler who is more than capable of delivering a strong fantasy performance. I’m confident he will come through in the best matchup possible.
Friday, August 9
Gio Gonzalez (MIL) vs. Texas (17%)
It’s no secret that Texas is bad against left-handed pitching, as the Rangers rank 23rd in wRC+ with the fourth-highest strikeout rate (26.0%) in that regard. Milwaukee’s veteran southpaw, Gonzalez, has pitched through injuries this season, but he could post a strong bounce-back performance with a victory in this noteworthy draw.
Saturday, August 10
Jeff Samardzija (SF) vs. Philadelphia (44%)
Here we go again with Samardjiza. This matchup essentially mirrors his Monday start against the Nationals, as Philadelphia also ranks middle-of-the-pack in a majority of the crucial hitting categories. Samardzija could maintain his hot streak against the Phillies (assuming he kept things in check on Monday), as pitching in Oracle Park adds a layer of security to this streaming option.
Sunday, August 11
Chris Bassitt (OAK) at Chicago White Sox (27%)
Remember earlier when I mentioned Detroit holding the highest strikeout rate in baseball? Well, the White Sox are right behind them at 25.9%. Bassitt started the season strong, regressed, and then came back into form with quality starts in three of his past four. Those three outings came against Milwaukee, Minnesota, and the same White Sox (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s on July 13) team he’ll see next Sunday. I’m expecting history to repeat itself in Chicago.