Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 8 (2021)
Let’s get right into it this week.
Here’s how I did last week, May 14-20. (May 21-23 will be included in next week’s article):
- Chris Flexen: W 1, L 0, QS 0, ER 1, K 0, BB 1
- Shane McClanahan: W 1, L 0, QS 0, ER 4, K 7, BB 1
- Ryan Yarbrough: N/A
- Adbert Alzolay: W 1, L 0, QS 0, ER 3, K 3, BB 0
- Spencer Turnbull: W 1, L 0, QS 1, ER 0, K 9, BB 2
- Johan Oviedo: N/A
- Griffin Canning: W 0, L 1, QS 0, ER 4, K 1, BB 4
- Total: W 4, L 1, QS 1, ER 11, K 17, BB 8
When you stream a guy who throws a no-hitter, it’s tough to walk away disappointed. Thanks, Turnbull. I will say, though, I’m a little disappointed that two scheduled starters didn’t throw and that Flexen failed to strike out a single batter in his win.
Let’s keep the good pace up.
As a reminder, we are looking for pitchers who are rostered in less than 30 percent of Yahoo leagues. Occasionally a recommendation will exceed that threshold if they are in a particularly favorable streaming situation.
Let’s get to it for Week 8.
Monday, May 24
Spencer Turnbull (DET) vs. CLE 26%
So the last time we recommended Turnbull, he went out and threw a no-hitter. We’ll chalk that one up as a success. While we shouldn’t expect another performance like that from him, he faces Cleveland, who is equally as bad offensively as the Mariners are. Shockingly, he’s only 26 percent rostered.
Other option: Matt Shoemaker (MIN) vs. BAL 4%
Tuesday, May 25
Kyle Freeland (COL) at NYM 1%
Freeland completed his minor league rehab assignment, and he’s going to make his season debut in New York next week. Truth be told – I don’t love this slate at all. But the Mets are pretty banged up offensively, so I’m fine gambling with Freeland here in deeper leagues.
Other option: Tarik Skubal (DET) vs. CLE 7%
Wednesday, May 26
Johnny Cueto (SF) at ARI 28%
It’s time we take San Francisco seriously, right? Arizona is in the bottom third of the league in team wRC+, setting Cueto up for a sneaky-good matchup Wednesday.
Other option: José Ureña (DET) vs. CLE 5%
Thursday, May 27
Justus Sheffield (SEA) vs. TEX 18%
If we’re looking at results so far, you should place a bet that a no-hitter will take place during this series. Both of these offenses are really, really bad. Gibson is 70 percent rostered, so he’s not eligible. We’ll go with Sheffield, who has been pretty solid in his last seven home games with a 2.59 ERA (h/t NBC Sports Edge).
Other option: Tyler Anderson (PIT) vs. CHC 30%
Friday, May 28
Mitch Keller (PIT) vs. COL 4%
It’s always a gamble starting Keller, well until he gets traded to another team and becomes a Cy Young candidate, but he gets the Rockies at home, outside of Coors Field. I’m reluctantly trusting him.
Other option: Miles Mikolas (STL) at ARI 13%
Saturday, May 29
Alek Manoah (TOR) at CLE 16%
There’s been no official announcement, but we’re just reading through the tea leaves here. Buffalo pushed back Manoah’s latest dominant start in Triple-A, and it just so happened to align with Ross Stripling’s turn in the rotation. I have a pretty good feeling that we’ll see him in Cleveland next weekend for Toronto. Grab him now.
Other option: Corbin Martin (ARI) vs. STL 1%
Sunday, May 30
Justin Dunn (SEA) vs. TEX 4%
I’m not expecting a quality start from Dunn, as he hasn’t made it through the sixth inning in any of his outings this year. He has, however, been pretty solid of late, and this is a perfect matchup for him.
Other option: None
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