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Taijuan Walker, Jeremy Hellickson and Other Streaming Options for Friday, 5/19/17

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Taijuan Walker will look to continue his 2017 dominance against the San Diego Padres on Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Streamer

Taijuan Walker @ San Diego Padres (57.1% Owned)

2017: 46 IP, 3.91 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 8.41 K/9, 2.93 BB/9, 0.78 HR/9, .255 AVG
Career vs. Active Padres: .200/.214/.375, 1 HR, 40 PA
Career @ Petco Park: .053/.100/.053, 0 HR, 20 PA

Walker has had a good amount of success to start the 2017 season, and he will look to continue this success against the Padres on Friday. This is mostly due to his 2017 HR/9 nearly dropping 0.50 points from last seasons. Walker is going up against a Padres team on Friday that has a .696 OPS against right-handed pitchers, which ranks 23rd in the major leagues this season. Walker also has the ability to accumulate a high number of strikeouts as he owns a career SwStr of 9.9%. This should be true on Friday as the Padres own the 3rd highest amount of strikeouts against right-handers this year with 282. The Padres will most likely struggle to get quality hits against Walker giving the Diamondbacks the win on Friday.

Jeremy Hellickson @ Pittsburgh Pirates (49.9% Owned)

2017: 43.2 IP, 3.71 ERA, 5.65 FIP, 3.71 K/9, 1.65 BB/9, 1.85 HR/9, .237 AVG
Career vs. Active Pirates: .147/.216/.191, 0 HR, 73 PA
Career @ PNC Park: .150/.190/.400, 1 HR, 21 PA

The Pirates are a team who hold the third lowest amount of strikeouts against right-handers, and with Hellickson only averaging 3.71 K/9 you may be wondering why I made this pick. Yes, Hellickson will most likely struggle to rack up strikeouts against the slap hitting Pirates, but the Pirates also hold the third lowest OPS against right-handers in 2017. With that being said, Hellickson will not be a good strikeout option, but he should come out with a quality start on Friday.

Tyler Anderson @ Cincinnati Reds (4.3% Owned)

2017: 42.0 IP, 6.43 ERA, 5.21 FIP, 9.00 K/9, 3.00 BB/9, 2.14 HR/9, .282 AVG
Career vs. Active Reds: .000/.000/.000, 0 HR, 3 PA
Career @ Great America Ballpark: N/A

Anderson has had a very poor start to the 2017 season. This is due to his ground ball percent dropping from an impressive 50.9% from last season to a 39.0% in 2017. On Friday however, Anderson is going up against a Reds team that does not feature a whole lot of power bats. Yes, Suarez and Schebler have started the season off with a bang, but I expect as the season goes on pitchers will figure out how to pitch to them leading to declining numbers from the Reds’ hitters.

Dreamer

Eddie Butler vs. Brewers (7.7% Owned)

2017: 6.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2.87 FIP, 7.50 K/9, 4.50 BB/9, 0.00 HR/9, .100 AVG
Career vs. Active Brewers: .200/.333/.200, 0 HR, 6 PA
Career @ Wrigley Field: .313/.421/.688, 2 HR, 21 PA

If you like home runs and hate the Cubs, then this is the game for you. The Brewers are first in home runs this season with 65, and with a pitcher who has averaged 1.52 home runs per nine innings over his career this trend should continue on Friday. Now the Brewers are second in strikeouts this season with 385, but I would still be cautious on Butler as his SwStr is only 7.0%. Butler did pitch a six inning shutout in his first start this season, so maybe we are finally seeing Butler reach his full potential in 2017. I would hate to go against the almighty Theo Epstein, but with Butler’s track record the Brewers should grab a W against the reigning world champs.

Poll

Who are you most likely to stream on Friday?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Taijuan Walker vs. San Diego Padres
    (10 votes)
  • 20%
    Jeremy Hellickson vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
    (3 votes)
  • 13%
    Tyler Anderson vs. Cincinnati Reds
    (2 votes)
15 votes total Vote Now