It looks like there will be a limited amount of quality streaming options this Friday. Former All-Stars Matt Cain (24.7%) and Francisco Liriano (26.5%) look to be interesting options for Friday, but they were left off the list due to the amount of uncertainty surrounding them. I would also like to apologize for not being able to put out a streamers list for 5/4/17. I had my last two final exams yesterday, but now I will hopefully be able to continue to put out these lists on a daily basis. If there are any fantasy baseball topics you would like to see covered, feel free to write in the comments below and I will see what I can do. I appreciate you taking the time to read the articles I have been posting, and welcome any feedback you may have. Now let’s jump into today’s streaming options!
*All owned percentages are based on ESPN Leagues
Chad Kuhl vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3.9% Owned)
2017: 23 IP, 6.26 ERA, 3.78 FIP, 7.43 K/9, 4.70 BB/9, 0.39 HR/9, .264 AVG
Career vs. Active Brewers: .250/.300/.321, 0 HR, 30 PA
Career @ PNC Park: .351/.459/.595, 5 HR, 160 PA
Kuhl has been off to a rocky start to begin the season, but his 3.78 FIP this season looks a lot more promising than his 6.26 ERA he currently carries. Kuhl is usually not a strikeout pitcher, but he is facing a Brewers lineup that has the 3rd most strikeouts in the majors this season. He has had some command issues early on in the season, but do not let that deter you from picking him up on waivers as his career 2.12 BB/9 is way above average, especially for his age. He has struggled at his home park over his career which could be problematic if this trend continues on Friday. He has however been great at limiting the long ball, which makes him a perfect candidate to face the power hungry Brewers. The main question going into Friday will be Kuhl’s command, but as long as he can come back to his 2016 form he should come out of the game with a quality start.
Jimmy Nelson @ Pittsburgh Pirates (5.7% Owned)
2017: 28.2 IP, 5.34 ERA, 4.41 FIP, 7.22 K/9, 3.14 BB/9, 1.26 HR/9, .296 AVG
Career vs. Active Pirates: .242/.345/.295, 1 HR, 169 PA
Career @ PNC Park: .214/.339/.265, 1 HR, 119 PA
What!?!? Are you really picking two pitchers scheduled to face off against each other? Yes, yes I am. This is mostly to due with the lack of match-ups I had mentioned early, and I also look more for quality starts than for wins when I pick my streamers. Another reason why Nelson makes this list is because of how dominant he has been against the Pirates, especially when he pitches at PNC Park. The Pirates have lost Marte and have the 5th worst OPS in the National League so far this season, so it looks very promising for Nelson going into Friday. However, batters have only hit 14.1% of batted balls with soft contact this year against Nelson, but as long as the Pirates power struggles continue Nelson should come out on top.
Lance Lynn @ Atlanta Braves (57.8% Owned)
2017: 29.1 IP, 2.45 ERA, 4.34 FIP, 7.67 K/9, 3.07 BB/9, 1.23 HR/9, .204 AVG
Career vs. Active Braves: .229/.265/.271, 0 HR, 100 PA
Career @ Turner Field: .267/.283/.616, 0 HR, 47 PA
Lynn has been very good this year, and he will look to continue his strong 2017 campaign against the Braves on Friday. Active Braves have really struggled to hit against Lynn over his career, but they have had some success against him when he pitches at Turner Field. If your pitching rotation has been cursed with the 10 Day-DL like mine, then Lynn could be a good fill in while you wait for your pitchers to return. There is some injury concern surrounding Lynn. With that being said, Lynn is a very solid starting pitcher who could be one of the best sleepers in 2017.
Tom Koehler @ New York Mets (1.8 % Owned)
2017: 25 IP, 5.40 ERA, 6.40 FIP, 7.20 K/9, 3.96 BB/9, 2.52 HR/9, .289 AVG
Career vs. Active Mets: .300/.393/.525, 9 HR, 254 PA
Career @ Citi Field: .262/.348/.421, 0 HR, 224 PA
The Mets will look to break there early season slump against Koehler and the Marlins on Friday. Active Mets players have absolutely killed the Marlins when he is on the mound by posting an OPS above .800. Koehler has not has that much more success when he pitches at Citi Field as the Mets OPS against him is just below the .800 mark. When looking at potential streamers for Friday, fantasy owners should be cautious when they see Koehler’s name.
Who are you most likely to stream on Friday?
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Chad Kuhl vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Jimmy Nelson vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Lance Lynn vs. Atlanta Braves