Not meant to be an epic, the Streamer Report will provide you with a few starting pitcher selections and then call it a proverbial day. The criteria is starting pitchers who are 50% owned or less in Yahoo leagues. We’ll consider matchup, track record versus opponent, recent performance, and more.
How did yesterday’s streamers perform?
Vince Velasquez at San Francisco: 5.0 IP, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 2 homers
Spencer Turnbull vs. Kansas City: 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 1 homer
Andrew Heaney at Boston: 3 2⁄3 IP, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 0 homers
I figured Heaney might be limited as far as innings goes, but I reiterate that I like him as a guy you can keep for the rest of the season.
Streamer performance on the season:
31 1⁄3 innings, 28 hits, 16 earned runs, 12 walks, 22 strikeouts, 7 homers allowed
That’s a 4.59 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 6.52 K/9, and 3.44 BB/9. We can definitely get better.
Ryan Yarbrough is at Seattle, but he was 49% on Saturday night and over our 50% threshold by Sunday morning (51%). Still a worthy play, but doesn’t fit our criteria.
Chris Bassitt at Chicago White Sox (45% owned)
The White Sox have 91 homers against right-handed pitching, ranking 27th in the MLB. The Sox also have the worst strikeout rate in this split, at 26.5%. Lastly, the Sox are one of only three teams with below a .300 wOBA versus right-handed pitching, at .293. Only the Tigers (.287) and Marlins (.282) are worse. Meanwhile, Bassitt is having his best year as a pro, with a career-high 8.52 K/9 and 3.29 BB/9. Not amazing marks, but solid enough in the right matchup. It may not seem like it, but today is the right matchup. Bassitt and the Athletics are favored on the road despite the presence of Lucas Giolito on the mound for the Sox.
Dinelson Lamet vs. Colorado Rockies (28% owned)
Rockies only have 94 homers versus righties this year, ranking 24th in the MLB. The 23.0% strikeout rate ranks 19th against right-handers (meaning 18 teams have better strikeout rates). The Rockies also rank 27th in wRC+, with a mark of only 82. Now remember that a 100 wRC+ is considered average, and know that Lamet is coming off of pitching seven scoreless innings against Seattle. Lamet has only pitched 30 innings in 2019, but he has 42 strikeouts—good for a 32.6% K-rate. I’m firing him up in my DFS lineups if the price is right.
Jakob Junis at Detroit (21% owned)
The Tigers have 86 homers vs right-handed pitching, ranking 28th. They also rank third-worst in strikeout rate against righties, at 26.0%. Like Bassitt, Junis doesn’t have great strikeout ability (8.46 K/9). But the whiff-happy tendencies of the Tigers give him a bit more upside than normal. It’s also encouraging that Junis’ bane has been home runs, but the Tigers don’t hit many of those. This is a team without Nicholas Castellanos (traded) and Christin Stewart (hurt). And they were bad already, even with those guys. Stream away.
One last name to fling out, not as a streamer but as a super-cheap SP2 consideration on DraftKings: Steven Brault. Brault won’t wow you with his strikeout ability (around 20%) and he walks too many batters, but for only 4700 against the Cardinals, I could see it. That would allow you to weave in some pretty powerful bats—looking at you, Aaron Judge.
Who are you guys streaming or using as a cheap SP2 in your DFS lineups today?