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Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers for Tuesday 8/20: Heaney, Matz, Pineda

Need streaming options for Tuesday? Sure you do!

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Not meant to be an epic, the Streamer Report will provide you with three 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 Sunday’s streamers fare?

Nathan Eovaldi vs. BAL: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
Griffin Canning vs. CWS: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0 HR, 1 W
Thomas Pannone vs. SEA: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR

Pretty rough day, save for Canning. This is the second time Canning has made the streamer list, and he’s a name I’ve added or held onto via my IL slot in many leagues. I love the strikeout stuff so long as he keeps the homers to a minimum.

Streamers vs. League Average

WHO ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9
WHO ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9
STREAMER STATS 4.58 ERA 1.28 WHIP 7.67 K/9 3.09 BB/9
LEAGUE AVERAGE 4.53 ERA 1.32 WHIP 8.54 K/9 2.96 BB/9

Tuesday’s Streamers

Michael Pineda vs. CWS? (48% owned)

12.4% swinging strike rate, the second-highest mark of his career. Pineda doesn’t walk many hitters, with a 1.77 BB/9 on the season. Maybe he’ll help our inflated 3.49 BB/9 mark out a good bit! On the flip side of the mound is the mercurial Reynaldo Lopez, so you know there’s a decent chance that Pineda is pitching with a lead in this one.

LHP Steven Matz vs. CLE (46% owned)

I’m buying the recent hot stretch by Matz more than I’m buying Cleveland as a team I want to attack. This game is at Citi Field, which helps out too. Per MLB.com, Matz has a 3.06 ERA and 31:6 K:BB ratio since July 16th—so it’s safe to say he’s in the zone. Shane Bieber on the other side for Cleveland certainly dampens the probability of a win, but Matz being at home is enticing. Matz has allowed a .282 wOBA and four homers at home, compared to a .362 wOBA and 16 homers on the road.

LHP Andrew Heaney at Texas Rangers (40% owned)

The second game of this double-header is the makeup game due to the passing of Tyler Skaggs. There’s certainly a baseball component here, in that the Rangers strike out 25.9% of the time against southpaws and Heaney has a 10.16 K/9 on the year. However, the reason I’m here is to root for the Halos on a night when I am certain that emotions will once again be heavy. Some things are bigger than baseball. No disrespect to the Rangers, but join me in rooting for Heaney and the Angels on Tuesday night!

***Update: Heaney is now starting Game 1 of the double-header instead of Game 2. Shouldn’t matter for streaming purposes, but just throwing it out there.***