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Pitching Streamers for Saturday 8/31: Can Brock Burke keep it going?

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Brock Burke, Martin Perez, Dylan Bundy...and who not to play!

MLB: Game Two-Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

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.

We have amassed 173 23 streamer innings so far, and so far our guys have allowed 156 hits, 85 earned runs, 59 walks, 153 strikeouts, 29 homers, and generated 11 wins. A 7.92 K/9 and 3.05 BB/9...both marks are a little worse than league average. Still, the production thus far is on par with what Luis Castillo gave us in 2018, when he posted 10 wins and a 4.30 ERA. Less strikeouts, of course, but similar wins and ERA. That’s not too shabby.

How did previous streamers fare?

Alex Wood at Miami: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 3 HR
Daniel Norris vs. CLE: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR
Felix Hernandez at TEX: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR

No wins on Thursday, but I also noted that it was a horrible day for streaming and that it was Alex Wood or bust. So hopefully you weren’t desperate enough to look beyond him.

Here’s the production of our streamers so far, compared to the MLB average for all starters:

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

Saturday’s Streamers

Martin Perez at Detroit Tigers (39% owned)

This matchup needs no introduction, and over his last three turns Perez has managed at least five innings and no more than two earned runs. Matt Boyd is formidable on the other side of the hill, but there’s a reason Perez is a road favorite today. Get a cheap piece of that Twins offense as Perez chases his 10th win today.

Brock Burke vs. Seattle Mariners (23% owned)

This isn’t the Seattle offense of the beginning of the year, and Burke is carrying a sparkling 0.75 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over his 12 innings so far (two starts). He’s tossed 94 and 99 pitches in those two turns, and that floor should give him plenty of room to be in line for a possible win as the Rangers get to face Tommy Milone of Seattle.

Dylan Bundy at Kansas City Royals (14% owned)

I’m betting on Bundy’s strikeout ability and the improved locale, as this game is on the road (i.e. not in the hitter’s paradise of Baltimore). For reference, Bundy is allowing a .309 wOBA on the road, compared to a .354 wOBA at home. A .221 batting average on the road, compared to a .289 average at home. His strikeout rate bumps to 25.0% on the road, compared to 21.4% at home. Right-handers are slugging .519 against him, compared to a .430 mark by lefties...the top three hitters (Merrifield, Soler, Dozier) present some risk, but the rest of this lineup is not threatening (and that’s the nice way to say it). I like Bundy today.

And for the record, Framber Valdez is a hot add in Yahoo over the last 24 hours, but please don’t do that to yourself. Here are some other guys that meet our criteria that I’d stream instead of Valdez today: Zach Plesac @ Rays, Joe Ross vs. Marlins, Logan Webb vs. Padres