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 previous streamers fare?
Well, way back on Tuesday when I last made picks, they did pretty well...
Mike Foltynewicz vs. TOR - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 1 W
Mike Montgomery vs. DET - 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 0 W
Merrill Kelly vs. SDP - 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR, 1 W
Streamers vs. League Average
|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|
I finally have that strikeout per nine over 8.0 K/9, so things are looking up.
RHP Homer Bailey vs. Detroit Tigers (33% owned)
Bailey gets the matchup du jour and is coming in hot, fresh off of stymieing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium (5.2 IP, 9 SO, 3.18 ERA, 0.88 WHIP). The Tigers have a .152 ISO (28th) and 26.9% strikeout rate (30th) in this split. It’s a great matchup for Bailey.
RHP Dinelson Lamet vs. Colorado Rockies (33% owned)
Like Bailey, Lamet is coming off of a useful game, striking out 10 hitters over his five innings against the Giants. Lamet has a 3.89 ERA and 51:16 K:BB over his last seven turns, totaling 37 innings during that stretch. It appears the return from Tommy John is going pretty darn well. The Rockies strike out 23.0% of the time, and this game is in San Diego—which theoretically helps Lamet keep the ball in the yard. I like him as the No. 2 option behind Bailey today.
LHP Brock Burke at Baltimore Orioles (22% owned)
Burke has allowed only 13 hits and a .203 BAA over his first 18 innings (four starts). Burke has a 1.50 ERA over those four turns, with nary a win to show for his efforts. His opponent, Dylan Bundy, is occasionally a streaming candidate, but not today at home against the powerful Rangers. If Burke can offer some length, he should give us some strikeouts and a chance at a win. We like picking on Baltimore, and the Orioles are worse against lefties, at least with regard to ISO (.160) and strikeout rate (24.7%). Burke will likely improve on his 11:6 K:BB ratio today.
If you’re wondering, I am out on Framber Valdez against Seattle. I wouldn’t take him over any of the aforementioned guys. Valdez might improve upon his 7.11 ERA as a starter today, but I’m certainly not going to bank on a good turn, not even against the Mariners. His 62.0% ground ball rate is impressive, but he walks too many hitters (12.1%) and when he does allow fly balls they are going out of the park (28.1% HR/FB%). He doesn’t miss enough bats for me to take him on today.
Who did I miss? Who are you starting or avoiding today?