Starting Pitchers to Stream – The St. Louis G-Men

I apologize for the late submission and missing the first couple days, of the week. The important time to stream at the end of the week anyways when matchups have taken shape Am I right or am I, right? Ok, here’s the list, I’ve added a few extra so your pleasure.

Joey Lucchesi (SD), 18% at Home vs SEA, Wednesday 8/29
Seattle in an NL park means no Nelson Cruz (at least as a starter). The Mariners without Nelson Cruz are an average at best offensive team. San Diego’s park, while not the hitter’s nightmare it’s been in years past, is still a poor hitter’s park. Lucchesi has not been great in the second half but much of that is due to poor starts against the Diamondbacks who he’s seen a number of times and the second time he faced the Mets. Lucchesi’s funky delivery and churve (change-curve) has given teams fits in the initial matchups. While a win will be hard to come by, a 6 IP QS, with around 6 strikeouts is in the cards. STREAM

If he’s available, go with Matt Boyd (28% owned). I know his ownership shot up to 30%, especially with his recent performance, plus he’s facing a very weak Kansas City team in Kauffman Stadium.

John Gant (STL), 8% at Home vs PIT, Thursday, 8/30
What do we make of John Gant? He’s got a pretty good fastball with a decent changeup, but his curveball has not been successful. The last time Gant faced the Pirates, they made him walk the plank. That’s in PNC Park though, Gant seems to like his home cookin’ where the jean shorts and tank tops are a-plenty. I was impressed by Gant’s last start in Colorado where he managed a 15.5% swinging strike rate and a 56% ground ball rate. I like the momentum and the Pirates have an awful .296 wOBA in the last 30 days. STREAM.

Austin Gomber (STL), 19% at Home vs CIN, Friday 8/31
Gomber has been nothing short of fantastic for the surging Cardinals in the second half. He’s given up a total of 3 earned runs (4 runs total) in his last 4 starts. That’s impressive especially when you consider his starts were in Colorado, in LAD, and at home against the Nationals. Gomber isn’t a guy who will pile up the strikeouts but he appears to have gotten sprinkled with a little of that Cardinals’ Devil Magic. I like Gomber at home where he’s more than 1.00 ERA better and the Reds on the road are not all that intimidating. STREAM

Andrew Suarez (SF), 7% at Home vs NYM, Friday, 8/31
Suarez is my backup option to Gomber and at only 7% owned, he’s available in most deep leagues. The Mets are pretty horrible offensively even though they just got back Jay Bruce (LOL) and Brandon Nimmo (who is actually good). I don’t love Suarez overall profile, but this is a travel day for the Mets who must travel across country with a three hour time change. Can you say jet lag? I like Suare at home in deep leagues. STREAM 14-team and deeper

Steven Matz (NYM), 13% on the road vs SF, Saturday, 9/1
The Giants are without Buster Posey for the rest of the season. Who is the Giants best hitter now? Brandon Crawford? Matz has not been good, I’m not arguing otherwise. This is kind of a weakness vs weakness. The Giants as a team have a .271 wOBA in the last 30 days, good (bad) for second to last in MLB. Their 24% K rate in that time frame is 5th highest. Matz is set up for a success in this start. Matz just handled the Giants at home a week ago and has two good starts in a row. I’m rolling the dice here, it’s risky but you don’t win by avoiding taking risks. STREAM

Anthony DeSclafani (CIN), 21% on the road vs STL, Sunday 9/2
DeSclafani gets the Cardinals on the road and prior to the game against the Cubs had strung together 3 straights starts with 1 earned run or less. On one hand, DeSclafani has a .267 BABIP, on the other hand, he’s not walking anyone, and on the third hand (that would be weird), he’s giving up 1.9 HR/9. There appears to be too much hard contact and not enough weak contact with Tony Disco. Plus the Cardinals have his number compiling 15 hits and 8 earned runs in only 8.1 IP this year. STAY AWAY

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