Streaming Options 7/2 – 7/7: Hell-Boy & Estrada Blast from the Past

Since I got this up a bit later than normal, I won’t waste your time with worthless rambling. Let’s see what streaming options we have over the Independence Day Holiday. I don’t love the streaming options this week with limited strikeout upside, but the ratios should be solid. Make sure you grab your streamers early in case you plan on tying one on during the holiday week.

Nathan Eovaldi (TB) 9% Away vs MIA, Monday July 2nd
This one seems like an easy call. Except that the Marlins are actually middle of the road offensively the last 30 days. That’s ok, because the Marlins have been worse at home with a sub-.295 wOBA. Eovaldi averages nearly 98 mph on his fastball and it’s been very effective at getting weak contact. On the season, he’s nearly given up 25% soft contact which would be top 10% if he qualified. Unfortunately, Eovaldi doesn’t have the secondary offerings to get swings and misses, but he’s also always around the zone and not walking batters. This is a low-risk, low-reward option. But I’m rolling with it, STREAM

Anthony DeSclafani (CIN) 10% Home vs CWS, Tuesday July 3rd
Great American Ballpark is not a great place to pitch in the summer. But get this, in the last 30 days, the White Sox have the highest strikeout rate and the lowest walk rate in MLB. They are also rocking a .282 wOBA as a team in that time. DeSclafani has not been great but his velocity is good and his slider has registered positive results. I believe he turns a solid outing against the struggling White Sox. STREAM

Marco Estrada (TOR) 19% Home vs NYM, Tuesday July 3rd
Let’s be clear, it’s been a rough year for Estrada, the strikeouts are down, he’s giving up more fly balls and it’s led to a 4.52 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. However, in June he has a 2.35 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP and even the strikeouts have rebounded. Estrada is walking less batters this year compared to 2017, down to 6.4% on the season. Home runs are a concern but the Mets are bad. In the month of June the Mets are hitting .210 as a team! They are only averaging one HR/game last month, so I think Estrada is good for about 7 IP with a couple ER and 5-6 Ks. STREAM

Jeremy Hellickson (WAS) 22% Home vs MIA, Thursday July 5th
Oh look, another low strikeout option. NHe’s not exciting either, but Hellickson has been useful this year and can keep hitters off balance. He only throws 90 mph but his arsenal has five pitches all of which he throw more than 10% of the time. I like Hellickson at home where he sports a 1.65 ERA, yes in limited sample (16.1 IP), but I believe Hell-boy can get through a weak Miami lineup three times on his way to a easy victory. The Nationals bats are too talented to continue this offensive slump. Let’s STREAM

Steven Matz (NYM) 20% Home vs TB, Saturday July 7th
Maybe Matz is our strikeout upside option this week? Matz just handled the Marlins on Sunday with 6 Ks in 5.2 IP on his way to a win. A home start against the Rays look awfully tasty. I understand that the Rays are better with the bats than anticipated but over the past month they have a nearly 26% K rate and a .285 wOBA. Combine that with a .118 ISO as a team and I could see a dominate outing from Matz. I just hope he can get some run support. Either way, I’m in, STREAM.

Starting Pitcher Streaming Options Week 6

Welcome back to this week’s addition of streamers for week 6 of the fantasy baseball season. I hope you were able to stream Trevor Cahill this week, he completely dominated and bolstered the numbers for this week. We still have Marco Estrada going today, so let’s hope for a win. Here’s how we did last week.

1 Win, 2.25 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 33 Ks in 24 IP. It’s too bad we didn’t get more wins, but those ratios and strikeouts will help in all leagues.

Here’s how the streaming options have performed for the entire season to date from this site.

4 Wins, 2.87 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 112 Ks in 125 2/3 IP

That’s all the streamers 25% owned or less in Yahoo/ESPN consensus ownership via FantasyPros. Those wins have been elusive, but at least we are getting great ratios! If you enjoy these, give me a follow on Twitter @FreezeStats.
Moving to week 6, there’s literally nothing I like on Monday 5/7. I could see Jarlin Garca performing well against the Cubs with the Cubs scuffling right now, but he’s owned in over 25% of leagues.

Jeremy Hellickson (WAS) 2% Away v SD Tuesday 5/8
Hellickson is not a good pitcher. However, his team, the Nationals is a very good team and his homer happy ways get to pitch in cavernous Petco Park. While he’s not striking out batters, he’s locating his pitches well and getting a lot weak contact. He’s limiting walks and limiting home runs by inducing more ground balls that he typically does. I’m looking for a solid 6 IP with maybe 4 Ks and a couple ER as he walks away with a win. That’s good enough for me to STREAM.

Mike Minor (TEX) 9% Home v Det Tuesday 5/8
I’d actually prefer this one on the road but beggars can’t be choosers. His SwStr rate tells me that his strikeouts should be better and he’s really not walking many hitters. He’s finally stretched out as he’s gone 6 IP each of the last two starts. I think he’s got upside against a weak Detroit lineup especially if Miggy can’t go. There’s some risk of a blowup but I’m rolling with it thinking of a 7 K upside and decent ratios. STREAM

Vincent Velasquez (PHI) 10% Home vs SF Thursday 5/10
VV finally turned in a solid start yesterday got my 5 IP with 1 ER and earned the win. Sure it came with 4 walks but that’s why he’s on the wire. But check this out, his K% is 25% and his BB.% is only 7%. xStats absolutely loves him and pegs him for a mid-3 ERA pitcher thus far. There’s always walk and HR risks with Velazquez but I’m using him here, his velocity is up and he looks healthy. STREAM

Caleb Smith (MIA) 17% Home vs ATL Thursday 5/10
On one hand he’s striking out 33% of the batters he faces, on the other hand he’s walking 12% of them, on the third hand who the hell is this guy? Don’t get me wrong I’m impressed by how well he’s done thus far in the season but he allows a lot of fly balls and a lot hard contact. At some point when you mix hard fly balls (get those checked out) with walks you got problems. Atlanta’s got a few patient hitters and the young core scares me; even veteran Nick Markakis is mashing right now. I’m guessing this one goes sideways. STAY AWAY

Marco Gonzalez (SEA) 9% Away vs DET Friday 5/11
So, Marco was ok last night as he went 6 IP 4 ER 7 K. That was against the Angels, and it was one rough inning (the 6th), now he get to go to Comerica to face the Detroit Tigers. Do we really need to analyze this one? A ground ball pitcher who gets decent Ks and walks no one against one of the worse offensive clubs? Yeah, ok let’s roll. STREAM

Kyle Gibson (SEA) 18% Away vs LAA Saturday 5/12
More Kyle Gibson! Did you know he is 6’6″? Wow he’s tall. Ok, let’s get to it. Gibson’s strikeouts are up, his home runs against are down but his walks are up. Basically, he’s not giving up as much contact as in the past. While I like what’s doing this year, I don’t think I want any part of him on the road against the Angels. If this was at home , I’d consider it. There could be a couple of long balls in this one on the Angels side (maybe one from Trout) and with the high walk rate, they could turn into 4 or 5 runs. I envision a 5 IP 4 ER 2.00 WHIP and 4 Ks. STAY AWAY