Fantasy Baseball: Week 2 Pitching Streamers

(Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

With the funky opening week scheduling now behind us we finally have some clarity on how most teams will handle their rotations moving forward. So with that in mind, here are my best week 2 pitching streamers. As you’ll see I’m really targeting the Padres-Phillies series. (Note: all players listed are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues, though most are owned in far less than that).

Kendall Graveman (4/12 vs. LAA) – 2% owned

Graveman delivered a strong performance against the White Sox in his season debut, going 5.1 innings and allowing 2 runs. He gave up only 3 hits and one walk and likely would have gotten a quality start had he not been pulled after 84 pitches. His velocity is up this season and I expect him to deliver a solid outing at home against a weak Angels lineup largely defunct of left handed power.

Jerad Eickhoff (4/13 vs. SD) – 27% owned

Eickoff was mediocre in last week’s start against the Mets, but his stat line for that game is somewhat misleading. He didn’t give up much hard contact and was really mostly done in by location struggles. This consequently drove up his pitch count, limited his strikeouts and ultimately caused him to leave the game after only 5 innings. This issue seems easily correctable however as his performance last season gives no indication of control problems. A home start against a light hitting Padres team should be exactly what Eickoff needs to get back on track.

Drew Pomeranz (4/14 @PHI) – 19% owned

Pomeranz’s line from his last outing looks considerably better when you factor in that it was at Coors Field. In 5 innings of work he gave up only 4 hits while striking out 7 in an obvious degree of difficulty matchup. And while Citizens Bank is also a favorable hitters park, it’s a far cry from Colorado. The Phillies lineup doesn’t have anyone who scares you beyond Maikel Franco so I expect Pomeranz to deliver a strong performance.

Vincent Velasquez (4/14 vs. SD) – 45% owned

Sticking with this game, Pomeranz’s counter-part on the mound is an even more enticing option. Velasquez was dominant in his last start, throwing 6 shutout innings to go along with 9 strikeouts and there’s no reason to think that trend won’t continue this week. His prospect pedigree is validation that the skills are real and the Padres are currently among the most favorable matchups for any pitcher. Remember they’ve yet to score a run outside of Coors field.

Chris Young (4/16 @OAK) – 15% owned

Young is always an intriguing streamer in the right matchup, as is the case here. The A’s have struggled to score runs in the early season and the ballpark plays well given Young’s fly ball tendencies. This isn’t a pitcher with massive strikeout upside and he likely won’t pitch too deep into the game, but he’s got a good chance at a win and is safe in ERA and WHIP.

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