Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 Pitching Streamers

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Week 5 pitching streamers are here! Several teams have off-days on Monday and Thursday this week so we have a few less options to choose from than usual. That said this factor also increases the advantage gained from hitting on some of these picks.

Steven Wright (5/3) @CWS) – 33% owned

A road start against the White Sox sure doesn’t seem like an ideal spot for streaming, but you can’t view knuckleballers the same way you do other pitchers. Wright has gone at least 6 innings in each of his starts this year and held the opposition to two runs or less every time. While the implosion risk with a knuckleballer is always elevated, it also serves to mitigate tougher matchups. The 8.62 K/9 gives Wright a solid floor and I’m ready to keep riding this hot streak while it lasts.

Tyler Chatwood (5/4 @SD) – 6% owned

He threw 6.1 shutout innings in his last outing in Arizona and this is certainly a much easier match-up. Chatwood is also 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA and 0.94 WHIP away from Coors so far this season. While the strikeout upside is limited here, all other factors are favorable. Additionally, Chatwood’s win probability in this game is higher than usual for a Rockies pitcher.

Adam Conley (5/5 vs. ARZ) – 18% owned

We’re dealing with a limited slate on Thursday, which makes Conley a clear standout. The young southpaw no-hit the Brewers over 7.2 innings in his last outing and has 7 or more strikeouts in 3 of his 4 starts. The consistency is an issue, but the talent is obvious. And while Arizona has actually been hitting lefties well to start the year, the ballpark factor here should hopefully negate some of that.

Kevin Gausman (5/6 vs. OAK) – 39% owned

Gausman has looked good in his first two starts and there’s nothing frightening about this matchup. He’s got more strikeout upside than most waiver wire options and is backed by the Orioles strong offense. Oakland currently ranks 23rd in OPS against right handed pitching so while Gausman probably won’t work too deep into this game, 6 strong innings is a reasonable projection.

Bartolo Colon (5/7 @SD) – 26% owned

“Big Sexy” is an enticing add as a two-start pitcher this week, but that doesn’t preclude him from the streaming conversation. We’ve successfully picked on the San Diego offense several times already in this space and there’s no reason to change that strategy now. The Mets’ hot offense should give Colon a good shot at a win here and he’s actually been a decent strikeout option thus far as well (21K’s in 23.1 innings). Don’t’ expect a dominant outing, but 6 innings with a couple of runs seems likely.

Week 4 Report Card

Hill and Roark delivered a pair of stellar early week performances while regression finally set in for Tomlin and Stripling. The former are both pitchers I would own in 12-team mixed or deeper so their impressive outings shouldn’t be all that surprising. The walk issues are a real concern with Medlen at this point – he’s issued 16 free passes in 20.1 innings, and until that changes the risk is no worth the reward.

Rich Hill: 7IP, 4H, 0BB, 8K, 0ER

Josh Tomlin: 5.1IP, 6H, 1BB, 1K, 4ER

Tanner Roark: 7IP, 2H, 2BB, 6K, 0ER

Kris Medlen: 5.1IP, 1H, 5BB, 3K, 1ER

Ross Stripling: 4.2IP, 7H, 2BB, 6K, 5ER

Combined: 29.1IP, 3.09 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 24K’s

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