Fantasy Baseball: Week 7 Pitching Streamers

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

You know the drill by now; week 7 pitching streamers are up and ready to go. Several of the guys I’ve been recommending quite frequently here have transitioned out of the streamer class so this week’s lineup is a combination of fast-risers and high-risk gambles. Like always, ownership numbers come from Yahoo and scheduled starts may change based on weather or injury.

Tyler Wilson (5/17 vs. SEA) – 4% owned

Wilson is not someone who’s on the fantasy radar per say, but Tuesday’s schedule isn’t exactly overflowing with streaming options. The converted reliever has given up 2 earned runs or less in each of his last 3 starts and while the strikeouts are largely nonexistent, ratio safety alone has its value. The combination of opponent and park factors here isn’t ideal so understand that this is a relatively low-upside play.

Josh Tomlin (5/18 @CIN) – 36% owned

It seems like my recent touting of Tomlin has finally driven up his ownership percentage so this will probably be the last week he qualifies as a streamer in most leagues. That said, use him while you still can. The Reds are batting a dismal .231 against righties this year and the interleague matchup usually favors the pitcher anyways. Now, the ballpark is somewhat of a concern given Tomlin’s homerun tendencies, but again some of that should be mitigated by Cincinnati’s weak lineup.

Jon Gray (5/19 @STL) – 11% owned

When discussing Colorado pitchers you basically have to throw their home starts out the window and Gray is a prime example of that. His road ERA is tidy 1.38 compared to an inflated 6.23 at Coors. Another point in Gray’s favor is that he’s been a terrific strikeout pitcher so far this year, registering a K/9 of 11.3 across his first five starts. While the Cardinals do have great numbers as a team against right-handed pitching, they also have several strikeout prone hitters and so I’m willing to roll the dice here and hoping that Gray continues his hot streak.

Alex Wood (5/20 @SD) – 37% owned

Wood was someone I gave up on in many leagues following his early season struggles, but ever since he made an adjustment to his windup the results have been much better. Most notably, the strikeouts have returned. He’s fanned 25 batters over 18.1 innings in his last three starts and is almost back up to a k per inning on the year. While the Padres struggle more heavily against righties, this is not a good offense under any circumstances and a road start in Petco shapes up favorably for Wood.

Adam Morgan (5/21 vs. ATL) – 4% owned

This might seem like an odd endorsement given Morgan’s implosion against the Reds on Sunday, but when it comes to streaming you sometimes need to have a short memory. And quite honestly, this play is more about the Braves than it is Morgan. Atlanta ranks dead last in OPS against left-handed pitching and by a wide margin. The young Philly southpaw already held them to one run in seven innings during their last match-up and I’m expecting a repeat performance this weekend.

Week 6 Report Card

Very nice outings from Devenski and Duffey, a useable yet somewhat disappointing start for Karns and as for Blair, well let’s not talk about Blair. Looking forward, Duffey is someone I would add and hold in 12 team leagues or deeper while Karns should be a popular match-up based streamer all season long. The others can be dropped immediately.

Chris Devenski: 6.2IP, 5H, 2BB, 5K, 2ER

Aaron Blair: 3.2IP, 6H, 2BB, 2K, 3ER

Nathan Karns: 6.1IP, 6H, 3BB, 5K, 3ER

Tyler Duffey: 7IP, 6H, 1BB, 6K, 0ER

Combined: 23.2IP, 3.10 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 18K’s

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