Fantasy Baseball: Week 9 Pitching Streamers

(Photo Credit: Fox Sports)

(Photo Credit: Fox Sports)

Here are some week 9 pitching streamers to help you get June started off right. Remember, these pitching schedules are tentative and subject to change. Like always, ownership figures are taken from Yahoo.

Matt Wisler (5/31 vs. SF) – 28% owned

Despite being a two-start option this week, Wisler is still available in over 70% of Yahoo leagues. This I don’t understand. The young Atlanta hurler has now delivered a quality start in 5 straight outings and has reached 7 strikeouts in each of his last three. The Giants are a neutral matchup for righties and Wisler’s home park plays well given his fly ball tendencies.

Robbie Ray (6/1 @HOU) – 7% owned

Ray is always prone to an implosion and his season-long numbers don’t look pretty. That said his strikeout potential (10.4 K/9) provides him a useful floor in streaming situations. The Astros currently rank in the bottom third of the league against left-handed pitching and have obvious contact issues, making this a favorable matchup for the young Arizona southpaw.

Matt Moore (6/2 @MIN) – 22% owned

It’s been an up and down season for Moore so far and you never quite know which pitcher you’re going to get on a given night. Still, the strong strikeout numbers indicate the skills are here. And even with the Twins offense coming alive this past weekend, the club still sports an ugly .614 OPS against lefties so the matchup shouldn’t scare you. It should be noted however that Moore has reverse splits this year – lefties are hitting .327 against him, so the lineup will impact the upside here.

Jesse Hahn (6/3 @HOU) – 3% owned

Thursday’s slate doesn’t have very many low-level pitchers so our options are limited. We know the Astros are a hit or miss offense so it’s not the worse matchup to take a gamble on. Hahn has been an effective pitcher in each of the past two seasons and it’s reasonable to think that he’s going to improve as he gets further removed from the injury issues that plagued him earlier in the year.

Jeremy Hellickson (6/4 vs. MIL) – 25% owned

While I’m not buying Hellickson’s resurgence in the long-term, I do think he has value in a streaming context. We’re two months into the season and he’s still over a strikeout per inning so the upside is apparent at least on an individual matchup basis. Milwaukee is one of the most strikeout prone teams in the league and Hellickson is coming off four straight quality starts, making this a favorable spot from both sides.

Week 8 Report Card

Tough week all around, no way to sugarcoat it. Koehler and Gee were Hail Mary plays so their struggles aren’t overly surprising. Wisler was solid once again and I view him as a must-own in 12-team mixed and deeper moving forward. Conley still intrigues me, but he can’t be started until we see some consistency.

Tom Koehler: 5IP, 6H, 5BB, 6K, 3ER

Dillon Gee: 4IP, 10H, 1BB, 6K, 5ER

Matt Wisler: 6IP, 6H, 2BB, 7K, 3ER

Adam Conley: 4.1IP, 8H, 1BB, 3K, 2ER

Wade Miley: 4IP, 6H, 4BB, 6K, 5ER

Combined: 23.1IP, 7.01 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, 28K’s

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