Fantasy Baseball: Week 15 Pitching Streamers

(Photo Credit: MLB.com)

(Photo Credit: MLB.com)

I hope everyone enjoyed the All-Star break, but remember now is when the real grind of the fantasy baseball seasons begins. So with that in mind here are some week 15 pitching streamers to help you get the second half started off right. Remember, rotation schedules are tentative and subject to change based on weather, injury and a variety of other factors. As always, ownership percentages are based on Yahoo leagues.

Cody Reed (7/19 vs. ATL) – 5% owned

This may seem like an odd choice given how poorly Reed has pitched this year (8.39 ERA, 1.86 WHIP), but it’s a well-know fact by now that basically any lefty with a pulse is worth streaming against Atlanta. The Braves’ futility against southpaws also comes from a much larger sample size than do Reed’s struggles. Cincinnati’s top pitching prospect has still managed to strikeout 29 batters in his 24.2 innings and the pedigree indicates he’s much better than what we’ve seen to date.

Jeremy Hellickson (7/20 vs. MIA) – 28% owned

Prior to his last outing Hellickson had a 1.50 ERA across his previous three starts. The strikeouts have dipped of late, but this is still a pitcher who can succeed in the right match-up. And while the Marlins are actually slightly above average against righties this year, the last time Hellickson faced them at home he yielded only two runs in six innings.

Matt Moore (7/21 @OAK) – 36% owned

I usually like to find guys a bit less owned than this, but the small Thursday slate really limited the available options. While Moore has been maddening to use given his extreme inconsistency this season, it seems like he’s finally in a prolonged stretch of solid outings. He’s logged a quality start his last four times out and has a 2.00 ERA during that period. Oakland is a neutral match-up for lefties and with the favorable ballpark factor in this game I expect Moore’s success to continue for at least one more start.

Archie Bradley (7/22 @CIN) – 16% owned

It’s never pretty with Bradley I’ll tell you that much. He’s had a WHIP of at least 1.50 in each of his last five starts and constantly seems to be laboring through games. That said the results are actually better than you might expect. Bradley has gone six innings in four of those outings and three have been of the quality start variety. Cincinnati is obviously a tough place to pitch, but homeruns have not been an issue of late and the Reds’ strikeout tendencies provide a nice floor in this match-up.

Kevin Gausman (7/23 vs. CLE) – 25% owned

While statistically Cleveland isn’t an ideal match-up here, sometimes you just have to roll the dice. Gausman looked very good in his first post All-Star break outing against the Yankees and we know he has the talent to succeed against anyone. The Indians have several swing and miss types in their lineup so at the very least there’s potential for a high strikeout game here.

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