Fantasy Baseball: Week 6 Pitching Streamers

Athletics Jharel Cotton

It certainly feels like we need pitching streamers now, more than ever. With Corey Kluber, Ian Kennedy, and James Paxton, being the most recent pitchers to join the 10-day DL club, many of us have voids to fill.

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Jharel Cotton | Oakland A’s

(5/9 vs. LAA)

ESPN: 17%   Yahoo: 44%

Cotton has been a little bit shaky in his starts this season, but this matchup against the A’s should go in his favor. This game is in Oakland, which is especially great for pitchers. The Angels aren’t a strong offense at all, and Cotton should be able to take advantage of that. Walks are an issue at times, but the Angels are only walking 7.9% of the time as a team this season. Hopefully this translates into balls being fielded by the A’s for outs, and strikeouts.

Charlie Morton | Houston Astros

(5/9 vs. ATL)

ESPN: 16%   Yahoo: 18%

Morton is having an interesting season to say the least. His velocity is higher than we’re used to seeing, and even had a 12-strikeout game. That’s probably an outlier, but I think we can expect Morton’s K-rate to be higher this season than seasons in the past as long has his velocity is up. Morton’s facing the Braves at home, and it’s a matchup that some may overlook. Even with the Braves having better offensive output since the second half of last season, they are still vulnerable. We can look to Morton as a streaming option to help us get the win and tally some strikeouts.

Eduardo Rodriguez | Boston Red Sox

(5/11 @ MIL)

ESPN: 45%   Yahoo: 54%

Rodriguez has pitched well in his last two starts, and the strikeouts are there too. That’s what you want when facing a team like the Brewers. The Brewers have the second highest K-rate in MLB, at 25.2%. Eric Thames was a huge threat in April, but has since cooled off. He hasn’t hit a homerun since April 25th. It would be in favor of Rodriguez, if Thames stays cool, and the Red Sox can beat up on projected Brewers’ starter, Jimmy Nelson.

Trevor Cahill | San Diego Padres

(5/12 @ CWS)

ESPN: 12%   Yahoo: 14%

I’ll admit, I was skeptical of Cahill and needed to see more. But now that “more” has passed, I do believe that he’ll be on the stronger side of future matchups. Cahill should be matched up against the White Sox’s, Dylan Covey. Cahill’s been good enough for me to be confident that he can still be successful in a hitter’s park against the team like the White Sox. His K/9 for the season is currently at 11.10, which is the highest of his major league career. The White Sox’s K-rate is 22.4%, so Cahill should be able to maintain the strikeouts he’s been getting so far this season.

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