Streaming Options Week seven offers five pitchers that have the chance to help your fantasy baseball team. None are likely to produce double digit strikeouts, but have the ability to get in the neighborhood of five strikeouts with low earned run totals and very few walks. Mike Foltynewicz, Nathan Karns and Carlos Frias all have two starts this week, both of which can provide solid performances. We are also betting on Shane Greene to continue his bounce back.
Mike Foltynewicz – Atlanta Braves
(Tuesday vs Tampa Bay Rays)
Mike Foltynewicz has has improved each start this season. He is learning how to go deeper into games. At his best he can be a guy who racks up the strikeouts. His last two performances have seen him tally 14 strikeouts. He must cut down on the walks, though in order to go deeper in games and lower his WHIP. This home game sets up as a nice opportunity for Foltynewicz to rack up the strikeouts, allow three earned runs or less, and put himself in position for a win.
Nathan Karns – Tampa Bay Rays
(Tuesday at Atlanta Braves)
Nathan Karns, who will oppose Mike Foltynewicz in this matchup has the chance to have a nice outing as well. Karns has been impressive as of late. He has allowed two earned runs or less in all four starts. He has been racking up the strikeouts in his last few starts as well. He had nine against the Rangers and backed that performance up with six against the New York Yankees. I expect a similar effort for Karns in this match up, allowing two earned runs or less and striking out five-plus batters.
Shane Greene – Detroit Tigers
(Wednesday vs Milwaukee Brewers)
Shane Greene has had a very interesting season thus far. He started off in dominating form, allowing one earned run over three starts. He then went to lose the command he showed to start the season. Greene is a sinker ball pitcher that needs to live in the bottom of the zone. When his pitches get up, he can get crushed. In his last two starts, he has kept the ball down and been impressive. Greene won’t be a dominant strikeout guys but can get three to five in a start. Ride the streak with Greene and trade him after he after another strong outing, selling your league mates that Greene has it back.
J.A. Happ – Seattle Mariners
(Thursday at Baltimore Orioles)
J.A. Happ has been pitching great as of late, especially in four of his last five starts. He allowed five earned runs in those four starts. He has 31 strikeouts to only seven walks in his last five outings. Happ should have an opportunity to rack up the strikeouts again in this outing. He will need to avoid the big inning but should pitch really well. A strikeout total around five and two earned runs or less is very reasonable for this outing.
Carlos Frias – Los Angeles Dodgers
(Sunday vs San Diego Padres)
Carlos Frias has made the transition into the rotation and it has come with some success. He has allowed three earned runs in his last two starts, but can rack up the strikeouts while avoiding the walks. Frias has 11 strikeouts in his last two outings with only two walks. Frias should have an opportunity to rack up the strikeouts in the matchup against a Padre team than can be free swinging. The potential for him to get hit around is there but it is a gamble worth taking.