Week 8 in Fantasy Baseball Streamers, features pitchers that have been around a while but can still provide fantasy value; Jaime Garcia is making his second start in 11 months but is set up to produce; Ryan Vogelsong is getting hot and showing the pitcher that helped lead the Giants to two world series rings. It also features Aaron Sanchez and Shane Greene, two talented young pitchers trying to find their way in the Majors. All can help your fantasy baseball teams this week.
Jaime Garcia – St. Louis Cardinals
(Tuesday vs Arizona Diamondbacks)
Jaime Garcia saw his first action in the major leagues in 11 months a week ago against the New York Mets. He was able to complete seven innings despite of having some command issues, including five walks. He gets a great matchup Tuesday, when he faces the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hopefully he will attack the strike zone and avoid giving up so many walks. Now is the time to jump on a pitcher that used to be a reliable fantasy option. Assuming he can stay healthy, which is a big if, he could be a guy that is more than just a one week streamer.
Ryan Voglesong – San Francisco Giants
(Wednesday at Milwaukee Brewers)
While the start to Ryan Vogelsong’s season was less than ideal, he seems to have found his groove as of late. He has only allowed three earned runs in four starts, two of which came at Colorado and at Cincinnati. In this match up against the Brewers, Vogelsong should have a great opportunity. He should allow two earned runs or less while racking up four to five strikeouts. The Giants are 8-1 in their last 9 games, through Saturday, which should give him a good chance at getting a win.
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C.C. Sabathia – New York Yankees
(Thursday at Oakland Athletics)
C.C. Sabathia is the pitcher he used to be and is having an average season – at best, but this matchup at the Oakland A’s provides great potential. The A’s are a poor team offensively as of late, often times filling the line up with Sam Fuld, Billy Burns, Eric Sogard and Brett Lawrie. Getting Ben Zobrist back will help a bit, but Sabathia should have chance at one of his better outings in this matchup. He should allow three earned runs or less and rack up the strikeouts. Something in the range of five to seven seems fair to expect, with the potential for more. He should also have a solid chance at the win.
Aaron Sanchez – Toronto Blue Jays
(Saturday at Minnesota Twins)
Aaron Sanchez is a younger pitcher with electric stuff. He can put up the strikeouts but will also allow two to four earned runs in a start. This matchup against the Twins has a chance to be a huge strikeout day. The Twins are in the top 10 for strikeouts in the Major leagues. They have also lost six of their last seven and only scored more than two runs in two of those games. He should pitch well and produce in all categories, including having a good shot at a win.
Shane Greene – Detroit Tigers *Two Start Week*
(Saturday at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Shane Greene has rediscovered what made him so successful to start this season. He has pitched well in his last three outings, allowing only three earned runs combined. He also amassed 13 strikeouts to only four walks. These numbers came against the Cardinals, Royals and Brewers. Greene has a two-start week and I’d be happy to roll him out for both outings. The Angels are near the bottom of the league for runs scored, which means Greene should have a strong outing. He also faces the A’s on Monday which should also produce a strong fantasy performance.