Week 9 Fantasy Baseball Streamers is a going back to the well week. Ryan Vogelsong, Taijuan Walker, and Chris Heston have all been featured. This week provides another solid performance potential for these guys. Heston, Walker and Tsuyoshi Wada can all rack up the strikeouts for your fantasy baseball team. Vogelsong and Mike Pelfrey may not approach double-digit strikeouts but have a good chance at getting a win and allow low run totals.
Ryan Vogelsong – San Francisco Giants
(Monday vs Pittsburgh Pirates)
I’m going back to the well on Vogelsong. A week ago I recommended him and was rewarded. He only allowed one earned run over sox innings and tallied five strikeouts. This week he’s pitching at home, which is advantageous. He’s facing Gerrit Cole this week, which makes the likelihood of the win not as likely. Vogelsong should be effective this week again, against a Pirates lineup that is middle of the pack in terms of runs scored and is top 12 for team strikeouts. I’m expecting a three earned runs or less, with one walk and four or five strikeouts. This is also a two-start week for Vogelsong. His second start will come against Sean O’Sullivan and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Mike Pelfrey – Minnesota Twins
(Monday at Boston Red Sox)
Mike Pelfrey might be having the best season that nobody is paying attention to; he is 4-1 this season with a 2.77 ERA. He also has 26 strikeouts on the season. He gets to face the same Red Sox team he faced a week ago. In that outing he went seven innings allowing only one earned with four strikeouts to one walk. However, his FIP is over a run higher than his ERA, which is concerning, and could hint a regress and a bad outing could be coming. This matchup is worth a look, however, against a Red Sox team that has struggled of late.
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Chris Heston – San Francisco Giants
(Tuesday vs Pittsburgh Pirates)
Chris Heston has been a welcomed addition to the San Francisco Giants rotation this season. He has had very impressive performances this season, but has had a couple of outings that have been troubling. His two worst outings have come on the road, however, at two of the worst parks for pitchers: Colorado and Cincinnati. In his five home starts this season, Heston has an ERA of 2.22 with 26 strikeouts. Heston faces the same Pirates lineup as teammate Ryan Vogelsong. Heston should have a strong performance in this match up with two earned runs or less and the potential to rack up some strikeouts.
Taijuan Walker – Seattle Mariners
(Wednesday vs New York Yankees)
Taijuan Walker hasn’t been the pitcher as of yet he was expected to be moving through the minor leagues. However, last week he went head to head with another young stud, Trevor Bauer, and got the best of him. Walker went eight innings, allowing only two hits. He also racked up the strikeouts with eight and did not allow a single walk. This week presents another solid opportunity for Walker. He has been much better in home games this season, going 1-1 in four starts with a 2.22 ERA. He has 28 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .179 in those starts. On the road, Walker is 1-4 in six starts with a 9.79 ERA and only 19 strikeouts. Walker also gets to face a Yankee lineup that has been struggling without Jacoby Ellsbury. I expect another impressive outing in this one and then sell, sell, sell! You should get a solid return after this match up.
Tsuyoshi Wada – Chicago Cubs
(Friday at Washington)
This is a gamble, but one that could pay off nicely. Wada has the potential to rack up strikeouts despite averaging five innings in his first two starts. He has 15 strikeouts on the season. With a 2.70 Era and 1.10 WHIP, his numbers are solid. He will need to learn how to go deeper into games, but this matchup provides potential. The Nationals are in top 10 in the majors but they are also a top five offense that can drive in runs. Wada is a gamble and I would not use him if you have a starts cap, but the strikeout potential is too good to pass up.