Week 10 in the fantasy baseball calendar brings some solid streaming options. This may be the last week to buy in on Lance McCullers, who is working hard to keep a hold of his rotation spot. Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh have been great for the Houston Astros this season. If McCullers can keep this up, the Astros will have a rotation that can make serious noise come playoff time. This week also features a couple options that will help but not necessarily dominate a category. The last option is purely an upside play that has the potential to help you close strong this week.
Lance McCullers – Houston Astros
(Monday at Chicago White Sox)
This may be the last chance to buy in on Lance McCullers, who has been sensational since joining the Astros’ starting rotation. He is 2-0 in four starts this season. His ERA is 1.88 and his WHIP is 1.00. His strikeout total has climbed in every start. He tallied 11 strikeouts in that outing against a talented Orioles lineup. McCullers should impress again this week in a road start at the Chicago White Sox.
Aaron Sanchez – Toronto Blue Jays
(Wednesday vs Miami Marlins)
Aaron Sanchez is still getting his control together, but when he puts it all together, he can provide a strong performance. Sanchez has been a much better pitcher at home, where this start will come. He is 4-2 with a 2.50 ERA and and 23 strikeouts. The Marlins lineup outside of Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon doesn’t scare you. Sanchez can put a really nice outing together in this outing. Id expect 2 earned runs or less and in the neighborhood of 5 strikeouts. He should have a great shot at getting the win as well.
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Jaime Garcia – St. Louis Cardinals
(Friday vs Kansas City Royals)
Jaime Garcia has started to find his old form since rejoining the rotation. In his last two starts, he has only allowed 3 earned runs while striking out 10 batters in the process. This game being at home made me feel a bit better about facing a dangerous Kansas City Royals lineup. I would avoid Garcia if your league has a weekly starts cap. I expect around 2 earned runs with a strikeout total around 5. The potential for a better outing is there as well.
Jesse Chavez – Oakland Athletics
(Friday at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Typically I would avoid Jesse Chavez for road starts, but Angels Stadium has been a place Chavez has succeeded. In his other start in Anaheim, he went 7 innings allowing only 1 earned and 4 strikeouts. In 21 innings last season, Chavez had a 2.57 ERA and 18 punch outs. He had been pitching well until his last outing at Boston, including 3 earned and 16 strikeouts in the 3 outings leading up to the start against the Red Sox.
Anthony DeSclafani – Cincinnati Reds
(Sunday at Chicago Cubs)
This is purely and upside play. DeSclafani has shown during this season that when he can avoid too many walks and the big inning he can do well. He is also a guy that can strikeout enough batters to make him interesting, usually in the neighborhood of 5 to 6. This outing will provide his best opportunity, as the Chicago Cubs are a team that will strikeout like no other. The problem is, they have a line up that could pound the opposing starting for multiple runs and kill your ERA. If you need strikeouts heading into Sunday and can risk the potential damage to the other number, roll the dice.