Fantasy Baseball: Week 4 Pitching Streamers

(Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)

Are you a panicked Carrasco or Hamels owner in need of some fill-in options? Well worry no more; my week 4 pitching streamers are here! (Note: as always all ownership percentages are taken from Yahoo).

Rich Hill (4/26 @DET) – 26% owned

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Hill is the ultimate boom or bust option. He’s failed to make it through 5 innings in two of his starts already while allowing only one run and striking out 10 in the others. The implosion potential is high, but there’s also far more upside here than in almost any other waiver wire option. Add in the fact that the Detroit offense has been struggling mightily of late –they’ve scored total of 8 runs in their last 5 games, and the appeal becomes clear. I’m sure Upton and Miggy will break out of this slump soon enough, but if Hill can keep his walks in check I think he’s got a decent shot to keep the Tigers at bay for at least one more game.

Josh Tomlin (4/27 @MIN) – 19% owned

Tomlin was terrific after joining the rotation last season and while I was reluctant to buy-in this spring, his stellar performance has now carried into 2016. He’s got a minuscule 1.54 ERA over his first two starts and 10 strikeouts to only one walk across those 11.2 innings. I still have my doubts long-term, but I don’t expect the Twins to be the team to set that regression in motion. After all this is the club that fanned 15 times in 7 innings against the strikeout challenged Tanner Roark on Saturday.

Tanner Roark (4/28 vs. PHI) – 28% owned

Speaking of Roark, how can you not give him another shot after that last outing? He was a tough pitcher to evaluate heading into this season given his struggles as a reliever in 15’, but he’s made it clear that the psychological impact of the transition caused him to lose some of his mechanics. Now that he’s back in the rotation, I expect to see something more in line with the pitcher we saw in 2014. A home start against the Phillies should come with a high win probability and while I don’t anticipate seeing double digit strikeouts maybe ever again, Roark is a safe bet to protect your ratios and give you six quality innings.

Kris Medlen (4/29 @SEA) – 12% owned

It may seem like I’m picking on the Mariners quite often here, but there’s a reason for that. The team has struggled against righties and Safeco is obviously a pitcher-friendly ballpark. While Medlen did get roughed up in his last start, he was solid in his first two outings and is still close to a strikeout per inning on the season.

Ross Stripling (4/30 vs. SD) – 25% owned

I’m not particularly excited about Stripling as a pitcher, but the Padres are just too good of a matchup to pass up. San Diego is near last in runs scored and team batting average against righties and I don’t see that suddenly changing. Stripling has been more than competent so far this season so I’m expecting a quality outing here.

Week 3 Report Card

Verrett and Pomeranz got the week off to a great start, and then things kind of fell apart from there. That’s how it goes with streamers however so hopefully you’re not in a position where you need to implement the strategy on a daily basis. Some may say results such as these indicate that the quality of the pitcher is always more important than the ease of a matchup, but that’s just Monday morning quarterbacking if you ask me. After all, if a pitcher is really that good chances are he’s not sitting out on your waiver wire.

Logan Verrett: 6IP, 6H, 1BB, 4K, 0ER

Drew Pomeranz: 6.2IP, 4H, 3BB, 10K, 0ER

Nathan Karns: 5.1IP, 5H, 4BB, 5K, 4ER

Nick Tropeano: 5.1IP, 4H, 4BB, 5K, 2ER

Chase Anderson: 4IP, 8H, 4BB, 2K, 6ER

Combined: 27.1IP, 3.99 ERA, 1.59WHIP, 26K’s

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