Fantasy Baseball: Week 8 Pitching Streamers

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As we head towards the end of May here is your week 8 pitching streamers guide. Last week we saw several of our picks get either moved up or back a day, so remember that these pitching schedules are always subject to change. As always, ownership figures are taken from Yahoo.

Tom Koehler (5/24 vs. TB) – 2% owned

Digging deep here, but there’s not many other options on the Tuesday slate. While the season-long numbers aren’t impressive, some of that is distorted by an 8-run outing in Milwaukee earlier this month. On the plus side, Koehler does pitch much better at home and the Rays are below average in OPS against right-handed pitching. The risk is obvious, but he’s given up only 4 earned runs over his last 3 starts combined and there’s reason to think we can get one more quality line out of Koehler in this matchup.

Dillon Gee (5/25 @MIN) – 4% owned

We’ve seen Gee be a serviceable streamer in the past and injuries have now forced the well-traveled veteran into the Kansas City rotation. He’s not yet going especially deep into games, but he’s only given up one earned run in 2 of his 3 starts so far and the innings should come as he gets more stretched out. The Twins offense is struggling mightily and they’re well below average across the board against righties so this is certainly a matchup to exploit.

Matt Wisler (5/26 vs. MIL) – 19% owned

While recommending a Braves hurler feels strange, it’s time to take notice of what Wisler is doing. The young righty has been terrific of late and even his season-long numbers are starting to jump off the page – 2.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP. Strikeouts have generally been a problem, but he’s gotten seven in each of his last two starts and the Brewers lead the league in whiff percentage against righties. Throw in the fact that this game is at Turner Field instead of Miller Park and Wisler quickly becomes one of this week’s best streaming options.

Adam Conley (5/27 @ATL) – 32% owned

Conley was not someone I viewed as a streamer anymore, but his ownership percentage is plummeting following Sunday’s ugly outing and there’s actually a decent chance he may be available in your league. While the 7 walks in his last start look concerning, it should be noted that 3 of those free passes were intentional. This a young pitcher with a limited track record so some inconsistency needs to be expected. That said, we’ve seen the upside already and Atlanta is downright awful against lefties – they’re dead last in OPS and hitting .213 as a team versus southpaws.

Wade Miley (5/28 vs. MIN) – 20% owned

Similar to Tuesday’s slate, the Saturday schedule isn’t exactly ripe with streaming opportunities. So while Miley is not a pitcher I particularly like, the combination of his recent performance and matchup here make this the preferred play. I mentioned Minnesota’s offensive ineptitude earlier when endorsing Gee and their splits against lefties are actually even worse. Miley saw his strikeouts return in his last outing and he generally does a good job of limiting base runners so a quality start seems likely.

Week 7 Report Card

Tough week judging from the cumulative stats, but those totals are disproportionately affected by the Jon Gray debacle on Thursday. Tomlin, Wood and Morgan all yielded positive results with the Dodgers lefty really starting to look like his old self. He and Tomlin have now both firmly moved out of the streamer category while Morgan remains usable in only the most ideal of matchups.

Tyler Wilson: 6IP, 6H, 3BB, 3K, 5ER

Josh Tomlin: 7.2IP, 5H, 1BB, 7K, 2ER

Jon Gray: 3.1IP, 8H, 3BB, 3K, 9ER

Alex Wood: 6IP, 4H, 1BB, 13K, 2ER

Adam Morgan: 6IP, 4H, 2BB, 1K, 2ER

Combined: 29IP, 6.21 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 27K’s

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