Week 10 pitching streamers, let’s get to it. Remember, rotation schedules are tentative and subject to change based on weather, injury and a variety of other factors. Per usual, ownership percentages are based on Yahoo leagues.
Zach Davies (6/7 vs. OAK) – 11% owned
The slender righty is coming off his best start of the season and has given up two earned runs or less in five of his last six outings. Oakland currently ranks 25th in OPS against right-handed pitching and with the game being in an NL park, their lineup will be even weaker than usual. So while the strikeout upside isn’t huge, this appears to be a relatively safe matchup for Davies.
Archie Bradley (6/8 vs. TB) – 24% owned
Bradley’s prospect shine seemed to wear off after his struggles at the end of last season, but the 19 strikeouts he’s delivered over his last two outings might be cause for a reevaluation. After dominating in the vaunted PCL to begin the year, it appears that the young righty may finally be starting to realize his potential. The Rays are a strikeout-prone lineup and one that Bradley should be able to navigate with success, especially in a matchup where he doesn’t have to worry about the DH.
Bartolo Colon (6/9 @MIL) – 29% owned
Thursday’s small slate can only mean one thing; it’s Big Sexy time! Bart has a 2.00 ERA over his last three starts and can generally be relied upon to give you at least five useable innings. The strikeouts have been way down lately – only six in his last three outings combined, but the Brewers have one of the highest whiff rates against right-handed pitching so expect some positive regression to occur here.
Junior Guerra (6/10 vs. NYM) – 13% owned
Guerra has flashed strikeout upside in several of his starts this year and his season long numbers (3.61ERA, 1.18 WHIP) are actually far better than you might expect from someone who’s still unclaimed in 85% of leagues. And while the Mets aren’t a team I typically target when streaming, recent injuries have completely decimated their lineup. If Guerra can navigate around the big bats of Cespedes and Walker in this one he should deliver a very usable fantasy line.
Trevor Bauer (6/11 @LAA) – 24% owned
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I’ve never been much of a Bauer believer, but then again streaming isn’t exactly a heavy commitment exercise. The erratic righty has delivered seven quality innings in each of his last two starts and both of those were in much tougher matchups than this one. While the Angels don’t strikeout much, this isn’t a lineup that will wear you down and the ballpark plays favorably given Bauer’s homerun tendencies.
Week 9 Report Card
Man, how awful was that Jesse Hahn outing? But hey, if I want credit for my good calls I need to own the disasters as well. While Wisler and Hellickson weren’t especially impressive this week, I still think both have value in deeper mixed leagues. Conversely, Moore and Ray are likely AL/NL only options at this point.
Matt Wisler: 7IP, 4H, 2BB, 2K, 3ER
Robbie Ray: 5IP, 6H, 2BB, 6K, 3ER
Matt Moore: 5IP, 8H, 2BB, 4K, 4ER
Jesse Hahn: 0.2IP, 6H, 2BB, 1K, 7ER
Jeremy Hellickson: 5IP, 7H, 3BB, 4K, 3ER
Combined: 22.2IP, 8.14 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 17K’s