Fantasy Baseball: Week 14 Pitching Streamers

Cubs Mike Montgomery

It’s once again slim pickings for pitching streamers for Week 14, so if you need one or a few, get them now! Also, don’t forget to click the image below to listen to our podcast!

Mike Montgomery | Chicago Cubs

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(7/6 vs. MIL)

ESPN: 29%   Yahoo: 46%

Montgomery is getting stretched out the more starts he’s getting with the Cubs rotation. For Week 14, he’ll be starting against the Brewers at home. Montgomery has been great with keeping homeruns to a minimum, and has a 60.8% groundball rate to allow the defense behind him to make plays. His K/9 is really good for a pitcher who didn’t start the season as a starter, which is at 7.02 so far this season. The Brewers are still striking out a bunch, and doing it as the team with the fourth highest K-rate in MLB. The wind is always something to keep an eye out for, for games at Wrigley Field. But if all is well, Montgomery is a more than decent streaming option this week.

Ian Kennedy | Kansas City Royals 

(7/3 @ SEA, 7/9 @ LAD)

ESPN: 15%   Yahoo: 28%

Kennedy started the season with some tough luck, but also had a few bad starts after that. It looks as though things are getting back on track for him. This is a two-start week for Kennedy. He gets to pitch in Seattle, and in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. If you need to, Kennedy could be active for both starts this week. While the Dodgers offense is capable of producing, Kennedy won’t have to face a DH, which he has experience with. The velocity on his fastball has increased over his last couple of starts and that’s a good sign for him to get back to performing towards his potential.

David Paulino | Houston Astros

(7/4 @ ATL, 7/9 @ TOR)

ESPN: 5%   Yahoo: 5%

We’re digging deep here with the next two streamer options. Available in 95% of leagues, you can’t plan on ace-level outings. Rather, we just want decent outings that won’t hurt our teams too much in case it doesn’t go our way. He’s another two-start pitcher, but the start against the Braves is preferable, versus the start later in the week against the Blue Jays. Paulino has good strikeout ratios, with 10.55 K/9 this season, and the Braves have a few starters with K-rates above 20%. A positive about Paulino is that he doesn’t give up a ton of walks, with the most being two walks given up in a start. On the other hand, the Braves don’t walk much, with a BB-rate of 7.4% on the season, so Paulino should continue to keep walks at a minimum.

Nick Pivetta | Philadelphia Phillies

(7/7 @ SD)

ESPN: 5%   Yahoo: 4%

Pivetta’s made a few good starts this season, and he’ll face the Padres in San Diego this week. To his advantage, the Padres have scored the least amount of runs in MLB. This matchup lines up well for Pivetta, especially with it being in a better pitcher’s park. He also has potential to rack up the strikeouts. Pivetta was able to get 10 K’s against the Cardinals, and nine against the Red Sox. The Padres are actually the team that strikes out the most in MLB, with a K-rate of 25.5%. If you need to take the chance, even in shallow, mixed leagues, I think Pivetta is the way to go.

Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!

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