Tuesday Pitcher Streaming Options

I am doing the streaming pitchers dumpster diving edition. As Eno just pointed out, tomorrow looks like the day to mass stream. I will only be looking at pitchers owned in 10% or less of all leagues at Yahoo.

Notice – Don’t worry about streaming pitcher’s hurting a team’s WHIP values. It is the last few days of the season and players are really not care too much about winning, except those on a few teams. The players are hacking away and walk rates drop by about 10% over the last few days of the season.

Patrick Corbin (home vs COL) – I think this is the best pickup of the barely owned pitchers for tomorrow. Our own Mike Podhorzer looked at him in with this match up a few days ago.

Jacob Turner (home vs. NYM) – Turner had great success in the minors until he was called up in 2011. He was not able to achieve the same strike out ability with the Tigers. Since being traded to the Marlins from the Tigers, he has seen his K/BB go from 1.0 to 3.6. Take a chance on him especially since the game is in Miami.

The Mets are not a great offense team. Turner should net his owner a decent late boost.

Travis Blackley – (home vs TEX) – With most teams pretty much mailing it in on the day after they clinch and with Texas possibly clinching the West tonight against Oakland, I could see this being chance for Blackley to put up some good numbers for a few reasons.

1. He is pitching at home in Oakland.
2. The A’s are still fighting for the Wild Card.
3. He is a decent pitcher. 2.2 K/BB.
4. Texas could taking the game off.

Casey Kelly (away vs. MIL) – Kelly has been prone to the long ball since being called up by the Padres. His 1.6 HR/9 rate is far from ideal. The HR rate has led to an ERA (6.21) and FIP (4.80) that are more than a point higher than his xFIP (3.87) and SIERA (3.72). A 2.6 K/BB rate is decent for a pitcher only owned in 3% of all leagues.

Chris Volstad (home vs HOU) – Starting Volstad is a straight play for Wins. He will put of horrible rate stats.

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Jeff writes for FanGraphs, The Hardball Times and Royals Review, as well as his own website, Baseball Heat Maps with his brother Darrell. In tandem with Bill Petti, he won the 2013 SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

8 Responses to “Tuesday Pitcher Streaming Options”

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  1. Scott says:

    Wow, I love this article just for the amazing research that it cites/linked! That piece should get more publicity in the SABR and fantasy baseball communities!

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  2. Ashman says:

    Seems like you meant 2.2 k/bb for blackley. And “owned,” not available, in the lead paragraph

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  3. Cliff says:

    These might be the 2 dumbest comments I’ve ever read. Well…maybe not ever, but pretty close. Trolling for grammatical imperfections in an article about streaming below average-worst in the league SP?….someone’s been reading far too much of the diabolical Keith Law and his predetermined sense of hierarchy, despite the fact that his biggest claim to fame remains “special assistant” to the Blue Jays GM.

    “hey, you. yeah, special assistant, i mean intern, get me a coffee”

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  4. Ashman says:

    Sorry to underwhelm you Cliff.

    Also as a note to this article, Nova has been scratched in favor of Phelps, who to me is an intriguing streamer candidate vs Boston, certainly moreso than Blackley

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  6. joe bananas says:

    thoughts on running guthrie out against the tigers? wasn’t so hot against them last time but there’s a chance the tigers are hungover or their b-team shows up.

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    • Jeff Zimmerman says:

      I like Guthrie tonight. He was over the 10% ownership mark I set. I do know that Cabrera plans on playing, but no idea with the rest of the team.

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