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This Week In Streaming Strategy

Welcome back from the All-Star break! With the trade deadline approaching, it's never as easy to predict who will be encountering what matchups in the coming days, but here's a look at some currently favorable matchups that are on the horizon...

Jorge de la Rosa, Juan Nicasio -- Streaming Rockies starters, specifically at home, isn't a good plan to win a league championship... unless, of course, they're facing a team that has scored three runs in four games since the All-Star break and just 50 in 17 games this month as a whole. Enter the Marlins. Yes, they get picked on a lot, but they deserve it. The additions of Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick might improve the offense, but this lineup is still brutal.

After De La Rosa and Nicasio round out the Marlins' series against the Rockies, Charlie Morton will have a go at them on Saturday for the Pirates, and there's no reason not to pounce on that matchup.

Edwin Jackson -- The Giants are doing their best to match Miami's offensive futility, having scored just 52 times this month. More than a third of those runs (19) came in two games against the Padres, as they took advantage of the impossibly bad Sean O'Sullivan and a struggling Edinson Volquez. In their other 15 games, they've touched home just 33 times (2.2 runs per game). For all of Jackson's woes this season, he has a 3.62 FIP and 3.67 xFIP, and over his past four starts he's sporting a 2.45 ERA.

Brandon Moss -- Moss hasn't come close to replicating last season's magic, but he's in the midst of a series with the Astros and will take on the Angels in a four-game set from Thursday to Sunday. He should be kept away from starting lineups on Thursday when he faces C.J. Wilson (Moss is hitting .182/.262/.345 against lefties), but he'll square off against Jerome Williams, Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson. Four of Moss' 16 homers this season have come against the Halos, and he has an OPS of 1.369 against them (admittedly, in a small 41 plate appearance sample).

Juan Francisco -- Francisco has hit all 12 of his home runs this season against right-handed pitchers, and he's facing a pair of particularly meek ones in Sean O'Sullivan and Edinson Volquez (the same duo that was mauled by the struggling Giants) on Wednesday and Thursday. He then heads to Coors Field to face two more right-handers in baseball's most hitter-friendly park. Francisco is widely available and should punish plenty of marginal pitching this week in hitter-friendly environments.

Carlos Quentin -- Quentin's lack of ownership is still largely a mystery to me, as he's now hitting .277/.367/.496 with 12 homers, but he's available in half of ESPN leagues and 75 percent of Yahoo leagues. On top of that, he's slated to face a pair of hittable starters in Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo before heading to Arizona to face rookies Randall Delgado and Tyler Skaggs. If you're looking at Quentin as a streaming option to add power, however, it may just be better to hang onto him, as he's mashed to a .331/.403/.556 slash line since June 1.

Chris Archer -- Archer has been terrific over the past month, posting a 1.62 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. His ERA should be higher, but Archer's command has gotten considerably stronger over the course of the season, and he'll face a Yankees lineup that he carved up last time he was pitching in the Bronx (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). The Yankees rank 12th in the AL in runs scored and don't pose much of a threat; they've scored a healthy 77 runs this month, but 38 percent of those came in a four-game set against a dreadful Twins pitching staff.

Justin Smoak, Mike Zunino -- Smoak's actually shown some strides at the plate lately, which would be encouraging on its own but is magnified by the fact that he gets a shot at the aforementioned Twins this weekend. Both hitters possesses power and will face Kevin Correia (10.2 H/9, 1.4 HR/9), Scott Diamond (11.4 H/9, 1.5 HR/9), Samuel Deduno and Kyle Gibson. Picking on a Twins rotation that has the worst combined ERA of any starting staff in the Majors is a good way to recoup some offensive ground if you're struggling of late.

Jeff Baker(!) -- Baker has returned from the disabled list, and left-handed pitchers everywhere are cursing, cowering in fear, and/or contemplating retirement. He played in his first game in a month's time after injuring himself on a mighty high five and knocked two hits against Wei-Yin Chen. He's hitting .404/.500/.979 with eight homers against lefties, meaning that Andy Pettitte has nowhere to hide on Wednesday. I'll be throwing an epic party to celebrate Baker's return. You'll all get Facebook invites in the coming days. Promise.


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