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This Week In Streaming Strategy

Looking at the seven days leading into the All-Star break, here's another handful of matchups that can give you a short-term edge as your teams limp through injuries, with a few long-term recommendations even included...

Dillon Gee -- For those who haven't noticed, Gee is far more than a streaming option at this point, but he's owned in fewer than 20 percent of Yahoo Leagues and fewer than 10 percent of ESPN leagues. No longer content to focus all of his efforts on trying to out-beard Brian Wilson (or perhaps more accurately, Scott Ian of Anthrax), Gee has posted a 2.47 ERA with a 47-to-9 K/BB ratio over his past 47 1/3 innings (seven starts). He also draws the Giants on Tuesday -- a team whose offense issues a collective heavy sigh as it wishes it could be as productive as the Marlins over the past couple weeks.

Rick Porcello, Jonathan Pettibone -- Porcello is as mercurial as they come, but he's coming off a pair of solid outings against lineups that are far, far better than the White Sox one he will face on Wednesday. The Sox rank in the bottom three in runs, OBP and slugging in all of baseball, and they scored 13 runs in their first six games in July. Likewise, Pettibone's not a sexy option, but he's shown decent command and a nice ground-ball rate.

Travis Hafner -- Pronk isn't the threat he was eight years ago. Heck, he's not the threat he was eight weeks ago, but he's got one of the most favorable schedules he could ask for this week. He'll square off against homer the Royals in New York this season (where his OPS is nearly 200 points higher and two-thirds of his homers have come). Not only that, he draws homers allowed leader Jeremy Guthrie, human pitching machine Wade Davis and Ervin Santana, who's been dominant but still homer-prone. Then it's off to Minnesota and their crumbling pitching staff for the 36-year-old slugger. Sign me up for Hafner and possibly Lyle Overbay this week.

Cody Ross -- If you like hitters that produce .403/.435/.584 batting lines against left-handed pitching, then you're in luck! Cody Ross is widely available and has exactly that line! A star of fortune has truly shined upon you. It hasn't shined upon Chris Capuano and Hyun-Jin Ryu, both who are slated to face Ross on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. It's unclear who he'll face against the Brewers on Sunday, but it could be another southpaw in Tom Gorzelanny. At the very least, Ross, who's fresh off a 5-for-5 on Saturday, is a nice short-term add early in the week.

Tyler Chatwood -- With the exception of his most recent outing, Chatwood has been dominant, and the peripherals have backed up that he's been legitimately good. His strikeout rate isn't anything to write home about, but he utilizes solid command and ground-ball stuff to keep himself out of trouble. He draws the floundering Padres on Monday (13 runs in six games this month as of Sunday morning) and the Dodgers on Saturday. Both starts come on the road. Is it any wonder that his two real clunkers this season have both come at Coors Field? Chatwood has a silly 0.82 ERA in 22 road innings this season. Sustainable? No. A good sign for the upcoming week? Probably.

Nathan Eovaldi -- Eovaldi will face the Nationals on Saturday, and the 23-year-old makes for an interesting play against a Nationals lineup that's underperformed as a whole all season. Eovaldi's velocity has jumped to better than 96 mph, but he's sporting a 7.3 swinging strike rate and sub-5.00 K/9, largely because he pitches from behind in the count so much. His 52.6 percent first-pitch strike rate shows he falls behind way too often, but he's managed a 2.55 ERA and 4.17 FIP in spite of that shortcoming.

Roberto Hernandez -- The former Fausto is still being plagued by a 20.5% HR/FB ratio, but he's been solid outside of that and most of his homer troubles have come on the road. Hernandez has allowed two fewers long balls at home in 2 1/3 more innings than he's thrown on the road. He draws home starts against the Twins (Monday) and Astros (Saturday), the latter of which should make for a particularly good source of strikeouts. Hernandez's 3.57 K/BB ratio and 51 percent ground-ball rate are good traits for a spot start, and he receives love from both xFIP (3.53) and SIERA (3.59) going forward.

Jose Iglesias -- I'm not sure exactly how Iglesias is only owned in 34% of Yahoo leagues right now (ESPN players have caught on), but the Red Sox shortstop will reap the benefits of facing Jeremy Bonderman and Aaron Harang on consecutive days this Wednesday and Thursday. Really, any Red Sox starter that's available in your league is worth picking up against that tandem.


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