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This Week In Streaming Strategy

A look around the league at some of the most favorable matchups that are on the horizon...

Andrew Albers: As if the White Sox's lineup wasn't struggling enough, they've now traded Alex Rios and replaced him with a talented but raw prospect in Avisail Garcia. The White Sox have struggled against lefties all season, posting the third-worst OPS against southpaws, and the little-owned Albers has opened his career with 17 1/3 scoreless innings; an 8 1/3 scoreless gem against the Royals and a shutout against the Indians. Albers' success is largely a factor of BABIP, but his plus ground-ball rate and razor-sharp command should be enough to muster a third straight impressive outing against a depleted White Sox offense.

Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler: The Giants simply can't buy offense right now. Entering play Tuesday they'd scored just 27 runs this month due to a .598 collective OPS. In other words, as a team, they're hitting like a cross between Darwin Barney and Maicer Izturis. The imagery there may be a job for MLB Face Swap, but it's up to fantasy owners to take advantage of the situation. Eovaldi is somehow owned in just five percent of Yahoo leagues despite a 2.82 ERA in 60 1/3 innings. Alvarez has a 3.18 ERA and 2.95 FIP in 51 innings, and Koehler's 4.62 ERA isn't as telling as his 3.99 FIP. If you're looking for readily available quality starts and boosts to your ratio, consider the Marlins' young rotation.

Jenrry Mejia: I don't know if people haven't noticed Mejia's outrageous 2.22 ERA, and 7.33 K/BB ratio, or if they just don't care because they're frightened of and confused by his peculiar name. I'm going to assume it's the latter, because there's not much to dislike about his 8.1 K/9, 1.1 BB/9 and 57.4 percent ground-ball rate so far. He has a 2.68 FIP, 2.45 xFIP and 2.61 SIERA... and he's facing the Padres, who have scored a whopping 26 runs this month. Jenrry, I've got your number! (I immediately regret typing that... sigh)

Kole Calhoun: A left-handed hitter facing Phil Hughes and his 6.18 home ERA should be enticing enough, but Calhoun is even more enticing given his hot start to the season. A top prospect in the Angels' system (which, admittedly, is a weak farm), Calhoun is hitting .283/.382/.500 with three homers in 15 games this season. Hughes, meanwhile, has given up an unthinkable 16 homers in 62 2/3 innings at Yankee Stadium (2.3 HR/9), and lefties have an .877 OPS against him. Oh, and did I mention that Calhoun goes on to enter a weekend series against the Astros and their MLB-worst 4.91 ERA (and a lot of that was with Bud Norris, Jose Veras and Wesley Wright on board). Houston has a 5.15 ERA this month. Calhoun needs to be owned.

Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe: If ever there was a time to be excited about owning Brian Dozier, now is it. Not only is Dozier batting .327/.390/.712 this month, he has a rare all-lefty series this weekend. Granted, one of them is Chris Sale, but Dozier is hitting a delicious .310/.392/.595 against southpaws this season. Plouffe, meanwhile, in addition to having a tremendously fun name to say ("Ploof!"), is hitting lefties at a .324/.405/.515 pace this season.

Darin Ruf, Cody Asche: The Philadelphia duo has the tall task of facing Chad Bettis and ...Jeff Manship? Really, Manship is in a Major League rotation again? Well, anyhow, they're facing that pairing, though the respectable Jhoulys Chacin is sandwiched between them. Manship has a career ERA north of 6.00, while Bettis' 5.06 ERA is somehow a full run better than his 6.23 FIP. Sure it's a small sample, but he's already allowed three homers in 16 innings after averaging 1.3 per nine in the minors. Asche crushed right-handed pitching at Triple-A, and Ruf has four homers on the month already with an .882 OPS.

Lastly, I regret to inform you that Jeff Baker does not have any upcoming matchups against lefties. I know... I'm as hurt by at is you are. 


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