Streaming Starters (2016): June 27 – July 3: Robbie Ray For 2, A Pair Of Braves & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone who looks to stream pitchers every week?  It can be a high risk, high reward strategy and you have to be willing and ready to swing and miss from time to time.  With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the recommended streaming options for the coming week (though that doesn’t mean that they are “safe” or guarantees to produce):

 

Monday, June 27
Robbie Ray (ARI) vs. Philadelphia
We talked about Ray in detail over the weekend (click here to view), and his sudden change in approach (more fastball oriented) certainly appears to be working.  The Phillies entered Sunday with a league worst average against LHP (.225) and the second worst SLG (.327).  With home runs being the biggest concern when it comes to Ray and the Phillies having just 9 HR against LHP on the year, there is definitely reason to believe. Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 26, 2016: Is Oh Now “The Man” In St. Louis & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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10 Important Stories From 06/26/16 Box Scores: Buying or Selling Nola, Stroman/Smyly’s Struggles & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Victor Martinez had a big day in a losing effort, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  Jose Fernandez piled up the strikeouts, striking out 13 en route to a victory over the Cubs (7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB).  Ian Kennedy took advantage of the free swinging Astros, allowing 1 R on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 11, over 7.0 IP.  Unfortunately the day was littered by horrific pitching performances, leaving us to wonder who we should give up on and who we should be trying to buy low.  Let’s try to answer those questions and look at all the stories we need to know from yesterday’s games:

1) The home runs continue to pile up for Nathan Eovaldi…
Taking on the Twins for the second straight start Eovaldi gave up 4 HR (Danny Santana, Max Kepler, Trevor Plouffe & Brian Dozier), leading to 5 ER on 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 4, over 6.0 IP.  It’s become a disturbing trend as he’s now allowed 2+ HR in three of his past four starts (10 HR in his past five starts).  He entered the day with a 51.2% groundball rate (and had 10 groundballs yesterday), but it hasn’t seemed to help him.  He’s now given up 17 HR on the season, including 7 on the road, and he simply doesn’t strikeout enough batters (7.81 K/9 entering the day, 6.63 for his career) to overcome that type of mark.  You can certainly argue that some of it is bad luck (17.1% HR/FB entering the day, compared to a career mark of 8.2%), but until he starts to show signs of improvement he’s more of a pitcher to stash on your bench. Read more

Interleague Impact (2016): June 27 – July 3: Carlos Santana, Alex Rodriguez, Matt Joyce (Sleeper) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that interleague play can cause some changes for our lineup construction.  Which NL teams are going to benefit from adding a DH for a few games?  Which AL teams are going to lose their DH, which may lead to fantasy owners needing to sit that player down?  Let’s take a look (all stats are through Friday unless otherwise noted):

 

Cleveland at Atlanta (3 games)
While Carlos Santana is the Indians’ primary DH, he’s capable of playing the field and isn’t going to be on the bench for these three games.  He’s played 22 games at first base this season (132 games there last year), and that’s most likely where he’ll find his playing time in this series.  Those starts would come at the expense of Mike Napoli, and it’s likely that Santana starts at least 2 of the games.  With a 7-game week, the other four games come in Toronto, Santana remains a must use option for the coming week.  As for Napoli, it all depends on your alternatives but in most formats he’s a borderline play.

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: June 27 – July 3: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Time really flies when you are having fun. This upcoming week takes us into July, and the All-Star break will be here before you know it. While Major League General Managers will wait another month to make moves, fantasy owners should be a little more proactive . The time is now to identify whether your team should be a buyer or a seller, and what assets you are going to move to improve your team. That also goes for your strategy with pitchers, and whether or not it is time to start streaming. Let’s take a look at who will be taking the mound twice this week should streaming be your preferred strategy:

Tier One:

  1. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at Cincinnati; at New York Mets
  2. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – at Washington; vs. Chicago Cubs
  3. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at New York Yankees; at Minnesota
  4. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Atlanta; At Toronto
  5. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – at Cincinnati; at New York Mets

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Bullpen Notes: June 25, 2016: Jeffress Locked In, Next Up In SD/Sea & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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