Streaming Starters (2016): May 30 – June 5: Jon Gray (Even at Coors), Robbie Ray & 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, May 30
Kendall Graveman – Oakland A’s – vs. Minnesota
Graveman has not been very good this season, but there’s a noticeable split in his numbers:

  • Home – 3.47 ERA
  • Road – 7.23 ERA

The major difference is 9 HR allowed in his 5 starts on the road, compared to 1 HR in 4 starts at home.  The Twins entered Sunday with the sixth worst road SLG (.383), making this an intriguing opportunity for those in the deepest of formats.  That said, under most scenarios Graveman isn’t going to be a pitcher we’re trusting. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Look Who’s Streaking – Hot Hitters Who Are Worth Adding

by Will Overton

Sometimes the best way to approach the waiver wire is to look for the hottest players and ride it out. If you have an open spot on your team due to an injury or a poor performer you may not be able to land a potential long term solution. If that’s the case you might want to look for the hottest guy out there and wait for him to cool off, or for a long term option to become available.

Here are some of the hottest bats available in a majority of fantasy baseball leagues at the moment. I’ll give my take on their value and the possibility that their hot streak can last. Let’s get to work:

Johnny Giavotella – 2B, Los Angeles Angels: After being a part-time player for much of the first month of the season, Giavotella has been holding down the second base job for the Angels the last four weeks. He has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games with 10 runs scored and 9 RBI. He is 28 and has never been much more than a utility infielder and was never really known for his bat, but this is quite an extended hot streak. The Angels are experimenting with him in the #5 spot in the order, which could really boost his value. Given the lack of depth at the position he plays he may be worth riding out until he cools off and gets dropped in the order again, even though I don’t think this is sustainable long term. Read more

Bullpen Notes: May 29, 2016: Change in Oakland?, Familia’s Struggles Continue & 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 05/29/16 Box Scores: Selling Nelson, How to Handle Velasquez & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Michael Wacha rebounded, somewhat, allowing 3 ER on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 6, over 6.0 IP.  Prince Fielder delivered a home run, his first since April 19, though it was his lone hit on the day (he has just 3 multi-hit games in May).  Drew Pomeranz struggled, allowing 6 ER over 5.0 IP, in what could symbolize the beginning of his regression.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Is it time to pay attention to Hyun Soo Kim…
He got his fifth straight start yesterday, going 1-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R.  Over this stretch he’s gone 7-18 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 3 R.  It’s not much, but there’s always been significant upside with the likelihood that it was going to take him time to acclimate himself to the U.S. game.  Granted he entered the day with a .436 BABIP and 66.7% groundball rate, so his .383 average is unlikely to continue, but he has just 7 K vs. 6 BB over 47 AB thus far.  His plate discipline was always expected to be his calling card, though he had also shown a power surge in his final season in the KBO.  While he’s hardly a must own option right now, he should be monitored in all formats (and is worth grabbing in deeper leagues thanks to the recent struggles of Joey Rickard). Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2016: May 30 – June 5: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Where does the season go? I feel like just yesterday we were advising patience and talking about all of the time we had to evaluate our teams for their true identities to be revealed. Now, just like that, the calendar will be turning to June. The week kicks off with Memorial Day, and while you should have already been evaluating your squad and looking for ways to improve, those efforts should truly be kicked into high gear. with that in mind let’s take a look at how the two-start pitchers rank for the coming week:

Tier One:

  1. Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins – vs. Pittsburgh; vs. NY Mets
  2. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – vs. LA Dodgers; vs. Arizona
  3. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Miami; vs. LA Angels
  4. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Texas; vs. Kansas City

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Interleague Impact (May 30 – June 5): Nelson Cruz, Avisail Garcia & 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):

 

Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks (2 games)
Arizona Diamondbacks at Houston Astros (2 games)

Houston Astros
They will lose the DH for a pair of games, but with Evan Gattis now seeing time behind the plate the impact will be minimal.  He will likely split the two games in Arizona with Jason Castro, which shouldn’t alter the outlook for either player (especially since catchers generally get a day of rest during the week).  Use them as you normally would. Read more