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Streaming Starters: September 17-23: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Joe Ross, Matt Harvey & More)

by Ken Balderston

Any team looking at a stretch run to the money could use a boost in the pitching game, and some can be found on your waiver wire.  While not an exact science, there are usually effective options out there for the astute owner.  Let’s see who could impress this week:

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

Derek Holland – Giants (at Padres, 40% owned) ‘A’
On the season, consisting of 28 starts and 157 IP, Holland has a 3.46 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9 K/9.  The ERA is better than Luis Severino, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka’s, while the WHIP better than Jon Lester and Jose Quintana’s and the K/9 is better than Zack Greinke, Zack Wheeler and Corey Kluber.  What am I getting at here?  Why is this guy still available in 60% of CBS leagues? Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: September 17-23: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Keller, Gray & More)

by Ray Kuhn

We are now at that point in the season… Crunch Time. With just two weeks left in the regular season tensions are heightened as there are championships to win. We have to keep in mind that Major League teams don’t exactly have your best interests in mind and they could shuffle their rotation or give pitchers extra rest. The other issue is that with an increasing number of teams not concerned about the regular season we have more teams to target with opposing pitching.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the current options for those pitchers who are scheduled to take the mound twice in this week:

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Boston
  2. Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays – at Texas; at Toronto
  3. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at Miami; vs. NY Mets
  4. Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. NY Mets; at Atlanta

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Streaming Starters: September 10-16: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Alcantara, F. Pena & More)

by Ken Balderston

Any team looking at a stretch run to the money could use a boost in the pitching game, and some can be found on your waiver wire.  While not an exact science, there are usually effective options out there for the astute owner.  Let’s see who could impress this week:

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

No truly enticing options this week, but there are a few interesting ones listed below

 

B Grade

Some nice upside but also some risk

Sandy Alcantara – Marlins (at Mets, 14% owned) ‘B+’
The center of the Marcel Ozuna trade this past offseason, Marlins fans surely are expecting big things from Alcantara.  With a big arm, as he’s able to hit triple digits (though he’s settled in around 95 so far in the Majors in 2018), Alcantara showed how much potential he has in his last start going 7 innings allowing 3 H, 2 BB and 6 K against the Phillies.  Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: September 10-16: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Wheeler, Junis & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Here we are… In the majority of head-to-head leagues the playoffs are beginning, and each roster decision begins to take on greater emphasis. The same can be said in roto leagues and it’s time to be realistic. Can you truly gain meaningful points in strikeouts?  Is chasing wins worth the risk? What will that do your ratios?  Risk versus reward must be weighed… Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Tampa Bay; vs. Detroit
  2. Justin Verlander – Houston Astros – at Detroit; vs. Arizona

Tier Two:

  1. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. Milwaukee; vs. Cincinnati
  2. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – at Colorado; at Houston
  3. Alex Wood – Los Angeles Dodgers – at Cincinnati; at St. Louis
  4. Zack Wheeler – New York Mets – vs. Miami; at Boston

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Streaming Starters: September 3-9: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Reynaldo Lopez & More)

by Ken Balderston

Any team looking at a stretch run to the money could use a boost in the pitching game, and some can be found on your waiver wire.  While not an exact science, there are usually effective options out there for the astute owner.  Let’s see who could impress this week:

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

No truly enticing options this week, but there are a few interesting ones listed below

 

B Grade

Some nice upside but also some risk

Reynaldo Lopez – White Sox (vs. Tigers, 44% owned) ‘B’
Lopez has always intrigued owners with his tantalizing stuff, but so far he’s failed to register high strikeout rates in 2018 with only 116 in 155 innings or a 6.73 K/9.  He has been much better of late, with 18 K in his last 3 starts covering 14.2 IP (11.05 K/9).  Those 3 starts resulted in a 5.52 ERA, but that’s largely thanks to a rough home start against the Royals (6 ER in 2 IP) while he handled the Yankees and Tigers on the road in the other two starts, giving up 3 ER total in 12.2 IP.  Read more

Streaming Starters: August 20-26: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Junis, Gomber & More)

by Ken Balderston

Now comfortably into the second half of the year, offenses have built up an ample sample size to make streaming against them even more attractive.  While not an exact science there are usually effective options out there for the astute owner.  Let’s see who could impress this week:

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

Derek Holland – Giants (at Mets, 35% owned) ‘A-‘
Holland has quietly put up a very solid season, sporting a 3.83 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, and seems to have learned how to strike guys out (9.19 K/9 on the year).  Of late he’s been even better, with a 3.31 ERA in his last 3 starts and despite pitching his home games in Pac Bell Park, and having the Rockies in the same division, has managed a better road ERA (3.56) than home (4.18).  He’ll be on the road this week against the Mets, who have really struggled to score at home with a league worst home OPS of .632 and only 198 runs scored in 61 games (3.25 average per game).  Holland is still available in a large number of CBS leagues (only 35% ownership rate) and owners looking to stream should really consider this ideal matchup.  Read more