by Will Overton
Four more days left and the season is over. I’ve already said it more than once, but it’s time to pull out all the stops and go for broke to win your league or in some cases just get into the money positions. One of the ways to go about this is using a pitching stream for these last few days
So I am here to give you some names of pitchers I would personally advise using if you are going to go this route:
Tommy Milone – Oakland A’s vs. Seattle Mariners: In six of Milone’s last seven starts he has allowed three runs or less. The last time Milone took on the Mariners he went 6 IP and allowed two runs while striking out a season high 10 batters. And that was in Seattle. Tomorrow is at home and Milone has a 2.68 ERA in Oakland. In four games total against Seattle this season Milone has only allowed four runs. The combination of pitching at home and pitching against Seattle is too hard to pass up with Milone. I’d use him without much of a second thought.
Nate Eovaldi – Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies: This is probably more for just deep league players, but Eovaldi has looked more like the pitcher he has been hyped to be in his last couple starts. Eovaldi has only allowed two runs in his last 14 IP with 13 K’s and only 4 BB’s. Walks were a problem for Eovaldi earlier on, but he hasn’t walked more than two in a game in his last six starts. Eovaldi’s last three starts in Miami were also all quality starts which is a positive sign. I don’t love the matchup with Philadelphia, but Eovaldi has pitched well enough to make him worth gambling on in the right kind of league.
Josh Collmenter – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs: This is part matchup and part faith in the pitcher. The Cubs are possibly the most appealing team to have a pitcher face right now with their mediocre at best offense. On the bonus side, I actually like Collmenter. He’s a decent strikeout pitcher who can be a good one with 78 K’s in 85.1 IP. The Diamondbacks had him in the bullpen for a while, but they just brought him back to the rotation earlier this week and he ended up going 5 IP with just 2 H and 1 R. A pitcher who is better than he gets credit for and an offense that can’t seem to put together big innings makes a nice recipe for pitching stream success.