by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Every league is different, and sometimes you find a surprising name on your waiver wire for a variety of reasons. With that in mind look closely to see what’s out there, but here are a few names owned in less than 50% of CBS Sports leagues who could be worthy streamers for the coming weekend:
Thursday, September 7
Kyle Gibson – Minnesota Twins
at Kansas City
The fact that he’s opposing Oneki Garcia immediately makes him an intriguing play, because you’d think he’d have a good shot at a victory. Gibson has also been pitching exceptionally well of late, allowing 3 ER or fewer in seven straight starts and showing an ability to get strikeouts (20 K over his last 19.2 IP). Then you have the matchup with Kansas City, who is a bottom ten offense at home (288 runs scored tie them for the seventh fewest in baseball), and it all comes together perfectly.
Comfort Level – 4-stars
Friday, September 8
No Trustworthy Option
This had been Sal Romano’s spot, but he was shifted to Sunday (and is still included as a streaming option). Sure you can roll the dice on Amir Garrett (at NYM), but do you want to? Wade Miley (at Cle) and Jharel Cotton (vs. Hou) are candidates, but given the matchups they’d be close 1-star comfort level options and therefore aren’t worth considering.
Saturday, September 9
No Trustworthy Option
I considered Josh Tomlin as an option, but he’s been extremely home run prone and the Orioles lead the league in homers this season. That obviously makes it an extremely tough sell.
Sunday, September 10
Erasmo Ramirez – Seattle Mariners
vs. Los Angeles Angels
There are quite a few intriguing options including Rafael Montero (vs. Cincinnati) and Odrisamer Despaigne (at Atlanta). However it’s Ramirez that we’ll feature here. In seven starts since being traded to Seattle he owns a 3.52 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. His big issue has been home runs (2.11 HR/9), but the Angels have been one of the least potent offenses on the road (77 HR).
Sal Romano – Cincinnati Reds
at New York Mets
This one is a bit of a gamble, but the Mets’ lineup resembles that of a Double-A squad these days so any pitcher could be worth the gamble. Romano isn’t a big strikeout pitcher, though pitching in New York he shouldn’t be hurt by the long ball. The key is going to be throwing strikes, something he’s had issues with at times. He’s also been a much better pitcher on the road than at home:
- Home – 5.34 ERA
- Road – 3.90 ERA
It all comes together for a gamble worth taking if you are desperate.
Comfort Level – 3-stars
Sources – CBS Sports, MLB.com, Fangraphs