by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Keep in mind that at this point in the season any pitcher can be scratched at any time for any reason. When looking for a streaming option you have to be careful and monitor the news and situations closely, but with that thought in mind let’s take a look at a few streaming options over the final two days of the season:
Saturday, September 30
Jake Junis – Kansas City Royals – vs. Arizona
CBS Sports – 48%, ESPN – 18.9%
If you look at Junis’ overall 4.39 ERA and 1.29 WHIP you aren’t going to be very impressed, though he has a split that needs to catch your attention:
- Home – 3.49 ERA
- Road – 5.03 ERA
Arizona’s offense also isn’t impressive on the road, with a .395 SLG (23rd in the league) and .233 AVG (28th in the league). While he’s not guaranteed a win, things seem to lean in Junis’ favor for a strong outing to finish up the season.
Sunday, October 1
Daniel Mengden – Oakland A’s – at Texas
CBS Sports – 25%, ESPN – 38.8%
Mengden wasn’t as impressive as he has been in his last outing, but he still owns a 1.93 ERA in four September starts and will take on a Texas offense that is hitting .231 in September. He is tentatively scheduled to face off with Cole Hamels, but there’s talk that Hamels won’t take the mound and that will further strengthen Mengden’s case (likely giving him a better shot at a win).
Anibal Sanchez – Detroit Tigers – at Minnesota
CBS Sports – 13%, ESPN – 4.4%
Over his past three starts Sanchez has allowed 4 ER over 18.0 IP, with 25 K vs. 5 BB in the process. The Twins will have nothing to play for, instead likely resting their regulars as they prepare for their Wild Card matchup. With the way he’s pitching and that in mind, Sanchez has a good chance to finish his season on a high note.
Sources – CBS Sports, ESPN, MLB.com