Hello all! Fantasy Baseball can be hard, especially with all of the pitching injuries that occur every year. With that in mind, streaming pitchers can be a viable strategy, even with the risk involved. That’s why I look at splits to minimize the risk and determine the best two starters in any given day that are owned in less than half of fantasy baseball leagues. Here is the Streaming Pitchers report for August 7.
Streaming Pitchers: 8/7/2015
Mike Montgomery – SEA (vs. TEX)
Montgomery was drafted by the Royals in the supplemental round of the 2008 Draft. While he had promise, he started having trouble with control in the upper levels of the Royals’ system. He was eventually traded to the Rays as part of the James Shields/Wil Myers trade. In 2014, he excelled in his brief stint in the lower levels, but lagged behind in strikeouts and had control issues again in the upper minors. He was traded once again, this time to Seattle for struggling starter Erasmo Ramirez. He was suddenly striking more guys out and walking less in nine starts in AAA. He was finally called up, showing decent K’s and control, good grounders, which added up to an okay but not great FIP and xFIP. His ERA will have you thinking he’s finally put it all together, but I don’t see that being the case. Still, he might be able to maintain some sort of success and be a good streaming option. He faces the Rangers in his next start, and this should be a good opportunity to use him. The Rangers have a 95 wRC+ on the road and an 84 wRC+against lefties. He should have an opportunity to continue his successful rise to the majors, however brief it may be.
Jorge de la Rosa – COL (@ WAS)
For some reason, a Rockies pitcher always seems like a risky pick to stream with, even when they don’t pitch in Colorado. One could say the same for de la Rosa, although his problems are interesting in their own right. While he’s been fairly decent at home, de la Rosa has had his share of issues on the road. Regardless, I think he’s a useful streamer if you need him, since everyone else will probably steer clear because of the Coors Field association. Also, like I said yesterday, the Nationals lineup is pretty lackluster outside of Harper. They have an 89 wRC+ at home and an 88 wRC+ against lefties. Like I said, it’s a risky pick, but it could pay off big for you if it hits. I’d take the chance if you need him.
Good luck and happy streaming!