Incredibly, the Fantasy Baseball season you started preparing for when there was snow on the ground has just a few weeks left to it. Major league rosters are expanding, and that means that you’ll have a wealth of new high profile prospects to consider adding to your season-long Fantasy teams. As you struggle to put your best possible roster out there, you need to stay focused, do your homework and try to make wise decisions. It’s challenging to start the right combination of pitchers at any time of year, but as the season winds down it gets even more difficult. If you are looking for pitchers that you can stream, I’ve got you covered. I’ve identified another seven starters that are owned in 56 percent or less of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy leagues, who have favorable matchups between September 2 and September 8. As usual I warn you, some of these selections may not be suitable for the faint of heart…
All quoted stats are accurate as of the morning of September 1
Taylor Jungmann (R), Brewers, 51 percent owned, vs. Pirates
Venue: Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
Taylor Jungmann has been one of the bright lights in an otherwise dismal season for the Brewers. Since making his debut on June 9, he has given up more than three runs in just two of his 15 starts. Opposing batters have had a hard time negotiating his pitching repertoire, which includes his four seam fastball, curve, changeu and a hard sinker, which he seems to instinctively know when best to use. Although his overall numbers are very good, with a 1.50 ERA and 9.4 K/9, he is especially tough when he pitches at home. He only has two career starts against his opponent, the Pirates, but in that small sample size he has won both games, registering a 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and a .167 BAA vs. the Bucs.
Kyle Gibson, (R), Twins, 16 percent owned, vs. White Sox
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
Kyle Gibson takes on a White Sox team that has scored the fourth fewest runs in baseball this season. Gibson gets to pitch at home, where he has been most successful this season. Overall he has a 9-9 won/loss record with a 3.82 ERA, but he’s won six of his 10 decisions at Target Field, where his ERA drops to 2.92. Gibson has won his three previous starts against the White Sox, and he has pitched to a 2.20 ERA while compiling a 0.80 WHIP against them. The Twinkies are struggling to keep their wild card hopes alive, and are four games over .500 overall, but they elevate their level of play when they are home. They are 15 games over .500 at Target Field.
Luis Severino, (R), Yankees, 56 percent owned, vs. Rays
Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Luis Severino hasn’t given up more than three runs in any of his first five starts and based on the run scoring abilities of his next opponent, the Rays, he is likely to make it to six starts. The Rays have scored just 489 runs, the third fewest in baseball. Although we only have a small sample size by which to judge him by, Severino has put up some impressive stats. Opposing batters are hitting just .200 against him and he is averaging a strikeout per inning pitched.
Danny Duffy, (L), Royals 23 percent owned vs. White Sox
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
I promise you, I didn’t plan on picking on the White Sox this week. It just sort of happened. I’ve already mentioned what a tough time they are having scoring runs this season, and to add insult to injury they face a Royals team that has given up the sixth least average runs per game (3.52). Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy has enjoyed moderate success in his few appearances against the White Sox, winning three of his four career starts and compiling a 3.52 ERA, (Duffy and the Royals should play 352 in their local lottery game) against them. Considering that their opponent is 24 games over .500 at Kauffman Stadium, and the fact that their starting pitcher, Jose Quintana, has an 0-6 lifetime won/loss record and 4.68 ERA against the Royals, the White Sox will have their work cut out for them in this matchup.
Joe Ross, (R) Nationals, 36 percent owned, vs. Braves
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
Joe Ross has a lot of things going for him in his upcoming start against the Braves. Mainly, he is a good pitcher. He’s given up three runs or less in nine of his 11 starts, and with 65 strikeouts in 66.2 innings against 11 walks, he’s shown great command. Opposing batters are hitting just .221 against him, his line drive rate is just 15 percent and he’s got a 12.8 percent swinging strike rate. To top it off, Ross’ xFIP, FIP and SIERA are all lower than his season long 3.24 ERA. If all of those stats don’t convince you to use him as a streaming option, consider that he is facing a Braves team that has scored the fewest runs in baseball (475), is 26 games under .500 when they play on the road, and has lost 14 of their last 17 games. I’d say those are some pretty convincing stats.
Yovanni Gallardo, (R), Rangers, 52 percent owned vs. Mariners
Venue: Safeco Field, Seattle, WA
Yovanni Gallardo has adjusted well to his move to the American League this season, winning 11 games and pitching to a respectable overall 3.14 ERA. He has pitched well of late, posting a 4-0 won/loss record and a 1.98 ERA for the month of August. Gallardo faces a Mariners team that despite having hit the fifth most home runs in the majors, has scored the sixth fewest runs in baseball this season. Gallardo is among the league leaders (right behind Clayton Kershaw for 13th place) with a 0.64 HR/9 rate, and that should help him minimize the threat from the Mariners’ power bats. Their free swinging ways should also work in Gallardo’s favor. The Mariners have the third highest offensive strikeout total in the major leagues this season. Gallardo should also benefit from having a hot team playing behind him. The Rangers have won 12 of their last 18 games, and with a 36-30 road record, they actually play better away from Globe Life Park.
Aaron Nola, (R), Phillies, 29 percent owned vs. Braves
Venue: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
With a 23-18 post All-Star break won/loss record, the Phillies are trying hard to lose their reputation as pushovers, and young players like Aaron Nola have been largely responsible for their recent resurgence. Nola, who has limited opposing hitters to a .212 BAA this season, takes on the aforementioned weak-hitting Atlanta Braves. Nola has only started eight games in his career, but he has managed to record five wins to go along with his overall 3.26 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He’s already beaten the Braves earlier this season, and with a 2.74 ERA and 7.8 K/9, Nola has been especially effective when he pitches at home.