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Just about a quarter of the baseball season has been completed and although pitchers still generally have the upper hand over batters this season, there still have been an incredible number of pitchers populating the disabled list and Dr. Andrews has still been busy scheduling Tommy John surgeries. As long as major league pitchers keep succumbing to injuries, many of you will need to resort to streaming pitchers. I’ve identified another seven pitchers who are owned in less than 62 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy leagues that have favorable matchups and a good chance of providing your Fantasy team with a decent start between Wednesday May 27 and Tuesday June 2. As always, I warn you, some of these picks may not be suitable for the faint of heart…
All quoted stats are accurate as of the morning of 5/26/15
Ubaldo Jimenez, (R), Orioles, 61 percent owned, vs. Astros
Venue: Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Every few years things seem to click for Ubaldo Jimenez. From 2008 to 2010, he had a cumulative ERA under three. He followed that up with two bad seasons, a good 2013, a bad 2014…well, it looks like this is going to be one of those good years. He has a 2.82 ERA 1.12 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 44.2 innings. In his next start he faces an Astros team that is batting just .234 against right-handed pitchers and has the second most offensive strikeouts in baseball. Jimenez also has the benefit of pitching at home, where he has won three out of his four starts and has a 1.29 ERA and .79 WHIP. In comparison, on the road he has a 5.40 ERA and 1.68 WHIP. He will also be the beneficiary of a Baltimore offense that is batting .281 when it gets a taste of home cookin’.
Nick Martinez, (R), Rangers, 37 percent owned, vs. Red Sox
Venue: Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX
I believe that Nick Martinez is due a big dose of regression before this 2015 season is done, but lucky for him this week he gets to face a Boston Red Sox offense that at .219, has the worst road batting average of any team in baseball. At this point, ride Martinez for as long as you can, especially when he has a favorable matchup. Take advantage of and ride his above average but unsustainable 81.4 Strand rate, his incredible 4.8 percent HR/FB rate and his 1.96 ERA. Martinez will have a Texas Rangers offense that has scored 10 or more runs in three out of their last four games in his back pocket when he takes on the Bosox this Thursday.
Dan Haren, (R) Marlins, 53 percent owned, vs. Mets
Venue: Citi Field, Flushing, NY
Despite reports that Dan Haren was not thrilled with the concept of having to make his living in Miami, he has adjusted nicely, having given up two or fewer runs in seven of his nine starts this season. The Mets have crashed back down to earth after a very hot start and are batting just .229 against right-handed pitching this season. His projected opponent, the “Dark Knight” himself, Matt Harvey, has been rumored to be suffering from a case of “dead arm”, so even though Haren hasn’t exactly dominated the Mets in his career starts against them, he might not have to pitch at his best in order to squeak out a win against the “Amazins.”
Kyle Gibson, (R), Twins, 14 percent owned, vs. Blue Jays
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
This looks like the perfect matchup to consider streaming Kyle Gibson. You’ve got Gibson and his home 3-1 won/loss record, 1.40 ERA and 1.17 WHIP against Aaron Sanchez and his road 5.75 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. Gibson should get plenty of support from a Minnesota team that has won 16 of 22 in the month of May and an offense that thrives when playing at home with a .294 batting average.
Chase Anderson, (R) Diamondbacks, 23 percent owned, vs. Brewers
Venue: Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
Although they have shown signs of life as of late, the Brewers are still eighth in overall runs scored and last in the majors in batting with a .226 average. In Chase Anderson they face a pitcher who loves pitching on the road. Miller Park isn’t the greatest venue for any starting pitcher but Anderson has done a good job keeping the ball in the park this season and has lowered his HR/FB rate to 3.7 percent, down from 13.6 last season. He has a road ERA of 1.42 to go along with his .91 WHIP. Anderson has given up three or fewer runs in eight of his nine starts this season. On the other hand, Anderson’s opposing pitcher, Kyle Lohse, has a 7.09 ERA when pitching in Miller Park.
Jaime Garcia, (L), Cardinals, 15 percent owned vs. Brewers
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Believe it or not, the Brewers’ offense is even worse when they face a left-hander. They are batting .200 against south paws and in Jaime Garcia they face a lefty who has a lifetime 3.49 ERA that drops down to 2.91 when he pitches at home. Garcia gave up more walks than I would have like to have seen in his first start last week against the Mets, but he was crafty enough to walk away from the game with the win and only two earned runs allowed. The Cardinals’ offense is batting .284 at home and should provide Garcia with a comfortable cushion in his start against Milwaukee.
Mike Wright, (R), Orioles, 16 percent owned vs. Astros
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Mike Wright has pitched 14.1 scoreless innings to start his major league career but he will be put to the test against a Houston Astros team that leads the majors in home runs. Wright hasn’t given up a home run in his first two starts as of yet, and had a sparkling .70 HR/9 rate while in the minor leagues. Wright is a strikeout pitcher who compiled a 7.4 K/9 rate in his minor league career, a skill set that will come in handy when he faces a Houston offense that is second in the major leagues with 427 strikeouts. Wright will look to use his fastball, which tops out in the mid-90s and take advantage of an Astros team that has never tried hitting his slider and change. Wright might surprise some you when he takes on an Astros team that has had trouble hitting in their home park, as their .215 home batting average demonstrates.