Monday, August 12, 2013

Advice For Streaming Pitchers

Article submitted by
Russell Burton

If you are a fantasy owner who often gets forced into streaming pitchers, there are some things you have to know. Not all match-ups are created equal and neither are all streamable pitchers to state the obvious. However, there is an art to making streaming pitchers beneficial to your squad. The list below is 7 guys who are probably available in your league and what you should know before inserting them in your lineup for a
spot start.

John Lackey Boston Red Sox, 74% owned
Don’t start Lackey on the road or against the AL East. Lackey is a very respectable 4-2 at home with a 2.15 ERAbut is 3-7 on the road with a 4.02 ERA. Here are his numbers vs. the AL East, 1-4 with a 5.82 ERA compared to 6-5 record with a 2.25 record against all others.

A.J. Griffin Oakland A’s, 57 % owned

There’s not a lot here in terms of obvious splits. Griffin is 5-3 at home with a 3.63 ERA and 5-5 with a 4.19 ERA on the road. The strikeouts are the same so you have a small benefit in starting him at home. The only real advantage with Griffin is he better within the division than out of it, 5-3 with a 3.77 ERA and a much higher K/9 ratio of 7.84.

Andrew Cashner San Diego Padres, 6 % owned

Feel free to use Cashner, just make sure it is at home. He is 5-2 at the friendly Petco field with a 2.51 ERA, compared to a 3-4 record on the road with a 5.05 ERA.

Bud Norris Baltimore Orioles, 51% owned

Norris has been great at home (Baltimore and Houston) and terrible on the road. Norris is 5-4 at home with a 2.92 ERA and 3-5 with a 5.36 ERA on the road. The other split to be aware of is his splits against righties and lefties. Righties are hitting .230 against him with 1 home run and lefties are hitting .305 with 12 homers. All this makes Norris a solid start at home against mostly right-handed lineups.
Alexi Ogando Texas Rangers, 45% owned

Over Ogando’s career he has been just about the same pitcher at home or on the road. The splits you need to know are his stats in the division and against righties/lefties. Ogando has dominated righties during his career, except for this season. From 2010-2012 righties were hitting .196 compared to .297 off him this season. Ogando hasn’t been the picture of health this season so I think that number comes back at some point. History for him has proved that you can trust him against divisional opponents, over his career he is 7-1 with a 3.07 ERA including 3-0 this year with a 2.76 ERA.

Jorge De La Rosa Colorado Rockies, 29% owned

Jorge’s splits are kind of the opposite of what you would expect considering that he pitches his home games atCoors Field. De La Rosa has actually been much better in that hitters paradise with a 7-1 record and a 2.59 ERA at home compared to 4-5 with a 3.84 ERA at home. Keep an eye out for his interleague starts as well, he has only given up 1 run in 20 innings.

Ricky Nolasco Los Angeles Dodgers, 23% owned

Nolasco has been a streamer for years because he has been so up and down his entire career. Nolasco has actually been pretty good this season and very useful on the road this year. Nolasco is 5-3 on the road with a 2.99 ERA and 3-6 at home with a 4.57 ERA. It is hard for me to say I trust Ricky, but the fact is, he has been useful this year.

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