24 Jul Fantasy Baseball: Week 17 SP Spot Starts
By: Mike Stromme – @stromme_93
Both the non-waiver and fantasy baseball trade deadlines are just around the corner. Is your team a buyer or seller?
Here are a few streaming options that should help your team get over the hump this week.
Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks:
Corbin continues to pitch brilliantly since the beginning of May. He hasn’t allowed more than three ERs in any of his last eight starts, five of which were Quality Starts. He’s also struck out 5+ hitters in each of those eight starts and walked more than two just once. That’s a pretty solid stretch of baseball, nearly three-quarters of his starts thus far.
Next Sunday, Corbin is scheduled to take the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals have struggled against LHP since coming back from the All-Star Break. They’ve hit just .170, and struck out 26.0% of the time with just a minuscule .220 OBP vs Lefties since coming back from the mid-season vacation.
Look for Corbin, a Southpaw, to continue his recent run of success next Sunday. He’s just 21.0% owned on ESPN.com.
Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays:
Snell, a young and electric arm in the Tampa Bay Rays’ system, has struggled with his command thus far in the Major Leagues. He’s 0-5, with a 4.98 ERA and 1.63 WHIP on the year. Woof.
While his control has been a bit of an issue, he’s still managed to strike guys out. He’s struck out 24
over his last 19.2 IP. Mind you, he has walked 15 over that same stretch. He’s been what many call, “effectively wild”. I’m sure at some
point in AAA Durham, a veteran catcher told him to hit the f*cking Bull.
Next Saturday, he’ll hop on the bump in Yankee Stadium to take on the Bronx Bombers. Much like the Cardinals, the Yankees have struggled against LHP coming out of the break. They’ve hit a measly .225 with a .275 OPB while striking out 25.3% of the time.
If it’s late in the week, and you’re behind in strikeouts, take a chance with Snell. Streaming Snell doesn’t come without risk, he may or may not destroy your WHIP. But if you’re in need of Ks, he might be worth the risk.
You shouldn’t have any trouble picking him up, he’s just 5.1% owned on ESPN.com.
Martin Perez, Texas Rangers:
Hmm, another lefty. What do ya know?!
Much like the Yankees and Cardinals, the Marlins have struggled against LHP since the unofficial start to the second half of the season. Get this, they’ve struck out in a WHOPPING 32.1% of at-bats vs Southpaws, own a .250 OBP and have hit just .236. While they’re making better contact than the other two teams, they’re striking out A TON and not walking. Bad combination.
While Perez isn’t a “strikeout pitcher” per se, he’s getting the right matchup at the right time. He’s had some strikeout number this season, striking out 8 Phillies over 7 IP back on May 18.
Okay, I might be grasping at straws for this one, but I still feel like it’s the right spot for Perez. He gets the Marlins on Monday night, and my gut tells me he could rack up the Ks in that one. This one’s better suited for deep mixed leagues/AL-only formats.
He’s ownership percentage is just 2.9% on ESPN.com.