28 May Fantasy Baseball: Week 9 Streaming Options
By: Mike Stromme
Week nine, this is where things start to get interesting…
Here are three starting pitching streaming options for this week.
German Marquez, Colorado Rockies:
The second someone mentions a Colorado pitcher in fantasy, the immediate reaction is a little skittish. Mind you, the reaction isn’t totally unwarranted given where the Rockies play their home games. Luckily for us fantasy players, the Rockies are in the anti-Coors Field this weekend; Petco Park.
The Rockies are currently atop the NL West standings. A big reason for the Rockie resurgence is due to some half-decent pitching. Guys like Tyler Anderson, Tyler Chatwood and German Marquez have done their part to win ball games in a park that makes pitching difficult.
Away from Coors, German Marquez has been quite the pitcher. He’s allowed just 2 ER in his last 17 IP on the road and has walked no more than three in any of his starts this season. I’m thinking if you started him in the best pitching ballpark in the league against a team that struggles to score runs (SD is 29th in RC+ vs RHP), he’d do well.
On ESPN.com, he’s just 21.6% owned. However, he’s received a 15.2% ownership bump over the last little while. Fantasy owners are catching on to this guy, better jump on him while you can.
Eddie Butler, Chicago Cubs:
Speaking of former Rockie prospects pitching at Petco, here’s Eddie Butler. Butler was a highly-touted pitching prospect in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system before coming to the Cubs. Since then, he’s done a pretty decent job as the Cubbies’ fifth starter. He’s sporting a 1.36 ERA despite walking 10 hitters in 14 innings.
Luckily for Butler (and Marquez), the Padres strike out against RHP the second-most in MLB. The Padres are also
29th in RC+ vs RHP this season.
My guess is that Butler’s going to be “effectively wild” in this one. Meaning that, the Padres might chase those outside pitches more than most other teams, leading to turning potential walks into strikeouts.
At just 7.5% owned on ESPN, he’s well-worth a look.
Dan Straily, Miami Marlins:
Straily was a pitcher that had a pedigree for being a big-strikeout guy coming up through the minor leagues. He was a trendy sleeper in year’s past, but has disappointed many with poor results. As a result, many have stayed away from rostering Straily nowadays.
On May 31, Straily and the Philadelphia Phillies clash at Marlins Park in Miami. In Straily’s last three starts, he’s allowed just 3 ER. In his last 11 IP, he’s struck out 14. The Phillies have a 23.3% K% against RHP on the road this season.
The situation is right if you’re looking for a spot-start with K upside. He’s just 23.9% owned on ESPN. He’s well worth a look in deeper formats.