Not a great week for me, nor for streaming options, either. My car was broken into (at noon on a public street) a couple of days ago, and the smash&grab felon grabbed not only my briefcase with my files from court that day, but also the netbook I use to prepare these articles. Thus, no Thursday SP options this week and that's too bad because those had the most potential of the 4 days I usually cover here. Ah, well, as Nick Lowe said, "...and so it goes."
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Brett Cecil TOR @ OAK Travis Blackley
Cecil is a better real baseballer than a fantasy SP. He will give you good Ks, but he walks too many batters to be truly useful. His K:BB ratio sits at 36:17 currently. He's pitched better his last 3 starts, allowing 3,2, 3 ERs, all in losses. He is also facing a hot Oakland team on the road. He's here because he has some potential, but plug him into your rotation at your own risk.
Armando Galarraga HOU @ ATL Tim Hudson
Where have you been hiding, Armando, you of the nearly perfect game? In the minors, it seems. And he wasn't exactly lighting it up while at AAA, but it is the Astros we are talking about here. In his first start against Pittsburgh, he allowed 2 ER over 5.1 IP, and logged 5 Ks against one BB. Not so sure he will fare as well in Atlanta.
Joe Kelly StL vs MIL Randy Wolf
Now here is the star of the class for Friday. Kelly boasts a 32:18 ratio, which is just a'right. In 9 starts, he has a 2.96 ERA but also a 1.32 WHIP, a tad high, over 51.2 IP. He does keep getting better although you'd never know it by his (unlucky) 1-4 record.
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Cole De Vries MIN @ BOS Clay Buchholz
With a 36:10 ratio, he meets my criteria for a streaming option. His ERA was 4.03 in July, which is acceptable, not great. Also, he did give up 4 ERs in his last start vs the White Sox, so keep that in mind if you decide he is a good option against Boston's potent offense, in Fenway, to boot.
Scott Feldman TEX @ KC Will Smith
Feldman is no lock to stay in the rotation, unless he keeps pitching as he has in his past 2 starts. In 15 IP, he's only allowed 2 ER, and has struck out 10 without allowing a free pass. Not too shabby, I must say. Use him while he can give you starts.
Lucas Harrell HOU @ ATL Paul Maholm
Harrell continues to shine at home, where he's put up a 6-1 record. Too bad he pitches on the road this weekend. He does present a tasty 46:18 ratio over his last 7 starts. In those seven appearances on the rubber, he has only 1 start where he allowed more than 2 ERs. I know he pitches for Houston, but I like him going forward, kinda like I was with Bud Norris 2 seasons ago.
Mark Rogers MIL @ StL Adam Wainwright
Rogers made his first start since 2010 at the end of July, due to missing all of 2011 with injuries. In that appearance, he lasted 5.2 Innings and allowed 2 ER, together with a 7:1 ratio. Small sample size, but Milwaukee sees something in him, and you could do worse. Of course, you could do better, too. Way to hedge my bets, eh?
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Justin Germano CHC @ LAD Aaron Harang
Germano is reportedly going to stay in the Cubs' rotation for the nonce. In his first start against the Pirates, he was good: 2 ER, over 5 IP, a 3:2 ratio and a big, fat W. Not gonna say I like the Cubs rotation, but if you are desperate, hey, as someone recently said, you could do worse.
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA @ NYY Freddie Garcia
Very nice start last time on the hill for Iwakuma, racking up 13 Ks against the Blue Jays. He has a 23:7 ratio over his last 3 starts, which I find appealing. He has limited the opponents to 4 ERs over his last 3 starts, and has a 1-0 record over that period as well. Going to face the Yankees isn't the most promising venture, but you gotta give the guy credit for his recent success.
Kris Medlen ATL vs HOU Bud Norris
The Braves were stretching Medlen out to plop him into the rotation. He will stay there at least until Hanson comes off the DL. In his first start against the Marlins, he was victorious, allowing a single ER over 5 IP, striking out three and walking one hitter. Atlanta's hitters can provide him adequate support, although don't expect him to pitch deep as he continues to transition from RP to SP, so that should temper your W expectations. He does have the pedigree to perform well in the big leagues, so I would not hesitate to use him against Houston here.
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