Mid-May, and here's hoping we don't see anymore sub-50 degree days at the ballpark. Froze my butt off at the Tiger game this last weekend, then fried in the sun yesterday in the upper deck of Comerica Park. Plus, I was forced to watch my hometown heroes lose both games. No matter about that, let's see what there is for end of the week streaming purposes.
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Remember, these match ups are accurate as of the time of writing, but could change due to weather, injury or managerial decisions. So, the key this is, be vigilant if you want to grab any of these guys, who are, incidentally, owned in less than 50% of fantasy leagues. That means you have a chance to roster them in most instances.
Jorge De La Rosa COL vs Madison Bumgarner SF
Jeanmar Gomez PIT vs Jordan Lyles HOU
Rick Porcello DET @ TEX Nick Tepesch
De La Rosa was sharp in his last two starts, and even managed 7 Ks in his last appearance in St. Louis. Pitching at home is worrisome, but he is one SP that has been able to pitch well at Coors Field. This is the second week I have suggested Gomez, and he continues to impress. He was forced to leave his last start on Sunday, so keep an eye on whether he is going to take to the mound on Friday. You prolly won't get a QS, but with the opponent, you have a good shot at a win. Porcello keeps holding on to his rotation spot, and while he is not a sexy choice due to limited Ks, he pitches for a strong offense and aside from an unlucky inning against the Angels on April 20th, he's been good at limiting any damage by his opponents.
Bronson Arroyo CIN @ PHI Kyle Kendrick
Scott Diamond MIN vs Ryan Dempster BOS
Scott Feldman CHC vs Jeremy Hefner NYM
Zach McAllister CLE vs Joe Saunders SEA
David Phelps NYY vs Brandon Morrow TOR
Eric Stults SD vs Jordan Zimmermann WAS
The Arroyo/Kendrick match us is a good one on both sides, but only Arroyo has an ownership percentage that qualifies him for a streaming option. His K/BB rate is tasty, and he's been quite stingy with allowing runners to score for the most part over his last 7 starts. I will say it again, Diamond is the ace of the Minnesota staff. He was rocked his last appearance, but managed to shut out Boston the last time he faced them at Fenway, so I like his chances pitching at home to put up some usable numbers. I keep waiting for reality to catch up with Feldman, but having allowed 2 or fewer ER over his last 6 outings and posting nearly a 2:1 K/BB ratio, I am left to wonder why he is so under-owned in leagues. Keep tossing him out there until the bubble bursts. I liked McAllister as a SP5/6 at drafts this year, and he's been worth the draft pick so far. He's put up 5 QS out of his last 7 starts, and the other two could have been QS if he had lasted a few batters more. 33:13 K/BB on the year with a 2.69 ERA makes him worth of a permanent roster spot, at least until he falters. I've pretty much given up on Phelps, but he has looked good on the road his past two starts, aside from the lack of control (5 BB in 6.2 IP) against the Indians. With the Yankees playing so well, and Toronto doing the opposite, I like this match up. Stults pitches at home, and even with the altered dimensions at Petco, I like that factor. Facing the Nationals may offset the home field advantage, but in his three May starts, he has given up 2, 1 and 3 ER respectively.
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Jeff Locke PIT vs Bud Norris HOU
Jonathan Pettibone PHI vs Homer Bailey CIN
Jason Vargas LAA vs Jake Peavy CHW
Locke has given up more than 3 ER only once (4 ER vs Atlanta in mid April) in his last 7 starts. He sports a 3.153 ERA on the season, which also is nice, but the lack of Ks, or rather a 28:20 K/BB ratio takes away some value. Again, though, facing Houston can get a pitcher healthy in terms of strikeout potential. The Phillies have to be pleased with Pettibone, who has provided 3 wins in 5 appearances with a better than 2:1 K/BB ratio and a 3.41 ERA. Not a great match up by any means, but there are not a lot of options this Sunday. Vargas has a nice match up here, as I don't think the White Sox are clicking on all cylinders this season at all. He's been a yo-yo all season, but if the Angels' offense wakes up like it did for his last start, he could be a sneaky add this weekend. His ERA is inflated from is early season struggles and the 5 ERs he gave up to Houston in his next to last start (Houston! Well, to be fair, they managed 7 runs in taking the final game of the series they just played in Detroit), and he has been more acceptable of late. I don't really like him as an option this week, but again, not too many options on the final day of this scoring period.
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