You don’t need me to recommend starting the Clayton Kershaws and Adam Wainwrights of the world, but we all dare to stream. This column is here to highlight some hurlers owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo (Y!) leagues, who will help stack fantasy stats and racks. Under assumption that everyone’s passed Kindergarten, we’ll bypass explanation of the categories below, but always be sure to remember that wet streams are perfectly acceptable for people our age.
Jesse Hahn (22% owned on Y!) – You’re kidding me, right? It’s perplexing to see Hahn’s ownership percentage so low, especially after hurling three consecutive high-quality starts. He’s Hahn-dled the Mets, Mariners, and Giants with ease (wins in all three). This week he gets home starts against the Reds on Monday and a rematch with the Giants on Sunday. Like he did in the minors, Hahn has demonstrated plus strikeout potential (10.72 K/9) and the ability to keep the ball on the ground (52.7 GB%). Those are good things, unlike the bats of the Reds, which rank bottom-half in OPS on the road. As for the Giants, Hahn spun six solid innings against them last week with eight Ks, so there’s no cause for concern there. Snag this dude and hold him tight.
Danny Duffy (29% owned on Y!) – The name screams paperboy, but Duffy has been a man on the mound as of late, surrendering just six ER in his last 31.2 IP. Duff Man (OH YEAH!) plays host to the Twins on Monday, a team with the fourth-most strikeouts versus LHP (also third in road K per game); and for what it’s worth, a team Duffy held hitless in 4.1 innings of relief work earlier this season. He also draws the Indians on the road (Sunday), who have southpaw struggles of their own. Cleveland ranks 27th OPS against LHP (.654) and average a paltry 1.7 runs per game.
Mike Leake (37% owned on Y!) – Stats are required to support streaming candidates, but all you need to know is Leake starts against the Padres in SoCal on Tuesday. The not-so-proud papas fall victim to strikeout 22.3% of the time, and Leake’s 6.98 K/9 is two-beers decent, which ain’t too shabby. Everyone knows to pick on the Padres – here’s your chance.
Drew Smyly (28% owned on Y!) – He won’t cheer you up like a visit from Mr. Nice Guy, but Smyly won’t need a whole lotta abracadabra in a home tilt with the Rays. The former devil beasts rarely strike out (18.1 %), but they’ve also registered the second-fewest runs on the road with an awful .640 OPS. Oh yeah, Tampa Bay is also 21st in OBP versus LHP (.311).
Jeff Locke (8% owned on Y!) – It’s been nearly a year since Locke crapped his pants upon receiving news he was an All-Star, but that is (and was) still okay, because he’s channeling those better vibrations. Locke’s been a thumb print scanner in his last four starts, yielding a 2.54 ERA. Okay he’s no scanner, and not even a lock, but Locke’s worth a whirl at home with Arizona in town on Tuesday. The Diamondbacks own an abysmal .301 OBP in non-desert regions, and odds are good Locke receives necessary run support for a win opposite Wade Miley. in in OBP versus LHP (.311).
Tom Koehler (18% owned on Y!) – You’ve seen him hanging around streamers’ corner for some time, and there’s always an owner in a compensatory sports car, who scoops him up in the wee hours of the night, just prior to lineup lockdown. Most fake managers are left satisfied with services provided, but Koehler can disappoint at times … on the road. That matters not though, my friend! Koehler takes on Philadelphia at home (Wednesday), where he holds a 3.06 ERA and .267 wOBA against. The Phillies are phugly versus RHP (.653 OPS), and Koehler coasted through six scoreless innings (with six K) in Philly just last week.
Vance Worley (6% owned on Y!) – I’m not buying it, goggles. The Vanimal got rabies in Minnesota last season and disappeared to the minors, only recently to resurface with the Pirates. Don’t let him pillage your pitching stats, please. Worley’s decent outings came against the likes of the Mets, Cubs, and Marlins (okay, Miami’s not bad), and his .242 BABIP is suspect as O.J. Simpson and Lorena Bobbitt’s fictional kin. Worley wields his awful arsenal towards the aforementioned Arizona Diamondbacks in Pittsburgh on Thursday, but only those in the direst of straits need take a chance on Vance.
Carlos Martinez (30% owned on Y!) – The future is bright for Martinez, but he’s not stretched out enough to warrant a Thursday stream in San Francisco. The Cardinals are treating the 22-year old with kids gloves, plus he was roughed up by the Giants earlier this season in two relief appearances (four ER in 3.1 IP). Factor in the poor road splits in ERA (4.63) and K/9 (5.79), and this is a fade play all the way.