Another week is in the books and it’s time to start looking a couple of weeks into the future for some two-start pitchers to grab on the cheap. Like with most weeks, the pickings are slim. While the rotation orders are starting to get jumbled, this week, a bunch of SP5’s and SP1’s are projected to get two starts.
Additionally, I just ignored the Cardinals (COVID) and Indians (morons) situations because I don’t know who is throwing this Monday, let alone the next Monday. Additionally, some of the better hitting matchups are examined to find streaming sleepers a week early.
Potential Two-Start Pitchers
- Framber Valdez (vs LAA, vs OAK, 52% owned): Out of the starters available, he’s as close to a must-own from this group as there is. He’s finally throwing strikes and is posting a 9.7 K/9, 1.08 WHIP, and 2.04 ERA.
- Brad Keller (at STL, at CHW, 28% owned): Keller has always been a streaming option with below-average strikeout and walk numbers but a good ground ball rate. He’s might have taken a small step forward this year by throwing his slider (24% SwStr%) more. In a small sample, his strikeout rate has jumped to from the mid-6’s to over 8 K/9.
- Tommy Milone (at TBR, at TOR, 7% owned): A career-low 86 mph fastball is not keeping Milone down. While his fastball does nothing, his change (24% SwStr%) and slider (14% SwStr%) are useful enough to get some strikeouts. The matchups aren’t the worst and he has Toronto this week for a test run.
- Patrick Sandoval (at HOU, vs SEA, 6% owned): Gamblers are going to need to see if Sandoval can survive the Houston start to get to the Mariners. It has been a small sample with him, but he has the walks under control this year (4.4 BB/0 to 1.8 BB/9). They’ve always plagued him in the past.
- Chase Anderson(vs BOS, vs BAL, 7% owned): He may not get this two-step depending on who the team prioritizes after the Thursday doubleheader. He’s thrown three innings this year, so there is not much to go on. His average fastball velocity is down ~1 mph and he has walked more batter than struck. Dice roll.
- Daniel Castano (at NYM, vs TBR, 1% owned): My plan with Miami’s Castano’s would be to add but don’t start. See how his upcoming two starts go and decide on taking a chance then.
- Kolby Allard (vs OAK, vs LAD, 10% owned): If Allard had one easy opponent, I’d be all in on taking a chance. His matchups suck. He’s being OK with a 9.0 K/9, 0.78 WHIP, and 1.00 ERA in 9 IP.
- Ivan Nova (vs CHC, vs MIN, 4% owned): Nova has the same problem as Allard, the matchups are too tough.
- Brett Anderson (vs CIN, vs PIT, 9% owned): Anderson is a groundball pitcher whose strikeouts are up but swinging strike rate is down. #confused While the Pittsburgh start is enticing, the start against Cincinnati could blow up in his face.
- Tanner Roark (at TBR, vs BAL, 22% owned): I’ll be surprised if he makes this start. His velocity tanked 5 mph and he can’t be trusted to be productive in any way right now.
- Ryan Brasier (at TOR, vs WAS, 1% owned): He throws 95 mph sort of near the plate. That’s it He’s a hard pass for me.
- Ryan Castellani (at ARI, vs SD, 2% owned): I’m not going to use this rookie starter at Colorado. I don’t even use established vets there.
Hitters to stream
Blue Jays (1 at TBR, 3 vs BOS, 3 vs BAL)
• Travis Shaw (8% owned): Shaw has started in six straight games while hitting .267/.353/.500 on the season with two homers. Owners could do so much worse.
Brewers (4 vs CIN, 3 vs PIT)
• Orlando Arcia (7% owned): Has started in seven of the last nine games while hitting a respectable .297/.350/.351. Let him pad his stats on that Pittsburgh pitching and maybe grab a steal or two.
Diamondbacks (4 vs COL, 3 vs SF)
Nationals (1 vs MIA, 3 vs PHI, 3 at BOS)
• Asdrubal Cabrera (43% owned): Cabrera might need to be universally owned. He has only sat in one game. He’s hitting .283/.345/.585 and qualified at short and third. Embrace boring.
Padres (3 vs SEA, 3 at COL)
• Jake Cronenworth (14% owned): The prospect has hit the ground running with a 1.016 OPS while being qualified at first and short. Playing time may be an issue. He’s started in six straight until Eric Hosmer returned and only three of five since then. Enjoy those games at Coors.
Rays (1 vs TOR, 3 vs BAL, 3 at MIA)
• Willy Adames (24% owned): Grab Adames now. While he was never exciting, he’s slowly improving by tapping into more power.
Rockies (4 at ARI, 3 vs SD)
• Ramiel Tapia (7% owned): It seems like the Padres will be throwing three righties over the weekend Coors series and Tapia has been starting against righties. Use Tapia to help pad a team’s batting average (.304 AVG).