Stream Team: Brewing Up Wins
My Two Kyles provided the Stream Team with a couple wins, though only Kyle Lohse looked good in the process. I’ve been riding Kyle McClellan all year, but now would be the perfect time to sell high if you can. Roto streamers Bartolo Colon and Wade Davis performed well in wins, while Dustin Moseley was good but not great. Can we do better over the weekend? You know we’ll try.
Ace: Shaun Marcum, MIL at HOU ($7,500). Every starter is in play for the $1500 MLB Hit and Run, but I like Marcum and his 28 Ks (versus just nine free passes) in 29.2 innings. Even in Saturday’s four-run effort against the Astros, Marcum racked up eight Ks and one BB in six innings of work. He’ll look for redemption this time around.
Middle Man: Travis Wood, CIN vs. FLA ($6,500). Wood has pitched well this season despite a 5.40 ERA, with three quality starts in his five trips to the mound. He has a 24:7 K:BB ratio, so if batted balls start finding gloves Wood’s ERA could shrink in a hurry. Going up against Javier Vazquez, Wood looks well situated to earn a win on Friday.
Wild Card: Jason Marquis, WAS vs. SF ($4,400). Don’t look now, but Marquis has opened the season with four straight quality starts and just one HR allowed through 25.1 innings. Throw in a 17:5 K:BB ratio and he’s far exceeding expectations. Facing Tim Lincecum likely limits win potential, though.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Scott Baker (at KC), 2. Travis Wood (vs. FLA), 3. Freddy Garcia (vs. TOR), 4. Bruce Chen (vs. MIN), 5. Jason Marquis (vs. SF).
Ace: John Lackey, BOS vs. SEA ($6,900). Josh Johnson sticks out as a must use, but if you’re going the bargain route you shouldn’t shy away from Lackey, who has pitched with new determination since having his start skipped by the club. He’s coming off an eight-inning shutout against an Angels team that knows him well.
Middle Man: Randy Wolf, MIL at HOU ($6,200). Wolf has won his last three starts while giving just one run combined in 20.2 innings. Now that’s a serious hot streak. His FanDuel price hasn’t caught up to his ability, and a 29:8 K:BB ratio at this price is a tremendous bargain. I’d take Wolf over Johnson to give myself a little more flexibility on a sparse Saturday evening.
Wild Card: Philip Humber, CWS vs. BAL ($4,400). The former No. 3 overall pick cashed in on his potential in his last start, baffling the Yankees for seven innings of one-hit ball. He’ll try to build off the performance when he takes on the Orioles and Chris Tillman, a young pitcher that has looked lost this season. Humber should be good for seven innings and the “W”.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Randy Wolf (at HOU), 2. Brandon Beachy (vs. STL), 3. Jason Hammel (vs. PIT), 4. Philip Humber (vs. BAL), 5. Brian Duensing (at KC).
Ace: Cliff Lee, PHI vs. NYM ($8,200). While his 4.18 ERA may look nothing like Cliff Lee, he boasts an insane 39:4 K:BB ratio through 32.1 innings this season, including three 11-plus strikeout efforts in five starts. Start him against the Mets with the utmost confidence.
Middle Man: Jamie Garcia, STL at ATL ($6,900). The true St. Louis ace, Garcia is 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA this season and hasn’t suffered from one bad outing yet. He hasn’t be able to go six full innings in any of his last three starts, which is problematic in a league that values IP so highly.
Wild Card: Zach Britton, BAL at CWS ($4,200). With 12 walks this season, Britton isn’t pitching like an ace, but he does sport a 4-1 record and a 2.81 ERA. He could drop a bomb at any time, but I like his chances at success against a White Sox team that has been one of the worst in the league this season.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Bud Norris (vs. MIL), 2. Chris Narveson (at HOU), 3. Jon Garland (vs. SD), 4. Chris Young (at PHI), 5. Luke Hochevar (vs. MIN). I’d take Zach Britton (52 percent owned) third on this list if available.