Welcome back to the Stream Team. I’m writing this piece with five innings in the book in Atlanta, where Thursday Roto Stream Team pick Brandon Beachy has nine Ks and no earned runs through five innings. He has a great chance to be our best spot start of the year, and fantasy owners should soon make him ineligible for our little game — I only pick pitchers for the Roto Stream Team that are available in 60 percent or more of Yahoo’s leagues. Of course, I also bring you three potential FanDuel aces with three very different price tags for each day. Let’s see who I’m taking in the $1500 Friday MLB Hit and Run.
Ace: Jamie Garcia, STL vs. MIL ($6,900). With a 3-0 record, 2.48 ERA and 36:10 K:BB ratio, Garcia has been a true ace again this season. He hasn’t been roughed up once this year, always giving the hot Cardinals offense a chance at getting him a win. He faces a Milwaukee bunch that has struggled to score runs in May.
Middle Man: Tim Stauffer, SD vs. ARI ($6,100). Stauffer has been the victim of poor run support this season, earning no wins through six starts despite a 3.12 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 25:8 K:BB ratio. He’s been on point lately, giving up four hits and just a single walk in each of his last three starts. Better yet, he piled up seven Ks in each of his last two starts against two pretty good offenses. He’s hitting his stride, but now it’s up to the Padres to score some runs for him.
Wild Card: Zach Britton, BAL vs. TB ($5,000). He may not have fantastic peripheral stats, but here the rookie sits with a 5-1 record, 2.63 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through five starts. His strikeout and walk totals suggest a statistical downturn, but he’s worth using while still dealing. He’ll face the Rays next, a team he held to one run through six innings for his first Major League win.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Tim Stauffer (vs. ARI), 2. Phil Humber (at SEA), 3. Scott Baker (at BOS), 4. Armando Galarraga (at SD), 5. Paul Maholm (vs. HOU).
Ace: Bud Norris, HOU at PIT ($6,700). Norris has been on an absolute tear, not allowing any earned runs in three of his last four starts (and a respectable three runs in six innings in the other) while piling up strikeouts, including 11 in his latest 7.2-inning gem. If he continues to keep the walks down, he’ll be a fantasy star this year, and I expect more big things on Saturday.
Middle Man: Madison Bumgarner, SF vs. COL ($6,200). Mad-Bum is on his way back to respectability after an awful start to the season. He’s pieced together two consecutive seven-K, one-walk efforts while allowing just one earned runs in 13 innings. It’s a stark contrast to his first four starts, which featured nine strikeouts, ten walks and a 7.79 ERA. He’ll try to keep things going against Colorado.
Wild Card: Dustin Moseley, SD vs. ARI ($5,100). Moseley is another San Diego pitcher that’s dealt with poor run support, as his 1-3 record, 1.63 ERA and 1.03 WHIP clearly indicate. Surprisingly, his two worst starts of the season — both still six-inning quality starts — were his two at home. He’s been practically flawless on the road, but he’ll look to post great numbers in Petco Park on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Chris Young (vs. LAD), 2. Dustin Moseley (vs. ARI), 3. Jon Garland (at NYM), 4. Bartolo Colon (at TEX), 5. Jeremy Guthrie (vs. TB). If eligible, Bud Norris (43 percent owned) would rank first.
Ace: Alexi Ogando, TEX vs. NYY ($6,800). One would normally try to avoid the Yankee offense, but Ogando is pitching so well that it may not matter who he faces. He’s recorded three times as many punch-outs as free passes and owned a 2.17 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. With a price tag under $7,000, Ogando could be the steal of the week.
Middle Man: Mark Buerhle, CWS at SEA ($5,900). Clearly not the pitcher he once was, Buehrle is still capable of posting quality outings every so often. Despite putting 12 runners on base in his last start, he shut out the Orioles for 6.2 innings to get a win. Somehow, I don’t see 12 Mariners reaching base against him on Sunday. With Erik Bedard also on the mound, Buerhle stands a great chance at another win.
Wild Card: Tyson Ross, OAK at KC ($3,400). After a terrible first start, Ross has shaken out the nerves to allow only one run combined in his last two starts. The strikeout numbers aren’t close to where one would like them, but the rookie is the owners of a 2.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Hopefully he can post strong numbers for a third straight start.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Wade Davis (at BAL), 2. Mark Buehrle (at SEA), 3. Anibal Sanchez (vs. WAS), 4. Tyson Ross (at KC), 5. Erik Bedard (vs. CWS)