Stream Team: Navigating Trade Routes
The Blue Jays brilliantly orchestrated two trades to end up with Colby Rasmus. The key player in those trades that wound up in St. Louis was Edwin Jackson, and he’s primed to make his first start with his new team on Friday. Does the AL-to-NL move put him on our Stream Team for the Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship? Nope. See who made the cut below.
Probable pitchers are subject to change without warning, especially this weekend. Make sure your guy hasn’t been traded before lineup deadline. That’s an order.
Ace: Randy Wolf, MIL vs. HOU ($7,000). I really wanted to take Eric Bedard here but: 1. He may wind up being traded before he can make his start, and 2. He’s coming off the DL. Instead, let’s go with Wolf against a bad Houston lineup; even though the Milwaukee pitcher is 0-4 in his last five starts, he’s a boss against the Astros in his career.
*Middle Man: Tim Stauffer, SD vs. COL ($6,600). Ryan Vogelsong and Josh Collmenter will do you just fine if you need to save a little coin even at this level, but I’ll take Stauffer as my guy. He’s been lights out save for his last start (in Philly), and he gets to pitch at home. Plus, even the Padre offense should be able to rough Jason Hammel up a little.
Wild Card: Dillon Gee, NYM at WAS ($4,900). He’s certainly cooled off a great deal after starting the year 7-0, but Gee could still wind up with an excellent line against the Nats. It wouldn’t be the first time, or the second — the rookie has faced Washington twice in his first 21 starts, going 2-0 while allowing one run in 14.2 innings. A repeat performance means an excellent FanDuel score.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Josh Collmenter (at LAD), 2. Randy Wolf (vs. HOU), 3. Jeff Niemann (at SEA), 4. Carlos Carrasco (vs. KC), 5. Jeff Francis (at CLE).
Ace: Yovani Gallardo, MIL vs. HOU ($7,700). Yes, I continue to pick on the Astros. Gallardo is a much better bet than Friday’s starter though, with 117 Ks in 134.1 innings this year as well as 11 wins. He’s excelled against the Astros, and he’s been just as good at home this year. In fact, he has a 7-1 record in 10 home starts — sounds like we’ll be getting our five-point win easily.
Middle Man: Felipe Paulino, KC at CLE ($6,100). The Royals took a chance on Paulino (and frankly, what did they have to lose?), putting him in the rotation. He’s responded with 59 Ks and just 15 BBs in 60.2 innings with Kansas City, elite numbers from a starting pitcher. Though a win may not come, he almost guarantees a moderately high point total with his high K rate.
*Wild Card: R.A. Dickey, NYM at WAS ($5,700). The knuckleballer generally finds a way to get deep into ball games, racking up innings points in our format. He also brings along the chance at a big strikeout total, which pops up sporadically and without warning. I’m putting all my eggs in the Dickey basket and building a top-notch lineup on Saturday.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Alex Cobb (at SEA), 2. Aaron Harang (vs. COL), 3. R.A. Dickey (at WAS), 4. Felipe Paulino (at CLE), 5. Mike Leake (vs. SF).
Ace: Jordan Zimmermann, WAS vs. NYM ($6,600). The Beltran-less Mets step up against Jordan Zimmermann, who allowed six earned runs in each of his last two starts. Conspicuous Stream Teamer, right? Zimm actually wasn’t all that bad in either start, striking out five batters in each while walking no one. In fact, he has just 21 walks in 20 starts this year. Sounds like a winner to me.
*Middle Man: Brandon McCarthy, OAK vs. MIN ($5,200). He’s been great when healthy this year, sporting a 3.52 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through 14 starters along with a 60:16 K:BB ratio. At home, he’s been much better, with a 2.12 ERA and 1.11 WHIP as well as a 33:10 K:BB ratio. Two of his three wins this year have come in his last three starts.
Wild Card: Juan Nicasio, COL at SD ($4,900). Have I told you yet that I really like Nicasio? Absolutely, and I’ll keep telling you. After two stellar starts at home, Nicasio was ripped in L.A. In fact, he’s generally been awful on the road this year, giving up 23 earned runs in 23.2 innings pitched. However, San Diego isn’t just any road start; it’s the golden goose of streaming.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Brandon McCarthy (vs. MIN), 2. Juan Nicasio (at SD), 3. Freddy Garcia (vs. BAL), 4. Joe Saunders (at LAD), 5. Rubby de la Rosa (vs. ARI).