Monday means heading back to work for most of America, but it also means it’s time for the Stream Team to go back to work. With the Monday MVP and Monday Single on tap, we have the opportunity to take big chunks of two prize pools if we hit on the right pitcher. Can we? One thing is for sure — after the Padres scored 35 runs over the weekend in Pittsburgh, I won’t be doing my “target the San Diego Triple-A team” schtick.
*Ace: Ryan Vogelsong, SF vs. PIT ($6,100). The good: Vogelsong still hasn’t given up more than three runs in a game since May 3. The better: he has a 1.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 69.1 innings at home this year. The best: he’s taking on the fading Pirates, losers of their last 10 games. The 9-1 Vogelsong should move to double digits in wins as he continues his remarkable season.
Middle Man: Matt Harrison, TEX vs. SEA ($5,800). I wouldn’t consider going anywhere but Vogelsong today, but Harrison makes for a nice second banana. He’s been up and down lately, but he’s owned the Mariners in his career (2.84 ERA, 1.15 WHIP in 44.1 innings). His road/home splits aren’t drastic, so don’t worry about starting him in Texas today.
Wild Card: Tim Wakefield, BOS at MIN ($4,800). The Twins haven’t been hitting much lately, dropping their last four games by a combined score of 25-5. Wakefield has been no better than mediocre this year, but I’ll take him against the slumping offense if I’m really pinching pennies.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Tim Wakefield (at MIN), 2. Luke Hochevar (at TB), 3. Mike Pelfrey (vs. SD), 4. Jeremy Guthrie (vs. CWS), 5. Homer Bailey (vs. COL).
*Ace: Erik Bedard, BOS at MIN ($6,200). Bedard (pronounced bey-DAHD) wasn’t overpowering in his first start with the Red Sox, allowing three runs in five innings against the Indians. However, he did manage to punch out five batters without allowing a walk, astronomical progress from his first start off the DL (and his last with Seattle). Against the slumping Twins, he should be back to 100 percent.
Middle Man: Chris Capuano, NYM vs. SD ($5,400). Well, I can’t ignore the Padres completely. Capuano still checks in at a great price, and although he’s struggled over the past six weeks, he’s been on the road for most of it, only getting two home starts since a June 23 interleague game. With his strikeout total and his ability to work deep into games, I think he has a solid performance.
Wild Card: Jason Marquis, ARI vs. HOU ($5,200). Of course, I can still pick on the Astros. Marquis was atrocious in his first start with the Diamondbacks, but now that he’s facing the Corpus Christi Hooks in a game that shockingly counts in the standings, he should be much better. He went eight innings against the Astrs (omission of the letter “O” intentional) three starts ago, giving up just two runs while striking out nine batters.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Rich Harden (at TOR), 2. Chris Capuano (vs. SD), 3. Jason Marquis (vs. HOU), 4. Jeff Francis (at TB), 5. James McDonald (at SF).
*Ace: Jordan Zimmermann, WAS at CHC ($6,400). Zimmermann bounced back from two awful outings with two excellent games, striking out 14 batters in 11.2 innings of two-run ball. His 106:24 K:BB ratio is quite impressive — how many starting pitchers do you think have a higher K:BB ratio than Zimm? Just six: Roy Halladay, Dan Haren, Cliff Lee, Justin Verlander, Cole Hamels and Josh Tomlin.
Middle Man: Josh Collmenter, ARI vs. HOU ($5,800). He’s been knocked around in his last two starts, but a game against Houston should cure his woes. Collmenter in fact has pitched much better at home this year, going 5-3 in 11 games (seven starts) with a 33:7 K:BB ratio, 3.08 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.
Wild Card: Brad Mills, TOR vs. OAK ($4,200). Mills stunk up the joint in brief cups of Canadian coffee over the past two years, but he’s been very solid this time around. He posted just two runs in seven innings against the Rangers in his first start before picking up a win in Baltimore after allowing three runs in 5.1 innings. He’s struck out 10 batters in 12.1 innings, quite a good rate for our purposes. If you want to gamble a bit, Mills is your guy.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Josh Collmenter (vs. HOU), 2. R.A. Dickey (vs. SD), 3. Felipe Paulino (at TB), 4. Brad Mills (vs. OAK), 5. Aaron Harang (at NYM).
Ace: Jeff Niemann, TB vs. KC ($7,200). Sure, the A’s may have touched Niemann up for four runs in his last start, but that doesn’t mean he had a bad game. In fact, with a win, 8.2 innings and eight Ks to his credit, it was actually a very successful FanDuel start. It was the third time in his last four appearances that he racked up at least eight Ks, and he’s 4-0 with 42 Ks in his last six starts. So, yeah, I’ll go with him again when he takes on the Royals.
Middle Man: Joe Saunders, ARI vs. HOU ($6,100). I’m not even going to try and defend Saunders as a fantasy pitcher. Astros all the time, baby.
*Wild Card: Cory Luebke, SD at NYM ($5,700). My new favorite streamer had come back down to Earth considerably after his hot start, but he was up to his old tricks again in his last game. He went into Pittsburgh and allowed one run in seven innings while striking out nine batters and issuing no walks. You cannot stop Cory Luebke, New York. Don’t even try.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Cory Luebke (at NYM), 2. Joe Saunders (vs. HOU), 3. Mark Buehrle (at BAL), 4. Jon Niese (vs. SD), 5. Danny Duffy (at TB).