Stream Team: Drying Off
Did you survive the weekend? Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on baseball schedules but now we’re back to a regular schedule, and after a one-day layoff due to travel, the Stream Team is back. First up is a three-tournament Tuesday featuring $7,500 in prize money. And after Mike Scioscia completely mis-managed Jered Weaver this week (costing me a playoff matchup in the process), you can bet we’ll be eschewing Angels pitchers.
*Ace: Ryan Vogelsong, SF vs. CHC ($6,600). Don’t miss your chance to take Vogelsong at home (6-3, 1.98 ERA in 2011) against the Cubs, who haven’t been hitting much lately. His Ks have come down lately, but he’s pitched at least seven full innings in each of his last three starts. Since long outings generally mean more FanDuel points, we’ll hope he can continue the streak here.
Middle Man: Jair Jurrjens, ATL vs. WAS ($6,000). The price looks amazing, but I’d feel much better had I not just watched Jurrjens strike out just one batter in each of his last two starts since rejoining the team. Even worse, his 6.1 shutout innings against the Cubs in his last start featured eight hits and five walks. You tell me how he managed that. The smart competitor will pay a little bit more for a more reliable arm today.
Wild Card: Zach Stewart, CHW vs. MIN ($3,100). Stewart is fresh off getting rocked by the Angels in his last start, but he now gets to face the team that served him his only victory in six starts this season, the Twins. Stewart’s K:BB ratio is above 2.0 (the baseline you look for in a starting pitcher), and he faces a weak Twins lineup. Look for a bounce-back.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Charlie Morton (at HOU), 2. Doug Fister (vs. KC), 3. Brett Cecil (at BAL), 4. Zach Stewat (vs. MIN), 5. Scott Feldman (vs. TB).
*Ace: Ubaldo Jimenez, CLE vs. OAK ($6,300). Ubaldo found his comfort zone in his last start for the first time since being traded to the Indians, striking out 10 batters over seven innings while allowing just one run and one walk to the Royals in a 2-1 win. The A’s bats can get hot in any given game and make you pay, but if Jimenez pitches up to his ability again in this start it won’t matter.
Middle Man: Chris Capuano, NYM vs. FLA ($4,900). Capuano turned heads with a “wow” performance against the Braves in his last start, a complete game shutout with two hits, no walks and 13 Ks. The effort pushed his K:BB ratio over 3.0, an excellent number for such an unheralded pitcher. He’ll try and repeat the magic against the Marlins on Wednesday at home, where his ERA is almost a full run lower this year.
Wild Card: Henderson Alvarez, TOR at BAL ($2,800). A 4.76 ERA isn’t going to strike fear into your opponent’s heart, but Alvarez has posted just five walks in four starts while striking out 16 in 22.2 innings. The long ball may do him in against the Orioles, but with Jo-Jo Reyes also on the mound in this game, Alvarez stands a chance at pilfering a win either way.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Chris Capuano (vs. FLA), 2. Rich Harden (at CLE), 3. James McDonald (at HOU), 4. Derek Lowe (vs. WAS), 5. Josh Collmenter (vs. COL).
Ace: Yovani Gallardo, MIL vs. STL ($7,800). Gallardo has impressive numbers this season, but they get even better at home (9-1, 2.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP in 13 starts). Even better, the Brew Crew is unstoppable in Milwaukee, with a 50-16 record at home. Gallardo gets to face Cardinals rookie Brandon Dickson in his first start, and I think he’s a near lock for a win and another big total.
Middle Man: Brad Lincoln, PIT vs. LAD ($3,500). He may not be much to look at, but Lincoln is 3-for-3 in collecting quality starts this season after shutting out the Cardinals for six innings in St. Louis. He gets to face Chad Billingsley, a pitcher that has been very erratic this season. If Bills is off his game Thursday, Lincoln should collect the win.
*Wild Card: Jacob Turner, DET vs. KC ($2,400). The buzz-worthy rookie survived his first start, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks in 5.1 innings. The good news is that a game like that is usually good enough for a win with the Tigers. The other good news is that he mowed down six batters during the start. Expect a successful second performance, with the very real chance of him throwing a gem against the Royals.
Roto Stream Team: 1. Jacob Turner (vs. KC), 2. Brad Lincoln (vs. LAD), 3. Mike Leake (vs. PHI), 4. Fausto Carmona (vs. OAK), 5. Luis Perez (at BAL).