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The fantasy baseball playoffs are in full swing and fantasy owners are doing everything they can to gain an edge on their opponent. For some (myself included), that means getting an extra quality start could be the deciding factor in whether or not you continue your march toward a championship.
Here are three stream-worthy pitchers that could push you over the top in your fantasy baseball playoffs.
3. Dan Straily, Miami Marlins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, Sept. 7
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Normally I'd stay away from any Miami Marlins player when it comes to fantasy, but Dan Straily has been lights out in his last two starts and is definitely worth a spot start. The righty has only surrendered one run across 14 total frames and tonight he'll be pitching in PNC Park, which is one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the league. He may not light up the stat sheet, but he has a good chance of logging a third consecutive quality start.
2. Zach Eflin, Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 8
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Pitching opposite Noah Syndergaard is never an easy task, but there's plenty to like about Zach Eflin's matchup against the New York Mets. Despite their recent improvement, the Mets have been flat at home this season (.214 team batting average), and Eflin has held New York to a .250/.271/.426 in his career. Combine all that with the fact that Citi Field is arguably the most pitcher-friendly park in baseball, and it looks like Eflin is in for at least one quality start Saturday night.
1. Trevor Williams, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins, Sunday, Sept. 9
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Something must have clicked for Trevor Williams during the All-Star break. In eight starts since then, Williams is 5-2 with a ridiculous 0.72 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He’ll face a last-place Marlins team on Sunday that is 22-43 on the road coming into Friday's contest. Williams also has a 7-6 record at home this season with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 16 starts, putting him in a good spot for a quality start and potential win.
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