CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 24:  Mike Montgomery #38 of the Chicago Cubs prepares to throw a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 24, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

5 Starting Pitchers to Stream for the Fantasy Baseball Finals

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Pitching can make or break a fantasy season. One start, good or bad, could be the difference between winning and losing, especially if you're emersed in a one-week fantasy baseball championship.


Here are some pitchers, in dated order starting tomorrow, who you should consider streaming for your fantasy baseball finals this week.

5. Mike Montgomery vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, 9/25

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Mike Montgomery is coming off a season-high eight strikeouts over six innings in his last start and now faces a Pittsburgh Pirates team that he has dominated in his career. Going 3-0 in nine appearances with a 2.30 ERA over 27 1/3 innings, Montgomery put up most of those numbers this season -- 2-0, 2.63 ERA, and 1.02 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings. He's starting for a playoff-bound Cubs squad that is also 20 games over .500 at home coming into Monday's contest against the Pirates.

4. Jake Odorizzi vs. Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, 9/26

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Jake Odorizzi is coming off a win where he gave up two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings against the same Detroit Tigers team that he will face on Wednesday. And it's typical that when a pitcher is good against a team once, they're good against them again. Odorizzi is 3-1 in seven career starts against Detroit with a 3.15 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 40 innings.

3. Edwin Jackson at Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, 9/26

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Despite being on the road this week, the A's, as a team, are 44-31 on the road coming into Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Edwin Jackson will take on those Mariners on Wednesday, a team that he gave up one run and three hits in six innings while picking up a W in his lone start against them this season. And Jackson's career numbers at Safeco Field, the home of the Mariners, are even better. He's 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in three starts spanning 20 2/3 innings.

2. Reynaldo Lopez at Minnesota Twins, Friday, 9/28

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Reynaldo Lopez has quietly been one of the best pitchers since the calendar turned to September. In four starts this month, the right-hander has given up just two runs and 15 hits in 27 innings while striking out 30 during those outings. Facing the Twins on Friday should be a welcome challenge in his final start of the season. Lopez has started against Minnesota three times this season, netting a 1-0 record, a 3.60 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

1. Ian Kennedy vs. Cleveland Indians, Friday, 9/28

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Looking at Ian Kennedy's numbers on the season (3-8, 4.59 ERA), you might think this is a pitcher you should avoid starting against the AL Central division-champion Cleveland Indians. But after spending two months on the DL, Kennedy looks like a different pitcher since his return. In three September starts, Kennedy has gone 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA with 16 Ks in 19 innings. He also picked up one of his three wins this season against the Tribe, going six shutout innings while striking out a season-high eight.

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