Now that the All-Star break is behind us, we can focus on our fantasy baseball teams, and find pitching streamers for Week 15. The Pitching Primer will go a little deep into the free agent pool, because there really isn’t much available. With the trade deadline approaching, keep a close eye on any trades that could turn into possible streamers.
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
Andrew Cashner – Boston Red Sox
ESPN: 21%, Yahoo: 44%
7/16 vs. TOR, 7/21 @ BAL
Cashner was traded to the Red Sox to help their rotation down the stretch. With the Rex Sox 9.5 games behind the Yankees, who are leading the AL East, and 1.5 games out of the AL Wild Card slots, they had to make a move. In his own right, Cashner had done as good as he could, given that the Orioles were his offense, with a 9-3 record, and a 3.83 ERA. Cashner’s looking at a two-start week for Week 15. He’ll make his first start in Boston, against the Blue Jays, and later in the week he’ll go back to Baltimore to face the Orioles. Having Cashner on a team with a better offense should fill with you with more confidence. I’m liking Cashner either way, whether you need just one start, or both.
Jakob Junis – Kansas City Royals
ESPN: 10%, Yahoo: 8%
7/15 vs. CWS, 7/20 @ CLE
Let’s not sugar coat it – suggesting Junis makes me uncomfortable, but that’s a part of streaming pitchers. He’s another two-start pitcher, but you may want him for just one of the starts. His first of the week is at home against the White Sox. Junis is capable of a start of six inning, two-run ball, and about a strikeout per inning. That’s what I’m hoping for against the White Sox. Yes to that start. Junis’ second start is at Cleveland. The Indians are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and will face the Tigers before their series against Junis and the Royals. The Indians’ offense is not what they used to be, but they’re starting to find their stride. Proceed with the start against the Indians with caution.
Daniel Ponce de Leon – St. Louis Cardinals
ESPN: 2%, Yahoo 12%
7/15 vs PIT
With a mix of relief appearance and starts, Ponce de Leon has put up pretty good numbers. In four games started, he pitched at least five innings in three of them. Relief and starts combined, he has a K/9 of 10.8, and is leaving 93.5% runners on base. Week 15 has Ponce de Leon lined up to face the Pirates, at home. This is to his favor, and the Pirates just got swept in their weekend series against the Cubs. Ponce de Leon is available in most leagues and I think he’s worth a stream.
Ivan Nova – Chicago White Sox
ESPN: 2%, Yahoo: 3%
7/17 @ KCR
When Nova pops up on your radar, you know pitching streamers are thin. Nova is getting his Week 15 start against the Royals in Kansas City. When streaming, always be aware of the downside because it could become a reality that you’ll need to manage. Nova is giving up about 3.5 earned runs per start, but he does have starts where he’ll give up five or more. Home runs can be a problem, and strikeout upside is not there. If you decide to stream him on Wednesday, you still have a few more days to mitigate any damage. But, it might be worth a shot if you think he can have a decent start and get you a win against the Royals.