The fun of fantasy baseball is back, along with the need for streaming pitchers and our Pitching Primer. The first few weeks of the season has been eventful, and it leaves some, or many of us, needing to find pitchers on the waivers to fill voids. The thought that, “it’s still early,” is true – but if you’re like me and lost Mike Clevinger, who was your number one starter, it’s definitely an early disadvantage. But, you never know what can happen to your opponents, and keeping on top of possible streamers will give you an edge.

Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.

Mike Minor – Texas Rangers

4/22 @ OAK & 4/27 @ SEA

ESPN: 32%, Yahoo: 48%

Minor pitched 157 innings in 2018, which is the most since 2013, where he pitched 204.2 with the Braves. He also pitched 5 innings or more in 24 of 28 starts. Minor has come a long way from injury, and the start of his 2019 season looks as though he’s building upon what he started last year. In his most recent start against the Angels, Minor threw a three-hit, complete game shut out, with 7 strikeouts. Week 4 will be a two-start week, with road starts against the A’s and Mariners. Those are better parks for pitchers compared to Globe life Park. The A’s and Mariners have offenses who are really putting a sting on the ball, but I believe in what Minor has been putting together, and his 21% ownership jump on ESPN shows that others do too. If you’re weary, take advantage of Minor’s Week 4 park factors.

Frankie Montas – Oakland Athletics

4/23 vs. TEX

ESPN: 19%, Yahoo: 41%

Montas doesn’t have a ton of major league experience, but he’s getting a chance with the A’s and should be a staple for now, with Marco Estrada going to the IL. Through four starts, three of them have been quality starts. There’s a large discrepancy on ownership between ESPN and Yahoo, but at either percentage, it’s tough to find pitchers who can get the quality start for you if it’s needed. Strikeouts are not quite a K per inning, but at 7.71 K/9, it’s good enough for a streamer. One thing to keep an eye on are the home runs allowed. Luckily, the four home runs he’s given up to this point haven’t hurt him much, and his start at home is a better park situation than most.

You could also consider teammate, Brett Anderson, as a streamer. His Week 4 start will be in Toronto. Like Montas, Anderson also has three quality starts, only one long ball given up, but less strikeouts.

Tyson Ross – Detroit Tigers

4/23 @ BOS & 4/28 @ CWS

ESPN: 3%, Yahoo: 6%

At just 3% and 6% owned, Ross should give you a nice return, relative to expectations of pitchers so lowly owned. Couple low ownership and his team, the Detroit Tigers, many won’t see the appeal. There’s potential this week. Ross also gets two starts this week. On paper, the Red Sox are a tougher match, but their performance thus far has been disappointing. He’s matched up against Nathan Eovaldi, who has been “meh,” compared to how he impressed in last year’s postseason. If you don’t need Ross for the two-start week, you could flag him for his second start, which will against the White Sox. The Tigers’ offense are amongst the lowest producers in MLB, but they’re hanging in there at just one game shy of being .500 as of today (Saturday).

Jerad Eickhoff – Philadelphia Phillies

4/26 vs. MIA

ESPN: 3%, Yahoo: 3%

The Phillies had a lot of people shook when they sent down Nick Pivetta, because he was so highly regarded as a “sleeper.’ But, it wasn’t completely unexpected. Eickhoff taking his place in the rotation doesn’t necessarily give the Phillies a boost. Pivetta, Eickhoff, and Zack Eflin, are pitchers who you target for the strikeout upside, but take the chance on getting volatile starts with walk and home run issues. I’m not trying to talk you out of him, rather, we need to be aware of what could be reality. For Week 4, Eickhoff’s start comes at home, against the Marlins, who currently have the worst record in baseball. Eickhoff’s only appearance so far was on April 16, in relief of Pivetta, where he pitched four scoreless innings and got the save along with six strikeouts. If he can pitch a couple more innings, get three more strikeouts, maybe give up a run or two, that’s not a bad line for a guy who’s not owned in 97% of leagues.

Thank you for reading, and good luck with your streamers!