There are very few off days for Week 6, and it makes for better pickings for our fantasy baseball streamers. We have a chance to dig deeper in the lower ownership levels for our pitching streamer options. Because of a fuller schedule, we have three pitchers in Week 6’s Pitching Primer, with two-start weeks.
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
Jake Odorizzi – Minnesota Twins
5/10 @ DET
ESPN: 17%, Yahoo: 42%
Odorizzi is having a fine start to the season. Despite a start with an early exit against the Phillies after giving up four runs, his ERA is currently 3.34, has a strikeout per inning, and has only given up two home runs, in six starts. Walks are an issue at times, and the strikeouts aren’t consistent from start-to-start, which means you may need to continue to start him for the strikeouts if that trend continues. In Week 6, Odorizzi gets the start in Detroit. The Tigers are near the bottom in the league in runs scored, and at the bottom in home runs. After Week 6, it looks like Odorizzi will get starts against the Angels (possibly twice), and the White Sox. Plan accordingly.
Anthony DeSclafani – Cincinnati Reds
5/6 vs. SFG, 5/11 @ SFG
ESPN: 10%, Yahoo: 36%
DeSclafani has been on my streamer radar a ton for a couple of seasons. While there were times of promise, he’s never broken into a must-have starter, as with many of the Reds’ pitchers, also. For Week 6, DeSclafani looks to have both of his starts against the Giants. He started the season with a pitch mix of mostly fastballs and curveballs. We’ve seen an increase in sliders, starting April 19th, and he has been having better outings since then. In his last three starts, DeSclafani’s pitched more than five innings, which is important if you need the win (but with 2 of those into the sixth for the quality start). He’s given up just one run in that time span with 20 strikeouts. Of course, the start at Oracle Park is the more favorable of the two if you only need him for a start.
Dakota Hudson – St. Louis Cardinals
5/7 vs. PHI, 5/12 vs. PIT
ESPN: 4%, Yahoo: 6%
The Cardinals’ starters aren’t going to wow you, but they’re getting it done. Hudson took a tough loss in his last start against the Nationals. Six innings, two runs, and seven strikeouts got him the loss (feeling a bit slighted because starting pitchers don’t have control over their offense). Anywho – his Week 6 starts are both at home, against the Phillies and Pirates. With Busch Stadium favoring pitchers a little more than hitters, this matchup is a downgrade for the Phillies’ offense. At just 4% and 6% owned, Hudson is under the radar. Even if you don’t see his value for the future, there is enough here for Week 6 if you need to lock in a two-start pitcher.
Aaron Brooks – Oakland Athletics
5/7 vs. CIN, 5/12 vs. CLE
ESPN: 1%, Yahoo: 1%
Aaron, who? Brooks can be considered if you’re desperate. He has his home field on his side with both of his Week 6 starts being at home. The Reds and Indians have weak offenses and they’re going into Oakland Coliseum, a park that contains home runs. Although a small sample size, Brooks has given up less home runs at home than on the road, and has better strikeout, batting average, slugging, and on base percentage numbers at home as well. Like Odorizzi, Brooks’ strikeouts aren’t consistent from start-to-start, but at 99% availability, all you’re asking for is to not get crushed. As mentioned earlier, consider him if you’re desperate.