If you need 2-start pitching streamers for your fantasy baseball team, perfect! Week 7 has many options to choose from, and we will mention four of them in this week’s Pitching Primer. You can lock in these streamers for the week, or pick and choose depending on which of their opponents you favor more.
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
Tyler Skaggs – Los Angeles Angels
ESPN: 49%, Yahoo: 38%
5/13 @ MIN, 5/19 vs. KCR
This is the third week where Skaggs has been on my radar, but I feel like Week 7 has more value than the last two. His ownership is slightly down from Week 6, but expect it to rise, and probably more so for his second start against the Royals. Skaggs got lit in his last start against the Tigers, which may turn potential owners off from him. If you take out that start, his season stats look much better. His ERA would be at 3.12, with a K/9 of 8.31. The Twins matchup is definitely the tougher of the two, having won all but one of their games so far for Week 6. Meanwhile, the Royals have a .500 week.
Kyle Gibson – Minnesota Twins
ESPN: 32%, Yahoo: 23%
5/14 vs. LAA, 5/19 @ SEA
Gibson is a streamer favorite from time to time, and looks appealing for Week 7. With a home game against the Angels, and road game against the Mariners, Gibson has a strong offense behind him to get him the win. Strikeouts (9.31 K/9), and ground balls (50.5%), are a strong point for him this season. Gibson’s been able to pitch into the fifth inning in all seven starts this season, so he can hang in there for the win or quality start, which is nice. If you look at game scores on ESPN, Gibson’s against the Angels projected to be 47, and 54 against the Mariners. That can be an indicator for making a decision on streaming him.
Reynaldo Lopez – Chicago White Sox
ESPN: 14%, Yahoo: 14%
5/13 vs. CLE, 5/18 vs. TOR
This pick is a little (or a lot) gross, and I’m sorry. But with starts at home against the Indians and Blue Jays, it’s worth a shot if you need to take one. Three of his starts have been pretty bad, which makes his stat line undesirable. Going through his game log from start to start, you’ll see that Lopez is able to have nice outings, with the most recent being against the Indians. Although low on strikeouts, no home runs or walks were allowed, and the start was a quality one. Lopez could certainly put up similar numbers, but hopefully, with more strikeouts. If he doesn’t get the K’s against the Indians, maybe they’ll come against the Blue Jays, who are striking out at a rate of 26.5%, as a team. If there’s a time to start Lopez, and for two starts, I think it’s for Week 7.
Danny Duffy – Kansas City Royals
ESPN: 5%, Yahoo: 5%
5/14 vs. TEX, 5/19 @ LAA
Duffy got a late start on the season and has just three starts under his belt for 2019. He’s already had to face the Angels, Rays, and Astros. For Week 7, he’ll get the Rangers and Angels again. While both of those offenses shouldn’t be overlooked, Duffy’s had nice starts against the aforementioned teams. His strikeouts should be almost a K/9, but with just one strikeout in his first start, that stat looks much smaller than it should be. The Rangers have scored the third most runs in MLB, with 34 more runs being scored at home. It’ll be to Duffy and the Royals’ advantage to host the Rangers. Even with lower ownership than Lopez, I prefer Duffy for Week 7.