Week 8 looks to be a rough one when trying to find pitchers to stream for your fantasy baseball team. Decent pitching has been hard to come by, which can be seen in the free agent pool. Many possible streamers have competitive matchups, so they may be too risky. Always keep an eye out on who is dropped in your leagues, because you never know who you’ll be able to pick up.
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves
ESPN: 41%, Yahoo: 45%
5/21 @ SFG, 5/26 @ STL
For most of his starts this season, Teheran’s been pitching well enough to give the Braves a chance to win. He’s been fairly consistent at pitching at least five innings, and overall for the season, is getting you a strikeout per inning. Given that he’s one of the more consistent starters that’s available, and pitches for a better-than-average (Braves) offense, he’s owned in less than half of ESPN and Yahoo leagues. If you’re weary of Teheran in the long term, he’s definitely a streamer option for Week 8. The Braves are on the road this week, with series against the Giants and Cardinals. If you don’t need both starts, take him for the one against one of the weaker offenses in MLB, the Giants.
Spencer Turnbull – Detroit Tigers
ESPN: 24%, Yahoo: 40%
5/21 vs MIA, 5/26 @ NYM
Turnbull has been an interesting topic of discussion. His numbers look great in comparison to expectations, if any. More times than not, Turnbull has been pitching well enough for the win, but it’s not always within reach when your offense is the Tigers. He’s a little better than a K per inning, and his ERA ranks 10th amongst qualifying starters, at 2.40. For Week 8, his starts come at home against the Marlins, and in New York against the Mets. While the Marlins did just sweep the Mets, the Marlins are still the worst offense in baseball. The Mets go into Week 8 with a five game losing streak, and an overall record of 20-25. This is a week where you’d want Turnbull for both starts.
Gio Gonzalez – Milwaukee Brewers
ESPN: 15%, Yahoo: 29%
5/21 vs. CIN
Gonzalez has added some stability to a shaky, Brewers rotation. Does he still have what it takes to be effective in fantasy? He’s been effective enough to use as a streamer, and you may want to consider keeping him in deeper leagues. Gonzalez hasn’t pitched six innings in any of his four starts yet, so he’s a bit out of reach for quality starts. With just four earned runs given up (one of them being a home run), spread over these starts, the Brewers have the offense to support what Gonzalez is doing for them on the mound. He’ll pitch against the Reds, at home for Week 8. The Reds are a better offense at their home park. You can stream Gonzalez with confidence.
Lance Lynn – Texas Rangers
ESPN: 5%, Yahoo: 10%
5/21 vs SEA
Have you given Lynn any thought this season? I haven’t, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t pick up on him sooner. The Rangers have some decent starters, and an offense that has scored the fourth most runs in MLB. Lynn’s 4.94 ERA is inflated with a seven and eight, earned run starts. Take out those starts, and he would have an ERA a little under three. Five out of nine starts have been quality starts. For his efforts, and the Rangers’ offensive support, Lynn has a 5-3 record. Week 8 has him pitching at home against the Mariners (he also lines up to pitch at against the Mariners in Seattle for Week 9). The Mariners have cooled off after their hot start, so you may want to stream Lynn and consider him for Week 9.