As you glance at these streaming options, you may say "Huh?" I assure you, however, that these are the best options I can come up with for this weekend's games. Remember, these guys are owned in less than 50% of leagues, so most should be available in standard leagues. I am providing this information Thursday evening, so the disclaimer that things can change based on weather, injury or managerial decisions applies.
Dylan Axelrod CHW vs. LAA Tommy Hanson
Corey Kluber CLE @ DET Max Scherzer
Axelrod does not strike me as a future ace, but he's pitched well enough as he fills in for either Peavy or Floyd, take your pick. 4 straight QS is nothing to sneeze at, and while pitching at home isn't as good as being on the road against the Angels, if you need ERA and WHIP, he could help you. Kluber has been good, despite his last outing, posting a 4:1 K/BB ratio and good peripherals. I don't like the match up or the opposing SP, and Detroit can put up a lot of runs, but Kluber is benefiting from the recent surge by Cleveland and thus, I have to recommend him here.
Ubaldo Jiminez CLE @ DET Justin Verlander
Brandon Maurer SEA vs. OAK Jarrod Parker
Kevin Slowey MIA @ LAD Hyun-Jin Ryu
Man o man, I just have a real hard time nominating Jiminez as a streaming option. Even so, he has been pitching well the past two outings, racking up some Ks and avoiding giving up runs. Facing off against Verlander isn't the best match up, but he could give you some decent innings if his recent trends continue. Maurer has had a long lay-off, and maybe that will help him overcome his last awful outing. Before blowing up against the Orioles, he has tossed 3 consecutive QS, with a 13:5 K/BB ratio. The Mariners like him, and while I expect up and down performances from him, I do like his match up against the slumping Parker. Slowey has been a great addition to the Marlins' rotation. Solid pitching with a great K/BB ratio over his last three starts, I would consider adding him as SP5/6 to my roster if he is available in your league.
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Scott Diamond MIN vs. BAL Wei-Yin Chen
Scott Feldman CHC @ WAS Gio Gonzalez
Jeanmar Gomez PIT @ NYM Matt Harvey
Roberto Hernandez TB vs. SD Eric Stults
Zach McAllister CLE @ DET Rick Porcello
Diamond puts together good stretches of pitching, and he's been doing that for 3 of his past 4 starts. He doesn't strike out a lot of batters, but then again, he doesn't walk batters either. ERA and WHIP are good enough to warrant a streaming start, and if you are comfortable, maybe more than that...say a place on your roster. Feldman cannot keep this up, can he? I suspect that hitters will begin to figure him out soon, but until then, ride his hot hand. Gomez is another SP that batters will get a handle on soon enough. He's going to be in the Pirates' rotation for the time being, and facing the Mets isn't all that frightening, but Harvey is a tough mound opponent. Definitely a risky option. Hernandez has a good match up here on Sunday against the Padres, and I certainly would not recommend his opposing SP as an option. A good K/BB ratio and decent peripherals makes Hernandez worth a stream here, and like Diamond, maybe pick him up to fill in for an injury or to replace a disappointing pitcher that you are not starting. McAllister is someone I gravitated toward this draft season, and while he's not a strikeout pitcher, he does avoid giving up runs, so the peripherals are very good. One more option to pick up off of waivers to populate your roster.
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