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Friday Starting Pitcher Streaming Options (08/31/18)

Nick Pivetta – PHI – RHP (41%) vs CHC

Season Stats (26 GS) 6 W, 4.80 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 161 K/ 37 BB in 135 IP

Pivetta continues to strike out a ton of batters but have an impressively bad BABIP and ERA when compared to SIERA and xFIP. The frustrating thing about Pivetta is that he will succeed against a top offense like Boston, but not even get out of the 4th inning against the Mets. Pivetta has carried a gorgeous strikeout percentage, hovering just under 30%, this far into the season – almost 130 innings. His ERA is pedestrian to bad but looking beyond that to his ERA indicators, he holds down a low 3 xFIP and SIERA, indicating that he deserves much better. Part of that can likely be due to his HR/FB rate being a bit high, and the BABIP being way too high. Batters just shouldn’t be fairing this well against him when they put balls in play, so that goes back to his defense. The ceiling is really just too high on Pivetta to ignore. He should provide great Ks, okay ratios and a decent chance at the W.

(The Cubs rank 7th in the league with a .257 AVG and 9th in the league with a .741 OPS on the road this season. They also rank 2nd in the league with a .263 AVG and 5th in the league with a .766 OPS vs RHP).

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Nathan Eovaldi – BOX – RHP (46%) @ CWS

Season Stats (16 GS) 5 W, 4.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 74 K/ 12 BB in 89 IP

Eovaldi hasn’t been on the streamer list in a little while, but his ownership percentage has dropped down after a couple of bad outings. His slider has not been as effective and he actually threw more curveballs in his last couple of games, which is one of his worst pitches by pitch value. His splitter use has also jumped up since he has been working with Boston, and couple that with reports he has been working with Pedro Martinez, it seems logical that he may be trying to fine tune some pitch mix adjustments. Although he gave up 5 runs last outing to Tampa, he only deserved a 2.31 xFIP and garnered an impressive 20% swinging strike rate in the game. While the past couple of starts have seen growing pains, the White Sox don’t represent much of an offensive threat (but they do have a ton of swing and miss), and he has the potential to grab a W with good ratios and solid Ks.

(The White Sox rank 19th in the league with a .247 AVG and 22nd in the league with a .717 OPS at home this season. They also rank 23rd in the league with a .244 AVG and 23rd in the league with a .716 OPS vs RHP).

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Andrew Suarez – SF – LHP (7%) vs NYM

Season Stats (23 GS) 5 W, 4.42 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 108 K/ 34 BB in 126 IP

Any starter going up against the Mets has a good chance to hold some value. While Suarez has not had a great second half, he is still getting a good amount of ground balls and has a HR/FB rate that should not remain so high, especially at home. His K rate on the season is not to shabby, and he has displayed an above average command over the course of the season. He should get solid Ks, decent ratios and good chance at the win.

(The Mets rank 8th in the league with a .256 AVG and 4th in the league with a .768 OPS on the road this season. They also rank 29th in the league with a .225 AVG and 30th in the league with a .651 OPS vs LHP).

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