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Starting Pitcher Streaming Options for Friday (7/27/18)

CC Sabathia – NYY – LHP (50%) vs KC 

Season Stats (18 GS) 6 W, 3.51 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 77 K/ 29 BB in 100 IP
Sabathia continues to have a solid season and the Yankees certainly could use some stability out of a starter. His ratios have been solid and while his Ks are not what they once were, he is limiting walks, and keeping the ball in the yard for the most part. The defense behind him certainly does not hurt, and the offense is a major plus as well. Commentators often refer to an older pitcher having success because he is “crafty”, and CC has definitely changed his pitch mix, moving away from the 4-seam and going to his cutter in the last 3 years. Still, he is closer to a 4.50 ERA than a 3.50 ERA deserved. That being said, he should still provide decent ratios in this matchup, with some Ks, and a strong chance at the W.

(The Royals rank 20th in the league with a .235 AVG and 27th in the league with a .663 OPS on the road this season. They also rank 19th in the league with a .241 AVG and 25th in the league with a .674 OPS vs LHP).

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Nick Pivetta – PHI – RHP (38%) @ CIN

Season Stats (20 GS) 5 W, 4.74 ERA, 1.33WHIP, 121 K/ 29 BB in 100 IP
Pivetta continues to have a baffling amount of mixed results and indicators. His last start against San Diego he went 5 plus innings with 9 strikeouts but also allowed 4 runs. Still, his game FIP ( or fielding independent pitching, basically what he should get with league average defense) was negative. Negative. He gets a phenomenal amount of Ks and has a better than average walk rate. It makes you wonder if his defense has really done him some harm this season, that’s for certain (let’s face it, the Phillies have made some questionable plays on defense as recently as yesterday).Pivetta should provide great Ks, decent ratios and a good chance at the W.

(The Reds rank 18th in the league with a .246 AVG and 16th in the league with a .728 OPS at home this season. They also rank 7th in the league with a .254 AVG and 15th in the league with a .728 OPS vs RHP).

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Wade LeBlanc – SEA – LHP (27%) @ LAA 

Season Stats (15 GS) 6 W, 3.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 64 K/ 16 BB in 83 IP
LeBlanc held the White Sox to one run and struck out 10 in his last start, which leads me to say I’m honestly shocked that he’s not more widely owned. While his ERA has definitely outperformed his peripherals, he’s got a sub 5 % walk rate that has helped him keep his WHIP just above 1. The BABIP is low, sure, and his strand rate is a little higher than it will likely be. But even if he was a 4.00 ERA pitcher, he would hold some value being on a good Mariners team .He has a solid chance at the W, with good ratio potential, and he should provide some Ks.

(The Angels rank 28th in the league with a .232 AVG and 23rd in the league with a .707 OPS at home this season. They also rank 30th in the league with a .216 AVG and 28th in the league with a .652 OPS vs LHP).

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Mike Montgomery – CHC – LHP (13%) @ STL

Season Stats (10 GS) 3 W, 3.02 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 36 K/ 17 BB in 56 IP
While his ERA and WHIP look good, Montgomery has to be the least sexy streamer pick possible. The Ks aren’t great, his control is fine, but not great, and he hasn’t picked up many wins since he has swung to a rotation spot for the Cubs. But, I’ll tell you what he did do : last time out Montgomery put in a quality start, going 6 innings and only allowing 1 earned run, despite only 3 strikeouts. Against the same Cardinals he will face again on Friday. Does he have a lot of upside? No. Does he have a safe floor? Not particularly. But he does have a 2.87 FIP against the Cardinals roster in specific with K rate nearing 20%, which is better than his season numbers. Combine that with excellent ground ball rates and a good defense behind him and you have a solid deep league stream worth the risk.

(The Cardinals rank 17th in the league with a .246 AVG and 25th in the league with a .691 OPS at home this season. They also rank 20th in the league with a .238 AVG and 15th in the league with a .729 OPS vs LHP).

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