Hi everyone, today guest columnist Aaditya V. is back with his Monday column on streaming pitcher options for the week ahead.
Streaming Pitchers Under 50% Owned: Week of August 21st and a White IPA Review
By Aaditya V.
Hoppy Monday everyone and welcome back to another week of analysis of under 50% owned pitchers. This week to add a bit of structure I have selected 3 probable starters for each day this week. Additionally, I am reviewing a white IPA from the hippies up in Middlebury, VT.
Let’s do it.
Lucas Giolito – CWS
Recommendation: Start with Caution. The sixth ranked prospect in the White Sox farm system and a cornerstone piece of the trade that sent Adam Eaton to the Nationals, Lil’ Gio has had an underwhelming season at Triple-A Charlotte. He has posted a 4.48 ERA with 59 walks over 128 2/3 innings this season. The one bright spot comes in the form of 134 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.71 over his last five starts. He could wind up sticking around beyond Monday if Reynaldo Lopez (oblique) needs a trip to the disabled list. He has had limited success in the majors during his tenure with the Nats. (6.75 ERA over 4 starts).
Dillon Gee – MIN
Recommendation: Stream with caution. Dillon Gee is expected to get a start for the Twins for Monday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. Gee-man is an interesting play against the White Sox. On one hand he did pitch 2 2/3 innings on 8/17 so he is pitching on only three days’ rest. On the other hand he is pitching against a really terrible White Sox team. Expect the veteran right hander to be on a thin leash I would expect him to get pulled after five. Over 125 innings last season Gee posted a fairly mediocre 4.68 ERA with a very high 1.46 WHIP. Considering his current seasonal WHIP is in line with last years I would proceed carefully.
Andrew Albers – SEA
Recommendation: Stream with confidence. The 31-year-old Albers was tearing up Triple-A Gwinnett before being called up, sporting a sharp 2.61 ERA along with a nasty 115:19 K:BB over 120.2 innings. Alby gets a shot at redemption or revenge (whatever you want to call it) against the team that traded him away last week. Andrew has a relatively easy start against a below .500 Atlanta Braves, in his second major league start of 2017. Albers has had lukewarm success in the majors recording a 4.25 ERA across 13 starts for Seattle, Minnesota and Toronto.
Eduardo Rodriguez – BOS
Recommendation: Stream with caution. While ERod didn’t get the QS in his last time up at the mound against the Cardinals. He did pitch pretty well across the night walking only one, striking out six and throwing 64 of his 98 pitches for strikes. As I mentioned last week Eddy has pitched well in since returning from the DL. However, he slated to pitch against the AL Central leading Cleveland Indians. The Indians has had some had some success against him over the years. Particularly E5 who has 1.015 OPS against Eddy.
Patrick Corbin – ARI
Recommendation: Stream with Confidence. Corbin has been electric lately posting 3 QS in a row and averaging 7 innings with an ERA of 1.27 over the past three starts averaging a K/9 of 10.55. Corbin, a real disappointment for 2 1/2 months, has a 3.13 ERA and a 78/18 K/BB ratio over 72 innings in his last 12 starts. Against a particularly poor Mets Corbin has a chance at repeating his stellar performance against the Astros on 8/17. Additionally, Corbin’s last two starts came against the Astros and the Cubs.
Mike Clevinger – CLE
Recommendation: Stream with caution. The six foot four right hander was roughed up the last time he pitched taking the loss in a relief role against the Twins. Mike went 2.2 innings and coughed up two earned runs and walked 3. He did strike out 5. He faces a tough match-up against the surging Red Sox at home. Mike faced the Red Sox a few weeks ago making it through only three innings while giving up five earned runs and walking four. Mike’s playing time has not been consistent this season pitching in both long relief roles and as a starter.
R.A. Dickey – ATL
Recommendation: Stream with caution. The veteran knuckleballer is still kicking. Since 2010 R.A. has pitched at least 150 innings. Dickey pitched well for the first five innings in his last time up against the Reds. The knuckleball had a ton of movement, as he missed a lot of bats but when the Reds made contact the ball flew far. The veteran tossed five innings of scoreless baseball before the train derailed in the sixth frame. His next matchup is 8/23 against the Mariners.
Chris Rowley – TOR
Recommendation: Stream with caution. Last week I gave Chris a “stream with confidence, this week he gets lowered to a “stream with caution”. In his third time at the mound this season Chris will take on the Rays in Tampa again. While he did pitch five strong innings giving up only 2 earned runs, he did walk five and strike out only 3. Those kind of numbers are troubling especially against the same team two weeks in a row. While Rowley did throw 51 out of 90 pitches for strikes I am concerned about his high WHIP, which leads me to believe that we can expect some strong regression in his stat line. But till then I would stream away.
James Shields – CWS
Recommendation: Do not stream. His days as an ace are likely behind him. His last season posting an ERA under four was in 2015. He has lowered his ERA from terrible 6.19 to a slightly less terrible 5.72 over his last four starts. He remains in the White Sox rotation due to a distinct lack of competition for pitchers in Chicago, especially after Quintana’s departure along with all of the relievers. Stay away from James unless it’s a real desperation play.
Vance Worley – MIA
Recommendation: Stream with confidence. On April 2, 2017 Vance signed a minor league deal with the Marlins. He pitched his first game of the season on June 29th in a one inning appearance against the Mets. In his last time up also against the Mets, Worley gave up just three hits and walked two, but the Marlins could muster only one run against Mets starter Rafael Montero. The loss was the third of the year for the right-hander but his first since May 27. He’s got a 4.82 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 56 innings. Worley will look to get back in the win column Friday against the Padres, one of the worst teams in the majors.
Alex Cobb – TB
Recommendation: Stream with caution. Even though Cobb is over the 50% cut-off for this article I wanted to make sure I highlighted his start. He is coming off the DL from a turf toe injury and his first start back is against Toronto. Typically a combination you want to stay away from, which is why I am being cautious with my rating here. However, Cobb has been pretty good this season and could make a valuable roster stash for the playoff push. In his last time on the mound Cobb pitched six strong innings against the Brewers striking out six and only walking one, while scattering five hits and only coughing up one run. He slides into the rotation taking Faria’s spot who is out with an abdomen issue.
Jerad Eickoff – PHI
Recommendation: Do not stream. Jerad has been thoroughly mediocre this year. He has walked at least one batter in every game except for two. His ERA has been above 4 since May 3rd fluctuating between a high of 5.13 and low of 4.00 since then. I can’t really fault Jerad for all of it he does have a .317 BABIP higher than his 3 year averages and Phillies have been pretty bad for several years. If you are in desperate need for innings he might be a decent play, but keep in mind that Stanton, Ozuna, Yelich and Prado are all hitting above .300 against him.
Chad Bettis – COL
Recommendation: Stream with confidence. Not only did Chad beat cancer, but then he came back to beat the crap out of Atlanta in his first start back, albeit not really a hard task, shutting them out over 7 innings. Chad’s current number are a bit of an anomaly. In 32 starts last season Chad post a 4.79 ERA across 186 innings. This season Chad has given up 14 hits in 14 innings, thankfully walking only one. In his last start against the Brewers, Bettis allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings while taking a no-decision. He did strike out six and walked only one over his seven innings of work. He will carry a sharp 1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP into a road start against the Braves next time he takes to the mound.
Collin McHugh – HOU
Recommendation: Stream with confidence. In his last time out McHugh scattered six hits and a walk, using three strikeouts to get through six innings unscathed. The victory was the first of the year in six starts for the 30-year-old, who didn’t make his debut until July 22. He’s had one clunker but has largely been decent in those six starts, owning a 4.01 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He’ll try to make it two in a row Friday at the Angels. In five seasons in the majors only Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols have a batting average over .300 against McHugh.
Parker Bridwell – LAA
Recommendation: Stream with caution. The Orioles traded Bridwell to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations on April 17, 2017. In his last start Parker Bridwell allowed two earned runs over five-plus innings Sunday in a no-decision versus his former team. The 26-year-old right-hander will carry a sharp 7-1 record, 2.92 ERA, and 1.18 WHIP into his next start at home against the AL West-leading Astros.
Fresh Slice White IPA – Otter Creek Brewing
This week’s beer comes to us from Middlebury, VT. I am a huge fan of citrus IPA’s so when I saw this at my local liquor store I had to get a bottle.
The beer pours out a hazy orange with a solid white head. It gives off nice smell of lemon and clementine. Taste wise this beer is very drinkable. It has a nice bitter hop taste and spices such as pepper and coriander are prominent. Since it was advertised as a white IPA I was really expecting more on the Belgian front, so I was mildly disappointed from that aspect. It has a crisp refreshing feel to it, overall a perfect end of summer beer.