Streaming starting pitchers can be one of the most effective strategies in fantasy baseball. Here are three guys you should consider streaming on August 1, 2014.
Danny Salazar v Texas Rangers
Salazar has been great since rejoining the Cleveland Indians this month. He’s allowed just four earned runs over 12 innings and, even more importantly, he has a sparkling 13:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio (including no walks over seven innings in his last start). Salazar gets to take on a Rangers offense that’s struggled against right-handed pitching this season. Their .302 wOBA against righties is 20th this season and their 84 wRC+ — which means that they’ve scored 16 percent fewer runs than the league average against right-handed pitching — is 27th, beating just the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres. Salazar has the potential to be an impact arm down the stretch and is a guy you need to consider rostering long-term, especially if he has a strong outing on Friday.
Wei-Yin Chen v Seattle Mariners
Buck Showalter shuffled his rotation around specifically so he could have Chen face the Mariners because last week Chen shutout the Mariners in an eight inning gem in which he gave up just five hits and one walk while striking out three. Chen has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last four starts and in nine of his last ten.
Anthony Ranaudo v New York Yankees
One of the nice side-effects from the Boston Red Sox trading away pretty much their entire starting rotation is that their young prospects will get an opportunity to show the big leagues what they’ve got. Ranaudo had been absolutely superb this season at AAA Pawtucket, tallying a 2.41 ERA to go with a 1.15 WHIP, .202 opponents batting average and 99 strikeouts over 119.1 innings. The Yankees are 22nd in MLB with a 90 wRC+ against right-handed pitching this season and in a deep league where pitching options are scarce, I’m willing to give the 24-year old prospect a shot.