It’s a light slate of action in the good old MLB on Monday, as we will be enthralled with a mere seven games. Since nine of the scheduled 14 starters are bigger names that are generally owned already in standard leagues, your streaming options are very limited indeed. The following three players are the best that is available, but that doesn’t mean they are guaranteed to be great options either. Buyer beware on these picks for August 4.
(Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)
*All stats current through 7:00 p.m. Sunday
Brandon McCarthy: New York Yankees (22 percent)
Despite owning some sub-par numbers on the season, McCarthy has really turned things around of late. He’s posted an outstanding 5-0 record over his past six outings, and owns an excellent 2.43 ERA over that span. He’s been especially dominant in his two home appearances since being traded to the Yankees, and that’s where he finds himself pitching on Monday.
It won’t be an easy matchup however, as he’ll face a very potent Detroit Tigers offense. Though the Tigers rank third in baseball in runs per game, McCarthy may be getting them at a good time. The Tigers have lost five of their last nine games, and have scored four runs or less in seven of those contests. Going with McCarthy is certainly a risk, so how lucky are you feeling right now?
Dillon Gee: New York Mets (17.4 percent)
This right-hander has been knocked around in each of his last three outings, yet still owns a respectable 3.77 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Most every pitcher goes through rough patches here and there however, so Gee shouldn’t simply be ignored going forward. Two of those ugly starts actually came on the road, but Gee will pitch at home on Monday where he has posted much stronger numbers the season.
His opponent will be the San Francisco Giants, and that club has really hit the skids of late. To go along with an awful 3-7 record over their past 10 games, the Giants have mustered a lowly 3.14 runs per contest over that span. San Fran also ranks just 25th in the league this season with a .240 average vs. right-handed pitching, so a nice bounce-back effort could be in store for Gee.
Kevin Gausman: Baltimore Orioles (4.3 percent)
It’s been quite the roller coaster season for this second-year hurler. In 10 starts to this point, Gausman has allowed one earned run or less six times, but has also allowed five earned runs on three occasions. These ups and down make Gausman a bit of a risky option, but his next start will come on the road where he sports an excellent 2.86 ERA, so he may be worth the gamble on Monday.
It will surely be no walk in the park for Gausman though, as he’ll square off against a strong Washington Nationals team. While the Nats do rank 10th in the league in runs per game, we have seen them be tamed of late. The team has currently lost six of their last 11 games, and have been held to four runs or fewer in nine of those contests. Combine that with Washington’s sub-par .240 average vs. right-handed pitching this season, and Gausman makes for a high-risk, high-reward option.