It’s safe to assume that we’re starting to feel the grind of the fantasy baseball season, and Week 15 will lead us to some much deserved time off that is, the MLB All-Star break. There’s a chance that rotations will change this week, so be sure to keep an eye out for announcements on starting pitchers.
Let’s get started on this week’s Pitching Primer! We’ll look at pitchers that you can stream, who are available in about 50% or more of ESPN and Yahoo fantasy baseball leagues. Listed will be a pitcher and their team, along with ownership percentages and their projected opponent. This week also includes two, two-start pitchers.
Jhoulys Chacin – Milwaukee Brewers (ESPN: 31%, Yahoo: 39%)
Projected starts: 7/10 @ MIA, 7/15 @ PIT
Chacin is having a pretty good 2018, and he’s starting to garner attention. For this season, Chacin’s K/9 has increased month over month, and he has only given up seven home runs in 104 innings. For Week 15, he’ll have two starts on the road, but at pitcher-friendly ballparks. These starts will be at Marlins Park, and PNC Park. ESPN has a ranking of park factors that you can see here. While Miller Park is fairly neutral, these two starts on the road, against offensively weaker teams will give Chacin more of an advantage. With the Brewers leading the NL Central, ahead of the Cubs, their players should be looked at with a certain level of confidence.
Matt Harvey – Cincinnati Reds (ESPN: 27%, Yahoo: 28%)
Projected start: 7/13 @ STL
Sometimes you need a change of scenery, and that’s what Harvey has with the Reds. It hasn’t been smooth sailing, but it looks as though he’s settling in with his new team. In 9 out of 11 starts with the Reds, Harvey has pitched at least five innings, and hasn’t allowed a home run since June 15th. His strikeouts per game fluctuates between two and six, but he’s only allowed three walks in his last four starts. Harvey is also showing that he could be taken into consideration in quality starts leagues, with three QS since joining the Reds. This week’s start will be against the Cardinals, at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals have been in the middle of the pack when it comes to MLB offensive categories, and like the previously mentioned opposing teams, Busch Stadium is a pitcher-friendly park.
Anibal Sanchez – Atlanta Braves (ESPN: 20%, Yahoo: 26%)
Projected start: 7/13 vs. ARI
After struggling for a couple of seasons with the Tigers, Sanchez has new life with the Braves. Like Harvey, maybe he just needed a change of scenery. It’s also not a bad thing to pitch for a team that can provide offense. In 10 starts, five of them are quality starts, and eight starts with five or more strikeouts. Sanchez has an excellent ERA of 2.72, and LOB% of 81.5%. One thing to consider if you’re thinking about streaming Sanchez: The D-backs are leaving Colorado to play in Atlanta, and their players might need time to adjust to the lower altitude. Also, Sanchez pitches slightly better at home. He should still have a spot in the rotation after the All-Star break, and you may want to keep him on your roster if you have a spot to stash him.
Jeremy Hellickson – Washington Nationals (ESPN: 17%, Yahoo: 24%)
Projected starts: 7/10 @ PIT, 7/15 @ NYM
Hellickson has two starts this week, with one of them also being against the Pirates, and the other against the Mets. Both of these games being on the road may be a plus for Hellickson, whose splits are better on the road in categories like: K%, HR/9, AVG, OBP, and SLG. Looking at his line on the season may be confusing because he only has a 2-1 record, but has started 11 games. Hellickson’s ERA is a decent 3.81. In nine of his starts, he allowed just three earned runs or less (not including start in Atlanta), but he doesn’t pitch deep enough into games to be considered for the start when the Nationals offense gets the lead. Five of his no-decisions have resulted in wins. Hellickson can help you to get some stats this week, but don’t heavily count on the quality start or win from him.
Thank you for reading, and good luck with your fantasy baseball season and pitching streamers!