The debate over when to start pitching has been a mainstay during the fantasy baseball draft season for years. Clear and powerful arguments can be made on either side, and considering there’s always more than one way to win a fantasy championship, one side is no more right than the other.
Nonetheless, the argument against early drafting of starters always shines brightest when a high-end pitcher is injured, and the loss of Max Scherzer pushes that debate forward and into focus.
Unfortunately, there’s no point in pushing the debate during the season. You made your bed and now you must lie in it. If you were on the drafting side and start pitching early and have now lost scherzers for at least 6-8 weeks, it’s time to start streaming starters. You’re very unlikely to find a pitcher to replace it, so digging deep each week to find two or three is your necessary course of action.
The easiest place to start this week is Pittsburgh. They open the week visiting Colorado with a three-game set and then head to San Diego for another three.
It seems doubtful a Padres starter is available, but Colorado leftist Kyle Freeland is likely out there. The Pirates’ offense has been terrible, averaging a .227 batting average for the past week, but more importantly, they’re sitting on a dismal .288 wOBA against southpaws and have the seventh fewest runs against them this season. Freeland has shone in three of his last four starts and should be able to handle Pittsburgh with relative ease.
Speaking of Padres, has anyone noticed how poorly their hitters have fared this year? We’re looking at a .248 wOBA with a 26 percent strikeout rate over the past seven days. They do reasonably well against lefties, but Brewers right-hander Adrian Houser gets a hold of them on Monday and they only have .285 wOBA against righties. You could even go so far as to use the Pirates’ right-handers JT Brubaker and Bryse Wilson against them, but only if you have strong odds and are just looking to complement strikeouts and maybe steal a win.
Other streaming opportunities this week include Colorado’s Austin Gomber vs. Washington, Cleveland’s Triston McKenzie vs. Detroit, and the White Sox’s Johnny Cueto vs. the Cubs. Be wary in weekly leagues when it’s a two-start pitcher with a bad second matchup, but for those who can stream daily, there’s a chance to get started. Of course, remember that this process is flushed and repeated until Scherzer returns.
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