If you want to take a risk on streaming pitchers for your fantasy baseball team, here are my picks for May 14.
The starting pitching slate for the May 14 games drops off at a certain point. There are a lot of aces on the mound of Tuesday, including Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco and Chris Paddack. But unfortunately, you can’t use them unless you own them. If you are looking for a shot in the dark to start Week 7 strong for your fantasy baseball team, here are three options to look at.
As usual with my streaming posts, the pitchers listed will be available in at least 60 percent of ESPN leagues. They wouldn’t be streaming options if they were widely owned.
I had my work cut out for me this week. There were a few pitchers I liked, but the match-ups did not leave them with much value. Whether it was Jerad Eickhoff against Milwaukee or Danny Duffy at Texas, my options were limited.
Based on their recent performances and upcoming match-up, here are my fantasy baseball streaming options for May 14.
Wade Miley, @DET
Miley has recorded four quality starts in his last five games. He has back-to-back 6 IP/2 ER/2 BB/1 HR lines and earned in a win in both games.
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The Detroit Tigers offense is one of the worst in the league. They’ve scored 25 runs with a .207 average over the last seven games. The Tigers also have 60 strikeouts in that span.
With the offense behind Miley and his ability to limit base runners and strike out opponents, he should be on track to earn another win and quality start.
Mike Leake, vs. OAK
After allowing five runs on 10 hits and one walk to Texas, Leake was able to shut down to top offenses in New York and Cleveland. He combined for four runs on 13 hits, two walks and six strikeouts in 13.0 innings.
The Mariners offense is a bit streaky, as they are primarily a power-hitting team, Leake has a 2-4 record this season. Though, he does have five quality starts.
The A’s are hitting .209 with 17 runs over the last week. As long as he gets some run support, Leake is a top streaming option.
Trent Thornton, @SF
Thornton may not be an obvious choice, but his 2.7 percent ownership makes him a prime candidate. He was roughed up in his last start, lasting just 2.0 innings against the Twins. Thornton shouldn’t have that problem against the Giants.
They are hitting .252 with 39 runs scored over the last seven games. Though, Oracle Park remains the most pitcher-friendly park in the league. The Giants have scored 60 runs, hit .210 and 11 home runs at home, all worst or second-to-last in the league.
Thornton can rack up a few strikeouts on his way to a quality start. The downside is the Blue Jays offense may not give him any runs to get a win.
The streaming pitcher pool is shallow for this slate of games. Hopefully, you have better options on your team. If you do go after one of these pitchers, just know what you may hurt in one category while getting help in another.