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Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitcher Streaming Power Rankings May 9

RotoExperts Staff May 8, 2014 3:52PM EDT
FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo and Garion Thorne have some Starting Pitchers available to stream through your Fantasy Baseball lineup for Friday, May 9th…

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FRIDAY, MAY 9TH

  1. Wei-Yin Chen (5%) vs. HOU
  2. Jason Vargas (29%) @SEA
  3. Collin McHugh (25%) @BAL
  4. Jhoulys Chacin (6%) @CIN
  5. Roberto Hernandez (2%) @NYM
  6. Jenrry Mejia (19%) vs. PHI
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Wei-Yin Chen (5%) vs. HOU – …And Houston goes a perfect three for three in being the top stream opponent. As I’ve mentioned all year, the Astros don’t do anything elite – except strike out. Houston’s 24.2% team strikeout rate leads baseball. Their .216 average is tied with the Padres for the lowest mark in the majors. They’ve scored just 108 runs, good for 28th. Again, Houston is bad. Wei-Yin Chen is not, though his numbers may appear to be. Chen sports a 4.24 ERA, but when you consider his .377 BABIP is the highest in the American League, the nearly run and a half drop in his FIP makes perfect sense. The lefty is by no means a top-end pitcher, but a 3.5 K/BB ratio is not something to ignore, especially when his 7.41 strikeouts per nine don’t limit him to just a ratio stabilizer. Seven whiffs aren’t out of the question for Chen Friday, because, once more – the Astros.

Jhoulys Chacin (6%) @CIN – Chacin, much like Matt Harrison, is a solid pitcher who is dramatically undervalued due to an injury-plagued spring. The righty had a rough first outing, allowing 13 base runners in just five innings against the Mets, a microcosm of the issue that has plagued him throughout his career. Chacin has always struggled with control, until last season when he finally got his walks per nine under three at 2.78. If he can maintain this trend, the 3.47 FIP he posted in 2013 won’t be an anomaly, but for a pitcher who generally relies on a below average HR/FB ratio for success, Chacin can’t allow free passes – especially making half his starts in Colorado. An uptick in his swinging strike rate, which has consistently fallen since a 10.8% mark in 2010, wouldn’t hurt either. Now, a safer play might be to give Chacin a few starts before putting him in your lineup, but against a Reds team that ranks 24th in runs and just lost Jay Bruce, I’m willing to take a risk. Chacin is a proven quantity that might not last on the wire long.

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