Starting Pitchers to Stream — 9/24/20 by Mike Podhorzer September 23, 2020 Thursday has a much smaller slate of low-owned pitchers in CBS leagues with only six choices. So let’s discuss these six in hopes of finding streaming options. As usual, I will conclude my thoughts with a STREAM or NOT recommendation. Martin Perez | vs Alex Cobb vs. BAL Man, Perez has been killing me as I own him in AL Tout Wars and have been benching him because of his terrible peripherals, but losing out on some solid starts. Thanks to a suppressed .244 BABIP, Perez has posted a sub-4.00 ERA. And while he has maintained last year’s strikeout rate spike, the velocity surge that seemingly drove it, hasn’t been held. In fact, his four-seamer and sinker velocities are down nearly two miles per hour from last year. The southpaw is now sitting on a SIERA over 5.00 in five straight seasons. That’s bad. Against an Orioles team that has been below average against lefties, the matchup is good, especially since it’s a home start. The one glimmer of hope here is his velocity jumped to its highest mark of the season during his last start, so perhaps he just needed some time to get going. I would cautiously STREAM here and hope the velocity uptick sticks. Alex Cobb | vs Martin Perez @ BOS Cobb’s appearance here means we have two streamable pitchers facing each other. Cobb has gotten back to his ground ball inducing ways, and his SwStk% sits at the second highest mark of his career (ignoring last season’s 12.1 inning tiny sample). His velocity has been good and his splitter has generated its highest SwStk% of his career. It’s too bad that’s his only pitch as his sinker is brutal. While I’m not much of a fan and the matchup isn’t great, there’s enough here that if you’re desperate, he’s worth a STREAM. Kris Bubic | vs Michael Fulmer vs. DET In this wacky year, Bubic is just one of a handful of pitchers who have debuted, making the jump all the way from High-A. While his season performance hasn’t been anything to write home about given his 4.64 SIERA, he has generated a double digit SwStk%, driven by a decent four-seam/changeup combination. His curveball has been downright awful at inducing swings and misses, but has induced an amazing rate of grounders, at over 80%. It’s an interesting group of pitches. The Tigers have been the league’s third worst team by wOBA against right-handers and there’s little reason to think it’s just a slump. Bubic will be opposed to Fulmer who owns an 8.17 ERA/5.48 SIERA and hasn’t made it past the third inning in any start. This is nearly as good a matchup as possible, making him an easy STREAM. Chad Kuhl | vs Alec Mills vs. CHC It’s no surprise that Kuhl has struggled with his control this year in his return from TJ surgery. He has thrown his slider and curveball more often this year, which is a good decision and has boosted his strikeout rate. But that walk rate is problematic and given that TJ recoverees do often take longer to regain their control, you can’t expect it to suddenly be fixed for this next start. While you figure he won’t get bombed for nine runs over 2.1 innings against like he did against the Royals, the six walk affair illustrates the risk of implosion. Against a solid Cubs offense, he’s a NOT. Michael Fulmer | vs Kris Bubic @ KC Ummm NOT (see Bubic blurb for more). Chi Chi Gonzalez | vs Kevin Gausman @ SF I’m not sure how Gonzalez keeps finding himself in the Majors, as his peripherals are awful. NOT, duh.