Morning Read: Last night against the Cleveland Indians, Ross Stripling pitched five innings with one earned run and three strikeouts. The overall 24 CSW% isn't anything to get excited about. But in his last four starts Stripling has pitched 20.2 innings with a 3.92 ERA, 27.2 K%, and 0.97 WHIP. Based on the small sample BABIP and LOB% I do see some luck here. He hasn't really changed anything compared to earlier in the season so I'm not too excited here. Stream him in the right spots.
I also wanted to point out that streaming might be tough this week. If you look at just wRC+ in the last seven days you will see teams like Arizona, New York (Mets), Seattle, Miami, and Pittsburgh near the top. While at the bottom you will see the Phillies, Yankees, Nationals, Oakland, and Padres. This makes things really tough. Will the good struggling offenses rebound? Will the bad offenses on a hot streak cool off? It's going to be really hard to figure it out.
Today's Streamer: Mike Minor hasn't been the pitcher we thought he could be. The lower velocity on his fastball is making a big difference and it's been hard to tell what kind of pitcher he really is. Well, he gets a Pirates team who has been hitting as of late. I don't buy it though. The Pirates just faced a weak pitching staff in the Rockies, most of whom have been bad on the road this year. I expect the Pirates offense to come back down to earth.
Shallow League Option: James Kaprielian has been so good thus far this season. If he somehow is still on the wire I would grab him right away. He draws a good matchup against Seattle that makes nothing but sense.
Deep League Option: The Mets offense looks like they were starting to get hot by putting up 13 runs against the Braves. Before that game though, they were struggling big time and I think their last seven-day numbers are fluctuated by one good game. Plus deGrom is on the mound, so you know they aren't scoring a lot. Kelly has been really good as of late, I don't think he is more than a streamer, but I think he is a formidable streaming option.
Looking For Strikeouts: James Kaprielian, Merrill Kelly, and Tyler Alexander.
Looking For Quality Starts: Mike Minor, James Kaprielian, and Merrill Kelly.
Looking For Wins: James Kaprielian and Mike Minor.
Looking For Ratios: Mike Minor, James Kaprielian, and Merrill Kelly.
Tomorrow's Streamers: Brady Singer and Jose Urena (if he starts).
The Day After: Shane McClanahan.
Link to full chart: Here
Explanation of chart: Here