Morning Read: Madison Bumgarner has been on quite the run since he came back from the IL. Since July 16th he has started seven games with a 1.93 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. He hasn't changed much on this nice little run he has had, there is not velocity increase or pitch mix change. The key to Bumgarner's success has been limiting the home runs.
His HR/9 has dropped from 1.18 to 0.77 and it comes from his command. He is placing the fastball better and his walk rate has dipped to an elite level of 2.7%. With a low-velocity fastball (89 MPH) command is going to be extremely important to Bumgarner and if he doesn't have that he isn't going to pitch well. Which makes him a bit risky in my mind. Of course, the 1.93 ERA isn't expected and the 3.54 FIP, 4.53 SIERA, and 4.59 xFIP all show regression.
Overall I just don't see overwhelming stuff and to rely on elite command is a dangerous thing. Just take a look at what happened to Plesac and his disastrous season.
Today's Streamer: I have always had a weird thing for Miles Mikolas, I'm not sure whether it is the mustache or the fact that he has a favorite meatball sub in Florida. Either way, he has an awesome slider and is typically very consistent at inducing weak contact. He did pitch in a bunch of rehab assignments so I'd assume he won't be that rusty. But mainly, he is facing the Pittsburgh Pirates and they are a dumpster fire of an offense that only has a 71 wRC+ in the last seven days. I'll take my chances and really think this streamer pick has a super high floor aspect to it.
Shallow League Option: Miles Mikolas.
Deep League Option: Miles Mikolas.
Looking For Strikeouts: Nestor Cortes, Luis Patino, and Elieser Hernandez.
Looking For Quality Starts: Miles Mikolas, Brad Keller, and Brett Anderson.
Looking For Wins: Miles Mikolas, Nestor Cortes, and Brad Keller.
Looking For Ratios: Miles Mikolas, Nestor Cortes, and Brad Keller.
Tomorrow's Streamers: Triston McKenzie, Eric Lauer, and Kyle Freeland.
The Day After: Touki Toussaint and Alec Mills.
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