It’s either stretch run time or playoff time in fantasy baseball leagues of all shapes and sizes. That means that every point, ratio, and counting stat counts more than ever. Now is the time to stream pitchers that give your team the extra push it needs to win the fantasy title. In this article, we cover a variety of streamable waiver-wire options that can do just that.
Glenn Otto – Friday 9/10 @ OAK
Otto’s first two major league starts have gone swimmingly. In 9.2 innings pitched the young right-hander has allowed just two earned runs while striking out 11. Otto was not a well-regarded prospect before his debut, and he sits in the low 90s, but he has solid command and a wipeout slider. The young right-hander should be able to take advantage of an Oakland Athletics team on Friday that really struggles against right-handed pitching. On the year, the A’s are slashing just .235/.316/.411 vs RHP and Otto is pitching in the spacious Oakland Coliseum. He may have a limited track record, but Otto is a guy I’m willing to roll the dice on in this one.
Chris Archer – Saturday 9/11 @ DET
It’s been a bit of a mixed bag for Archer since returning from injury in August, and he sports a 5.28 ERA in 15.1 IP in 2021, but the veteran has shown signs of dominance. Notably, he’s punched out 19 hitters in 15.1 innings, and a 4.14 SIERA suggests some bad luck in terms of his actual ERA. The Detroit Tigers, whom Archer will face in this one, have the second-worst K rate (25.9%) in baseball against righties, and they haven’t done much damage either, slashing just .234/.302/396 vs RHP in 2021. And, as if things weren’t already looking great, Archer gets to face Detroit in their friendly home park that favors pitchers. I’m starting Archer with confidence even with fantasy titles on the line.
Elieser Hernandez – Saturday 9/11 @ ATL
I’m really not sure why Elieser Hernandez is under 50 percent owned at this point, but I’m happy to take advantage of it and stream him this week, even against a potent lineup. Hernandez has a 3.90 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 32.1 IP this season to go along with a plus 24.3% K rate. The Atlanta Braves are 12th best among MLB clubs in batting average against righties (.242), but they’re also 12th worst in terms of K rate when facing right-handers (24.1%) — we’re not talking about the 27′ Yankees here. Hernandez is good enough to mow through Atlanta, even if there is some moderate risk involved. Hernandez is the best pitcher available on most waiver wires and I want to take advantage of that by streaming him at a crucial juncture of the fantasy season.
Taylor Hearn – Sunday 9/12 @ OAK
2021 has been quite the adventure for Hearn. The young lefty has had his fair share of ups and downs, but he’s figured things out lately after adding a sinker. While Hearn has a solid 3.95 ERA on the year, his ERA in August was just 2.92, so he’s clearly trending up. Hearn is well equipped to take advantage of a soft matchup against the Oakland Athletics in the pitcher-friendly Oakland Colesium. The A’s are slashing a collective .239/.315/.403 against southpaws in 2021 and they look ripe for the taking. Hearn makes for a quality streamer this week, and he’s under the radar enough that he’ll likely be available on the wire.
Luis Patino – Sunday 9/12 @ DET
Patino is another young starter that’s had his fair share of ups and downs, but there’s no doubting the talent. Patino had been a top 25 prospect for some time before graduating from rookie status, and he works with a nasty mid 90s heat and a dominant slider. All told, the right-hander has a 4.65 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP on the year, but he also has a quality 23.7% K rate. Patino’s ability to punch out hitters will be on full display against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, as they strike out against RHP at the second-highest clip in MLB (25.9%). Patino also gets a plus park factor at Comerica in this one — I’m streaming him with plenty of confidence.
Touki Toussaint – Tuesday 9/14 vs COL
Toussaint has been a bit of a changed man since returning from injury in late July. This season he’s focused on pounding the zone more and his 8.3% walk rate in 2021 is a major improvement on his past walk rates in the 13-17 percent range. Overall, his 4.19 ERA and 4.33 SIERA tell you that he can get the job done in the right matchup, and boy does he ever have the right matchup on Tuesday. Toussaint matches up with a Colorado Rockies lineup that’s been by far the worst road-hitting lineup in baseball. The Rockies are slashing a pathetic .211/.286/.334 away from the friendly confines of Coors Field, and I expect Toussaint to take care of them without issue in Atlanta on Tuesday.