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.
Brady Singer – Wednesday 9/22 @ CLE
Brady Singer has a 4.85 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP on the year, but his 4.14 FIP is more descriptive, as he’s been a victim of a .347 BABIP and 13.1% HR/FB. Singer has allowed two earned runs or less in four of his last six starts as well, and he provides K’s (9.25 K/9). Best of all, on Wednesday he’s facing off against a Cleveland lineup that is slashing just .233/.298/.398 vs RHP with a 23.8% K rate. Singer is more than capable of cruising in this one, and he’s one of the best streamers left among a thin crop this time of the year.
Tyler Anderson – Monday 9/20 @ OAK
Tyler Anderson hasn’t been quite as good lately as he was early in the year, but even after being traded from Pittsburgh to Seattle, he’s mixed in his fair share of quality starts. In Anderson’s last start he allowed just one earned run in 4.1 innings while striking out five against a potent Boston lineup. Additionally, Anderson has a solid 4.14 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP on the year — you can do a lot worse as far as streamers go. Anderson is conveniently facing off against an Oakland Athletics team hitting just .242 vs LHP in a friendly pitchers park on Monday, so he’s absolutely a streaming option this week.
Taylor Hearn – Thursday 9/23 @ BAL
Hearn has been on fire, allowing three earned runs or less in every start going back to early August, and he now has a 3.99 ERA and 1.24 WHIP for the season. It feels weird to say about a guy who was as volatile as volatile gets for most of the year, but Hearn is a pitcher you can trust, even in a potentially tough matchup. The Orioles have been a top 10 offense against left-handed pitching this year (though they’ve cooled off as of late), but if you need to stream your way to a title, I’m okay taking the shot with Hearn because of how steady he’s been.
Kris Bubic – Friday 9/24 @ DET
Bubic has been solid since returning to the rotation two starts ago though, allowing four earned runs in 10.2 innings pitched while punching out 10 against two tough offenses that both hit lefties well in Baltimore and Minnesota. Bubic faces a much easier test at friendly Comerica Park on Friday. Only four other teams have struck out at a higher rate vs lefties than the Tigers, who have punched out a whopping 25.1% of the time. Detroit also ranks 19th in SLG vs LHP in 2021, mustering just a .414 SLG on the year. Bubic is a solid streaming option this week, even if there is some risk.
Reid Detmers – Friday 9/25 vs SEA
Detmers hasn’t had much success in a small sample size of 19.1 IP, but he’s shown the ability to strike hitters out. Detmers led minor league starters with a massive 16.1 K/9 in AA before being promoted. Only three MLB teams have a worse K rate vs LHP than Seattle’s 25.3% mark, so this should be a strikeout bonanza if Detmers lets his stuff do the talking. So long as Detmers can avoid the home run ball that has been his nemesis, he has upside in this matchup. This is easily the riskiest streamer I’ve covered in the article, so I would only throw him out there if you need the volume and can withstand a minor hit to some ratios.