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.
Shane Baz – Sunday 9/26 vs MIA
Baz is my favorite starting pitching prospect in all of baseball, and I think he’s going to have a hall of fame career if he stays healthy, that’s how talented he is. The phenom works in the upper 90s with a pair of wicked breaking balls, and he more than held his own against an elite Blue Jays offense in his first career start on Monday, allowing just two hits (both home runs) while striking out five in five innings pitched. Baz has a dream matchup against the Marlins on Sunday as well, as Miami is hitting just .236 against righties since August 1st… you can’t do any better than this.
Eric Lauer – Saturday 9/25 vs NYM
He’s done it quietly, but Eric Lauer has established himself as a legitimate MLB starter in 2021. Lauer’s overall 3.03 ERA and 1.14 WHIP tell the story — he’s been exceptional, but he’s been even better in 24.2 September innings, posting a 1.09 ERA. It’s extremely rare that a pitcher who has performed this well is available in more than 50 percent of leagues with fantasy titles on the line. Lauer is a home run streamer against the Mets, who are hitting a collective .243 against lefties since August 1st.
Joe Ryan – Tuesday 9/28 vs DET
Joe Ryan has been dominant through four Major League starts and his 2.45 ERA, 0.59 WHIP, and 32.1% K rate prove it. Ryan works aggressively with a fastball that has confounded hitters his entire career while mixing in a solid pair of breaking balls and a changeup — it’s a complete arsenal. The Tigers will be no match for Ryan on Tuesday, as he’s coming off of a 10 strikeout game and should take advantage of a Detroit team hitting a dismal .223 (29th in MLB) against righties since August 1st. In a week featuring many quality steamers, Ryan is near the top of the list.
Alex Cobb – Thursday 9/30 @ TEX
You probably don’t want to hear me talk about Cobb any more than I already have this year, but this might be the last time, maybe… Anyways, Cobb has been great this year (3.59 ERA, 25.8% K rate), but recently came back from yet another injury that pushed his ownership way down to around the 30 percent mark. He shouldn’t be available to stream, but he probably is, and, as a bonus, he gets the Texas Rangers on Thursday. Texas is hitting a solid .249 against righties dating back August 1st, but they’re slugging a paltry .383 over that time period. Cobb can be trusted against all but the best offenses, so this is an easy one.
Edward Cabrera – Thursday 9/30 @ NYM
The young phenom didn’t exactly hit the ground running upon being promoted, particularly in the strikeout department, but he was a highly-touted prospect for a reason. In his last outing against Pittsburgh, Cabrera punched out seven over four scoreless innings and he looked dominant from his first pitch to his last. That momentum should carry over against the New York Mets next Thursday, as they’ve hit just .241 against righties since August 1st. Cabrera is the riskiest of the streamers on this list, but that’s only because there is an outstanding group of pitchers available this week.