Fantasy baseball Weekend Primer: Grab Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole
Notable nuggets on the upcoming weekend action that could swing your fantasy baseball matchup:
• Gerrit Cole looked sharp in his major league debut Tuesday, taking a shutout into the seventh and allowing just two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced that Cole would get another start, taking the ball this Sunday against the Dodgers. The Dodgers were already a favorable matchup, but with Mike Trout 2.0 (kidding) Yasiel Puig banged up, L.A. is back to throwing an incredibly non-imposing lineup out there. Despite his impressive debut, Cole remains widely available. He's not only a great stream option this weekend, but a pitcher who should be owned in all mixed leagues moving forward.
• The White Sox will offer stream-happy fantasy owners a pair of starters this week when they visit the Astros in a lackluster rematch of the 2005 World Series. To say these two teams have taken a few steps back since that October would be just a bit of an understatement. However, John Danks starts for the Pale Hose Saturday and Hector Santiago takes the ball Sunday, and both are worth a look. If you can only grab one, go for Santiago, but know that both should be capable streamers against a weak Houston offense.
• Keep an eye on Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who still has to choose a starter for Sunday's game against the Marlins. Right now he's undecided, but whichever pitcher he selects will draw the best matchup in baseball.
• Finally, Corey Kluber has flown under the radar as a strikeout pitcher this year, but he's fanned 57 batters in 57.1 innings. He has at least eight strikeouts in three of his last five starts. In one of the two in which he failed to whiff eight batters, he left the game after two innings with an injury, and he already had three strikeouts before departing. He'll start against the Nationals on Sunday and is worth grabbing if you're chasing K's.
Enjoy the games this weekend. We'll see you on Monday.