Fantasy baseball Weekend Primer: Grab Kluber for now and beyond
Notable nuggets on the upcoming weekend action that could swing your fantasy baseball matchup:
• The pickings are a bit slimmer than usual on the weekend stream list, but Cleveland's Corey Kluber stands out as a guy who isn't just a great stream option this week, but also a legitimate candidate to be rostered in mixed leagues beyond this weekend. Kluber has made 10 starts and pitched 65.1 innings this year. He's 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA, but his FIP is down at 3.14. He also has 65 strikeouts against just 12 walks, good for a sparkling 5.42 K/BB ratio. His fastball sits in the 92-93-mph range, but his cutter is the pitch that has made him one of this year's biggest surprises. He has yet to throw enough innings to qualify for Fangraphs' pitch values leaders, but if he had, his cutter would rank fifth in the league. He'll be a great addition this weekend when he takes the mound against the Twins Saturday, but I'm totally on board with making him a roster fixture.
• In his last four starts, Dillon Gee has allowed five runs in 29.1 innings, striking out 32 batters while walking just four. It was hard to figure out why his strikeouts were down this year after he fanned nearly eight batters per nine innings last season, but it appears as if he has figured it out. He'll start Saturday in Philadelphia, which isn't the friendliest of environments for a pitcher, but he's hot and the Phillies have struggled at the plate all year. They're hitting .250/.307/.396 and have scored more runs than just six teams.
• Finally, Nathan Eovaldi made his first start of the year Tuesday, allowing two runs in six innings against the Diamondbacks. He'll take the bump Sunday in the comfy surroundings of AT&T Park in San Francisco, and is your best bet for a streamable pitcher if you're in need of some magic on the last day of the week.
Enjoy the games this weekend. We'll see you on Monday.