Fantasy baseball weekend pitchers to stream: Danny Duffy, Hector Santiago
Duffy just finished off a June in which he went 3-2 with a 1.69 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 0.91 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings. His six starts in the month came against the Cardinals, Yankees, White Sox, Tigers, Dodgers and Twins. All but the Twins and Cardinals are in the top half of the league in wOBA, with the Tigers ranking third and the Dodgers seventh. Outside of a two-start blip when he allowed a combined 10 runs on 16 hits to the Angels and Astros, Duffy has been one of the most quietly effective pitchers in the majors this season. Even including those starts, he has a 2.60 ERA, 3.80 FIP and 1.07 WHIP in 72 2/3 innings. He takes the ball on Sunday against an Indians team that ranks 10th in wOBA and eighth in weighted runs created plus. While that’s not the greatest matchup in the world, Duffy is the best of the regularly available pitchers this weekend, regardless of matchup.
Santiago has pitched quite well in three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. He appeared to be well on his way to a win in his last start until a four-hour rain delay forced him to leave the game after four shutout innings. In his three starts since returning from his demotion, he has allowed four runs in 15 1/3 innings, striking out eight batters. Santiago has always been able to miss bats, and that hasn’t changed this year. He has 47 strikeouts in 53 innings, good for nearly eight per nine frames. The Astros make a perfect foil, and he should be especially attractive to owners in need of an extra dose of strikeouts this weekend.