Fantasy baseball Weekend Primer: Stream Andrew Albers, Jenrry Mejia

Friday August 16th, 2013

In his first two starts combined, Andrew Albers pitched 17.1 innings and gave up only only six hits.
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Notable nuggets on the upcoming weekend action that could swing your fantasy baseball matchup:

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• It can't possibly be this easy, right? In his first career start, Minnesota's Andrew Albers tossed 8.1 shutout innings, allowing just four hits in a win over the Royals. He followed that up with a complete game, two-hit shutout of the Indians six days later. Those aren't exactly easy opponents, either. Now, there's a reason Albers didn't make his major league debut until age 27, and he had just four strikeouts in the two starts combined. There isn't a reason to let either of those get in the way of a good streaming opportunity, though. Albers takes the ball Saturday against the lowly White Sox, easily the weakest opponent he'll face to date. Give him a whirl.

• With the Mets out of playoff contention, they likely accelerated Jenrry Mejia's timetable, calling him up to the majors at the end of July so they could get an idea of what they have in him. If it's anything like what he's shown in his first four starts, the Mets may have yet another strong young pitcher on their hands. Mejia has a 2.22 ERA, 2.67 FIP and 22 strikeouts against three walks in 24.1 innings. In his last outing, he held a red-hot Dodgers team to two earned runs on six hits in six innings. He draws a great matchup on Saturday, starting against the Padres in San Diego.

• Finally, Hector Santiago gave us five useful innings against the Tigers his last time out, allowing just one earned run on six hits, though he walked four batters. Santiago's true value as a stream option comes in his ability to miss bats. He has 119 strikeouts in 117.2 innings, and has fanned at least six batters in seven of his 12 starts since rejoining the rotation in early June. He'll take the mound Sunday against the Twins, and is your best streamable pitcher for the last day of the week.

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