Need some extra pitching this weekend? Look no further than the weekend pitching streamers! Each weekend there are pitchers with lower rosters that can help your team finish the week strong. I’ll give you players that are listed in less than 50% of the CBS leagues with advantageous matchups. Not all of these types are desirable options, however, so I’ll also add a streamer trust rating between 1 and 10. Good luck and have a great weekend streaming!
The best pitching streamers of the weekend
Roansy Contreras @ Atlanta Braves (48% roster)
Trust rating: 8
I like the pitcher but I don’t like his matchup. Contreras was a frequent flyer on the weekend streamers list, and for good reason. So far in 2022, he has an ERA of 1.93 with a 27.4% deletion rate. In addition to a good K%, Contreras also ranks in the 89th percentile in follow rate and 73rd percentile in breath percentage. He continues to improve with every launch and the underlying numbers support his surface stats. Again, the matchup against Atlanta isn’t ideal, but the Braves are also hitting RHP more than any other team. Contreras offers the biggest advantage of any streamer this weekend and I think he can hold his own while continuing to establish himself as a solid starting pitcher.
Devin Smeltzer vs. Tampa Bay Rays (18% roster)
Trust rating: 6
Smeltzer has been operational since joining the Gemini’s rotation in mid-May. He won’t give you many strikeouts, but he will give you a balanced WHIP and ERA with the potential for a win thanks to good offense. He meets the Rays at home and nobody should be afraid of them at this point, especially not with Wander Franco on the IL. What intrigues me most about this duel is that Smeltzer and the Rays have exactly the same groundball percentage against LHP at 47.1%. Smeltzer keeps the ball in the park and has only allowed 2 home runs so far this season. He hasn’t conceded more than 2 earned runs in any start so far and I expect that to continue this weekend against the Rays. Launch Smeltzer if you need help in the WHIP and ERA categories.
Daniel Lynch vs. Baltimore Orioles (15% Roster)
Trust rating: 4
I’m hoping a start against the Orioles can help Lynch turn his season around. I have to admit I thought Lynch was a lot better than he was. This weekend against LHP, he gets an Orioles team that ranks bottom in every major offensive category. So this is definitely a matchup-based recommendation rather than a skill-based one. The Orioles have had more success lately, but they still only have 0.639 OPS against LHP as a team. Despite being poor, Lynch should have a good start against a poor but improving Orioles lineup.
Kyle Freeland @ San Diego Padres (12% roster)
Trust rating: 3
That spot was reserved for Josh Winder, coming in from IL, but it looks like he won’t be ready to start this weekend. Freeland is the next best streaming option as he’s fared better away from Coors Field this season. The Padres are neither a good nor a bad matchup against LHP, and they rank in the middle of most offensive categories. One thing that makes me a little hesitant about Freeland’s Matchup is his tendency to give up home runs. He’s up against a Padres team that ranks in the top third of the league for team home runs, so he has a chance to get angry if he doesn’t do his best. As I said, that spot was reserved for Josh Winder, so Kyle Freeland is a runner-up option.
David Peterson @ Los Angeles Angels (27% list)
Trust rating: 4
Peterson has been one of my favorites for a while. He’s getting a solid matchup this weekend against the Angels, who haven’t been able to pull off a win lately. Now they could be without Mike Trout, who left Tuesday’s game with a groin strain. This gives Peterson the ability to capitalize on a cold lineup without a trout. Plus, the Mets offense will give Peterson a chance to get deep in the game if they can give him a solid lead. He’s consistently average numbers, but Peterson should give your team a boost in all categories if he can continue the way he’s done so far.
Nick Martinez vs. Colorado Rockies (10% list)
Trust rating: 6
Streaming against the Rockies away from Coors Field is almost automatic. They were particularly bad against RHP on the road, finishing last in ISO (0.091) and 29th in hit rate (0.308). Martinez has been a solid streaming option all season, but this could be his best matchup yet. Again, like Freeland on Saturday, Martinez is strictly a matchup-based streamer. With the Rockies battling RHP year-round, Martinez is a good bet to get through several innings at good odds without too much worry.
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