Catchers to Stream for Week 9 (5/28 – 6/4)
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For some background on this article and the list of ineligible catchers, check out Week 2’s article. The only change in eligibility here is Welington Castillo, who you may or may not have heard about. We’ll talk more about that below.
Reviewing Last Week
It’s only Sunday so the week is not yet complete, but let’s look at how I did with last week’s streamers.
James McCann (Detroit Tigers)- 3/14
There’s no way around this. It’s a loss. A .214 AVG James? Really?
John Hicks (Detroit Tigers)- 3/18
Well….. the Tigers let me down this week.
Robinson Chirinos (Texas Rangers)- 0/13, 3 R
You guys are killing me right now.
Tucker Barnhart (Cincinnati Reds)- 6/15, 4 R
Thank you Tucker. You’re a real Mensch. Tucker won’t always have weeks like this, but with Mesoraco out of the picture, he’s getting the vast majority of starts and I want to roll with him for that.
Streaming Record: 13-8
Before we get to this week’s streamers, a few notes:
- Yadier Molina was supposed to miss a month, but it’s looking like longer than that now. He’s done light workouts, but there’s still no timetable for his return.
- Welington Castillo was suspended for 80 games for PEDs… like an idiot. Feel free to listen to my rant in last week’s On the Barrel podcast to see just how I feel about guys who use PEDs. In case it needed to be said, you don’t want Omar Narvaez or Alfredo Gonzalez. Just don’t do it.
And now to the recommended streamers this week:
Yan Gomes (Cleveland Indians)– Ben Palmer wrote a great article on Gomes, and despite the fact that he had a bad week, Jose Berrios is the only decent pitcher they face this week. Fire him up because the Indians get seven games.
Chris Iannetta (Colorado Rockies)– Iannetta has been bad this year. Like real bad. But the Rockies get 6 games at home this week against San Fran and the Dodgers. Walker Buehler is on a roll, as is Alex Wood, but the Giants’ pitching staff don’t strike fear into the hearts of anyone these days.
James McCann (Detroit Tigers)– It took a while for me to come around to John Hicks, and for the most part, he’s done nothing but hit since Miguel Cabrera went down. I won’t deride anyone for going with Hicks, but if I were to ride with one of the Tigers hitters, it’s gonna be McCann. The Tigers get Shohei Ohtani on Wednesday and J.A. Happ on Saturday, but I’m not really worried about anyone else.
If you’re not interested in any of these, or they’re unavailable, I’d go with Martin Maldonado. The only difficult matchup the Angels have this week is Michael Fulmer, and then it’s smooth sailing.