My streamer picks for Wednesday's full 15-game slate feature three names I'm excited to draft in 2020 fantasy baseball leagues, so get a head start on enjoying their performances with these matchups that could decide fantasy championship matchups.
Pitchers to stream
Dinelson Lamet (R), rostered in 12.2% of ESPN leagues, San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers just lost Christian Yelich (knee) for the season, and while Miller Park is a tough place to pitch -- more so than Petco Park for sure -- Milwaukee was already mediocre at the plate with last year's NL MVP in the lineup. Lamet has posted at least a strikeout per inning in all but one of his 12 starts this season.
Sandy Alcantara (R), 19.3%, Miami Marlins at Arizona Diamondbacks: Alcantara has forced at least six strikeouts in each of his past five starts in an effort to shed questions about his dominance, and he's given up just one run over 16 innings in his past two outings with a 14:2 K:BB. The Diamondbacks have slumped since the All-Star break, compiling just a 92 wRC+ (tied for 20th).
Aaron Civale (R), 33.3%, Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers: The Tigers rank 29th with a lowly 76 wRC+ versus righty pitchers, and though he's performing above his head, Civale has logged a quality start in five of his eight outings and came up just one out short of one in another effort.
Desperate for innings, K's and/or wins? More suggestions with a little more risk:
• Mike Leake (R), 15.4%, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins: I don't like Leake, but after all, it's the Marlins. Still prefer Alcantara, though.
Pick up Pirates reliever Keone Kela for the chance at a few saves down the stretch.
Catcher -- Robinson Chirinos (R), 17.7%, Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers (LHP Kolby Allard): Want to get a piece of the Astros' offense against Allard? Here's your best shot: Chirinos is batting .286 with three homers in 77 at-bats versus southpaws this year. Switch to Martin Maldonado (1.5%) if he's catching Gerrit Cole instead.
First base -- Albert Pujols (R), 16.9%, Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees (LHP CC Sabathia): Righty sticks are slashing .281/.346/.534 with a .365 wOBA against Sabathia. Pujols has 11 homers in 159 at-bats against southpaws this year.
Second base -- Kevin Newman (R), 38.3%, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Seattle Mariners (RHP Justin Dunn): During his breakout season, the 26-year-old has little platoon splits, batting at least .287 against both righties and lefties. Dunn is expected to give way to lefty Tommy Milone, so when these opener-follower arrangements happen, picking batters who aren't weak against one handedness is safe.
Third base -- Kyle Seager (L), 46.8%, Seattle Mariners at Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Dario Agrazal): Agrazal has yielded 1.67 HR/9 to lefty hitters and has just a 4.33 K/9 this year. That's a perfect pairing for Seager to succeed in PNC Park.
Shortstop -- Eric Sogard (L), 17.9%, Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers (RHP Tony Gonsolin): Gonsolin is a recommended streamer, but Sogard can still get his, considering he boasts a 0.66 BB/K and a .295/.356/.438 slash against righties. Joey Wendle (14.1%) would do in a pinch, but he's not a shortstop.
Corner infield -- Rowdy Tellez (L), 1%, Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles (RHP Dylan Bundy): The Jays probably will continue auditioning Tellez, at least versus righty pitchers. He's clubbed 14 of his 19 big flies against them, after all. Bundy's 1.68 HR/9 overall and mere 6.66 K/9 against lefty batters should help his cause.
Middle infield -- Nico Hoerner (R), 10.6%, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Tyler Mahle): Despite reaching only Double-A (294 plate appearances) in his farm career, the 22-year-old is rolling in his first major-league action. Mahle carries a 7.61 ERA in the second half.
Outfield -- Ramon Laureano (R), 35.2% Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals (LHP Danny Duffy): Laureano's bat looks like it's returning to his early-season form; he's batting .348/.429/.565 in seven games since returning from the injured list. Duffy owns a 5.02 ERA and 1.67 HR/9 in the second half.
Outfield -- Brandon Nimmo (L), 34.4%, New York Mets at Colorado Rockies (RHP Jeff Hoffman): Nimmo typically enters the lineup discussion when a righty is on the hill, though he's actually mashing lefties better (.375 in 32 at-bats). Still, Hoffman (2.56 HR/9) and Coors Field create a fine combo for hitters.
Outfield -- Anthony Santander (S), 19.2%, Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays (RHP Clay Buchholz): The 24-year-old quietly has launched 18 homers in just 88 games. Though much of Santander's production has come against lefties, Buchholz has struck out just 4.86 batters per nine this year. He should allow plenty of contact.