Opening Time: Streaming for Wednesday, and beyond

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Most of the Wednesday streamers will get a shot to pitch twice next week, so let's take a long audit of them. I'm ranking them here only for their Wednesday turn, however.

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Infinite Joy
Ervin Santana vs. OAK
Clayton Richard vs. STL
A.J. Griffin at LAA
Matt Harvey vs. WAS
Paul Maholm at MIL

Ah yes, Santana, removed from the restricted list. He struck out 10 Tigers in his last turn, and he's posted five useful starts in a row (34 IP, 22 H, 11 R, 9 BB, 28 K). Although his home ERA is a bloated 4.58, there's been some bad luck and sequencing factored into that. The home WHIP is a manageable 1.06, and batters are hitting just .210 off Big Erv at the Big A. Is that enough for you to take the plunge?. … Milwaukee is third in home OPS and second in OPS against lefties, so Maholm isn't getting anything easy on Wednesday. But the weakness of this card keeps him in the top group. … This is the penultimate turn for Harvey; he'll face the Phillies next week, then shut it down for the season. … It's a shame Richard doesn't have strong strikeout numbers, but his Petco Park resume is very useful nonetheless: seven wins, 2.76 ERA, 1.07 WHIP. Let's hear it for the former University of Michigan clipboard holder

Temporary Joy
Travis Wood at HOU
Alex Cobb at BAL
Homer Bailey vs. PIT
Miguel Gonzalez vs. TB
John Lannan at NYM
Trevor Cahill vs. LAD
Aaron Harang at ARI
Gavin Floyd vs. DET

Pittsburgh's offense hasn't been anything special since the break, ranking 20th in runs and 22nd in OPS. It's a shame Bailey doesn't draw them on the road; he's been a 2.75/1.11 ace away from Cincinnati this year, but the numbers jump to 5.36 and 1.56 in the Queen City. … Cahill's season has been tidy on the road (2.91/1.13), but it falls apart at home (5.33/1.58). Next week is no fix, as the Snakes are home for three with San Diego, then travel to Colorado. … Beware the Orioles at Camden Yards, where their OPS jumps 77 points. Baltimore is eighth in home scoring, but just 26th in road scoring. … Floyd is coming back from an elbow injury and hasn't worked six innings since the middle of August, which means a short appearance is likely. … Why do we start "anyone against the Astros," you ask? Pretty simple. Houston ranks last in runs, average, and OPS since the break. They have out-homered the Indians and Giants, however.

Infinite Jest
Kevin Millwood at TOR
Aaron Cook vs. NYY
P.J. Walters vs. KC

At least Millwood is getting the Jays at the right time, with all those big names on the DL. But I'd rather wait for better streamables later in the week. … Cook has no strikeout juice whatsoever, not to mention he's toiling for a club that's just about packed it in.

Infinite Whip
Luke Hochevar at MIN
Fernando Abad vs. CHC
Ricky Romero vs. SEA
Jeff Francis vs. SF
Jeanmar Gomez at TEX

Francis figures to get lifted after about four innings, so there's a cap on the damage he can do. But it doesn't take long for things to get out of hand in Colorado. … The Royals need to refocus the Hochevar experiment, see if he can make something work in the bullpen. He can't be trusted as a starter.

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