SleepersAugust 10, 2009

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Sleeper Watch

By R.J. White

When the White Sox finally completed a trade to bring Jake Peavy into the fold, a few talented pitchers were shipped to San Diego. We all know Petco Park boosts pitchers’ stats and is probably the most pitcher-friendly park in the league. Even with that, the only pitcher in the Peavy deal that is currently in the San Diego rotation, Clayton Richard, is still available in most fantasy leagues.

Before the trade, Richard was on a roll, pitching eight innings and allowing one run in each of his two final starts with the White Sox, one against Detroit and one against Tampa Bay. In Richard’s two starts since the trade, he’s went 5.2 innings in each, allowing a total of four runs while picking up a win.

Since the All-Star Break, Richard has brought his ERA down from 5.42 to 4.49. He’s posted a 0.99 WHIP in that time-frame as well, allowing only one HR in 27.1 innings while striking out 20.

With San Diego starting to play better offensively (thanks to last week’s sleeper Kyle Blanks, Will Venable, and others), Richard’s opportunity for wins is also better than it would normally be playing with San Diego. At the very least, he’s an excellent spot-start candidate at home. With Chris Young reportedly in danger of missing the rest of the season, Clayton Richard looks like a great pickup for deep leaguers and a solid pickup for normal mixed leagues.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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