SleepersMay 3, 2011

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By David Bay

After a long break we’ve got a quartet of performances to review and streamers for Tuesday and Wednesday to be chosen, so let’s get to it.

Daisuke Matsuzaka


Tim Stauffer


Jon Garland


Bartolo Colon


Season Totals:


It was a solid four days of streaming, although we didn’t pick up any wins, we did however post some of our highest strikeout totals of the season. It’s probably too late for you to pick up our Tuesday streamer, and that might be for the best.

Tuesday’s Streamer

Fausto Carmona (CLE) @ OAK – 18%

Fausto burned us last time, but he couldn’t possibly do it again? I’m hoping he won’t. Carmona shut down the Royals his last time out and gets the Athletics on the road this evening. With a subpar Oakland offense and a roomy Park (Overstock? Makes one yearn for the days of McAfee park), I like Fausto’s chances to be good, rather than disastrous.

Wednesday’s Streamer

Clayton Richard (SD) vs Pit – 26%

The former White Sox prized prospect has quietly pitched well in San Diego for the last couple years. If he can lower his WHIP, he would be a nice fourth starter for your fantasy team. Don’t believe he’s that good? Check out his 2010 stats. Now compare them to John Danks and Ricky Romero. Strikingly similar. The only difference is WHIP and exposure, so when that WHIP comes down, I’m sold. Speaking of that, his WHIP thus far is a manageable 1.33 in 2011. The Pirates should be able to help him lower that this Wednesday, since their OBP is 12th in the NL, a large contributor to them scoring less runs than every NL team except the Padres. Luckily, the Padres are at home and no matter how bad a team is, they usually have a winning home record. Richard should help them work towards accomplishing that tomorrow.

David Bay has a BA in Economics from San Jose State University and has been playing fantasy sports since 2004. You can keep track of his work on his blog,, or on the forums under the username BayBear. He enjoys long walks on the beach, Sabermetrics, and situational hitting.
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2 Responses to “Streamers 5/4”

  1. norton17 says:

    7 wins, a 4.19 era and a 1.43 whip???

    This article should be titled “how to lose your fantasy baseball league”

  2. User avatar BayBear says:

    You must have missed the first post I made, where I outlined that you probably shouldn’t stream EVERY day, but that I would for the article since readers might be desperate on a given day. Due to this, the ratios are inflated. In addition to that, the season being one month old plays a part too. It’s a long season and the more streamers we get, the less effect outliers will have on overall numbers. Also, this is a strategy that allows you to have better hitters instead of wasting draft picks on pitchers. You can’t expect ace numbers, but I would hope we get solid production. As for employing this strategy causing you to lose your league, I’m currently using the selective streaming strategy and sit in first place so far, with a record of 40-5 and have a 12 game lead already. It’s a 14 team league and I have a 3.33 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Streaming pitchers has allowed me to dominate all offensive categories and my streamers and couple aces have allowed me to win most pitching categories. In match-up play all you need to win is more categories than the next guy. If you can win 4 hitting categories in a 5×5 you just need two from pitching, say wins and K’s, and you’ve won. Anything extra is bonus. I hope my explanation makes sense. Thanks for reading, I hope you understand a bit better now. If at the end of the season my ERA is 4.50 feel free to say I told you so, but for now the sample size is too small to come to a verdict.


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