Tim Stauffer should probably be owned in higher than 38% of Yahoo leagues. He was fantastic on Friday against Arizona, and has allowed two runs or less in six of his seven starts. So what’s keeping his ownership down? The most meaningless statistic for a pitcher: wins. He has yet to pick up a win this season. Sure, wins can tell you a little bit about a pitcher, but it’s really not an accurate gauge. Quality starts are a much better evaluation tool, and Stauffer has five already. On Friday, his great outing was spoiled by a two-out ninth inning error that lead to a blown save. Wins still elude Stauffer and our streamers as a whole, as solid performances continue to go unrewarded. Now for some statistics, and they’re starting to look pretty good.
Now the fun part — selecting a streamer for this Sunday. Personally, I wouldn’t stream anyone tomorrow, as it appears all of the good options pitch today. We’ll try to go with the lesser of the evils for our purposes though.
Erik Bedard (SEA) vs CHW – 8%
Bedard was once one of baseball’s most talented pitchers, but has since run into injury trouble and has had issues returning to form. He appears to be healthy at the moment and is pitching well of late (2.84 ERA in last three starts). On Sunday he faces a White Sox team that just can’t hit. Literally, they can’t, Francisco Liriano exposed them just days ago when he no-hit them in Minnesota. Bedard’s stuff is similar to Liriano’s, and that should work in his favor since they struggled against the Twins lefty. Hopefully that will be enough for Bedard to continue what has turned into a long string of solid streaming performances.
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, streamingsleepers.wordpress.com, or on the forums under the username BayBear. He enjoys long walks on the beach, Sabermetrics, and situational hitting.
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