SleepersApril 20, 2011

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Sleeper Watch

By David Bay

By the end of the 4th inning of Tuesday’s game, the Seattle Mariners had six runs. If you’re wondering how they could ever do that, join the club, I’m right there with you. This should explain it:

Bottom of the 1st Inning
- I. Suzuki walked
- C. Figgins walked, I. Suzuki to second
- M. Bradley safe at first on pitcher P. Coke’s fielding error, I. Suzuki to third, C. Figgins to second
- J. Cust walked, I. Suzuki scored, C. Figgins to third, M. Bradley to second
- M. Olivo popped out to shallow left
- B. Ryan grounded out to shortstop, C. Figgins scored, M. Bradley to third, J. Cust to second
- J. Wilson walked
- C. Gimenez singled to shallow left center, M. Bradley and J. Cust scored, J. Wilson to second
- M. Saunders grounded out to second

4 runs, 1 hits, 1 errors
Detroit 0, Seattle 4

Luckily, only two of Coke’s six runs were earned, although that’s nowhere near what I was hoping for. He did do a number on our WHIP, a big number. Coke walked four and allowed six hits in his shortest start of the season. After that disaster, all I can say about Mr. Coke is that I guess Rick James was right.

Coke’s line:


Season Total:


Jair Jurrjens (ATL) @ LAD – 47%

Jurrjens got a late start to his season, making his first start last week, but boy was it fantastic. He limited the Mets to only two hits and a walk in seven shutout innings; that’s dominant. On Thursday he faces Don Mattingly’s offensively challenged lineup in a park that should favor his repertoire. I’ve always thought highly of Atlanta’s righty, and I don’t think this matchup should change anything.

Kyle Lohse (STL) vs WAS – 24%

Lohse has been very good in his last two starts, pitching into or through the eighth inning in both while allowing three total runs in the two wins. He battled injuries and general ineffectiveness last season, but seems to be healthy and have his stuff back this season. Lohse has had success before, going 15-6 with a 3.78 ERA in 2008. He gets the Nationals at home Thursday, which should provide a good chance to pick up a win and some solid ratios.

Streaming Sleepers Pick:

Brandon McCarthy (OAK) @ SEA – 6%

McCarthy is enjoying a very strong start with his new club in 2011. He has pitched much better than his 1-0 record would suggest, compiling a 2.45 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 14 Ks in 22 IP. He hasn’t been flustered starting on the road either, performing well in both starts away from home, which is where he’ll be on Thursday. He faces Felix Hernandez, whom we streamed against before, but that didn’t stop us from having a shot at winning the game before the pen blew it. Even if McCarthy doesn’t pick up a win, he should still straighten out our ratios after the last couple starters have sent us spiraling in the wrong direction.

Also, for more on Brandon McCarthy and other waiver pickups, check out my new blog post.

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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