SleepersApril 21, 2011

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Sleeper Watch

By David Bay

We got back to our winning ways Wednesday with a strong outing from Rick Porcello. The Tiger’s right-hander had his sinker working, recording 10 outs via groundball, while striking out six batters. Porcello picked up the win, helping us keep pace with Jered Weaver who is just ridiculous right now. As far as streamers for Friday go, there are many solid options; Kyle McClellan managed to not even make our options list. Let’s get on with it then, but first, some stats…

Porcello’s Line:


Season Totals:


Tyson Ross (OAK) @ SEA – 0%

I was planning on streaming Dalllas Braden for this Friday matchup, but he visited Dr. Yocum on Wednesday after being placed on the DL earlier this week. In Braden’s absence, his understudy should still be on your radar as a possible streamer. This will be Ross’s first start this year, as his only work so far has been out of the bullpen. His first appearance of the year came in Chicago, where he threw three high-pressure innings, picking up a win and four Ks while allowing two base runners. If the Cal-Berkeley product can stay around the plate, he should end up with a quality start in Seattle.

Brian Duensing (MIN) vs CLE – 18%

The Twins lefty looked very good his last time out, shutting down the Rays. He’s improved his line in each start this season, and hopefully can continue the trend come Friday. We streamed him in his second start this season, with mixed results, losing our win do to an untimely error by Duensing himself. He’s facing a Cleveland team that is off to a hot start, but I still like his chances for a solid outing. I would like his chances to win, if it weren’t for our streamer…

Streaming Sleepers Pick:

Fausto Carmona (CLE) @ MIN – 21%

Carmona’s season-long totals look below average, but that’s only because his first start was so bad. Since then, Carmona’s season has taken a complete 180 degree turn. In his last three starts he’s compiled this line: 21.2 IP, 11 H, 6 BB, 3 ER, 15 K, 1.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP. It looks like he’s locked into his arm slot; that is essential to the sink on his fastball. If he can continue his good mechanics, the dreadful Twins offense should pose no problems for him on Friday.

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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