Thursday was another good day for streaming sleepers, with our pick and two options going 23 innings while allowing only two earned runs. Not bad for three guys that can be found on the majority of waiver wires. The one outing that really matters is what Brandon McCarthy did in Seattle. McCarthy had a tough match up, squaring off in a pitcher’s duel against the reigning AL Cy young award winner. McCarthy made one mistake in his eight innings, a home run to Adam Kennedy, and it ended up costing him the game. He ended with a complete game tough-luck loss as he got literally zero help from the A’s offense. I’m still happy with the outing, and it went about how I expected it to. I’ll never complain about a CG, one-ER stream; I mean, how picky can we be?
I didn’t have a lot of time for writing today due to the San Jose Sharks playoff game and the A’s vs Mariners games, so let’s get right to the Streaming Sleepers pick:
Kevin Correia (PIT) vs WAS – 22%
Correia is off to a fast start this season, winning three of his first five starts, while posting a 2.48 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. He’s not going to blow you away with swing and miss stuff, but he gets lots of ground balls, which Brandon McCarthy proved can be very effective. The San Diego-born righty was excellent in his last start, a complete game victory in Cincinnati, which is a very impressive feat. He puts his career 2.32 ERA against Washington on the line this Saturday, and I like his chances to improve on that mark.
Other possible options: Alexi Ogando (vs KC), Jason Vargas (vs OAK) .
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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