SleepersApril 23, 2011

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Sleeper Watch

By David Bay

Have you ever looked forward to a date all day and then had that special someone cancel your highly anticipated plans? That’s pretty much what happened to me on Friday, except the girl was the Twins vs. Indians game, and the fabricated reason was rain, pouring rain. The effectiveness of our stream won’t be revealed until Saturday now; hopefully the extra rest doesn’t throw off Fausto Carmona. Here’s to wishing the Twins still played in the Metrodome.

No stats to report today, so let’s get down to business. Very few of Sunday’s starters jump off the screen as high-quality streaming options, but one does entice me enough to warrant confidence.

Doug Fister (SEA) vs OAK – 2%

If you ignore his record, Fister is quietly having a nice season for the Mariners (3.60 ERA, 17 Ks in 25 IP). He’s pitching even better at home, as he’s known to do. Sunday he faces an Athletics team that has serious issues scoring runs. Their batting average with RISP is under .200 on the season, and for a team that can’t hit home runs, that makes it almost impossible to score runs in bunches. Fister can give up a few hits if balls are finding holes (1.28 WHIP in 2011), but with Oakland’s inability to string hits together it’s likely base runners won’t be going anywhere but back to the dugout. Fister’s similarly terrible offense faces Brett Anderson, so it’s likely the first team to two runs wins this game, and I like the Mariners’ chances.

Other Sunday options: Brandon Beachy (ATL) @ SF, Randy Wolf (MIL) vs HOU

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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