Northern Californians have a few innate characteristics. We love San Francisco and our frigid beaches, and hate just about everything about Southern California except Disneyland. Due to my natural dislike of all things SoCal, I had a hard time pulling for Jon Garland on Monday, but was able to put my differences aside for my own personal gain. After seeing highlights from the ninth inning, I now hate the Dodgers even more, if that’s possible. Garland left with a 4-2 lead after seven innings (2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K), only allowing two solo shots to Chris Coghlan. Vicente Padilla then gave up a run in the eighth, making it 4-3. Jonathon Broxton came in to close it out in the ninth, and after getting into some trouble, induced a routine grounder to shortstop Jamey Carroll who charged it and forgot that picking up the ball is important. Just like that, our win was gone and now Jered Weaver has pulled ahead of us again. We’ll look to Brandon McCarthy to bring back the winning ways today when he faces Weaver’s Angels. As for Wednesday’s streamers, I’ve got those for you too. First, some stats:
*Note: I was disappointed in our recent ERA slide, but then was reminded that our ERA is still lower than Cliff Lee’s (4.18), and I felt much better.
Streaming Sleepers Pick:
Josh Tomlin (CLE) vs KC – 26%
What’s that you say? Where’s Kyle Lohse? Apparently he’s on your opponent’s roster, since he’s clearly not on enough waiver wires to qualify here (59% owned and climbing). Stream Lohse if he’s available, but don’t sleep on Tomlin, whose ERA (2.33) and WHIP (0.89) are just a shade higher than the Cardinals’ resurgent righty. He faces the Royals Wednesday, a team held to one run to in 7.1 innings in his last outing. More importantly, he gets them at home, where his ERA was a full two points lower than his road ERA last season (3.58/5.60).
Other options: Anibal Sanchez (vs LAD), Tom Gorzelanny (vs NYM).
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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