On Tuesday we were rewarded with one of our best outings of the season, as we got the good side of Fausto Carmona. The Indians ace pitched eight superb innings in Oakland, allowing only six base runners while striking out five. Carmona almost missed out on a win, since the game was tied at 1-1 until the top of the 9th when his teammates broke through. A few more starts like this and we should have our season ERA back down in the mid 3.00s, where it sat previously. Now let’s take a look at Fausto’s full line:
Thursday looks bleak as far as streamers go. No starter has high upside or would make me feel completely comfortable starting them. One starter does stand out above the rest though.
Brandon Beachy (ATL) vs MIL – 35%
Atlanta’s rookie starter has been solid in his first six starts of the season. He’s posted a solid 3.47 ERA and a great WHIP of 0.99. The only reason I’m not more excited about streaming him is his opponents power and Beachy’s propensity to give up the long ball. The rookie has given up four HRs in his six starts, which isn’t terrible, but he faces a power packed Brew Crew Thursday. Even so, he is head and shoulders above the other options. He has high strikeout upside (36 Ks in 36.1 IP) and has shown the ability to shut down good teams (6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 7 K vs Brewers). He has only allowed eight hits in his last 19 IP, which shows how dominant he can be. We’ll hope this Beach Boy continues to have fun, fun, fun at the expense of NL hitters on Thursday.
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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