If you’re reading this, congratulations, you have survived the rapture and can enjoy the rest of the baseball season. Much to the dismay of predictors, the only dangerous earthquake on Saturday came courtesy of Prince Fielder when he jaunted around the bases in Milwaukee. One wonders what the believers will preach about now, but that’s neither here nor there. We’ve got five streamers to sort through and likely a limited amount of time before the next end of the world is scheduled, so let’s get to it.
Earlier this week we were treated to fantastic outings by our Mariner streamers, Jason Vargas and Doug Fister. They were able to dominate the Angels, combining for 15 innings pitched and only one earned run. Our good fortune ran out on Thursday and Friday, as Tyson Ross was injured after only eight pitches and Jake Arrieta got lit up for six earned runs. On Saturday, Joel Pineiro was having a great outing, throwing six shutout innings until a three-run homer in the seventh ruined his line, and his win was lost when the Angels bullpen allowed an inherited runner to score. How quickly a great stream can turn into a poor one. We’ll look to Padres starter Tim Stauffer to finish out our week with a strong outing on Sunday, and hope he can turn a good week into a great one.
Now real fun begins, picking some streamers for next week. I’ll take you through about mid week with some options so if you have a weekly league you can plan ahead, or just get the jump on anyone else who might plan on streaming a pitcher.
Monday: Jason Vargas (SEA) @ MIN – 10%
As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Vargas provided one of our best streams of the year in his last outing, striking out a career high nine batters in his seven shutout innings. Normally, Vargas is only a streaming option when pitching in spacious Safeco Park, but not this season. In 2011 he’s taken the stream show on the road, posting a 1.99 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 22.2 innings away from home. In addition to his great road numbers, he gets to face the Twins, who happen to have the worst offense in baseball thus far. With all those factors combined, Vargas is a good bet to perform well in Minnesota.
Other Options: Bartolo Colon (NYY) vs TOR, Carl Pavano (MIN) vs SEA
Tuesday: Kyle McClellan (STL) @ SD – 47%
McClellan has continued to be solid all year long, and the Cardinal offense has helped him compile a 6-1 record. He was excellent in his last turn, throwing eight innings of two run ball against Houston. In his last three starts he is 2-1 with a tidy 2.86 ERA and has averaged over seven innings per outing. Tuesday presents many good streaming options that are likely to perform as well as McClellan, but he has the best chance to win due to the aforementioned Cardinal offense, giving him the edge.
Other Options: Doug Fister (SEA) @ MIN, Charlie Morton (PIT) vs ATL, J.A. Happ, (HOU) vs LAD, Jonathon Niese (NYM) @ CHC, Chris Narveson (MIL) vs WAS
Wednesday: Erik Bedard (SEA) @ MIN – 17%
Bedard was nearly selected as my streamer last Friday when he pitched in San Diego. His eight shutout innings and nine strikeouts had me regretting my decision all weekend. In an effort to avoid that again, Bedard will make his second streaming sleepers appearance of the season when he faces the Twins on Wednesday. Prior to the gem he threw in his last outing, Bedard was already showing signs of returning to his dominant self. In his last four starts he has a 1.66 ERA and 24 strikeouts. Look for that dominance to continue against Minnesota, and if you’re looking for a full time SP3, think about picking up Bedard, who has ace talent when he’s healthy.
- Let me know what you guys are thinking for streamers early in the week, who do you like, if anyone? If you’re employing the streaming strategy, how’s it going so far? I know it’s working very well in my league. Also, I’ve have updated statistics and analysis for you on the Wednesday edition of Streaming Sleepers, so look forward to that.
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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