Orel Hershiser better watch his back, because Streaming Sleepers is coming for him. Okay, we’re still over 47 innings away from tying his record, so maybe he doesn’t have too much to worry about. Even so, our last two streamers have combined to throw twelve shutout innings, and Bedard even picked up a win. It’s a nice change since we had hit a small rough patch. Now let’s take a closer look at Bedard’s line.
Note: If you streamed Bedard Wednesday you may want to hang on to him if you have a roster spot. I like his chances of continuing his success, and if he does it would allow you to trade a higher valued pitcher for a player to fill one of your team’s weaknesses.
Now let’s shift gears and look at some streamers for this coming weekend.
Friday: Rick Porcello (DET) vs BOS – 20%
I know streaming against the mighty Boston offense is unorthodox, but Porcello has been pitching so well that I like his chances to excel against the slugging Sox anyways. Sometimes you just have to trust that good pitching will quell good hitters. Plus, none of the other options are very enticing. Back to Porcello, who hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last six starts. The Detroit righty is 4-0 in those games, with a 1.59 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. If he struck out more batters he’d likely be the hottest waiver wire commodity at the moment, but alas he does not. Lucky for us, that means his ownership level is still way too low and he’s available for streaming. If he’s on your league’s waiver wire, go grab him for his next start and maybe a few after that.
Options: Tyler Chatwood (LAA) @ MIN, Scott Baker (MIN) vs LAA.
Saturday: Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) vs SD – 50%
The Nationals other Zimmerman(n) just barely qualifies for streaming, so if he’s taken in your league feel free to stop reading and check out the options list. If he is available, you’re in luck because Zimmermann has a good chance of a great start on Saturday. The D.C. righty is just one start removed from an eleven strikeout performance at Atlanta and has been pitching well recently. He hasn’t been lights out, but does have a streak of 4 quality starts in a row (3.28 ERA and 1.09 WHIP) and is facing the worst hitting offense in the league on Saturday. I like that combination; stream away.
Options: Josh Outman (OAK) vs BAL, Tim Stauffer (SD) @ WAS, Carlos Villanueva (TOR) vs CHW.
Sunday: Bud Norris (HOU) vs ARZ – 48%
Norris is another one of our higher owned streamers, but don’t fret if he’s owned — there are some other Sunday streamers out there. As for Norris, we’ve discussed him here previously. He faces the Diamondbacks in this start, a team that appears to have a strong offense. In actuality, they have a great offense at home, (138 Runs, second in NL) but struggle to score runs on the road (75 Runs, second worst in NL). If Norris can keep them out of the Crawford boxes, he should put together a solid outing.
Options: Dustin Moseley (SD) @ WAS, Joe Saunders (ARZ) vs HOU, Guillermo Moscoso (OAK) vs BAL.
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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