SleepersMay 31, 2011

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By David Bay

A complete game shutout is a great way to kick off a fantasy week, and owners who streamed Bartolo Colon on Monday were treated to that very occurrence. Colon was dominant in the Oakland sunshine, and since the Yankees were in town there were even fans to witness his masterpiece. What a gem it was, as Colon faced three over the minimum and only needed 103 pitches to record all 27 outs. The Athletics hitters looked hopeless as Colon mixed his pitches and locations as well as he has in any start this season. Let’s check out how much he helped out season stats.

Bartolo Colon


Season Totals



Freddy Garcia (NYY) @ OAK – 13%

Streaming an old, post-prime Yankee starter against Oakland worked well on Monday, so why not give it a shot today? It was hard not to pick Erik Bedard, but his ownership is at 48%, so the Garcia stream is applicable to a lot more owners, plus the Orioles have a right handed heavy lineup. Despite being almost as effective as Bedard, Garcia has quietly pitched his way to a 3.26 ERA, posting quality starts in five of seven outings. If he continues to pitch this well he could easily win 15 games for the Bronx Bombers, and his next one is likely to come at the hands of the Athletics.


Jake Westbrook (STL) vs SF – 6%

A couple weeks ago I suggested that you should keep an eye on Westbrook for when he turns it around. He’s turned it around. The Cardinal righty is 3-0 in his last three starts, with a 1.80 ERA in 20 innings. On Wednesday he faces the Giants, who despite a 29-24 record are 15th in National League runs scored, only two ahead of the Padres. Injuries have cost them their best two hitters, so they’re really not scaring anyone nowadays. Westbrook should have a quality outing on Wednesday; stream away.

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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2 Responses to “Streamers 5/31”

  1. jippja01 says:

    Colon and Fister both helped me jump out to a huge lead after the first day of my match-up. On our league message board I was called “Busch League” by someone for adopting the streaming pitcher strategy. He then went on to say that he is going to start doing it as well, so the “other options” will continue to be helpful. I suppose imitation is the greatest form of flattery…

  2. User avatar BayBear says:

    Haha, nice. He’s just complaining since it’s helping you. If your streamers got shelled I’m sure he wouldn’t mind it at all.


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