Jake Westbrook’s outing on Wednesday was less than desirable. It started off well, as he kept the Giants at bay for five innings and was cruising with a 3-0 lead. It all fell apart in a 6th inning that went: single, double, single, wild pitch, sac fly, ground out, double. Just like that Westbrook’s day was over, and he had lost his lead while not finishing the 6th. We’ll look to Tim Stauffer to get us back on track later today.
J.A. Happ (HOU) @ SD – 9%
Despite being 0-2 in his last three starts, Happ has been pitching very well lately. In those starts he’s posted a 2.65 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 17 IP. Happ is in his third major league season and has a career ERA of 3.52, which makes you wonder why he doesn’t peak more owners’ interest. That discussion is for another article though; we’re strictly concerned with his next start against the Padres. Happ should enjoy facing the Padres pitiful offense in a park where 300-foot fly balls are outs and not home runs. Happ has handled San Diego well in the past, accruing a 2.12 ERA in three games against them. He’s got a lot going for him on Friday, so stream him if you have the need.
Options: Dustin Moseley vs HOU, Jonathon Niese vs ATL, Juan Nicasio @ SF, Josh Collmenter vs WAS.
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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