Monday was a good day for me. I woke up in first place in both of my H2H leagues and had an enjoyable day at work. Then I got my daily statistic update email from my stat guru. Day ruined. After his start, Travis Wood looked like he was attacked by Somali Pirates and not the boys from Pittsburgh. Might as well get to the stats, as much as I’d like to skip them — things were just starting to go well, too.
On to the options:
Bud Norris (HOU) @ NYM – 11%
I was pretty tempted to stream Norris Wednesday strictly because his first name would have made it so fitting. (It’ll be 4/20 if you weren’t aware, and even though I don’t partake in such things, I live in CA so I’m aware.) I overcame the urge, but he still makes the option list based on merit and not coincidental laughs. Norris is like a lot of young strikeout pitchers. If they locate, they’ll have success; if they don’t, it can get ugly. Oddly enough, this season the more walks Norris has had, the better he’s been. Bud walked a season high three batters in his last start, but didn’t allow a run in six innings. It helps when you only allow two hits and strike out seven. In addition, the Mets are pretty terrible and Citi Field is pitcher friendly.
Zach Britton (BAL) vs MIN – 48%
As I’m writing this Britton is sitting just below our ownership cap, so I’m going to go ahead and hope he’ll be eligible come Wednesday. Britton got roughed up in his last start, but his previous two were fantastic. I’m hoping he gets back to pitching like he did against Tampa Bay and Texas when he takes the mound Wednesday. The slumping Twins lineup should help him out a lot since they’re in the bottom 3 in most offensive categories.
Streaming Sleepers Pick:
Rick Porcello (DET) @ SEA – 5%
Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and, well, Tigers pitchers. Rick Porcello in particular this time. Porcello was hit hard in his first two starts, allowing five runs in each game. He turned it around in his last start though, throwing six strong innings (1 ER, 4 Ks). On Wednesday, the Tigers righty is taking his talents to Seattle, a nice park for the sinker baller to pitch in. As we discussed yesterday, the Mariners also have the worst hitters in the league, which makes Safeco that much better to pitch in. I’ll take my chances with him on Wednesday.
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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