SleepersApril 12, 2011

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Sleeper Watch

By David Bay

Monday’s streamer pitched well for our purposes; the WHIP is higher than I’d like to see, but I can’t complain about the ERA. Hopefully this will get us headed back in the right direction. Unfortunately, the Blue Jay pen imploded, giving up eight runs in the final three innings and costing us a win. On to the numbers…

Jesse Litsch


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Wednesday’s streaming options are as dreadful as Barry Zito’s mustache — you’d think with all the money Sabean gave him he could afford a mirror. It would actually be a nice day for streaming if Kyle Drabek (@ SEA) and Ian Kennedy (vs STL) hadn’t recently pitched themselves above the 50% owned plateau. (Stream them if they’re available.) The streaming must continue though, so on to some options…

Randy Wolf (MIL) @ PIT – 5%
I’m not super excited about Wolf’s chances, but someone had to fill this space. That said, he has a strong offense behind him and is facing a young and aggressive Pirate offense that he could fool. If he’s able to locate and change speeds effectively, he’ll have a chance to win, since it’s likely the Brew Crew will get to Paul Maholm. Wolf has been OK against Pittsburgh in his career (4.35 ERA, 111.2 IP) and had similar road numbers last year (4.11 ERA, 116 IP). Only stream Wolf if you’re desperate for wins or feeling lucky.

R.A. Dickey (NYM) vs COL – 33%
Dickey is an option for the same reason as last week: he’s fantastic at home. I’m still bitter at him from his last start though, so he’s not my pick. That honor goes to…

Streaming Sleepers Pick:

Travis Wood (CIN) @ SD– 47%
Wood impressed in the second half of last season, compiling a 5-4 record, 3.51 ERA, and 7.53 K/9. The highlight came in his third career start, when he carried a perfect game into the 9th inning against Philadelphia (9 IP, H, 8 K). Some people may worry about a young starter pitching on the road, but 14 of his 19 career starts have been away from Cincinnati (85.1 IP, 3.80 ERA, 1.02 WHIP). Wood was also solid in one career start at the park where home runs go to die, going seven innings and allowing three runs. He should be good to go Wednesday at Petco.

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 at or on the forums under the username BayBear.
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