SleepersApril 13, 2011

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Sleeper Watch

By David Bay

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Streaming Sleepers. You’ve come to the right place if you’re in need of a starter on tomorrow’s travel Thursday. Before we get to that, let’s see how we made out on Tuesday. If you streamed my pick (Brian Duensing), and all of my options (Fausto Carmona, Michael Pineda, Sam LeCure) you would have been treated to this total line:


How would you like to wake up Wednesday morning and see your team put up those numbers? I’d be happier than Tim Lincecum on April 20th. Unfortunately I managed to pick the worst of the bunch, and am now considering streaming four players a day. Okay, maybe not. The Twins lefty was good on Tuesday, but managed to blow his win by throwing the ball down the right field line after fielding a sacrifice bunt in the 7th inning. Currently, we can’t buy a win. Duensing’s line:


Season Totals:


Moving on to our options on Thursday: The NL doesn’t present any options I’m comfortable with, so we’ll stick to the AL.

Phil Coke (DET) @ OAK – 2%
Coke gets the Athletics’ struggling offense on the road, which is a nice matchup for him. Fellow lefty Mark Buehrle almost no hit the A’s the other day, so I like Coke’s chances to have similar success. Coke spent the majority of his career in the bullpen, and even has two relief appearances this season. In his only start of the season Coke went 6 2/3 innings, allowing only three hits and two earned runs while striking out seven. The stats that worry me are his four walks and career road ERA of 5.05. I think we can find better.

Doug Fister (SEA) @ KC – 1%
We streamed Fister last week, so you may already know about him. He still looks good this week, getting the Royals on the road. He’s not nearly as effective on the road (5.06 road ERA vs 3.61 home ERA). He did handle Kansas City well last season though, allowing only one earned run in six innings. I like him better than just about every starter on Thursday, except for his opponent.

Streaming Sleepers Pick:

Bruce Chen (KC) vs SEA – 2%
I know what you’re thinking. Bruce Chen is still in the Majors? Yes he’s still here, and still capable of useful starts. For example, his last start (W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 7 K @ DET) was pretty impressive stuff. He gets the Mariners at home on Thursday, a team he handled with ease last season, posting an ERA of 1.00 and seven strikeouts in nine innings. He pitched better on the road last season, but the Mariners are so terrible that it shouldn’t make a difference.

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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