SleepersApril 15, 2011

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Sleeper Watch

By David Bay

Bruce Chen may have convinced me to buy one of the awesome powder blue Royals jerseys. He couldn’t have been much better Thursday, as he baffled Seattle’s hitters for eight strong innings. He ended up with a complete game since the rain came and washed away any chance for the Royal’s pen to blow our win. Speaking of wins, this is the first we’ve gotten since our opening day, despite many solid outings. We’ll look to J.A. Happ to keep the winning streak alive later today.

Bruce Chen:


Season Totals:


Saturday is going to be a tough day to stream, so hopefully you got some spot starters in earlier this week. You could stream Jeremy Guthrie (@ CLE) or Jair Jurrjens (vs NYM) but both of them are coming off injuries, which always makes me weary of starting potential streamers; we’ll look elsewhere. It’s a short list today, so if you’ve got two spots feel free to give both a shot.

Dallas Braden (OAK) – 19%

Mr. Perfection showed that he owns the mound in his last start, shutting down the potent White Sox in Chicago for six innings while striking out seven. He faces a less powerful Tigers lineup in the Coliseum’s much friendlier confines this Saturday. He should be able to use his changeup to keep the Tigers off balance all afternoon. The downside of starting Braden is that the likelihood of him picking up a win is pretty low since he’s facing Justin Verlander. Even so, he’s a good bet to help you out in the other three pitching categories.

Streaming Sleepers Pick:

Kyle McClellan (STL) @ LAD – 31%

McClellan has been as advertised in his first two starts, and his success is likely to continue in Chavez Ravine. He faces a Dodger team that isn’t very dangerous if you don’t let Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier hurt you; I mean, any team routinely trotting out Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles isn’t very good offensively. McClellan is in the same boat as Braden when it comes to the opposing pitcher, as he faces Clayton Kershaw. Hopefully the blistering Cardinals offense can get enough runs to pick us up a win in this one.

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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