Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Steady Stream

Streaming pitchers normally presents one with some difficult decisions. It becomes even more difficult when available stream-worthy pitchers are squaring up against each other. Let's take a look at those matchups and other possible streamers for Sunday, September 7th:
  • Chris Young (51.7%) @ Milwaukee vs. Manny Parra (39.0%): This matchup presents an interesting dilemma because both pitchers may be available in your leagues. So let's try to figure out which is the more stream-worthy. Also, lets' be careful which Chris Young we are dealing with. This is not the 2007 All Star version. This is the "recently got hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Albert Pujols" version and he is struggling. Chris has pitched six innings or less in 12 of his 14 starts this season; his road ERA is 7.14 with a 1.79 WHIP and an ugly 31/27 KBB. Manny, on the other hand, has pitched pretty well at home (6-2, 3.58 ERA) where he's only allowed three home runs in 88 innings. I'm streaming Parra.
  • Josh Johnson (45.5%) @ St. Louis vs. Joel Piñeiro (0.4%): Josh has been rather spectacular this season since returning from Tommy John surgery (4-0, 3.25 ERA, 56K in 63.2 IP). He's recorded quality starts his last six times to the mound. Piñeiro has been decent in his seven home starts (4.08 ERA) but should only be considered out of desperation. Josh Johnson seems to be a no-brainer.
  • Jorge De La Rosa (7.8%) @ home vs. Wandy Rodriguez (22.7%): De La Rosa has been on fire since his August 5th start (1.79 ERA in 35.1 IP) while Wandy has a 4-2 road record with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Coors Field is still the second best hitters park, so factor that in when deciding who to stream.
  • Glen Perkins (12.3%) @ home vs. Detroit: How is a guy that is 12-3 on the season only 12.3% owned? Is it is 4.08 ERA? His 1.42 WHIP? Aaron Cook is 16-9 with a 4.10 ERA and has a 1.36 WHIP yet is 89.7% owned. Not only am I streaming Perkins, he is part of my regular staff in several of my leagues. I only hope he steps it up a notch during this playoff push.
Here are some others that may seem stream-worthy but have varying levels of risks:
  • Paul Byrd (15.2%) @ Texas: Texas put 15 runs on the board against Wakefield tonight and I am not sure Byrd throws much harder. Need more proof to stay away, Byrd is 1-4 in 5 starts at Texas in his career with a 8.06 ERA.
  • Jonathan Sanchez (33.0%) @ home vs. Pittsburgh: Sanchez pitched well in April, June, and August. This is September. Stream carefully.
  • Clayton Kershaw (24.8%) @ home vs. Arizona: Kershaw has pitched well for someone that is only 20 years old but you have to wonder if the big game pressure will get to him.
  • Sean Marshall (0.1%) @ Cincinnati: Cubs fans looking to stream Sean need to look closely at some numbers. As a starter this season, Sean is 1-4 with a 4.82 ERA. Although, his 26/8 KBB ratio in 28 IP is nice, streaming at Cincinnati has its risks.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about Scherzer?

Daniel Aubain said...

Scherzer was a last minute replacement for Randy Johnson. I wouldn't stream him yet but I am very interested in his performance.
I'll track the results.

Anonymous said...

5 IP / 11 Ks

Ben Lea, staff Blogger said...

If you're still not happy with "A Steady Stream", well...

you're talking about a pitcher you're only grabbing for one start...

and you have to have some confidence in him...

"Daystream Believer"?

Yes, in fact, I am seeing a whole team of psychiatrists. How did you know?

Kevin F said...

Nice catch on Chris "Faceburger" Young. Nice for that start to come out of nowhere, huh? Grrrr....

Daniel Aubain said...

Chris Young is still available in a lot of my leagues and I will be picking him up for the stretch run. This is why I love baseball. All of the statistics told me to stay away and the guy goes out and is nearly perfect. Parra was only charged with one earned run, so it made his start much easier to swallow.