Fields of Streams 5/21

To stream or not to stream– that is notthe question: whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fantasy fortune, or to add/drop arms against a sea of Wins and Ks. And, by streaming, end them. To lose, to sleep no more – and by a sleep to say we end the heartache and the thousand fantasy shocks. Never thought you’d see some Bill Shakespeare type ish here, did ya? Alright, we all know the drill: streaming is for people who want to win H2H matchups and those Roto leaguers have lost ground when it comes to their Innings Pitched pace. With that, let’s check out the best streaming options that are owned in less than 60% of Yahoo! leagues.

“If you pick him up, the stats will come.”

Johnny Cueto @CLE (54% owned) I kind of feel like I’m cheating here, Cueto should be owned in more than 60% of Yahoo! leagues. No, it’s never fun to own a Reds pitcher, but Johnny is showing improved control (2.39 BB/9) and has been pitching well lately. We all know he has great stuff so I don’t understand the low ownership level. It’d be nice if he was in the strike zone a little more often (47.2%) and threw more first pitch strikes (52.2%), but I’m guessing these numbers are lower than most because he throws so many Sliders (32% overall, 21% in 0-0 counts). Maybe the BB/9 will come up a bit, but he did show improved control last year so he is getting better (he’s only 24 years old). Cueto faces a CLE team that ranks 26th in Runs Scored, has a .246 Team Batting Average and just lost Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore (if that’s a loss, I hate you Grady!). Fausto Carmona will be pitching for CLE.

“Go the distance.”

John Ely vs DET (13%) It’s hard to look at Ely’s stats and not be impressed. His 8.77 K/9 and 1.05 BB/9 through four starts is pretty damn good. He hasn’t walked anyone in his last three starts (19.2 IP). Through 168.1 minor league innings, Ely posted a 7.00 K/9 and 2.78 BB/9 so let’s not get too carried away here. Also, Ely has struggled vs Left Handed Batters (1.56 WHIP), but those troubles haven’t showed up yet in the majors (0.91 WHIP, 17 K in 11 IP). DET doesn’t have too much to offer from the left side of the plate (Damon, Boesch, Santiago, Avila) so I wouldn’t worry about that too much for this start. DET is pretty much in the middle of the pack in terms of Runs Scored and they won’t have a DH for this one. Armando Galarraga takes the mound for the Tigers. If you want more Ely action, Brad Evans rolled out the red carpet for him here.

Derek Holland vs CHC (16%) It goes against my human nature to promote someone who is pitching vs the Cubs in Arlington, but Derek Holland is that good. The 23 year old, highly touted prospect has already shown the ability to rack up the strike outs, limit walks and induce ground balls. He is only going to get better with time. The Cubs have a good lineup and won’t have a pitcher hitting (unless they want Zambrano to DH), but they have been in the middle of the pack in terms of Runs Scored. I’m not extraordinarily confident in this spot start, but it’s not a bad play. Randy Wells will take the mound for the Cubbies.

Gio González vs SF (15%) Gio could be a great pitcher if he could just show improved control. It’s a testament to his stuff that he has a 1.33 WHIP while allowing 4.44 Walks per Nine. He’s always been known to rack up the strike outs (7.91 K/9 this season) and he is doing a good job inducing ground balls (45.8% GB%)…. it’s just that 4.44 BB/9 that is holding him back from being a standout fantasy option. The Giants rank 21st in Runs Scored and 17th in Team OPS. Matt Cain will likely own the OAK lineup so the Win is likely not coming for Gio, but if you need the strike outs…  

“Hey ump, how ’bout a warning? Sure, kid. Watch out you don’t get killed.”

Jeff Francis (10%) @KC (Kyle Davies)
Derek Lowe (52%) @PIT (Charlie Morton)
Gavin Floyd (55%) vs FLA (Chris Volstad)
Clayton Richard (26%) @SEA (Ian Snell)
Fausto Carmona (32%) vs CIN (Johnny Cueto)
Chris Volstad (6%) @CWS (Gavin Floyd)
Armando Galarraga (2%) @LAD (John Ely)