Jonathon “The Nose” Niese is on a roll.
Photo Credit: slgckgc
At “Stream Pies,” we are serving up gooey loads of knowledge. Here, we’ll provide invaluable streaming advice on SPs who are owned in less than 30-percent of Yahoo! leagues. We list the options in order of best option to “least-best” option (with the best streamers starting at the top).
Even if you play in a deeper league, there are still a few stream-worthy options widely available for Tuesday’s games. So get a napkin ready, because we’re busing “Stream Pies” all over this bitch:
For games played on Tuesday, 6/14/11
Jonathon Niese @ATL
The term “sweet smell of success” is an appropriate phrase we can use when describing Niese and his enormous schnoz. Over his last three starts, Niese has struck out 21 in 21.2 innings while twirling a 1.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. One of those games happened to be against the Braves, who have a good number of hackers in their lineup that can help pad the strikeout numbers of opposing pitchers. While I tend to be somewhat dubious about streaming pitchers against lineups they just faced, I’m willing to look the other way here (mostly because I can’t stand looking at Niese’s weird face).
Carlos Villanueva vs. BAL
Villanueva should really be owned in more than 10-percent of Yahoo! leagues. He’s generating a good amount of swings and misses (9.4 SwStr%), is keeping the walks in check (2.70 BB/9), and is inducing weak contact (14.7 LD% and 17.2 IFFB%). The fact that he’s facing Mark Reynolds guarantees at least three strikeouts as well.
Tim Wakefield @TB
Yeah he’s 44, but Wakefield is still worth streaming when the matchup is right. Fortunately, he’s produced a border-line (at least in the eyes of baseball writers) Cy Young campaign for his career against Tampa Bay (21-6, 230.2 IP, 3.78 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 157 Ks). Since the Rays offense isn’t exactly Murderer’s Row, I have faith in Wakefield adding to his already glorious vs. TB resume.
Jeff Karstens @HOU
Appartently it’s a “weird face” edition of “Stream Pies” as Karstens’ ugly mug has made its way onto this list. One thing that is attractive, however, is his stream-friendly matchup against the offensively challenged Astros. Karstens has also been on a roll, allowing two or fewer earned runs in each of his last six starts.
“Stream Pies” Recommendation Results for 2011
2 Wins (six starts), 38.1 IP, 3.29 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 5.17 K/9