Stream Pies (6/16/11)

Though he ain’t as good as his STL days, “Pineiro The Ghost” is a good play versus the Mets.
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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 strongest recommendations starting at the top). 

With inter-league play starting up again, it’s tempting for fantasy owners to just blindly pick any AL hurler facing an NL team. People see the success pitchers have switching from the AL to NL, but there are plenty of examples of pitchers sucking after they change leagues (just ask Barry Zito). So before getting all big for yo’ britches and ditching this column to make your own inter-league stream plays, make sure you at least consult with Daddy Ducats.

For games played on Friday, 6/17/11
Joel Pineiro @NYM
I don’t like Pineiro at all, but the Mets’ lineup is overachieving and a frustrating ground-ball pitcher is just what the doctor ordered to bring them down to Earth. Plus, NY is worse at home this season and Pineiro pitched well against them in his last year as a Cardinal.

Freddy Garcia @CHC
He has definitely pitched over his head to date, but Garcia has been pretty crafty in mixing in all his pitches (only throws fastball 36.2 percent of time) and the Cubs have been a horror-show lately. With the way the Yanks are swinging the bats, Garcia is a great bet for a dub.

Rick Porcello @COL
Though the Rockies’ bats are starting to come alive and Porcello is pitching at hitter-friendly Coors Field, I’m still rolling with Slick Rick. The Tigers have been playing well and Porcello’s ground-ball ways should keep the ball in the park and lead to a useful start.

“Stream Pies” Recommendation Results for 2011
7 Wins (15 starts), 97.2 IP, 2.86 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 5.16 K/9


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