Stream Pies (8/1/11)

Duensing Checks In
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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).

For games played Tuesday, August 2nd
Homer Bailey @HOU
Though he was bombed in his last start, he’s facing a depleted Astros lineup loaded with underwhelming bats. It also doesn’t hurt that Bailey owns a 1.45 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 18.2 innings over three starts for his career vs. the Stroh’s Lights.

Brian Duensing @LAA
He’s been a road warrior (3.48 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 62 innings away from home) and it’s not like the Angels have been world-beaters on offense this season. Cock-beaters maybe, but world-beaters? Definitely not.

For games played Wednesday, August 3rd
Bruce Chen vs. BAL
Don’t let the fact that it’s Bruce Chen fool you. He’s actually been pretty useful at home (3.11 ERA and 1.25 WHIP) and the Orioles pose little threat.

For games played Thursday, August 4th
Brett Cecil @TB
For the most part, Cecil has quietly pitched well over his last few starts and considering the numbers he’s putting up on the road this year (34 IP, 2.91 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 27 Ks), I have no problem throwing him out there against a modest Rays offense.

For games played Friday, August 5th
Jeff Niemann vs. OAK
As of this writing, Niemann is owned in just 27-percent of Yahoo! leagues, but I imagine that number may rise past 30 if fantasy writers follow in the footsteps of your boy and point out his sick numbers of late (34 IP, 1.06 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 34 Ks over his last five starts). Still taking full credit for anything he does on Friday, regardless of his ownership rate on the eve of his start.

Mike Leake @CHC
Not only do the Cubs suck, but Leake is killing it on the road (44.1 IP, 3.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 31 Ks).

R.A. Dickey vs. ATL
If the Mets are to have even a glimmer of hope for the NL Wild Card, they have to sweep the Braves in this series. I’m banking on Dickey (who is pitching the series opener) coming up big for the Mets in arguably his most important start of the season.

Jeff Francis vs. DET
Francis the Praying Mantis has been a solid stream option at home, where he owns a 3.52 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He’s also had success against the Tigers in two starts this year (14 IP, 3.21 ERA, 0.93 ERA, 10 Ks, .212 BAA).

“Stream Pies” Recommendation Results for 2011
44 Wins (105 starts), 650.2 IP, 3.97 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 6.28 K/9 


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