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Let me find my horn, because that shit is about to get tooted. With the MLB regular season firmly behind us, it’s only right that we look back at the “Streams Pies” season to see if the streaming method actually made sense. Spoiler alert: a lot of gloating is about to go down.
More after the jump:
Let me start by saying that the point of “Stream Pies” is to show that streaming a good chunk of your fantasy innings can net you numbers just as useful as drafting and sticking with a SP4 or SP5 all season. In fact, I’ll go one step further and say that it’s actually smarter to stream in most cases as you don’t have to suffer through the rough patches that many SPs go through. I understand that some people will end up with and SP4 or SP5 that ends up pitching more like an SP2 or SP3, which stems the need for that particular owner to rely so much on streaming. However, for most of us, streaming makes the most sense.
Now let’s get to the numbers. So after 190 starts and 1167.1 innings, our final “Stream Pies” statistical lines looks like this:
55 Wins, 3.85 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 6.80 K/9
The 55 wins grade out to between nine and 10 dubs over 33 starts. When looking at some comparable pitchers, Miguel Gonzalez seemed like the closest match. Here were his numbers this season:
11 Wins, 3.78 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 6.30 K/9
Gonzo was slightly better with his ratios, but they are more than equalized by the “Stream Pies” edge in strikeouts. Regardless, the point here is that “Stream Pies” was essentially able to replicate the production of an SP4 (with the luxury of picking your spots with streaming). That’s pretty damn good if I may say so (and I do).
I know what some of you are probably thinking: “S-S-Starbonell, that’s just one pitcher. How am I supposed to just believe in the power of streaming with just one cherry-picked example.” Very well, below is a list of pitchers routinely drafted in 12-team leagues that produced as well or worse than our “Stream Pies” recommendations:
R.A. Dickey: 14 Wins, 4.21 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 7.09 K/9
Doug Fister: 14 Wins, 3.67 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 6.86 K/9
CC Sabathia: 14 Wins, 4.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 7.46 K/9
Jeff Samardzija: 8 Wins, 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 9.01 K/9
Tim Lincecum: 10 Wins, 4.37 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 8.79 K/9
Yovani Gallardo: 12 Wins, 4.18 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 7.17 K/9
Jarrod Parker: 12 Wins, 3.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 6.12 K/9
I could honestly go on for another 20-30 pitchers, but you get the point. On draft day, having the above starting rotation would’ve probably generated a fusillade of “good pitching bro” comments in your draft chat room. Yet as the show “Catfish” has taught us, looks can be deceiving.
It seems fair to call this season of “Stream Pies” a bona fide success. Hopefully you rode the “Stream Pies” train to some quality pitching stats. If you didn’t, no worries. Like failing senior year high school students say, “there’s always next year.”