Stream Pies: Baseball Recap

R.A. “The Rugged Man” Dickey Was a Stream Heartthrob
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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).

It was a long arduous fantasy baseball season and since we spent most of it telling you who to pick up for spot starts, it’s only right we look back and see how we fared in 2011.

So here is the final “Stream Pies” line for 2011:

71 Wins (205 starts), 1,241.2 IP, 4.18 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 6.14 K/9

Now you might look at those numbers and think “big f’ing deal.” Sure, these numbers aren’t that great when you think about players you want to draft, but keep in mind that these are the cumulative totals of players we recommended that were available in less than 30-percent of Y! leagues. Also, our pitchers scored wins about 35 percent of the time, which is good for about 11-12 wins if we are talking about a pitcher who makes 34 starts. So right off the bat we’re netting you the efforts of a double-digit winning pitcher, but what about the rest of the numbers you ask?

Comparatively speaking, here’s a breakdown of players owned in far more leagues that posted numbers as good or worse than our lesser-known recommendations:

Pitchers owned in at least 80 percent of Y! leagues
Ubaldo Jimenez: 10 wins, 4.68 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 8.60 K/9
Max Scherzer: 15 wins, 4.43 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 8.03 K/9
Roy Oswalt: 9 wins, 3.69 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 6.02 K/9
Chad Billingsley: 11 wins, 4.21 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 7.28 K/9

Pitchers owned in 50-79 percent of Y! leagues
Ryan Dempster: 10 wins, 4.80 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 8.50 K/9
Trevor Cahill: 12 wins, 4.16 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 6.37 K/9
Ricky Nolasco: 10 wins, 4.67 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 6.47 K/9
Francisco Liriano: 9 wins, 5.09 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 7.50 K/9
Brett Myers: 7 wins, 4.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 6.67 K/9
John Danks: 8 wins, 4.33 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 7.13 K/9

There were a bunch of other names who were popular on draft day and underperformed our “Stream Pies” recommendations (Jonathan Sanchez, Phil Hughes, Rick Porcello), but you get the idea.

So what have we learned this year from “Stream Pies?” Well, we learned that R.A. Dickey is a streaming beast. We also discovered that sometimes a cigar is indeed simply a cigar (unless it’s sitting in a dude’s mouth… then it’s a cock). The most important lesson learned here, however, is that you don’t need to spend big dollars or high draft picks to yield a competitive fantasy pitching staff.

Hopefully “Stream Pies” helped you achieve a championship. If not, well, I’m still sleeping good tonight.


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Starbonell is the co-founder of Sons of Roto and one of the most insightful and colorful fantasy analysts in the game. Mixing intelligent and well-researched advice with an entertaining style of writing that is easy to digest, Starbonell is the king of info-tainment.