All bluff, no stuff? Not Guth’.
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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).
As you all know, there was no “Stream Pies” yesterday. The reason? No one proved worthy enough to earn a Starbonell Stream-O-Approval. It was probably the smart move, as some of my recommendations (namely, Phil Coke and Rick Porcello) proceeded to torpedo my low-3.00s ERA over the weekend.
Worry not my loyal Starbo-minions. There will be some SPs named on here that suck once in a while, but for the most part, you are still getting the best stream advice possible and once today’s spot-start stars get their shine on, Big Poppa Pockets will be back in your good graces. Plus, I’m pretty sure the dudes that I’ve been advocating for are sporting a .500 BABIP with low FIPs and xFIPs, so this will all get worked out by season’s end.
Now, on to Tuesday’s recommendations.
For games played Tuesday, 6/21/11
Jeremy Guthrie @PIT
Guthrie’s been a respectable stream starter most of his fantasy career, posting ERAs below four in three of the last four seasons, but delivering horrible K rates in the process. Though he’s had some sketchy starts of late, he’s facing a terrible Pirates offense and is capable of delivering a gem when he’s got it all working.
Carl Pavano @SF
Pavano’s killing it over his last three starts (2-0, 25 IP, 1.44 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 12 Ks) and was excellent during inter-league play last season.
Doug Fister @WAS
The Twisted Fister (which is, ironically, the name of the new porn I’m directing) owns an unimpressive 4.50 ERA over his last five starts and is facing one of the hottest teams in baseball, but Kid Clutch ain’t fazed. The crafty Fister is just the type of pitcher who can fool a lineup with mind tricks, and since he only has one career start against the National League for his career, I like his odds of keeping the Nats guessing at the plate.
Josh Outman @NYM
With a name like Outman, how can we go wrong? Actually, it’s more like “with a start against a back-to-Earth Mets lineup in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in baseball, how can we go wrong?” Yeah, that’s the ticket.
“Stream Pies” Recommendation Results for 2011
12 Wins (26 starts), 158.0 IP, 4.04 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 5.35 K/9