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June 21, 2013

Fantasy Beat

Weekly #streameroftheday Update

by Bret Sayre

For those of you unfamiliar with the #streameroftheday process, I recommend one starting pitcher per day who is owned in fewer than 10% of leagues (lower than your typical standards) and post it on Twitter at @dynastyguru. And this Friday post is where I stand in front of the firing squad, fully accountable for these recommendations. I ran a longer introduction in my first post of the season, explaining why my ownership limit is much lower than most others out there, but essentially it's to be helpful in deeper mixed leagues. If you want to read the whole thing, the link is here. With the pleasantries out of the way, let's jump into the action.

Here were the details for the last seven days:

Date Pitcher Opp IP ER H BB K Dec
6/14/13 Shaun Marcum CHC 5 2/3 6 7 1 4 Loss
6/15/13 Scott Kazmir WSH 2 2/3 5 4 4 2 ND
6/16/13 Hector Santiago HOU 5 1/3 3 5 4 8 Loss
6/17/13 Dillon Gee ATL 8 1/3 2 5 1 6 Loss
6/18/13 Andrew Cashner SF 6 2/3 3 10 1 6 ND
6/19/13 Chris Capuano NYY 6 0 3 0 4 Win
6/20/13 John Danks MIN 5 6 12 0 2 Loss

Shaun Marcum's struggles against gamey opponents, continue to confound me. Throughout his whole career, the guy has had trouble staying healthy, but when on the field he's been a very consistent performer. Unfortunately, it's looking more and more like the old grey mare just ain't what she used to be. Of course Washington picked the Scott Kazmir start to begin hitting lefties (they had a sub-600 OPS versus southpaws coming into that game). The next four starts were fine, but unfortunately I may have now used Gee and Cashner for the last time (at least for the foreseeable future). Cashner is already up to 15% owned and Gee is just about to cross the threshold at 8.5%. The fact that he's not more than 10% owned after going 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 32 strikeouts over 29 1/3 innings in his last four starts is kind of incredible. Then the final two lefties of the week could not have looked any different--Capuano dominated the Yankees for six innings and Danks must have thought he was throwing batting practice instead of making a start, as that's the only excuse for giving up homers to Eduardo Escobar, Brian Dozier and Clete Thomas in the same outing. Ouch.

And here are my overall numbers for both the week and the season:

Wins Win% IP ERA WHIP K K/9
Week 1 14% 39 2/3 5.67 1.44 32 7.26
Season 28 36% 434 2/3 4.60 1.37 329 6.81

There's really only so much good you can do in a week when it's book-ended with disaster starts. It's a step back after two straight weeks of a sub-3.50 ERA and all around solid stats. Also, after accumulating five wins four weeks back, the last three weeks my streamers have combined for just those same five wins. [insert TWTW joke here].

See you again next week.

Bret Sayre is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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