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This Week In Streaming Strategy: Week 2

Here's a look at some of the remaining matchups this week --  both on the pitching side of things and the hitting side -- that could be advantageous for those of you who have some roster flexibility...

Mike Leake @ Pittsburgh (Friday) -- No disrespect to Pirates fans, but it's hard to recommend any widely available pitcher that's facing them at this point. Leake's not a guy to own in standard formats, but I'd stream Jamie Moyer against a team that's hitting .126/.210/.189 with two homers through the first seven games. The Pirates have talent in that lineup, and they're going to hit eventually, but seize the opportunity while it's here.

Jhoulys Chacin @ San Diego (Saturday) -- Chacin has allowed just two runs through his first 13.1 innings this season, and he's facing a Padres team that has combined to hit .204/.259/.286 thus far. Chacin's career ERA away from Coors Field (2.99) is markedly better than his home split (4.18), and the Padres still have just one homer on the season.

Jorge de la Rosa @ San Diego (Sunday) -- I feel just as crazy suggesting two Rockies pitchers as you do reading it, trust me. De la Rosa has already tamed one weak NL offense this week though (see: last night's start), and his career 7.9 K/9 is appealing even if the Padres have whiffed fewer than any team in baseball so far.

Travis Wood vs. San Francisco (Sunday) -- The Giants rank in the bottom five in total runs scored in MLB. Right now, if you can get through Angel Pagan, Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence, there's no one else in the lineup that's hitting. Pagan and Panda are both switch hitters whose career numbers reflect that they're significantly stronger against right-handed pitching. The left-handed Wood makes for a nice spot start.

Carlos Villanueva vs. San Francisco (Thursday) -- Villanueva will draw a start against that same Giants lineup a few days prior to Wood. His fly-ball tendencies will be mitigated somewhat by the cold weather in Chicago, and also remember that only Pence and Sandoval have gone deep for the Giants this year. Pence has more power against left-handed pitching, and Villanueva has struck out 128 batters in his past 132 MLB innings.

Tommy Hanson vs. Houston (Friday) -- Hanson's fastball was down once again in his first start of the season, and the two wild pitches he threw didn't inspire tons of confidence. However, the Astros have struck out more than any team in baseball (82 already!) and have just two homers to their credit. People will be streaming against them all year, so nab Hanson a couple of days in advance of Friday's start.

Blake Beavan vs. Houston (Wednesday) -- Beavan is probably the least appealing name on this list, and with good reason. Even though he's facing the Astros, he's better suited as a deep league pickup for Wednesday's start. He doesn't miss many bats, but remember that Houston turns every pitcher into a strikeout pitcher. A quality start along the lines of 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K doesn't seem out of reach.

Trevor Plouffe -- Plouffe apparently didn't make too many believers during his Bonds-esque seven-week home run bender last season, but one thing that's apparent is that Plouffe can absolutely mash left-handed pitching (.268/.338/.522). The Mets are going to throw Jon Niese and Aaron Laffey at him on consecutive days (following a start against Wade Davis), so if you find yourself looking for a temporary third baseman (hello, Aramis Ramirez owners), Plouffe can provide some cheap pop.

Justin Maxwell -- Yeah, yeah. I just recommended streaming against Maxwell and now I'm recommending picking him up. That's because while many of Maxwell's teammates can be easily overmatched, he's swinging well and has enough pop to kick in a homer or two over the remainder of the week. He'll face Beavan, two guys with diminished velocity in Hanson and Jered Weaver, and then a left-handed pitcher in C.J. Wilson. Beyond that, his first game of next week is against another lefty: Tommy Milone. Maxwell hit .272/.387/.505 against lefties last season. Just because no one else on his team hits doesn't mean he can't.


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