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This Week In Streaming Strategy: Week 9

Whether your regulars are injured, your starting pitching is trash, or you just plain get bored from time-to-time in fantasy, streaming is here to be your friend. Here are some upcoming matchups that can provide short-term benefit.

Jake Westbrook, Michael Wacha -- The Cardinals draw the streamilicious task of facing the Marlins this weekend. Miami has actually made progress; thanks to the Mets they now rank 29th in the Majors in batting average instead of 30th! Fear not though -- their OBP and slugging are still in the cellar. While Mets fans lament trailing the Fish in any offensive category, fantasy owners can scurry to add one or both Cardinal right-handers. Wacha merits long-term ownership as opposed to just one stream, and he's still only half-owned on ESPN and Yahoo. Miami does have Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison back, but the lineup still lacks punch.

Xavier Paul -- Paul hit his fifth homer Tuesday, all of which have come against right-handed pitching. Prior to that two-hit performance, Paul was hitting .288/.383/.462 against right-handers. He doesn't play against lefties and does his best work in Cincinnati, but he faces three right-handers in the next five days. The Brewers are in Cincinnati this weekend, and their staff has struggled with homers across the board.

Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman -- Feldman is more widely owned than Jackson but is still out there in roughly half of Yahoo and ESPN leagues. Both north-side hurlers are facing the aforementioned Mets this weekend, which brings good news and bad news. The bad news is that Ike Davis isn't in the lineup anymore. The good news is that he'll be replaced by some combination of Josh Satin and Colin Cowgill (with Daniel Murphy moving to first and Jordany Valdespin playing second when Cowgill plays). The Mets are averaging 3.1 runs per game this month, and while Jackson's 5.76 ERA is scary, his 3.39 FIP and 3.59 xFIP are nice and inviting.

Cody Ross, A.J. Pollock -- Both Arizona lefty mashers get the Padres' dynamic duo of Eric Stults and Clayton Richard this weekend. Ross is hitting .404/.439/.596 against lefties, while Pollock is at .275/.298/.563. Stults hasn't pitched terribly poorly, but those are solid numbers against lefties for both (more in the power department for Pollock). Richard, on the other hand, has basically turned every player who's faced him this season into Miguel Cabrera.  Opponents are hitting .315/.384/.614 against Richard, and right-handed hitters are batting a silly .336/.406/.686 against him.

Adam Dunn -- Don't look now, but Big Donkey's on another homer bender, and he's facing the Astros again this weekend. I don't think this recommendation necessarily needs any more explanation, but I'll add that Dunn is hitting .300 with five homers in his past nine games. That includes this four-hit bonanza with two homers. It's unclear if the fog, the camerawork, or the fact that Dunn hit the ball all the way to the moon is the reason that you can't see where his first homer lands. Oh, and his first post-Astros opponent will be Mike Pelfrey.

Scott Kazmir, Corey Kluber -- Kazmir falls into the "Let's try this again" category after Scott Diamond managed to get lit up by baseball's most southpaw-friendly offense last weekend. Kazmir's punching out a batter per inning with respectable control in the AL, and the Nats are still hitting .210/.276/.310 as a team against lefties. Kluber is clearly an alien from another planet who has sucked the talent out of Matt Cain and made it his own (you've seen Space Jam, right?). His 3.40 FIP is identical to Cain's from last year, and he's averaging nearly a strikeout per inning and just 1.9 walks per nine innings. Washington's .242/.296/.396 line against righties doesn't scare me -- particularly with Bryce Harper still on the shelf after being bested by an inanimate object in Los Angeles.

This week's Jeff Baker watch shows that he'll face off against Mark Buehrle on Thursday. Baker is hitting .386/.491/1.000 against lefties and went 1-for-3 with a homer against Buehrle last week. That split is the goofiest baseball line I've seen since I hit .424 and broke the single-season hits record with Hank Blalock in my MLB '06: The Show franchise seven years ago (yes, that happened). No one has more homers against left-handed pitching, and my love for him knows no bound. The Jeff Baker Experience must be felt before it can truly be comprehended.


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