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This Week In Streaming Strategy: Week 9

This week's edition features a nice blend of hitters and pitchers for your streaming pleasure, and also includes one of my favorite GIFs of all time. Brace yourself, and dive in...

Tommy Milone, Jarrod Parker, Dan Straily, A.J. Griffin -- None of these A's hurlers are owned in more than 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and all will be facing a White Sox offense that is hitting .236/.288/.367 as a team. Those figures rank 27th, 28th and 29th, respectively. If you're hurting for pitching in fantasy leagues, you could do a lot worse than just streaming against Chicago and Miami.

Chris Carter -- Houston's first baseman has three homers in his past five games, and he's coming up on a particularly meek run of opposing pitchers. Carter will face Freddy Garcia, Miguel Gonzalez, Ervin Santana, Wade Davis and Luis Mendoza before the week is over. Santana's ERA may look nice, but he's averaging 1.5 HR/9, and Carter can rack up homers in bunches when he's swinging well. I've got him in three leagues right now, so I'll live or die by this recommendation myself.

Scott Diamond -- Diamond will line up against the Nationals on Saturday -- the lone team in baseball with a sub-.600 OPS versus left-handed pitching. Washington is getting Jayson Werth back, so that will presumably give them another weapon against southpaws, but I doubt if he's going to magically make them a formidable opponent for Diamond. His ground-ball rate is down a bit, but Diamond still has some of the best control in baseball, and as an added bonus they're playing in Washington, so he doesn't have to mess with a DH.

Chris Johnson -- The man with the most generic name in baseball is anything but generic against left-handed pitching. Johnson is raking against southpaws: .415/.448/.642, and as luck would have it, he'll face at least three lefty pitchers in the coming days. The Braves square off against Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly in the coming days. Johnson, who's owned in about 30 percent of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues is a great short-term add.

Delmon Young -- I don't like advocating anything involving Delmon (unless it's watching this epic left field .GIF), but he's homered twice in the past week and is headed into a four-game series against the Brewers where he will face Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers, Marco Estrada and Kyle Lohse (who just gave up four HRs in a start against the Twins). It feels dirty, I know, but there are worse adds for short-term power/RBI assistance. Erik Kratz is another good Phillie to keep on the radar for this weekend series. He's 7 for his last 21 with a pair of homers and should start three of the four games with Carlos Ruiz on the DL.

Jordan Lyles -- Recommending Houston pitchers doesn't initial seem like a good way to endear myself to the audience, but Lyles has a 1.90 ERA over his past four starts -- one of which came against the Royals, whom he faces this weekend. Kansas City has struggled more than just about any team in baseball, batting .226/.273/.285 over the past week. Lyles held them to a run on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in his last outing against them. Plus, Lyles isn't your standard journeyman like much of Houston's other pitchers. He's a former No. 38 overall pick who ranked 42nd on Baseball America's Top 100 list prior to the 2011 season. He's still only 22 but already has 273 big league innings.

David Murphy -- Murph still isn't owned in many leagues but he's hitting .292 with five homers over the past month. He also has the added bonus of facing the Blue Jays in Toronto this weekend. The Jays have the second-worst OPS allowed at home this season and the third-worst home ERA. They'll run out Mark Buehrle, Esmil Rogers and Josh Johnson this weekend. Murphy's a solid add, and really, his ownership totals should be higher than the current 28 percent of ESPN leagues and 18 percent of Yahoo leagues. And of course, with Buehrle on the mound, that means that Jeff Baker gets to face a lefty! Baker's still hitting .389/.500/.889 with five homers against lefties. Look out, Mark.


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