Thursday, May 22, 2008

Stream Team - Week 8

Every week we'll take a look at less-heralded starting pitchers that have favorable weekend match-ups.

Friday, May 23rd
Scott Olsen: Going back to him again. Olsen faces off against Barry Zito and the hapless Giants at home. He has gone at least 6.0 innings in his last three starts and the current Giants roster doesn't hit him well (not that they hit anyone well). In 55 AB they are batting just .236 and slugging .327 against Olsen.

Saturday, May 24th
Edwin Jackson: Yet another repeat from last week. Jackson has been superb as of late, giving up only 1 ER in his last 20.1 IP. He has also struck out 15 batters during that stretch. He will be facing off against Steve Trachsel and the Orioles.

Sunday, May 25th
Manny Parra: Parra was my NL ROY pick in the pre-season and that has just not panned out how I thought it would. Parra's has generally pitched well, but he has Chris Young syndrome. For some reason he feels the need to throw 100 pitches by the 5th inning which limits his win potential. As of late though he's pitched very well. In his last start he shut out the Pirates over 5.2 innings, striking out 6 batters along the way. Parra is on the road against Tim Redding and the Nationals. Redding has been a nice surprise this season, but the Brew Crew has .371 against him lifetime while slugging .500.

Last Week's Results: 1-1-1, Season Total: 7-6-2
Scott Olsen: ND, 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 12 Base Runners, 3 SO (I'm taking a draw on this one because a rainout pushed back his start to Saturday)

Matt Garza: ND, 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 12 BR, 1 SO

Edwin Jackson: ND, 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 10 BR, 7 SO

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