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Stream Police: Can you trust Ryan Vogelsong?

Scott Pianowski
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Pensive Vogelsong (USP)

A full weekend of hardball is coming our way, so there's much to plan for and much to discuss. Let's get to it, starting with the Friday streamables.

Edwin Jackson vs. MIL
Jon Niese vs. MIA
Ryan Vogelsong vs. SD

An unlucky hit rate and some bad sequencing has driven the Vogelsong collapse.; keep in mind he's striking out better than a batter per inning through all this. The Friday turn comes in a big park against an offense that doesn't scare me (recent rallies to the side). I can see why some will run away, but I'll use him where I can.

Kyle Kendrick vs. ATL
Bronson Arroyo vs. LAD
Hisashi Iwakuma vs. TEX
Miguel Gonzalez at BOS
Martin Perez at SEA
Jarrod Parker at NYY
Carlos Villanueva at TB

Kendrick couldn't command his change up at Houston and it got him beat, though his mates offered him little assistance on offense and defense that night. We'll give him a shot here, and the Phils should be able to do something against the overrated Tommy Hanson. … Almost anyone is a potential streamer at Safeco Field this year, and the case gets more interesting when we're talking about talents like Iwakuma (sneaky-good this season) and Perez (a touted prospect). … I'm not going to bury Parker's rank just because he's working in The Bronx. This Yankees lineup has seen better days and Parker's held his own against left-handed batters. I realize his ratios collapse outside of Oakland (4.95/1.44), but I'm trusting my instincts on this one.

Hamburger Helper
Jeff Locke at HOU
Joe Blanton at CIN
Casey Kelly at SF
Shaun Marcum at WAS
Jacob Turner at NYM
Chris Carpenter at CHC
Rick Porcello vs. MIN

Locke already faced the Astros once and had a so-so turn, though it looked better on the tape (a non-error miscue from Clint Barmes sparked Houston's big inning, and paved the way for Brett Wallace's three-run homer). I expect an improved turn from Locke here. … A nifty comeback from Carpenter, but remember he hasn't pitched all year and the leash figures to be short. Here's hoping the wind isn't blowing out. … Kelly steps in for Andrew Cashner (lat), who's been shut down for the year. Thanks for the scouting, Teddy Bell.

Don't Win Friends With Salad
Samuel Deduno at DET
Edgar Gonzalez vs. PIT
Luis Mendoza vs. CLE
Justin Masterson at KC
Chris Volstad vs. STL
Drew Pomeranz vs. ARI

If you want to talk yourself into these chaps, that's your business. I can't help you.

Speed Round: It's a shame the Astros don't have many rabbits left, because they're in for a stolen-base treat on Sunday: A.J. Burnett and the Pirates are in town. Pittsburgh has struggled to throw anyone out this year, and Burnett in particular is terrible at holding runners on (the Brewers swiped another bag on Burnett as you were reading this). Jose Altuve gets a bump up for this series, and I see some deep-league value to Justin Maxwell, too. … The Rockies settle in for their final seven-game home stretch of the year, so let's send off Coors Field in style. Tyler Colvin (33 percent) and Chris Nelson (25 percent) are finally respected in Yahoo! circles, but there's also a case for Jordan Pacheco (eight percent). Arizona gets four games in the thin air, opening Friday, which might push you towards Adam Eaton. … Open minds are needed for the Nate McLouth case (which we've tried to present a few times here). He's been a useful outfielder over the past month (.305-22-4-11-5), and Buck Showalter uses him in favorable lineup spots when the Orioles face a righty. McLouth's ownership tag should be higher than nine percent. … If you're looking for quality innings and a strikeout grab from a reliever, Steve Johnson would like your attention. His previous month jumps off the page (three wins, 37 strikeouts in 28.1 innings, 1.91 ERA, 0.99 WHIP), and yet he's free to grab in 99 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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