Fantasy Baseball: Should You Be Streaming Gerardo Parra?
. Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra is off to a solid start this year hitting .260 with 16 runs, two home runs, 12 RBI, and eight stolen bases. . The run total is solid and he is already over halfway towards setting a career high in stolen bases. Clearly if you need some help in the stolen base category, Gerardo Parra is a solid option to own. . The masses don’t necessarily agree as he is owned in about 60.0 percent of ESPN and 35.0 percent of Yahoo! leagues. . I understand his average is not desirable, but he is a a .281 lifetime hitter that is coming off a .292 season. Plus, his .296 BABIP is significantly down from the .342 mark he registered last year and the .335 career mark he boasts. He has been a bit unlucky and numbers in baseball tend to average out. . One option would be to stream Parra when he faces right-handed pitching. So far this year he’s hitting .288 with a .808 OPS against righties and a mere .150 with a pathetic .293 OPS. Those numbers simply aren’t cutting it. . He was much better last year hitting .277 with a .790 OPS against southpaws (.296, .782 against righties). In 2010 he was .283, .700 against lefties and .257, .674 against righties. While he has struggled mightily against left-handed pitching, his past success does provide some hope for improvement. . In any case, I would still hesitate to use him against lefties until he starts trending in the right direction. Against right-handed pitching, Parra should give you an immediate boost in runs and stolen bases, as well as an eventual average boost. . . Also check out: Can James McDonald Keep Fantasy Owners Saying “I’m Lovin’ It”? Can Edwin Encarnacion Continue to Swing a Hot Bat? Fantasy Feast Closer Report – 5/12/12 Are You High on Smyly? Are You Rockin’ Reddick?
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