Additional 2012 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Options

Mar 1, 2012

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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 25 starting pitchers for 2012, but there are plenty of solid options out there.
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Arizona’s Daniel Hudson turned in an impressive 16-12, 3.49 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 169 K season. He’ll turn just 25 next week. Definitely reason to believe he can build on his success.
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Toronto’s Ricky Romero continues to improve. Last year he set career highs in wins (15), ERA (2.92), WHIP (1.14), and strikeouts (178). I’m not sure he can post another sub-3.00 ERA, but he’s definitely a solid third fantasy starting pitcher. Brandon Morrow (207 Ks) can rack up the strikeouts, but he is an ERA threat.
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I don’t love Micael Pineda’s move to the Yankees, at least for his peripherals (3.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP), but his win total (nine) should increase. Hiroki Kuroda (13-16, 3.07, 1.21, 161) is in the same boat.
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Both Adam Wainwright (elbow) and Chris Carpenter (37 in April) are a little risky, but they come with some pretty serious rewards. Both should post sub-3.50 ERAs and around 1.10 WHIPs. Jaime Garcia (13-7, 3.56, 1.32, 156) regressed, but he still had a solid year.
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Washington added Gio Gonzalez (16-12, 3.12, 1.32, 197 Ks), who forms a nice trio with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann (8-11, 3.18, 1.15, 124).
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Matt Garza (10-10, 3.32, 1.26, 197) was pretty solid most of the year, especially at that tail end when he finished with 2.24 ERA in August and September.
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Johnny Cueto (9-5, 2.31, 1.09, 104) was brilliant in 24 starts. He has improved every year, but I expect he’ll be closer to his 2010 numbers (3.64, 1.28).
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Brandon Beachy (7-3, 3.68, 1.21, 169), Tim Hudson (16-10, 3.22, 1.14, 158), and Jair Jurrjens (13-6, 2.96, 1.22, 90) formed a nice quartet with Tommy Hanson. Mike Minor will need to improve his 1.49 WHIP to join their ranks.
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Yu Darvish comes in with a ton of anticipation and excitement. He was nearly unhittable in Japan. There is little reason to believe he won’t be sensational over here.
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It is easy to overlook Jeremy Hellickson considering he’s in the same staff with David Price, James Shields, and Matt Moore. Try not to overlook the 13-10, 2.95, 1.15, 117 season he posted.
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The wins weren’t there for Anibal Sanchez (8-9, 3.67, 1.28, 202), but he still managed a quality season.
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Milwaukee’s Shaun Marcum (13-7, 3.54, 1.16, 158) is one of the game’s best number three starters.
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Justin Verlander was out of his mind, but Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43, 1.35, 174) also turned in a solid year for the Tigers. Doug Fister won’t be as good as he was after coming over to Detroit (8-1, 1.79, 0.84), but he should be a decent option.
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The Angels’ Ervin Santana (11-12, 3.38, 1.22, 178) is one of the game’s best number four starters.
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Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez actually pitched worse when he was dealt by Colorado. He’s too good not to bounce back. Justin Masterson (12-10, 3.21, 1.28, 158) hit a wall in July, but should be solid.
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