Fantasy Baseball Bounceback Players – Bounceback Pitchers

Mar 17, 2010

Here’s a look at some pitchers who had a disappointing 2009 season, but should be much-improved in 2010.

Matt Garza, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Garza had a mere 8 wins last year, which is baffling given his 3.95 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 189 Ks. The wins will return, as will his fantasy value.

Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
The World Series and all the accolades may have gone to Hamels’ head. He just couldn’t get it done last year, and the worst came during the playoffs when he just wanted the season to end. With Roy Halladay assuming the ace role, I think Hamels comes back with less pressure and lower expectations and reclaims his spot among the elite fantasy pitchers.

Aaron Harrang, SP, Cincinnati Reds
I don’t mistake him for a fantasy ace, but six wins? He’s better than that.

Brad Lidge, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
Talk about a tale of two seasons. I don’t expect him to be perfect like 2008 nor a disaster like last year. If he can hold of Ryan Madson, he should have marked improvement.

Ricky Nolasco, SP, Florida Marlins
Nolasco saw his ERA rise to 5.06 last year. This from a guy who was 15-8 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP a year earlier. Even if he lands somewhere in the middle he’ll be a solid addition, especially when you figure for 190+ Ks.

Roy Oswalt, SP, Houston Astros
I’m not sure how much blame to attribute to the World Baseball Classic, but I’m convinced it played a role in his sub-par 2009 season. Oswalt has been a rock, and I fully expect him to rebound.

James Shields, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Big Game James went in the wrong direction, mainly with a sub-.500 winning percentage, and a un-James Shieldslike 1.32 WHIP. Given his previous success, I’m banking on last year being the exception.

Carlos Zambrano, SP, Chicago Cubs
I expect the Cubbies to be better in 2010, which will help Zambrano’s attitude, which, in turn, will help his performance.

Also check out:
Bounceback Catchers
Bounceback Corner Infielders
Bouncebak Middle Infielders
Bounceback Outfielders

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    March 17th, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    I can’t call Garza a “bounce back”, because, as you said, his peripherals were actually great last year. He only suffered in wins, and that’s a fickle thing. He has a bit more luck, he’s a fantasy #2 last year, so that’s not a player who is bouncing back to me.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 17th, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    I suppose you’re right. Still, 8 wins doesn’t cut it. His ERA was higher last year than in 2008. I expect that number to come down a bit too.

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