Fantasy Baseball Bounceback Players – Pitchers
Josh Beckett - Beckett struggled through injuries to a 12-10, 4.03 ERA season in 2008. The encouraging news is despite not having his typical stuff, he still managed 172 Ks and a 1.19 WHIP. A healthy Josh Beckett should approach is 2007 numbers. 20 Wins, low 3.00 ERA, and 190 Ks.
Justin Verlander - Like most Tigers Verlander had a 2008 to forget. He went 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA, and a 1.40 WHIP,
John Lackey - Why do all of these guys’ names start with a J? Lackey managed just 24 starts last year, but went 12-5. His ERA was a shade higher than normal at 3.75 (the three previous years it was 3.44, 3.56, and 3.01). He struck out roughly the same ratio of batters 7.19 K/9 in 2007 & 7.17 in 2008. I see no reason no to expect 17+ Wins, a 3.50 ERA, and 180 Ks.
Carlos Zambrano - Zambrano had a nice winning percentage (.700) as he went 14-6, but he struck out just 130 batters. I don’t see a big change in his WHIP or ERA, but I expect him to win 17+ games and strike out 170 batters.
Chris Carpenter - Proceed with caution with Carpenter as he has lost two years to injury. He was, however, one of the best pitchers in the game from 2004-2006. If he looks good this Spring, why not take a chance on him?
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