Fantasy Baseball Bounceback Players – Starting Pitchers
Jeremy Bonderman (11-9, 5.01 ERA, 145 Ks, 1.38 WHIP, .278 BAA)
I think Bonderman was tired last year. He’s been working this offseason to build strength in his forearms. I think that will help him return to form.
Matt Cain (7-16, 3.65 ERA, 163 K, 1.26 WHIP, .235 BAA)
How in the world could Cain have a 7-16 record with those numbers? Talk about being snake bitten. I’m guessing some bounches go his way this year and his win total improves drastically.
Chris Carpenter (pitched 6 innings last year – elbow)
The 2005 Cy Young Winner will start the season on the DL. If you can stash him away, he’ll likely give you a nice second half push.
Francisco Liriano (Did not pitch)
I don’t expect Liriano to repeat the 12-3, 2.16 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .205 BAA, 144 K performance of 2006, but he should produce solid numbers for the Twins if he can stay healthy.
Pedro Martinez (3-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .284 BAA)
Pedro actually pitched well considering the circumstances. If Pedro can stay healthy, he’ll have a nice year following Johan Santana in the rotation.
Brett Myers (5-7, 21 Saves, 4.33 ERA, 83 Ks, 1.28 WHIP, .234 BAA)
A return to the starting rotation will help Myers get into double-digit wins and 180+ strikeouts.
Jered Weaver (13-7, 3.91 ERA, 115 Ks, 1.39 WHIP, .280 BAA)
I expect Weaver to bounce back from his sophomore slump and win at least 15 games next year. His ERA and BAA will reduce significantly.
Dontrelle Willis (10-15, 5.17 ERA, 146 Ks, 1.60 WHIP, .294 BAA)
I think I could have hit well against Dontrelle last year. Everybody else did. The move to Detroit will ensure that run support won’t be an issue this year. I think he’ll be motivated by the change of scenery, and bounce back nicely.
Carlos Zambrano (18-13, 3.95 ERA, 177 Ks, 1.33 WHIP, .233 BAA)
I’m not sure if he’ll win more games than last year, but I do expect his winning percentage to improve, along with his ERA, strikeout totals, and BAA.