Fantasy Baseball Bounceback Players – Starting Pitchers

Feb 24, 2008

Here’s a list of some pitchers who could possibly bounce back this year, making them bargains.

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.

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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.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Big Denny
    February 24th, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    I hope you’re right about Liriano. The Twins need him.

  2. Ryan Lester
    February 24th, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Big Denny – They should be alright with Livan, Boof, Baker, and Slowie until he’s ready.

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