Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – Strikeout Kings

Jun 25, 2009

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Some reasonably available players to assist you in the Strikeouts category.  Realize that some of these will come with high ERAs & WHIPs because if a Pitcher has low numbers in those categories and a good K total, they’re already spoken for.

Ricky Nolasco, Florida Marlins – Ricky is beginning to turn it around.  He had 12 Ks last week while going 2-0 with 0.75 ERA and 0.75 WHIP.  His K/9 ratio was 9.0 and his K/BB ratio was 12.0.  On the year he’s 4-6 with 62 Ks, a 6.42 ERA, and a 1.56 WHIP.  He’s owned in 56% of Yahoo!, 70% of ESPN, and 85% of CBS leagues.

Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies - Ubaldo continues to produce.  He also had 12 Ks last week going 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  His K/9 ratio was 7.9 and his K/BB ratio was 3.0.  On the year he’s 6-7 with 81 Ks, a 3.83 ERA, and a 1.36 WHIP.  He’s owned in 56% of Yahoo!, 43.8% of ESPN, and 89% of CBS leagues.

Joe Blanton, Philadelphia Phillies –  Blanton had a solid game last night picking up 10 Ks in 7 Innings while allowing 2 Runs on 6 Hits.  On the year he’s 4-4 with 77 Ks, a 5.26 ERA, and a 1.42 WHIP.  He’s owned in 11% of Yahoo!, 4.9% of ESPN, and 57% of CBS leagues.

Vin Mazzaro, Oakland A’s - He hasn’t put up huge strikeout numbers, but has averaged five a game over his last three starts.  In five starts he’s 2-2 with 20 Ks, a 2.56 ERA, and a 1.07 WHIP.  He’s owned in 22% of Yahoo!, 5.5% of ESPN, and 43% of CBS leagues.

Randy Johnson, San Francisco Giants - The Big Unit has been a nice find for the Giants.  Last week he had 11 Ks, a 3.55 ERA, and a 1.11 WHIP.  His K/9 ratio was 7.8 and his K/BB ratio was 5.5.  On the year he’s 7-5 with 75 Ks, a 4.68 ERA, and 1.31 WHIP.  He’s owned in 62% of Yahoo!, 82.8% of ESPN, and 72% of CBS leagues.

Brandon Morrow, Seattle Mariners - Morrow is easing into Seattle’s rotation.  In his two starts last week he picked up 10 Ks in 9 Innings with a 5.00 ERA and a  1.44 WHIP.  His K/BB ratio was 5.0.  He has 34 Ks in 30-1/3 Innings.  He’s owned in 45% of Yahoo!, 51.6% of ESPN, and 51% of CBS leagues.

Hiroki Kuroda, Los Angeles Dodgers - Kuroda looked sharp in his last start picking up 9 Ks in 8-2/3 Innings, allowing 2 Runs on 4 Hits.  He did not walk a batter.  On the year he’s 2-3 with 30Ks, a 3.44 ERA, and 0.95 WHIP in 36-2/3 Innings.  He’s owned in 38% of Yahoo!, 79.8% of ESPN, and 75% of CBS leagues.

Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants - The founder of Strikeouts for Troops did his part in his last start racking up 8 Ks in 7 Innings (10.3 K/9 ratio) while allowing 2 Runs on 2 Hits.  He did walk four batters though.  On the year he’s 4-7 with 63 Ks, a 4.54 ERA, and a 1.44 WHIP.  He’s owned in 10% of Yahoo!, 8.1% of ESPN, and 41% of CBS leagues.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    June 25th, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    Sorry, I have to laugh at Zito. I know, he’s got a few Ks recently, but he is far from a strikeout king. He only had 120 last season and 131 the before that. That’s 251 in 376.2 innings. That’s less than Lincecum had last season!

    Blanton hadn’t struck out more than 10 in a game since 2005 before this season, so I can’t put much stock in him either.

    The ones I like the most are Nolasco, Kuroda and Morrow.

  2. LestersLegends
    June 25th, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    Zito has nearly 7 Ks per 9 Innings. Great? No, but decent. He has 31 Ks in his last 33-2/3 IP, which is 8.3 K/9. Plus, I wanted to plug the Ks for Troops.

    Blanton has 77 Ks in 83-2/3 IP. 77 Ks is good for 26th in the league. I think it’s time to forget about what he did in the past and accept he’s striking out guys this year. He has 5+ Ks in 10 of his 14 starts.

  3. Rotoprofessor
    June 25th, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    If it was a short track record, I’d agree with forgetting what he did in the past. Blanton has a pretty long track record, however. The only time he’s had a K/9 above 5.48 in his career was in 2003, when he pitched in 3 games. That’s four consecutive seasons of mediocre strikeout numbers.

    The old adage is that baseball is a game of averages and by the end of the season things tend to even themselves out. That would certainly mean that Blanton is in for a pretty big lack of Ks coming up.

  4. LestersLegends
    June 25th, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    You have a good point. We’ll have to see how it plays out.

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