Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – Strikeout Kings

Aug 13, 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.

Oliver Perez, New York Mets – I hate to endorse Perez, but he has been striking out batters as a pretty high clip lately.  He had 14 in 11-2/3 Innings (10.8 K/9) with a 1.54 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.  He’d struck out seven in his last three starts and has averaged six in his last six.  On the year 2-3 with 58 Ks (60-1/3 IP), a 5.97 ERA, anda a 1.91 WHIP.  He’s owned in 21% of Yahoo!, 5.4% of ESPN, and 28% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Bud Norris, Houston Astros – Norris had 13 Ks in 11 Innings (10.6 K/9) while picking up a pair of victories.  He posted an ERA of 4.91 and a WHIP of 1.73 so it wasn’t all roses.  On the year he’s 3-0 with 22 Ks (21 IP) with a 3.00 ERA, and a 1.38 WHIP.  He had 112 Ks in 120 Innings for Triple-A Round Rock earlier this year.  He’s owned in 35% of Yahoo!, 3.7% of ESPN, and 55% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Dustin Nippert – He got bombed with a 7.50 ERA, but Dustin did manage 10 Ks in 6 Innings (15 K/9) and a 1.33 WHIP.  On the year he’s 3-1 with 30 Ks (32-1/3 IP), a 3.62 ERA, and a 1.24 WHIP.  He’s owned in 18% of Yahoo!, 1.1% of ESPN, and 8% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Junichi Tazawa-  Tazawa started off his career with 8 Ks in 6-2/3 Innings (10.8 K/9) with a ERA of 4.005 and a WHIP of 1.50.  He had 88 Ks in 98 Innings for Double-A Portland earlier this year, and 114 Ks in 113 Innings for Nippon Oil last year.  He’s owned in 8% of Yahoo!, 0.6% of ESPN, and 17% of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Matt Daley, Colorado Rockies -  Daley had 7 Ks in 3-1/3 Innings (18.9 K/9) with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.30 WHIP.  On the year he’s 0-1 with 34 Ks (33-1/3 IP), 8 Holds, a 2.97 ERA, and a 0.96 WHIP.  He’s owned in 2% of Yahoo!, less than 1% of ESPN and CBS Sportsline leagues.

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