Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – 2011 Strikeout Kings Vol. 3

May 17, 2011

Brought to you in honor of Strikeout for Troops.


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.
Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins:  Baker has dialed it up in the strikeout department recently, picking up 22 in 18-1/3 innings (10.8 K/9) over his past three starts. His results haven’t been spectacular as he has a 5.40 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. On the year he’s 2-3 with 48 strikeouts in 49-2/3 innings (8.7 K/9), a 3.99 ERA, and a 1.31 WHIP. Scott is owned in 34 percent of Yahoo! and 18.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
Jake Arrieta, Baltimore Orioles:  Arrieta is 2-0 in his past three starts with a 2.37 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts in 19 innings (9.9 K/9). On the year he’s 5-1 with a 4.03 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts in 51-1/3 innings (8.1 K/9). Jake is owned in 20 percent of Yahoo! and 28.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs: After a brutal start, Dempster has turned it around going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings (9K/9) over his past three starts. On the year he’s 2-4 with a 6.71 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts in 51 innings (8.6 K/9). Ryan is owned in 67 percent of Yahoo! and 42 percent of ESPN leagues.
James McDonald, Pittsburgh Pirates:  McDonald has 20 strikeouts in 16 innings (11.3 K/9) over his past three starts with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. On the year he’s 2-3 with a 6.20 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts in 40-2/3 innings (7.7 K/9). You really have to pick your starts with him. James is owned in six percent of Yahoo! and 1.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
Brett Myers, Houston Astros:  Myers has been off this year, as evidenced by his 1-3 record, 4.79 ERA, and 1.58 ERA. His strikeout ratio is down to 7.0 K/9. Perhaps last night’s start, in which he struck out six while allowing two runs in six innings is the beginning of a turnaround. I don’t blame you if you give him another start to verify that. He’s available in about half of fantasy leagues.
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants:  Ever since I picked Bumgarner as a streaming option on April 27th against Pittsburgh, he has pitched well. I said he was too good not turn it around, and he has delivered. The credit is all mine. Kidding aside, Bumgarner has lost all three of his decisions since that start, but has a 1.80 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He also has 25 strikeouts in 25 innings (9.0 K/9). His hot stretch has allowed him to improve his season numbers to 0-6 with a 4.25 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts in 42-1/3 innings (7.2 K/9). Madison is owned in a little over half of fantasy leagues.
Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals:  Zimmermann, today’s streaming pitcher option, has 21 strikeouts in 18-1/3 innings (10.3 K/9) over his past three starts. On the year he’s 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts in 48 innings (6.6 K/9). He’s been about a strikeout per inning pitcher throughout his career so look for that number to improve dramatically. Jordan is owned in 51 percent of Yahoo! and 58.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
High Strikeout Middle Relievers (Stats based on past 15 days)
Nick Masset, CIN:  8-1/3 IP, 13 Ks, 1.08 ERA, 0.72 WHIP
Eric O’Flaherty, ATL:  8-1/3 IP, 11 Ks, 1.08 ERA, 0.72 WHIP
Todd Coffey, WAS:  8-1/3 IP, 11 Ks, 1.08 ERA, 0.96 WHIP
David Robertson, NYY:  5-2/3 IP, 10 Ks, 1.59 ERA, 2.29 WHIP
Grant Balfour, OAK:  7-2/3 IP, 10 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.91 WHIP
Matt Albers, BOS:  8-1/3 IP, 10 Ks, 2.16 ERA, 1.32 WHIP
Mike Dunn, FLA:   8-2/3 IP, 10 Ks, 4.15 ERA, 0.92 WHIP
Glen Perkins, MIN:  6 IP, 9 Ks, 1.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
Tyler Clippard, WAS:  6 IP, 9 Ks, 3.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP
Michael Wuertz, OAK:  6-2/3 IP, 9 Ks, 1.35 ERA, 1.05 WHIP
Koji Uehara, BAL:  7-1/3 IP, 9 Ks, 2.45 ERA, 0.82 WHIP

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