Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – Strikeout Kings

Apr 23, 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.

Randy Wolf, Los Angeles Dodgers – Wolf struck out 15 batters in 13 Innings last week ((10.4 K/P) with just three Walks (5.0 K/BB ratio).  He didn’t pick up a Win in his two starts against Colorado and Houston, but he did manage a 1.15 ERA.  His 4.85 ERA was bad, but not terrible.  On the year he is 1-1 with 23 Ks, a 4.26 ERA, and a 1.11 WHIP.  He is owned in 12.4% of ESPN and 48% of Yahoo leagues.

John Lannan, Washington Nationals – Lannan did everything right last week except pick up a Win.  That will happen when you pitch for the Nationals.  He struck out 12 in 13-1/3 Innings (8.1 K/9) with three walks (4.3 K/BB).  It’s a shame he didn’t earn a Win becauase his ERA and WHIP were 0.68 and 0.83 respectively.  On the year he’s 0-2 with 16 Ks, a 4.43 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.  He is owned in 2% of ESPN and 10% of Yahoo leagues.

Jorge de la Rosa, Colorado Rockies – Jorge was the opposite of Wolf.  His ERA (1.50) was low, but his WHIP (1.58) was bloated.   He also did not pick up a Win to go along with his 11 Ks.  His K/9 was 8.2 and his K/BB was 1.4.  On the year he’s 0-2 with 14 Ks, a 3.78 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.  He’s owned in 0.5% of ESPN and 4% of Yahoo leagues.

Joe Blanton, Philadelphia Phillies – He was your average Joe pitching nearly identical lines in his two games vs. Washington and Milwaukee – 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 5 Ks.  He lost both games.  His K/9 was 7.5, his K/BB was 5.0, his ERA was 4.50 and, WHIP was 1.50.  On the year he’s 0-2 with 16 Ks, a 7.31 ERA, and 1.81 WHIP.  He’s owned in 3.6% of ESPN and 16% of Yahoo leagues.

Kenshin Kawakami, Atlanta Braves – Kawakami struck out nine batters last week to go along with his 4.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP.  He also did not win a game.  His K/9 was 7.4 and K/BB was 1.5.  On the year he’s 1-2 with 17 Ks, a 4.76 ERA, and 1.53 WHIP.  He’s owned in 17.8% of ESPN and 52% of Yahoo leagues.

Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants – The man everyone loves to hate picked up 9 Ks last week.  He also did not win.  He had a 4.50 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, a 6.8 K/9 ratio, and a 2.3 K/BB.  On the year he’s 0-2 with 13 Ks, a 5.63 ERA, and 1.44 WHIP.

Juan Gutiérrez, Arizona Diamondbacks – The first reliever in the mix.  Gutiérrez struck out 9 in 4-1/3 Innings with a 2.08 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, a 18.7 K/9 ratio, and a 4.5 K/BB ratio.  He too didn’t win.  On the year he’s 0-1 with 13 Ks (in 8-2/3 Innings), a 4.15 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP.

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