Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – Strikeout Kings

May 21, 2009


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.

Jorge de la Rosa - Jorge struck out 11 batters last week, but turned in an awful 3-2/3 Innings 7 Run disaster.  The game prior he gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 10 Ks.  Everyone is entitled to a stinker.  On the year he’s 0-4 with 46 Ks, a 4.27 ERA (that was 3.16 before his terrible outing) and a 1.29 WHIP.  He’s owned in just 18% of Yahoo!, 12.8% of ESPN, and 46% of CBS leagues.

Paul Maholm, Pittsburg Pirates – Maholm struck out 11 as well last week.  He was robbed out of two victories as he gave up 1 Run and in 13 Innings (0.69 ERA) with a 1.00 WHIP.  His K/9 ratio was 7.6 and his K/BB ratio was 2.75.  On the year he’s 3-1 with 32 Ks, a 3.30 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He’s owned in 50% of Yahoo!, 37.5% of ESPN, and 73% of CBS leagues.

Phil Hughes, New York Yankees - The one-time prodigy struck out 11 last week with nearly identical lines:

5/20 vs. BAL:  5 IP, 3 Runs, 6 Hits, 2 HRs, 1 Walk, 9 Ks
5/15 vs. MIN:  5 IP, 3 Runs, 6 Hits, 2 HRs, 4 Walk, 2 Ks

His K/9 ratio was 9.9 and his K/BB ratio was 2.2.  On the year he’s 2-2 with 19 Ks, a 7.06 ERA, and a 1.94 WHIP.  He’s owned in 17% of Yahoo!, 8.8% of ESPN, and 46% of CBS leagues.  I wouldn’t take a shot on him though, the way the ball is leaving Yankee Stadium.

Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers - Harrison struck out 10 batters last week going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  His K/9 ratio was 6.43 and his K/BB ratio was 5.0.  On the year he’s 4-3 with 27 Ks, a 4.71 ERA, and a 1.45 WHIP.  He’s owned in 12% of Yahoo!, 9.7% of ESPN, and 42% of CBS leagues.  If you’re mainly looking for Ks from him, he’s only worthy in two-start weeks. 

Jonathan Sanchez, San Francisco Giants – Sanchez recorded 10 Ks with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  His K/9 is 7.7 and his K/BB ratio is 1.67.  On the year he’s 1-4 with 37 Ks, a 4.74 ERA, and 1.58 WHIP.  He’s owned in 32% of Yahoo!, 4.8% of ESPN, and 45% of CBS leagues.

Dave Bush, Milwaukee Brewers - Bush struck out 9 last week going 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  His K/9 ratio was 6.23 and his K/BB ratio was 4.5.  On the year he’s 3-0 with 38 Ks, a 3.74 ERA, and a 1.08 WHIP.  He’s owned in 23% of Yahoo!, 12.2% of ESPN, and 66% of CBS leagues.

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