Fantasy Baseball: Value WHIP Options
Dan Haren slid just out of your grasp. That’s OK. There are still plenty of value pitchers to help you post a low WHIP.
Brett Anderson, Oakland A’s
This should be his last year as a value pick. He’s a hot commodity that is moving up the ranks.
Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox John Danks, Chicago White Sox Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox Matt Garza, Tampa Bay Rays Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies Hiroki Kuroda, Los Angeles Dodgers Ricky Nolasco, Florida Marlins Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros
Baker started slow, but finished strong. His last two seasons Baker has WHIPs of 1.18 and 1.19.
It should be no surprise that Buehrle will give you a solid WHIP. He’s contributes everywhere outside of strikeouts.
Danks has WHIPs of 1.23 and 1.28 the past two seasons.
Not a sexy pick, but Floyd has WHIPs of 1.26 and 1.23 the past two years. Look for more of the same in 2010.
Don’t expect a super low WHIP from Garza, but he has posted 1.24 and 1.26 WHIPs the past two years. Expect something in that range.
Last year was a borderline disaster for Hamels leading many to question if he has the moxie to be a big time pitcher. I think he bounces back nicely and his WHIP will look more like 2007 and 2008, 1.124 and 1.08 respectively, rather than the 1.29 he posted last year.
Kuroda posted an impressive 1.14 WHIP last year. He was, however, limited to 20 starts. He has just 17 wins in two seasons, which will make him a late draft pick. You’ll be happy with the value he brings.
Ted Lilly, Chicago Cubs
I don’t think Lilly is as good as his 1.06 2009 WHIP suggests, but a WHIP around 1.20 is not out of the question.
Ricky had a 5.06 ERA last year, but still managed a 1.25 WHIP. He had a 1.10 WHIP in 2008, so clearly he has the goods.
Oswalt is coming off a down year, but his WHIP was solid (1.24). Expect it to be in the 1.20 range, which is his career number.
Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins
Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox
John Danks, Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox
Matt Garza, Tampa Bay Rays
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Hiroki Kuroda, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ricky Nolasco, Florida Marlins
Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros
James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays
Shields’ WHIP ballooned to 1.325 last year, but he posted WHIPs of 1.11 and 1.15 the previous two seasons. Look for Shields to bounce back this year, and be a good value pick in the process.
Kevin Slowey, Minnesota Twins
A lot will depend on his health, but Slowey simply does not walk batters. As long as he can keep the hits down like in 2008, he should have a nice WHIP.