Fantasy Strikeouts: Four Pitchers Who Can Immediately Help
Crash Davis, obviously never managed a fantasy baseball team. Contrary to his sage-like advice, strikeouts are not boring. The jury is still out, however, on whether or not they are fascist.
If you're having trouble keeping up with the masses with your fantasy strikeout total, check out these four guys for some needed help.
Gavin Floyd, White Sox - Floyd didn't get out of the gates as quickly as he would have liked, but he's making up for that slow start. Over his last five starts he's struck out 36 batters in 37.2 innings and has a 1.67 ERA. For those slow at or uninterested in reverse engineering an ERA, that means he's only given up seven earned in five starts. He's only owned in 55% of fantasy leagues.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies - Do you remember that kid that set a World Baseball Classic record by striking out ten batters in four innings? If not, you should start taking notice of Jimenez. He's struck out 12 over his last two starts and has an ERA below four this season (3.92). Over the past month he's in the top-20 in strikeouts in the league and is only owned in 48% of fantasy leagues.
Andrew Miller, Marlins - Joining the youth movement among the Marlins rotation this year is Andrew Miller, who's starting to blossom. Over his last five starts he's struck out more then a batter per inning and is sporting a 3.37 ERA over that time. He's only owned in 3% of yahoo! leagues, so it's likely he's available in your league no matter where you play.
Joe Blanton, Phillies - Take out his rough April and most of May and Joe Blanton is a roto stud. Starting with his May 26th start against the Marlins he's been on a tear. In those four starts he's struck out 28 while only walking six batters. He's also only given up six earned runs in those four starts. If he keeps up at this pace (2.00 ERA in last four starts) it won't take him long to fix that poor start of his. Jump on the Blanton train while you can. He's only owned in 7% of fantasy leagues.