Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NL King - Late Round Cheap Starting Pitchers to Target

I am listing 10 starting pitchers in the NL which all should go in the later rounds of your draft and could be very cheap buys. I believe in order to win your respective league you need to find a couple of cheap starters to round out your rotation. Keep in mind in the back end starters you acquire, all you are looking for is a few wins, some decent K's and if they can give you your league average in ERA & Ratio.... you are set. Your ERA & Ratio will be feed off of your front end starters, your closer and your middle relievers. Here is the list in alphabetical order.

Joe Blanton - Phil - Age 29 - 2009 Stats - 12W, 4.05 ERA, 1.315 Ratio, 163K's in 195 1/3 IP. Blanton has been a little up and down with his ERA & Ratio over the last 4 years. I am betting he can get you 12 to 13 wins (hey he is on the Phillies) with pretty good K's (around 150) and with a little luck an ERA in the low 4's and a ratio in the low 1.3's.

Kevin Correia - SD - Age 29 - 2009 Stats - 12W, 3.91 ERA, 1.303 Ratio, 142K's in 198 IP
Correia gave nice value to owners last year, and that ballpark sure doesn't hurt. Is San Diego a bad team? Most likely but keep in mind SD does have potential a nasty bullpen so some of their starters might win a few more games than you would think.

Kenshin Kawakami - Atl - Age 34 - 2009 Stats - 7W, 3.86 ERA, 1.343 Ratio, 105K's in 156 1/3 IP. Would I like to see another 30 to 40 K's this season. Keep in mind last year was an adjustment for him and plus if the Braves stay healthy they should be much better overall.

Hiroki Kuroda - LA - Age 35 - 2009 Stats - 8W, 3.76 ERA, 1.142 Ratio, 87K's in 117 1/3 IP.
Yes, he had issues with injuries last year and yes he is getting older but Dodger stadium is a good place to pitch and when healthy can be an excellent #4 starter for you. If Kuroda can hit 150 IP this year would be a great late round buy.

Brett Myers - Hou - Age 29 - 2009 Stats - 4W, 4.84 ERA, 1.372 Ratio, 50K's in 70 2/3 IP. Remember he was coming off surgery late in 2008. Now that the surgery should be behind him and he isn't being yo-yo'd between the bullpen and the rotation just maybe Myers can return to his 2005 & 2006 form.

Ross Ohlendorf - Pitt - Age 27 - 2009 Stats - 11W, 3.92 ERA, 1.233 Ratio, 109K's in 176 2/3 IP. Now I know the K's were very low especially considering the IP and I know Ohlendorf is on a very bad team but you have to like the double digit wins from last year as well as the sub 4 ERA and have to love that killer ratio. I am skeptical still but the former Yankee (was part of the Marte & Nady trade) could be a nice guy to have as your 5th starter for cheap dollars.

Brad Penny - Stl - Age 31 - 2009 Stats - 11W, 4.88 ERA, 1.396 Ratio, 109K's in 173 1/3 IP.
One Name - Dave Duncan.

Anibal Sanchez - Age 26 - 2009 Stats - 4W, 3.87 ERA, 1.511 Ratio, 71K's in 86 IP.
Okay I know he has been hurt a lot, and too many walks last year but keep in mind this guy has talent and is only 26, has thrown a no hitter. Let's not forget when he came on the scene in 2006 he went 10-3 with a 2.83 ERA. Again if you can get him cheap at the end of the draft as your 5th starter, it's a good gamble.

Chris Volstad - Age 23 - 2009 Stats - 9W, 5.21 ERA, 1.433 Ratio, 107 K's in 159 IP.
From August 1st on he was awful with an ERA over 9 and only 1 win in that time. But he is a talented kid and could be stronger this time around. This is what we call a deep sleeper. No one is going to like his final line so you might able to get him in the reserve list portion of your draft. If your league does not do that he might be worth spending a buck on and see how he starts the season.

Chris R. Young - SD - Age 30 - 2009 Stats - 4W, 5.21 ERA, 1.447 Ratio, 50K's in 76 IP.
Young pitched hurt last year and it showed but when you look at his 4 prevoius seasons he can be a productive pitcher for you. Again obviously the ballpark is a plus but remember what I said about the SD bullpen. He probably will be a trade candidate come late July but if you could get Young cheap could be a nice option for 2/3 of the season even if he leaves the NL.

Next NL King article - The Middle Men - Why they are Important and 12 guys you need to know about.

NL King - C.Lizza

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