Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool: Strikeout Kings

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IMay 7, 2009

MILWAUKEE - OCTOBER 05: Manny Parra #43 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in game four of the NLDS during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Miller Park on October 5, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Phillies won the game 6-2 to win the series 3 games to 1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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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.

Mitchell Boggs, St. Louis Cardinals- Mitchell was  guy who helped in the K category with 13 last week, but he did not pick up a Win and his ERA (5.23) and WHIP (1.74) were bloated.  His K/9 Ratio was 11.3, which is nice, but his K/BB was just 1.86. 

On the season he’s 1-0 with 19 Ks in 18 Innings with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  If you can handle the WHIP he could be a decent short-term strikeout helper.  He’s owned in 21 percent of Yahoo, 3.7 percent of ESPN, and 22 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Manny Parra, Milwaukee Brewers- Manny has sparkled in his last two outings going 1-0 with 13 Ks, a 2.25 ERA, and a 1.58 WHIP.  His K/9 ratio was 9.75 and his K/BB ratio was 1.63.  On the year he’s 1-4 with 28 Ks, a 4.88 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  He’s owned in 33 percent of Yahoo, 21.5 percent of ESPN, and 52 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Dallas Braden, Oakland A’s- Braden is a guy that should be on more rosters. Currently he’s on just 40 percent of Yahoo, 73 percent of ESPN, and 39 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues.  Last week he 1-1 with 12 Ks, a 2.45 ERA, and 1.64 WHIP.  His K/9 ratio was 9.82 and his K/BB ratio was 2.4.  On the year he’s 3-3 with 24 Ks, a 2.50 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

Ubaldo Jiménez, Colorado Rockies- Ubaldo kicked it into high gear last week going 1-1 with 11 Ks, a 2.57 ERA, and a 0.93 WHIP.  His K/9 ratio was 7.07 and his K/BB ratio was 3.67.  On the year he’s 2-4 with 30 Ks, a 5.45 ERA, and 1.61 WHIP.  He’s owned in 51 percent of Yahoo, 25.8 percent of ESPN, and 76 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues.

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Jeff Weaver, Los Angeles Dodgers - Jeff has pitched great since getting called up.  He’s 1-0 with 10 Ks, a 1.00 ERA, and a 1.22 WHIP.  He K/9 ratio is 10.0 and his K/BB ratio is 5.0.  He’s owned in five percent of Yahoo, 1.4 percent of ESPN, and seven percent of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Kiko Calero, Florida Marlins - Kiko was brilliant in four relief appearances this past week.  Unfortunately he did not pick up any Wins, Saves, or Holds, but he did not allow a Run in 4-2/3 Innings.  He struck out nine batters giving him a K/9 ratio of 17.36.  He walked just one batter.

On the year he’s 1-0 with 19 Ks in 14 Innings, five Holds, a 1.93 ERA, and 0.86 WHIP.  He’s owned in 30 percent of Yahoo, 2.4 percent of ESPN, and seven percent of CBS Sportsline leagues.

Originally featured at LestersLegends.com.