Tipping pitches: Midseason awards
The 2010 season is officially past the midpoint, and that means it's time for the annual bickering about All-Star picks. It's safe to say the selections did not go exactly as planned again this year (see: the
Fans will huff and puff, but how much does an All-Star selection really matter in fantasy baseball? Not even a little, unless you can somehow talk up the All-Star selection as a selling point in a trade.
The best plan is to move on, don't think about the fact that neither
Here are some mid-season awards, Tipping Pitches style, with fantasy relevance. Not all of them go to the best pitchers, but they do go to the most interesting.
Pitcher A -- Strikeouts Per Nine Innings (K/9): 8.22, Fielding Independent Pitching rate (FIP): 3.33
Pitcher B -- K/9: 7.52, FIP 3.69
Pitcher A is Latos, Pitcher B is
The lack of Latos fever is shocking, considering the 22-year old is the only pitcher in baseball holding batters under a .200 average (.199).
Thanks to solid marks in both strikeouts and walks (aforementioned 8.22 K/9, plus 2.35 walks per nine innings, Latos is 15th in K/BB ratio, ahead of guys like Hernandez, Tommy Hanson, Chris Carpenter and Phil Hughes.
Here, Mr. Latos, is your much deserved pub for an outstanding first half of 2010. Fantasy owners should value Latos similarly to Hanson and Hughes.
Since that three-start span to end May, Haren has allowed just three homers in 49.1 innings, trimming his home runs per nine innings rate (HR/9) down to a more palatable 1.39 (though still way up from his 1.06 career rate).
Fantasy owners who were used to such spring niceties, such as Haren's april (1.54 era) and june (1.64) of last season are sorely disappointed. The rest of Haren's numbers look strong, so he will get better moving forward.
While he's not first in wild pitches, Sanchez does have the highest BB/9 among fantasy-relevant pitchers (burn on
Despite all of this naysaying, Sanchez has a solid 3.15/3.87 ERA/FIP combo, and the strikeouts are still helpful. Owners should simply be wary of his control issues and increased hittability moving forward.
Every fantasy expert with a keyboard and a zest for originality wrote off Nolasco's poor 2009 as a factor of some of the worst luck a pitcher has had for some time. Said experts felt awfully silly when Nolasco ran off a string of five consecutive starts without topping three strikeouts and had an era of 5.05 in mid june. For a while, things got very ugly for the pitcher who couldn't get a break v. 2009 ... Then he changed again. In his past three starts covering 21 innings, Nolasco has 28 strikeouts and two walks. That's a K/9 of 12.00 and a K/BB of 0.94 (*Cliff Lee 14.00). Go get Nolasco if you're feeling risky, there's high-reward potential there. *
That's well over double of the second place pitcher,
Haeger for his outstanding achievements april 11 when he struck out 12 flailing marlins in six innings (don't mind that 8.40 season era), and dickey for his consistent solid pitching through 58.1 innings this season. Dickey's 2.62/3.02 era/fip rates are so out of left field, it's hard to imagine. His previous low season era was 4.62. His previous low season fip was 4.31. Not exactly the stuff of legends.
The difference this season is control. His BB/9 is 2.62, which is the first time it has been under 4.00 since he switched from mediocre pitcher to knuckleballer in 2005.
Knuckleballers are notoriously hard to predict, but smart fantasy owners will ride Dickey's fluttering, diving and ducking pitches while they're working so well.
Boston's $51 million man,
May 17 -- 4.2 innings, nine hits, three strikeouts, three walks
The inconsistency, from hits allowed, to strikeouts, to walks is mindboggling. Keep Matsuzaka off your team(s), or at least on the bench, until he can get on some sort of a consistent roll.
Statistics are current through July 6.
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