Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jeff Francouer Traded to Texas Rangers

posted by Jon Williams
From The Newberg Report:
Texas has officially traded Joaquin Arias for Jeff Francouer, receiving cash in the deal from the Mets (reportedly so that Texas pays Francouer what it would have paid Arias the rest of the way), and have designated outfielder Brandon Boggs for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Francouer.

The Rangers have 10 days to trade Boggs, release him, or outright him to the minor leagues.
Interesting.

Joaquin Arias has some fantasy potential if he can find at-bats. He has the speed to steal 30 bases. He isn't likely to hit for much power but in a full season of at-bats he could hit 10 homers. He swings at too many pitches but he makes good contact on balls out of the strike zone. His defense at second base needs some work but he has the potential to be a good one. He turns 27-years old at the end of September, so he could still step it up a level or two.

If Jeff Francouer could just stop swinging at every pitch he sees he might be able to regain some of the potential he showed as a young Braves prospect. He has good power and speed, but his lack of discipline holds him back. The good news is the Rangers are one of the teams with the quality of coaching to get him turned in the right direction again. For now though, he should be avoided.

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2010 Arizona Fall League Rosters

posted by Jon Williams
2010 Mesa Solar Sox

Organizational Affiliations: Angels, Cubs, Mets, Phillies, Pirates

Home Games: Hohokam Park, Mesa

Manager: Casey Kopitzke (CHC) As of August 31, 2010

Pitching Coach: Ricky Bones (NYM)

Hitting Coach: Mark Parent (PHI)

Trainers: Bryan Housand (PIT)

Brian Reinker (LAA)

Pitchers

Ryan Brasier LAA
Tyson Brummett PHI
David Cales CHC
Chris Carpenter CHC
Robert Carson NYM
Justin De Fratus PHI
Robert Fish LAA
Stephen Geltz LAA
Chris Kissock PHI
Eddie McKiernan LAA
Jake Muyco CHC
B.J. Rosenberg PHI
Kyle Smit CHC
Josh Stinson NYM
Josh Zeid PHI

The Mets and Pirates have additional pitching spots to fill.

Catchers

Kai Gronauer NYM
Tim Kennelly PHI
Tony Sanchez PIT

Infielders

Ryan Flaherty CHC
Josh Harrison PIT
Jordy Mercer PIT
Matt Rizzotti PHI
Andrew Romine LAA
Jordany Valdespin NYM
Josh Vitters CHC
Brandon Wood LAA

Outfielders

Brett Jackson CHC
Andrew Lambo PIT
Jeremy Moore LAA

The Mets and Phillies will each provide another outfielder.

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2010 Peoria Javelinas

Organizational Affiliations: Astros, Blue Jays, Indians, Mariners, Red Sox

Home Games: Peoria Sports Complex

Manager: Mike Sarbaugh (CLE) As of August 31, 2010

Pitching Coach: Kevin Walker (BOS)

Hitting Coach: Stubby Clapp (HOU)

Trainers: Eddie Tamez (SEA)

Bob Tarpey (TOR)

Pitchers

Scott Barnes CLE
Eric Berger CLE
Maikel Cleto SEA
Matt Daly TOR
Alana Farina TOR
Dan Farquhar TOR
Josh Fields SEA
Seth Garrison BOS
Kyle Greenwalt HOU
Josh Lueke SEA
Chen-Chang Lee CLE
Matt Nevarez HOU
Sergio Perez HOU
Jason Rice BOS
Dan Turpen BOS
Patrick Urckfitz HOU
Thomas Wilhelmsen SEA

The Red Sox Indians and Blue Jays will each provide another pitcher.

Catchers

Ryan Lavarnway BOS

The Indians will provide another catcher.

Infielders

Dustin Ackley SEA
Koby Clemens HOU
Adeiny Hechavarria TOR
Jose Iglesias BOS
Jason Kipnis CLE
Matt Mangini SEA
Mike McDade TOR
Cord Phelps CLE

Outfielders

Juan Carlos Linares BOS
T.J. Steele HOU
J.B. Shuck HOU
Eric Thames TOR
Nate Tenbrink SEA

2010 Peoria Saguaros

Organizational Affiliations: Padres, Rays, Reds, Twins, White Sox

Home Games: Peoria Sports Complex

Manager: Ted Simmons (SD) As of August 31, 2010

Pitching Coach: Richard Dotson (CWS)

Hitting Coach: Floyd Rayford (MN)

Trainers: Jimmy Mattocks (CIN)

Lee Slagle (TB)

Pitchers

James Avery CIN
Brad Brach SD
David Bromberg MIN
Anthony Carter CWS
Alex Cobb TB
Sergio Espinosa TB
Steve Garrison SD
Carlos Gutierrez MIN
Jeremy Hall TB
Jeremy Horst CIN
Craig Italiano SD
Charles Leesman CWS
Johnnie Lowe CWS
Cory Luebke SD
Henry Mabee CWS
Tyler Robertson MIN
Neil Schenk TB
Phillippe Valiquette CIN
Kyle Waldrop MIN

The Reds will provide another pitcher.

Catchers

Luis Martinez SD
Devin Mesoraco CIN
Josh Phegley CWS

Infielders

Eduardo Escobar CWS
Cole Figueroa SD
Logan Forsythe SD
Kristopher Negron CIN
Chris Parmelee MIN
Jose Ruiz TB
Henry Wrigley TB

Outfielders

Leslie Anderson TB
Joe Benson MIN
Jared Mitchell CWS
Ben Revere MIN
Dave Sappelt CIN

2010 Phoenix Desert Dogs

Organizational Affiliations: Athletics, Braves, Dodgers, Marlins, Yankees

Home Games: Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Manager: Don Mattingly (LAD) As of August 31, 2010

Pitching Coach: Garvin Alston (OAK)

Hitting Coach: Jamie Dismuke (ATL)

Trainers: Scott Difrancesco (NYY)

Julio Hernandez (FLA)

Pitching Assistant: Danny Borrell (NYY)

Pitchers

Pete Andrelczyk FLA
Travis Banwart OAK
Brandon Beachy ATL
Mike Benacka OAK
Michael Broadway ATL
Jay Buente FLA
Steve Cishek FLA
Kyle Cofield ATL
Erik Cordier ATL
Javy Guerra LAD
Carlos Hernandez OAK
Craig Heyer NYY
Justin James OAK
George Kontos NYY
Jon Link LAD
Justin Miller LAD
Brad Stone FLA

The Yankees and Dodgers will provide additional pitchers.

Catchers

Austin Romine NYY
Kyle Skipworth FLA
Matt Wallach LAD

Infielders

Ryan Curry FLA
Ivan De Jesus LAD
Freddie Freeman ATL
Grant Green OAK
Corban Joseph NYY
Osvaldo Martinez FLA
Stephen Parker OAK
Tyler Pastornicky ATL
Jerry Sands LAD

Outfielders

Cory Harrilchak ATL
Brandon, Laird NYY
Trayvon Robinson LAD
Michael Taylor OAK

2010 Scottsdale Scorpions

Organizational Affiliations: Diamondbacks, Giants, Nationals, Orioles, Rockies

Home Games: Scottsdale Stadium

Manager: Randy Knorr (WAS) As of August 31, 2010

Pitching Coach: Blaine Beatty (BAL)

Hitting Coach: Alan Zinter (ARI)

Trainers: Chris Dovey (COL)

Eric Ortega (SF)

Pitchers

Bruce Billings COL
Rex Brothers COL
Adam Carr WAS
Josh Collmenter ARZ
Oliver Drake BAL
Pat Egan BAL
Adam Jorgenson COL
Cole Kimball WAS
Kam Mickolio BAL
Wynn Pelzer BAL
Greg Reynolds COL
Bryan Shaw ARI
Sammy Solis WAS
Dan Stange ARI
Bryan Woodall ARI

The Giants and Nationals will provide additional pitchers.

Catchers

Caleb Joseph BAL
Derek Norris WAS
Jordan Pacheco COL
Konrad Schmidt ARI

Infielders

Ryan Adams BAL
Brandon Belt SF
Charlie Culberson SF
Thomas Field COL
Conor Gillaspie SF
Steve Lombardozzi WAS
Greg Miclat BAL
Ty Townsend BAL

Outfielders

Charlie Blackmon COL
Mike Burgess WAS
Marc Krauss ARI
A.J. Pollock ARI

The Orioles will provide another outfielder.

2010 Surprise Rafters

Organizational Affiliations: Brewers, Cardinals, Rangers, Royals, Tigers

Home Games: Surprise Stadium

Manager: Mike Guerrero (MIL) As of August 31, 2010

Pitching Coach: Brad Holman (TEX)

Pitching Assistant: Ray Burris (DET)

Hitting Coach: Derrick May (STL)

Trainers: Dave Iannicca (KC)

Corey Tremble (DET)

Pitchers

Brian Broderick STL
Brooks Brown DET
Danny Duffy KC
Michael Fiers MIL
Adalberto Flores TEX
Danny Gutierrez TEX
Matt Hoffman DET
Eric Hurley TEX
Jeremy Jeffress MIL
Patrick Keating KC
Blake King STL
Brandon Kintzler MIL
Lucas Luetge MIL
Mike McClendon MIL
Dan Merklinger MIL
Mike Montgomery KC
Tim Murphy TEX
Chance Ruffin DET
Brendan Wise DET

The Cardinals and Royals will provide additional pitchers.

Catchers

Tony Cruz STL
Jose Felix TEX
Salvador Perez KC

Infielders

Eric Farris MIL
Johnny Giavotella KC
Eric Hosmer KC
Cale Iorg DET
Pete Kozma STL
Brett Lawrie MIL
Francisco Martinez DET
Davis Stoneburner TEX
Ryan Strieby DET

The Cardinals will provide an additional infielder.

Outfielders

Engle Beltre TEX
Joey Butler TEX
Adron Chambers STL
Derrick Robinson KC
Logan Schafer MIL

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Monday, August 30, 2010

September Will Not Be Boring with Manny in Chicago

posted by Jon Williams
Manny Ramirez and Ozzie Guillen in the same clubhouse.

Kenny Williams has serious guts. The guy who exists in his own little world and the guy with no control of his mouth, together at last. Can you imagine the battle of wills that develops if Ozzie has a problem with Manny say loafing in the outfield or taking a day off to rest an injury to a part of his body he can't quite recall? Oh, you think Manny will be happy to DH? He once had a problem with moving to left field from right field. He has also stated his distaste for the idea of DHing. This should be a ton of fun to watch.

I would not expect Manny to hit like he did in his first month with the Los Angeles Dodgers but he should be a positive in the lineup as long as he's happy. If he's productive Ozzie will probably go out of his way to keep him happy. If he slumps that's when "things" will escalate. Either way, assuming that Manny takes Mark Kotsay's place in the lineup, he should help the White Sox as they chase the Twins.

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In the last seven days he hit .286/.444/.571 in just seven at-bats as the Dodgers have refused to start him. For the season he has a slash of .311/.405/.510 with 8 homeruns and 40 RBI in just 196 at-bats (.392 wOBA). He has been hitting more groundballs than he typically does and his 14 percent HR/FB rate is far below his career rate of 21.2 percent which explains his disappointing power output.

Manny's walk and strikeout rates are around his career numbers but his plate discipline is not at its usual level. He is swinging at more itches out of the strike zone. His contact rates are steady but obviously it is changing the results.

If fantasy owners are still looking for a bat to add to their lineups, this is probably as good as it will get. He should hit for average with decent power, even if that is far below his career power rates. The White Sox have something to fight for and that tends to bring out the best in Manny.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Fuentes to Twins, Rodney to Close, Walden the Future?

posted by Jon Williams
The Los Angeles Angels have sent left-handed closer Brian Fuentes to the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later. Fernando Rodney will assume the closer role for the Angels. Fuentes will see some save chances for the Twins but as their sole healthy left-hander, Fuentes will often be used in platoon situations.

From MLB.com
"He'll be setup and probably occasionally close if I use [Matt Capps] too much," Gardenhire said. "He gets lefties out pretty [darn] good, plus he can close, too, another very, very good arm out in the bullpen with experience. He should help us out."
The Angels insist that trading Fuentes does not indicate they are giving up on the season. They're right, it doesn't. But it is a good move for a team with little chance of winning and a bullpen loaded with younger and superior talent. It also helps that the Angels are expecting a very good player in return.

From MLB.com
Angels general manager Tony Reagins said the club will "soon" receive a "prospect with upside" as part of the trade and thanked Fuentes for his two seasons with the club. It's still unknown how much of Fuentes' salary will be picked up by the Twins, as there is $1.89 million left on his contract this season.

Reagins and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the move doesn't indicate they are giving up on this season and building for next season, as veteran reliever Fernando Rodney will serve as the club's closer the rest of the season, and young relievers Michael Kohn and Jordan Walden have impressed so far.
Walden, who has received a lot of attention lately for his gun-busting fastball, is a future closer candidate. He has awesome stuff but failed to develop as a starter. He is now considered a full time relief pitcher by the Angels. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jordan Walden has reached as high as 102 mph with his fastball.

From GazetteOnline.com
“These guys are just cutting their baby teeth right now,” Scioscia said. “They’re taking baby steps, but I think they’ve shown great poise on the mound for youngsters coming up. Becoming a Major League pitcher is a process and this is the first steps of it, but they’ve certainly taking that step and meeting the challenge head-on.”
Fantasy owners should hang on to Brian Fuentes if they are still in need of saves. Fuentes may not get many but his overall numbers should improve as he becomes more of a platoon specialist. Fernando Rodney may be available in shallower leagues and is worth picking up for those in need of saves. Rodney is also the likely closer to start the 2011 season as well. Jordan Walden has a bright future in the Angels bullpen and I see him becoming the full-time closer in 2012. He is an excellent speculation pick for those in re-building mode.


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Stephen Strasburg Needs Tommy John Surgery

posted by Jon Williams
The Washington Nationals are getting a second opinion but they have announced that Stephen Strasburg has a significant tear to ligaments in his elbow and will likely require Tommy John Surgery. He will certainly miss the rest of this season and likely most of 2011 as well. This is bad news, not just to fantasy baseball fans, but also to Major League Baseball.

Strasburg was one of the few personalities in the game that could draw sell-out crowds to the park. He was and still is a huge part of the Washington Nationals future. TJS is not a death sentence for pitchers. Josh Johnson, Francisco Liriano and Tim Hudson are just a few examples of the major talents that have recovered and thrived after the procedure. Some pitchers have even claimed to be stronger than they ever were before. Typically those undergoing TJS are out of action for a year and need most of a season of pitching again to regain their top level of performance. But not always.

Those in typical keeper leagues that allow you to keep a player for three seasons without signing him long term are probably screwed unless they have incredible faith. Faith both in Stephen Strasburg's eventual return and their ability to draft a winning team short his cost and roster spot. While he should return in 2012 (maybe even the end of 2011) betting on an immediate return to top quality is unwise.


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Down the Stretch: The Top Relief Pitchers of 2010

posted by Jon Williams

The best relievers in the game are not always the biggest names. Koji Uehara is the new closer for the Orioles although they did not bother to make a big announcement of the fact. Joe Thatcher is a great reliever that does not get saves. Heath Bell was one of the best sleeper picks I ever made. You can always count on the Mets to give up on good talent.

Name Team K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 WHIP BABIP LOB% ERA FIP xFIP
Joe Thatcher Padres 12.39 1.27 9.75 0.32 0.64 0.241 85.20% 1.27 1.34 1.99
Koji Uehara Orioles 10.33 1.67 6.2 0 1.15 0.365 77.40% 2 1.37 3.19
Bobby Parnell Mets 9.33 2 4.67 0 1.22 0.359 72.70% 3 1.7 2.31
Heath Bell Padres 11.57 3.52 3.29 0.17 1.23 0.348 82.00% 1.84 1.95 2.93
Hong-Chih Kuo Dodgers 10.76 2.93 3.67 0.2 0.85 0.235 85.50% 1.37 2.04 3.3
Mike Adams Padres 9.97 2.72 3.67 0.18 0.93 0.261 78.50% 1.81 2.06 3.09
Carlos Marmol Cubs 16.2 6.3 2.57 0.15 1.32 0.37 73.90% 3.3 2.07 2.9
Joaquin Benoit Rays 12.24 1.75 7 0.78 0.65 0.201 90.20% 1.36 2.09 2.3
Matt Belisle Rockies 9.27 1.53 6.08 0.35 1.04 0.318 76.80% 2.11 2.1 2.84
Brian Wilson Giants 12.13 3.56 3.41 0.32 1.29 0.369 85.50% 1.94 2.12 2.88
Grant Balfour Rays 9.14 2.7 3.38 0.21 1.08 0.297 76.80% 2.08 2.28 3.58
Matt Thornton White Sox 12.17 2.85 4.27 0.57 1.1 0.329 80.30% 2.66 2.3 2.58
Jonathan Broxton Dodgers 11.25 3.29 3.42 0.35 1.29 0.36 71.00% 3.46 2.32 2.92
Mariano Rivera Yankees 7.49 1.38 5.43 0.2 0.72 0.216 80.90% 1.18 2.39 3.33
John Axford Brewers 10.96 4.06 2.7 0.2 1.24 0.324 76.90% 2.64 2.39 2.99
Sean Marshall Cubs 10.55 3.38 3.13 0.28 1.19 0.322 75.80% 2.81 2.39 2.88
Takashi Saito Braves 11.87 2.49 4.77 0.77 1.11 0.332 73.30% 2.87 2.41 2.66
Ryan Madson Phillies 11.76 1.6 7.33 0.8 1.13 0.363 76.10% 3.48 2.45 2.39
Billy Wagner Braves 12.91 2.52 5.13 0.84 0.88 0.266 88.40% 1.68 2.46 2.54
Hisanori Takahashi Mets 9.98 3.86 2.59 0.23 1.16 0.292 74.00% 2.5 2.5 3.55
Luke Gregerson Padres 10.57 1.91 5.54 0.73 0.78 0.229 71.40% 2.64 2.5 2.56
Kris Medlen Braves 7.99 1.9 4.2 0.38 1.14 0.315 66.40% 3.04 2.52 3.35
Darren Oliver Rangers 9.99 2.28 4.38 0.53 1.07 0.308 75.80% 2.45 2.52 2.75
Joel Zumaya Tigers 7.98 2.58 3.09 0.23 1.12 0.295 72.10% 2.58 2.53 4.01
Leo Nunez Marlins 9.79 2.7 3.63 0.51 1.29 0.351 72.50% 3.38 2.56 2.91
Bobby Jenks White Sox 11.11 3.26 3.41 0.57 1.38 0.376 66.30% 4.4 2.62 2.49
Rafael Betancourt Rockies 12.83 1.34 9.57 1.34 1.13 0.373 71.80% 4.21 2.64 2.42
J.J. Putz White Sox 10.53 2.11 5 0.77 0.96 0.279 76.70% 2.68 2.64 2.81
Wilton Lopez Astros 6.39 0.8 8 0.48 1.07 0.304 73.50% 2.88 2.65 3.17
Francisco Rodriguez Mets 10.52 3.3 3.19 0.47 1.15 0.307 84.60% 2.2 2.65 3.33
Jonny Venters Braves 9.63 4.07 2.37 0.14 1.09 0.261 76.40% 1.76 2.7 3.16
Zach Braddock Brewers 11.08 4.85 2.29 0.35 1.46 0.358 79.20% 3.12 2.76 4.15
Rafael Soriano Rays 7.87 1.79 4.4 0.54 0.81 0.222 79.40% 1.79 2.79 3.99
Drew Storen Nationals 7.34 3.67 2 0 1.2 0.283 67.30% 3.24 2.84 4.29
Joakim Soria Royals 9.5 2.33 4.07 0.67 1.13 0.311 90.60% 1.83 2.85 3.23
Joel Hanrahan Pirates 12.29 2.75 4.47 0.97 1.11 0.325 72.40% 3.88 2.86 2.85
Esmil Rogers Rockies 9 3 3 0.43 1.33 0.344 58.00% 3.43 2.87 3.42
Phil Coke Tigers 7.52 3.25 2.32 0.17 1.27 0.31 78.40% 2.39 2.88 4.34
Clay Hensley Marlins 9.78 3.26 3 0.47 1.16 0.3 76.40% 2.79 2.9 3.41
Darren O'Day Rangers 5.86 1.78 3.3 0.18 0.89 0.236 84.40% 1.42 2.95 4.26
Tim Stauffer Padres 7.65 2.48 3.09 0.45 1.08 0.276 87.40% 1.58 2.96 3.67
Ryan Webb Padres 6.22 2.72 2.29 0.19 1.34 0.323 74.70% 3.3 2.98 3.38
Kevin Jepsen Angels 9.89 4.12 2.4 0.41 1.4 0.342 68.10% 4.53 3.02 3.36
Jose Contreras Phillies 9.4 2.6 3.62 0.6 1.22 0.328 78.50% 3.2 3.02 3.4
Trevor Bell Angels 6.66 2.22 3 0.37 1.6 0.387 67.40% 4.81 3.03 4.01
Sergio Romo Giants 9.75 1.92 5.09 0.87 1.03 0.292 86.00% 2.26 3.07 3.66
Nelson Figueroa - - - 6.68 1.95 3.43 0.56 1.02 0.263 69.50% 3.34 3.08 3.79
Sean Burnett Nationals 8.87 3.21 2.76 0.57 1.2 0.297 76.20% 2.83 3.09 3.24
Frank Francisco Rangers 10.32 2.92 3.53 0.86 1.26 0.334 73.30% 3.78 3.09 3.26
Joba Chamberlain Yankees 9.11 3.25 2.8 0.65 1.37 0.342 65.30% 4.72 3.11 3.6
Jesse Crain Twins 7.9 2.96 2.67 0.49 1.1 0.269 72.20% 2.63 3.11 4.07
Arthur Rhodes Reds 7.9 2.76 2.87 0.55 0.92 0.221 86.10% 1.84 3.13 3.86
Jon Rauch Twins 7.14 2.12 3.36 0.58 1.37 0.346 79.00% 3.28 3.13 4.22
Scott Downs Blue Jays 6.97 1.97 3.55 0.54 0.99 0.259 79.90% 2.32 3.17 3.45
Eric O'Flaherty Braves 7.46 3.86 1.93 0.26 1.23 0.279 79.80% 2.06 3.19 3.68
Travis Schlichting Dodgers 5.56 3.97 1.4 0 1.32 0.286 70.00% 3.57 3.2 4.88
Jason Frasor Blue Jays 9.25 4.44 2.08 0.37 1.52 0.355 67.40% 4.25 3.25 4.04
Kyle Farnsworth - - - 8.19 2.96 2.76 0.52 1.28 0.318 76.00% 3.31 3.26 3.83
David Herndon Phillies 4.87 2.64 1.85 0.2 1.58 0.357 67.50% 4.47 3.27 4.23
Rafael Perez Indians 5.66 3.47 1.63 0.18 1.46 0.325 76.50% 3.1 3.27 4.06
Alexi Ogando Rangers 9.2 3.86 2.38 0.59 1.09 0.248 93.00% 1.48 3.31 3.62
Dan Runzler Giants 9.6 5.7 1.68 0.3 1.53 0.331 76.20% 3.3 3.31 3.78
Neftali Feliz Rangers 9.49 2.62 3.63 0.82 0.98 0.254 73.10% 3.44 3.33 3.76
Doug Slaten Nationals 8.05 4.15 1.94 0.26 1.3 0.295 70.80% 2.86 3.34 4.42
Andrew Bailey Athletics 6.75 2.4 2.82 0.65 0.97 0.233 92.20% 1.52 3.35 4.06
Tyler Clippard Nationals 10.48 4.32 2.43 0.74 1.26 0.297 75.90% 3.33 3.37 4.17
Daniel Bard Red Sox 9.1 3.34 2.73 0.76 0.91 0.201 87.80% 1.82 3.39 3.56
Pedro Feliciano Mets 8.4 5 1.68 0.2 1.84 0.402 80.40% 3.4 3.4 3.9
Brandon Lyon Astros 6.39 4.06 1.57 0.15 1.35 0.296 74.80% 3.34 3.4 4.88
Randy Choate Rays 8.39 3.41 2.46 0.52 1.34 0.324 64.90% 4.72 3.4 3.32

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Down the Stretch: The Top Starting Pitchers of 2010

posted by Jon Williams

Stephen Strasburg is already at the top of this list. However, he still needs to show he has the durability to produce over the course of a long season. Francisco Liriano is back to being one of the best in the game two years after his Tommy John Surgery. Josh Johnson is also proof that TJS is no longer a death sentence for a pitcher. It is however, hell on keeper lists.

Name Team K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 WHIP BABIP LOB% ERA FIP xFIP
Stephen Strasburg Nationals 12.18 2.25 5.41 0.66 1.07 0.338 72.70% 2.91 2.1 2.17
Francisco Liriano Twins 9.81 2.97 3.3 0.18 1.28 0.35 72.80% 3.45 2.33 3
Josh Johnson Marlins 8.7 2.2 3.95 0.37 1.08 0.301 78.90% 2.36 2.52 3.26
Cliff Lee - - - 7.78 0.57 13.73 0.67 0.98 0.301 69.60% 3.09 2.55 3.28
Roy Halladay Phillies 8.09 1.09 7.44 0.7 1.02 0.301 82.20% 2.22 2.75 2.89
Adam Wainwright Cardinals 8.09 2.22 3.64 0.52 1 0.265 81.20% 2.18 2.86 3.18
Brett Anderson Athletics 6.71 1.43 4.7 0.43 1.13 0.307 74.90% 2.86 2.9 3.36
Yovani Gallardo Brewers 9.78 3.79 2.58 0.5 1.34 0.332 72.20% 3.28 2.99 3.49
Felix Hernandez Mariners 8.46 2.47 3.43 0.62 1.11 0.29 76.40% 2.47 3.03 3.26
Tommy Hanson Braves 8.29 2.76 3 0.47 1.26 0.322 70.30% 3.53 3.12 4.07
Ubaldo Jimenez Rockies 8.29 3.51 2.36 0.43 1.1 0.26 77.40% 2.66 3.13 3.75
Mat Latos Padres 9.08 2.52 3.6 0.82 0.98 0.252 84.00% 2.33 3.15 3.4
Brandon Morrow Blue Jays 10.81 4.06 2.66 0.66 1.36 0.341 69.10% 4.39 3.18 3.7
Anibal Sanchez Marlins 7.04 3.16 2.23 0.36 1.31 0.312 71.40% 3.16 3.2 4.21
Chad Billingsley Dodgers 7.58 3.08 2.46 0.43 1.32 0.32 71.50% 3.7 3.21 3.91
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 9.53 3.94 2.42 0.55 1.25 0.298 76.30% 3.07 3.22 3.89
Jon Lester Red Sox 9.17 3.2 2.86 0.66 1.18 0.295 74.40% 3.26 3.24 3.35
Felipe Paulino Astros 7.95 4.5 1.77 0.21 1.51 0.338 61.40% 4.4 3.24 4.59
Zack Greinke Royals 7.66 1.97 3.89 0.78 1.2 0.313 67.20% 3.83 3.3 3.72
Jered Weaver Angels 9.78 2.43 4.02 1.09 1.11 0.295 75.90% 3.21 3.31 3.55
Hiroki Kuroda Dodgers 7.23 2.22 3.26 0.7 1.22 0.309 68.70% 3.56 3.32 3.6
Roy Oswalt - - - 8.26 2.38 3.47 0.83 1.1 0.28 74.50% 3.22 3.34 3.48
Justin Verlander Tigers 8.45 3.33 2.54 0.63 1.24 0.298 73.30% 3.65 3.34 4.06
Tim Lincecum Giants 9.46 3.5 2.7 0.77 1.35 0.331 75.10% 3.72 3.35 3.43
Tom Gorzelanny Cubs 8.2 3.98 2.06 0.48 1.45 0.334 70.40% 3.82 3.35 4.21
Jaime Garcia Cardinals 7.07 3.44 2.06 0.45 1.25 0.287 75.70% 2.42 3.37 3.74
John Danks White Sox 6.95 2.78 2.5 0.59 1.15 0.275 73.10% 3.31 3.37 4.05
Gavin Floyd White Sox 7.44 2.76 2.7 0.66 1.32 0.32 70.20% 3.91 3.4 3.76
Colby Lewis Rangers 8.7 2.79 3.12 0.84 1.17 0.291 75.60% 3.4 3.4 3.89
Ricky Romero Blue Jays 7.76 3.18 2.44 0.59 1.28 0.304 72.20% 3.5 3.4 3.6
David Price Rays 8.33 3.71 2.25 0.57 1.26 0.292 76.20% 2.97 3.41 4
R.A. Dickey Mets 6.06 2.21 2.74 0.64 1.17 0.285 77.70% 2.64 3.44 3.69
Johan Santana Mets 6.59 2.55 2.58 0.67 1.18 0.283 79.10% 2.94 3.48 4.34
Brett Myers Astros 7.03 2.58 2.73 0.76 1.23 0.297 75.40% 3.08 3.51 3.76
Jeff Francis Rockies 5.73 1.94 2.95 0.68 1.27 0.31 64.40% 4.56 3.53 3.96
Jhoulys Chacin Rockies 9.28 4.27 2.18 0.64 1.28 0.291 70.50% 3.63 3.53 3.72
Doug Fister Mariners 4.99 1.69 2.96 0.63 1.25 0.305 67.40% 3.87 3.57 4.21
Jason Hammel Rockies 7.32 2.4 3.05 0.82 1.3 0.32 69.40% 4.35 3.57 3.75
Matt Cain Giants 7.01 2.81 2.49 0.72 1.14 0.269 74.80% 3.07 3.57 4.38
Wandy Rodriguez Astros 7.69 2.97 2.59 0.73 1.35 0.324 67.50% 4 3.58 3.8
CC Sabathia Yankees 7.24 2.93 2.48 0.72 1.22 0.288 77.00% 3.02 3.59 3.88
Clayton Richard Padres 7.1 3.61 1.97 0.56 1.4 0.316 76.10% 3.55 3.6 4.13
C.J. Wilson Rangers 7.35 4.01 1.84 0.44 1.21 0.263 74.10% 3.02 3.6 4.25
Clay Buchholz Red Sox 6.2 3.42 1.81 0.45 1.2 0.265 79.40% 2.26 3.61 4.21
Gio Gonzalez Athletics 7.49 3.97 1.89 0.56 1.27 0.279 75.80% 3.24 3.63 4.14
Travis Wood Reds 7.19 2.49 2.88 0.88 0.98 0.23 67.20% 3.38 3.71 4.33
Dallas Braden Athletics 5.64 1.77 3.18 0.82 1.15 0.281 70.60% 3.49 3.72 4.16
Carlos Silva Cubs 6.33 1.92 3.3 0.83 1.24 0.306 72.40% 3.92 3.73 3.95
Ricky Nolasco Marlins 8.5 1.73 4.9 1.33 1.23 0.323 72.90% 4.22 3.75 3.48
Carl Pavano Twins 5.19 1.53 3.39 0.84 1.16 0.285 73.90% 3.56 3.76 3.93
John Ely Dodgers 6.67 2.82 2.36 0.79 1.32 0.306 65.80% 4.63 3.78 3.98
Shaun Marcum Blue Jays 7.51 1.97 3.82 1.13 1.13 0.284 73.60% 3.7 3.83 3.94
Chris Carpenter Cardinals 6.98 2.49 2.8 0.88 1.15 0.275 79.90% 2.88 3.83 3.81
Luke Hochevar Royals 6.58 3.23 2.04 0.69 1.38 0.312 62.40% 4.96 3.84 4.22
Joel Pineiro Angels 5.69 2.19 2.59 0.89 1.31 0.306 71.70% 4.18 3.88 3.87
Livan Hernandez Nationals 4.74 2.88 1.65 0.59 1.31 0.288 75.70% 3.36 3.89 4.77
Tim Hudson Braves 4.86 2.89 1.68 0.56 1.1 0.239 83.50% 2.28 3.89 4
Max Scherzer Tigers 8.34 3.61 2.31 0.93 1.31 0.297 72.80% 3.73 3.91 4.02
Dan Haren - - - 8.43 1.82 4.63 1.39 1.32 0.339 72.00% 4.45 3.91 3.63
Jonathon Niese Mets 7.17 2.8 2.56 0.91 1.33 0.313 78.80% 3.33 3.92 3.93
Brett Cecil Blue Jays 6.44 2.84 2.27 0.9 1.23 0.28 72.80% 3.8 3.92 4.18
Mike Pelfrey Mets 5.2 3.11 1.67 0.6 1.45 0.316 74.00% 3.82 3.93 4.41
Cole Hamels Phillies 9.22 2.71 3.4 1.3 1.23 0.304 81.10% 3.47 3.95 3.49
Andy Pettitte Yankees 7 2.96 2.37 0.93 1.2 0.274 80.70% 2.88 3.96 4.05
Daisuke Matsuzaka Red Sox 7.86 4.12 1.91 0.76 1.32 0.286 70.80% 4.19 3.96 4.64
Jason Vargas Mariners 5.68 2.49 2.29 0.89 1.2 0.273 75.90% 3.43 3.97 4.7
Bud Norris Astros 9.27 3.83 2.42 1.04 1.43 0.331 63.80% 5.03 3.98 3.91
Scott Baker Twins 7.42 1.96 3.79 1.25 1.33 0.327 71.80% 4.63 3.99 4
Jair Jurrjens Braves 6.25 2.94 2.13 0.85 1.29 0.291 67.60% 4.36 3.99 4.52
John Lackey Red Sox 6.05 3.24 1.87 0.74 1.49 0.328 70.50% 4.51 4 4.51

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