Mr. One Dimensional: Pitchers
Strikeouts: Tyler Clippard, RP, Nationals (Owned in 42% of Yahoo Leagues)
Clippard is an All-Star for a good reason with 63 K’s and a 1.75 ERA this season. Though he is cast to the wayside by many fantasy managers because of his lack of saves, Clippard is a solid arm and a fine option to improve your strikeout total, as his 90-plus innings are a large total for a reliever.
Saves: Bobby Parnell, RP, Mets (Owned in 26% of Yahoo Leagues)
We are at a crucial point this season when it comes to reaping saves because there will be a lot of trades to send closers from the losing teams to the contenders, resulting in new closers in the struggling franchises. On that note, the Mets have dealt Fancisko Rodriguez and the guys to know now are Bobby Parnell, Jason Isringhausen, and Pedro BEato. Parnell is my top pick because of his stellar 30:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio, as well as his 2.92 ERA. Plus, at 26-years old the closer’s role could stick for this flame thrower.
ERA/WHIP: Paul Maholm, SP, Pirates (Owned in 19% of Yahoo Leagues)
The 8th pick of the 2003 draft, Paul Maholm is thriving this season with a 2.96 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this season. The problem is that his contributions are limited in the fantasy world thanks to a 6-9 record and just 75 K’s. Nonetheless, there is value in his ERA and WHIP, as the 29-year old has found a groove.
Wins: Rick Porcello, SP, Tigers (Owned in 10% of Yahoo Leagues)
A winner of two in a row, Rick Porcello is looking for his third straight season of 10 or more wins. That’s not a bad feat for a 22-year old hurler. Porcello is currently 8-6, despite a 4.78 ERA. Porcello is a control pitcher who does not get many strikeouts, so in fantasy terms; this winner is a one-hit wonder.
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