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High K/9 pitchers you wouldn't expect

Postby Lordrevolution » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:14 am

I'm not talking about guys who always throw a ton of ks, but those hidden gems who're undervalued. Who've you got?
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Re: High K/9 pitchers you wouldn't expect

Postby Snakes Gould » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:33 am

1. Shawn Marcum
2. John Danks
3. Johnathan Sanchez (not surprised the k rate, but the overall production)
4. Gil Meche
5. Ubaldo Jimenez
6. Ricky Nolasco
7. Jeremy Guthrie

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Re: High K/9 pitchers you wouldn't expect

Postby mweir145 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:42 am

Not exactly a hidden gem...but what's up with Roy Halladay?

He's gone from a 5.55 K/9 last season (6.32 K/9 career) to a 7.41 K/9 this season. And he's actually walking signficantly less too. His fastball velocity has also jumped up 1.7 MPH to 2005 levels, and his curveball is sharper than it's ever been.

He's seemingly become a better pitcher than he has at any point in his career at the age of 31 (his FIP is 2.89...the previous best for a full season was 2.97 in 2002).

It makes me suspect that Doc was fighting injuries over the last two years (as I had suspected for a while), and is now healthy again. I did think he was in the decline heading into the '08 season, but it appears that is not the case at all.
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Re: High K/9 pitchers you wouldn't expect

Postby markj11 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:18 am

Jorge De La Rosa SP COL 9.28 K/9
Wandy Rodríguez SP HOS 8.27 K/9
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Re: High K/9 pitchers you wouldn't expect

Postby Tommy John » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:55 am

Bronson Arroyo 8.27
Scott Baker 7.58
Sean Gallagher 7.52
Jason Bergmann 7.33
Chan Ho Park 7.08
Radhames Liz 7.02
Kevin Slowey 6.86
Brandon Backe 6.71
Greg Smith 6.21
Tim Wakefield 6.09

These are just a few that caught my eye or suprised me a little
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Re: High K/9 pitchers you wouldn't expect

Postby J35J » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:55 am

mweir145 wrote:Not exactly a hidden gem...but what's up with Roy Halladay?

He's gone from a 5.55 K/9 last season (6.32 K/9 career) to a 7.41 K/9 this season. And he's actually walking signficantly less too. His fastball velocity has also jumped up 1.7 MPH to 2005 levels, and his curveball is sharper than it's ever been.

He's seemingly become a better pitcher than he has at any point in his career at the age of 31 (his FIP is 2.89...the previous best for a full season was 2.97 in 2002).

It makes me suspect that Doc was fighting injuries over the last two years (as I had suspected for a while), and is now healthy again. I did think he was in the decline heading into the '08 season, but it appears that is not the case at all.


Yup, everytime I look over league leaders or whatever I always stop to look at Halladay....no matter how many times I see how well he is doing this year it still catches me off guard. He's really turning things around.
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Re: High K/9 pitchers you wouldn't expect

Postby The Cow » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:59 am

mweir145 wrote:Not exactly a hidden gem...but what's up with Roy Halladay?

He's gone from a 5.55 K/9 last season (6.32 K/9 career) to a 7.41 K/9 this season. And he's actually walking signficantly less too. His fastball velocity has also jumped up 1.7 MPH to 2005 levels, and his curveball is sharper than it's ever been.

He's seemingly become a better pitcher than he has at any point in his career at the age of 31 (his FIP is 2.89...the previous best for a full season was 2.97 in 2002).

It makes me suspect that Doc was fighting injuries over the last two years (as I had suspected for a while), and is now healthy again. I did think he was in the decline heading into the '08 season, but it appears that is not the case at all.


I have been pondering a Halladay trade for a while now, but thought his K rate would fall off. Still not sure, but like you said maybe he was working through some injuries. I like that his fastball is better now than the last couple years. Thanks for the input.

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Re: High K/9 pitchers you wouldn't expect

Postby Kingctb27 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:30 pm

Some ppl probably know, but Buchholz will get a K/9 once he settles in. (Already is over 9 right now, as a matter of fact.)
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Re: High K/9 pitchers you wouldn't expect

Postby kimchi_chigae » Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:37 pm

mweir145 wrote:Not exactly a hidden gem...but what's up with Roy Halladay?

He's gone from a 5.55 K/9 last season (6.32 K/9 career) to a 7.41 K/9 this season. And he's actually walking signficantly less too. His fastball velocity has also jumped up 1.7 MPH to 2005 levels, and his curveball is sharper than it's ever been.

He's seemingly become a better pitcher than he has at any point in his career at the age of 31 (his FIP is 2.89...the previous best for a full season was 2.97 in 2002).

It makes me suspect that Doc was fighting injuries over the last two years (as I had suspected for a while), and is now healthy again. I did think he was in the decline heading into the '08 season, but it appears that is not the case at all.


If Halladay was fighting injuries, I'm sure JP Ricciardi would have told us. :-]

I didn't target Halladay in any of my leagues this year and I only have him in one keeper league beacause he was already under contract. He has been a pleasant surprise this year. If Halladay got Kyle Kendrick kind of run support, he would easily have 13W before the break.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:49 pm

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