Yesterday, I went over some 2nd half hitters. The day before I went over the top 100 for fantasy baseball in the 2nd half. Today, it’s time for everyone’s favorite 2nd half fantasy baseball pitchers. Or maybe these won’t be your favorite pitchers. These are decisions you have to make on your own. I can walk you to the fantasy baseball water. I cannot drink it for you. Similarly to hitters, players get in grooves or slumps. So if a pitcher has been terrible for the last month, but showed flashes in the 2nd half of last year, he’s worth considering, but he’s not suddenly going to be great, i.e., recent history should be weighed. Anyway, here’s some 2nd half fantasy baseball pitchers for 2009:
CC Sabathia – 1.56 ERA in 2008’s 2nd half to lead the league for pitchers over 60 innings. He was ranked 7th for 2nd half ERA in 2007 with a 2.76. Though I’m not totally convinced that we won’t be looking back at 2009 and wondering why CC was a 3.75 ERA pitcher rather than a 2.75 one. Though, Part II: The Return of Though, he does have a 3.67 career ERA, not what we saw last year in Milwaukee. Though, Part III: Though Lives, he is usually better in the 2nd half. Though, Part IV: Though Part Three Confused Me. Though, Part V: Why Do They Keep Making Thoughs?
A.J. Burnett – 2.86/1.18 with just over a 10 K/9 in the second half last year. In 2007, his ERA was more than a full run lower post-All-Star break. In June of this year, 2.10 ERA. In July — 2.70. He might win 10 games and put up insane numbers after the break this year if he stays healthy. It’s fun to be giddy about Burnett when I haven’t liked him for years. I’m like a schoolgirl who just got a new Hello Kitty waffle iron. Let’s make Kitty waffles!
Roy Oswalt – Everyone’s been telling you how Oswalt is a 2nd half pitcher. I won’t belabor it; he has been better in the 2nd half for the last three years.
Scott Kazmir – Second best ERA in the 2nd half in 2007. I know what you’re thinking. I had the 2nd best list of fantasy baseball pitchers for the 2nd half until I put Kazmir on the list. Fair enough. I’m not convinced Kazmir will fix everything that ails him in the 2nd half, but since returning he has a 15:4 K:BB rate, which is a whole lot better than where it was before he went to the minors.
Francisco Liriano – Wait, are these guys to ignore or own? I’m so confused right now. Random Italicized Voice, I can’t just sit here and name all the top starters from my top 100. Do you remember what Liriano did to sucker you into drafting him this year? He was lights out last August and put together a 2.74 ERA in the 2nd half and nearly a strikeout an inning.
Bronson Arroyo – I know, you’d prefer to listen to him cover Sarah McLachlan than own him, but pre-All-Star Break ERA is 4.53 for the last three years while he has a 3.50 after the big game.
Ricky Nolasco – In the 2nd half last year, he struckout ninety-eight hitters and only issued 12 walks… That RN is just what the doctor ordered.