3 Pitchers YOU need to BUY

Posted: June 28, 2011 in Buy and Sell

By David Kerr

With the 2nd half of the season just weeks away here are 3 pitchers poised for big 2nd halves that deserve quite a bit of consideration.

Zack Greinke

If you’ve been patient with Greinke all season it’s about to pay off. With three 10-strikeout games and two 9-strikeout games in his past 7 starts he is ready to breakout in his first season as a Brewer. Before his start against the Yankees tonight, Greinke has a K/9 of 11.98 (80 K’s in 60.1 IP) which can only mean GREAT things for a guy sporting an ERA of 4.77. Another great stat to look at with Greinke is his K/BB which is 8.88/1. The guy is not walking anyone. This is a huge case of bad luck. If you can fool an owner into selling you Greinke because of the ERA, graciously accept! Your opportunity to buy is going to be over soon, so do it now.

Ubaldo Jimenez

Yeah, yeah, we all know Ubaldo started out 2010 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 1.05 WHIP before the All-Star break. This year it’s been exactly the opposite until lately and even then it hasn’t been all positive. Look, his stats aren’t great at this point in time, but I see reason for optimism. In 84 innings he has thrown 74 strikeouts. With 2-3 more games before the break he could end the first half with 90-95 K’s. He’s still has a BB/9 of 3.96, but remember, Ubaldo has always walked a lot of guys. You knew that before you owned him! That being said I see a guy that could have an ERA of 3.50 and a WHIP between 1.20-1.25 and 100 K’s the rest of the way.

Chris Carpenter

At age 36, the first half of the season has looked as though Chris Carpenter is starting to show his age. In all actuality I think he’s had some bad luck. With a K/9 of 7.27 he would be besting his career high of 6.86 by 0.41. Same goes for his BB/9. His 2011 stats show a BB/9 of 2.13. Career? 2.58. His BABIP (Batting average on balls in play) this season is .330. Career? .301  The Cardinals are going to be without Albert Pujols until at least the middle of August. Someone has to step up for the Cards and who better than the 14 year vet? If nothing else, Carpenter should certainly improve on his 2-7 record. I see a 3.50-3.75 ERA with 75-85 K’s the rest of the way. BUY.

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