Is Scott Baker for real?

Posted: June 29, 2011 in Player Profile

By David Kerr

Chances are if you own Scott Baker he was probably drafted or picked up to be the number 5 or 6 starter in your rotation. Lucky for you, he’s pitching like a number 2 and has been a fantasy stud. With an ERA of 3.15 this has been his best first half since he’s been in the league. That’s the good news. The even better news? He’s notoriously been a VERY good second half pitcher. Since 2007 he hasn’t had an ERA over 3.82 in the second half.

After last season, in which he was bothered by tendinitis in his elbow for most of the year, he was highly undervalued on draft day this year. All he has done since is make 15 starts and completed at least 5 innings in all but one start. He hasn’t given up more than 5 ER’s in any game. His WHIP is back to a career normal of 1.20 this season. The best statistic of all though is his K/9 (strikeouts per 9 innings) rate. He currently has a K/9 of 8.64. His career K/9 before this season was 6.98. Is it a fluke or is it a breakout? I’m saying it’s a total breakout!

If you want more good news concerning Baker check out this underlying statistic. The Twins have played 46 games away from Target Field this season. On the other side of the coin they’ve played 33 games at home. Scott Baker has made 6 starts at home. His ERA? 2.22. The Twins play 18 of their next 22 games in Minneapolis which means Baker should make at least 3 starts at home. Ka-ching!

If there’s an owner in your league offering up Scott Baker, do yourself a favor and BUY! He’s a great pitcher at home and the 2nd half of the season is his time to shine. When it’s all said and done, this will be a career year for him.

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  1. JP says:

    I got Baker about a month back and haven’t looked back. Hope he stays the course

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