Fantasy Baseball: NL Strikeout Leaders for Last Two Months

For those of you in 5x5 leagues that use strikeout as the 5th category, here are the punchout leaders for the months of June and July:

 

Player INN     GS        QS    W        K    BBI    ERA   WHIP       K-BB     K-BB/9
Lincecum, Tim SP SF   83.3 11 10 7 99 21 1.73 0.94 78 8.43
Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL   75.3 12 7 6 91 42 2.99 1.35 49 5.86
Wainwright, Adam SP STL    86.3 12 9 7 79 27 2.5 1.31 52 5.42
Haren, Dan SP ARI   77 11 9 6 75 13 1.87 0.82 62 7.25
Gaudin, Chad SP SD   68.7 12 7 3 75 28 4.46 1.41 47 6.16
Nolasco, Ricky SP FLA    66.3 10 7 5 73 14 2.71 1.04 59 8.01
Vazquez, Javier SP ATL   70 10 7 4 72 12 2.44 0.96 60 7.71
Jimenez, Ubaldo SP COL   76 11 8 4 67 28 3.43 1.17 39 4.62
Cain, Matt SP SF  73.7 11 7 6 66 27 1.95 1.05 39 4.76
De La Rosa, Jorge SP COL   67.7 11 8 9 65 27 4.26 1.32 38 5.05
Kershaw, Clayton SP LA    64.7 11 7 5 62 33 1.39 1.18 29 4.03
Rodriguez, Wandy SP HOU   65 10 7 5 62 23 3.05 1.23 39 5.40
Harden, Rich SP CHC   54.3 10 5 3 62 20 4.31 1.33 42 6.96
Oswalt, Roy SP HOU  74.7 11 8 5 59 16 2.77 1 43 5.18
Scherzer, Max SP ARI   56.7 10 6 4 58 21 3.81 1.39 37 5.87
Sanchez, Jonathan O. SP SF   52.3 9 2 2 56 23 4.99 1.36 33 5.68
Lilly, Ted SP CHC  58.7 9 7 3 55 9 3.68 1.23 46 7.05
Hamels, Cole SP PHI    69.7 11 6 4 55 11 3.88 1.18 44 5.68
Correia, Kevin SP SD    70 12 8 6 55 21 4.5 1.27 34 4.37
Billingsley, Chad SP LA   64.7 11 6 4 55 30 5.29 1.41 25 3.48
Blanton, Joe SP PHI   67 10 8 4 54 15 2.55 1.1 39 5.24
Harang, Aaron SP CIN  65.3 11 6 0 54 19 4.82 1.52 35 4.82
Zambrano, Carlos SP CHC   71.7 11 8 4 53 33 2.76 1.26 20 2.51
Jurrjens, Jair SP ATL   68 11 8 4 53 25 2.78 1.18 28 3.71
Zito, Barry SP SF    62.3 11 4 5 53 25 5.05 1.41 28 4.04



The pitchers that stick out for me are the recently traded Chad Gaudin (to the Yankees), Ricky Nolasco, Jorge De La Rosa and Ubaldo Jiminez. Gaudin will be pitching out of the bullpen initially for the Yankees, but don't be surprised to see him spot start in place of Joba Chamberlain, as the Yankees want to limit Joba's innings down the stretch.

Back in spring training, I posted an article about drafting Rockies pitchers, and Ubaldo Jiminez and Jorge De La Rosa have performed pretty well, especially Jiminez who has turned into the Rockies ace, Aaron Cook notwithstanding.

Ricky Nolasco, after a horrific April and May, has returned to his 2008 form, and has actually pitched better than his teammate Josh Johnson in June and July. He could challenge for a Cy Young award one of these years if he could put in a full season similar to his last two months.

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