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Fantasy Baseball: NL 2nd Half Command Leaders

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Today we take a look at the NL Command leaders since the All Star break. Command, as I define it, is K/9-BB/9, and is usually a better indicator of how well a pitcher is pitching than Wins. There are so many variables in trying to predict a win such as run support and bullpen performance to name a few.

Here are the Command leaders:

Player INN W L K BBI ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9 CMD
Scherzer, Max SP ARI 37 2 2 45 10 5.35 1.51 10.95 2.43 8.51
Harden, Rich SP CHC 44 3 1 55 14 1.64 0.77 11.25 2.86 8.39
Lincecum, Tim SP SF 57.7 2 2 65 17 2.65 1.02 10.14 2.65 7.49
Vazquez, Javier SP ATL 50 4 2 50 12 3.6 1.1 9.00 2.16 6.84
De La Rosa, Jorge SP COL 46 6 1 47 13 4.11 1.33 9.20 2.54 6.65
Lee, Cliff SP PHI 65 8 0 53 6 0.97 0.8 7.34 0.83 6.51
Johnson, Josh SP FLA 44.3 5 1 40 8 3.45 1.04 8.13 1.63 6.50
Nolasco, Ricky SP FLA 50 3 1 50 14 4.5 1.16 9.00 2.52 6.48
Hanson, Tommy SP ATL 45.7 5 2 44 12 3.35 1.23 8.67 2.36 6.30
Sanchez, Jonathan SP SF 40.7 3 2 49 22 3.54 1.2 10.84 4.86 5.97
Haren, Dan SP ARI 44 3 3 38 10 4.91 1.27 7.77 2.05 5.73
VandenHurk, Rick SP FLA 31.7 2 2 33 13 5.12 1.39 9.37 3.69 5.68
Dempster, Ryan SP CHC 38 2 2 33 10 4.03 1.32 7.82 2.37 5.45
Petit, Yusmeiro SP ARI 38.3 2 5 35 12 4.46 1.33 8.22 2.82 5.40
Carpenter, Chris SP STL 62 7 0 47 10 1.74 1.08 6.82 1.45 5.37
Harang, Aaron SP CIN 51.3 1 6 47 17 4.91 1.46 8.25 2.98 5.26
Wainwright, Adam SP STL 56.7 5 2 42 9 1.59 1.13 6.67 1.43 5.24
Jurrjens, Jair SP ATL 42 3 1 35 11 3.21 1.26 7.50 2.36 5.14
Kershaw, Clayton SP LA 46 2 2 52 26 2.35 1.3 10.17 5.09 5.09
Wolf, Randy SP LA 55 4 3 43 12 3.11 1 7.04 1.96 5.07



A couple guys who sneeked onto the list that I did not expect are Tommy Hanson, Jonathan Sanchez, Rick VandenHurk and Max Scherzer. These are a few names that should be on your watch lists for possible breakout years in 2010.

Jonathan Sanchez seems to have turned things around since he was sent to the minors a few months back, and his no-hitter vs the Padres was not a fluke performance as he has pitched very well for the Giants since the All Star break.

If Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter continue to pitch like they have since the All Star break, they will both give Tim Lincecum a run for the Cy Young award this year.