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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.