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Fantasy Baseball: NL ERA Leaders Since the All Star Break

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In roto and fantasy leagues, I find it helpful to look at how pitchers have performed in the second half of the year to see if strong seconf halves can carry over into the next season. Today I am looking at the NL ERA leaders since the All Star break, which really isn't the true second half, as teams play more games before the ASB than they do afterward.

Let's take a look:

Player    INN     GS     QS     CG      W       L      K    BBI    HA   ERA  WHIP    K/BB
Wainwright, Adam SP STL    82.7 12 11 1 9 2 65 15 75 1.85 1.09 4.33
Lincecum, Tim SP SF   79.7 11 9 1 4 3 95 25 56 2.26 1.02 3.80
Arroyo, Bronson SP CIN   85 12 11 1 4 4 52 21 74 2.33 1.12 2.48
Kershaw, Clayton SP LA  65.3 11 8 0 2 3 72 32 46 2.34 1.19 2.25
Harden, Rich SP CHC    64 11 7 0 4 2 85 28 39 2.39 1.05 3.04
Carpenter, Chris SP STL   89 12 10 2 9 1 68 19 80 2.43 1.11 3.58
Happ, J.A. SP PHI  69.7 10 8 2 5 4 47 22 59 2.45 1.16 2.14
Rodriguez, Wandy SP HOU   76 12 9 0 5 4 70 21 62 2.49 1.09 3.33
Lee, Cliff SP PHI    80 11 8 4 9 2 65 6 75 2.59 1.01 10.83
Jimenez, Ubaldo SP COL    79.7 11 11 0 7 1 66 27 57 2.6 1.05 2.44
Jurrjens, Jair SP ATL   71.7 11 9 0 4 3 55 22 64 2.64 1.20 2.50
Hanson, Tommy SP ATL    60.7 10 7 0 5 3 60 16 53 2.82 1.14 3.75
Wolf, Randy SP LA   75.3 11 10 0 6 3 60 16 58 2.87 0.98 3.75
Cain, Matt SP SF   79.3 11 7 1 3 3 56 22 63 2.95 1.07 2.55
Ohlendorf, Ross SP PIT   63 10 7 0 4 3 44 22 52 3 1.17 2.00
Vazquez, Javier SP ATL   78.3 11 7 1 7 2 80 17 65 3.1 1.05 4.71
Santana, Johan SP NYM  50.3 7 4 0 3 2 34 9 53 3.22 1.23 3.78
Pineiro, Joel SP STL    75.3 11 8 0 7 1 46 10 73 3.23 1.10 4.60
Hamels, Cole SP PHI   71 11 6 1 4 4 62 19 64 3.3 1.17 3.26
Zito, Barry SP SF   69.7 12 7 0 4 4 53 26 64 3.36 1.29 2.04



Note to self: trade for Bronson Arroyo come the ASB 2010. Wow. Who would have thought that Bronson Arroyo would have such a great second half in 2009. Arroyo is a notorious second half pitcher. He had a 5.97/3.47 first half/second half ERA split in 2008, and a 4.84/3.55 split in 2007.

The Braves Tommy Hanson shut out the Mets last night for 7 innings, which is not included in the stats above. Can Hanson be a top 10-15 starting pitcher in the NL in 2010? I think he can.

The Dodgers Randy Wolf has also pitched great in the second half this season. He is pitching better than his second half in Houston last season where he had a 4.66/3.77 first half/second half ERA split.

The Pirates Ross Ohlendorf is DEFINITELY not a name I expected to see on this list, so he is someone to keep your eye on going into 2010. He could be a late round sleeper.

Another name I did not expect to see is the Giants Barry Zito, who finally may earn the contract the Giants gave him a few years ago.