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:
|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 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.