I am in deep looking at pitchers stats of late. Today we take a look at the K/9 leaders since the All Star break, and there are a few names on the list that will surprise you.
Let's take a look:
|Harden, Rich CHC||55||9||7||3||69||22||30||2.45||0.95||3.14||11.29|
|Scherzer, Max ARI||43||8||2||3||53||12||51||5.65||1.47||4.42||11.09|
|Sanchez, Jonathan SF||47.7||8||4||3||58||24||33||3.59||1.2||2.42||10.94|
|Kershaw, Clayton LA||59.3||10||7||2||69||29||42||2.43||1.2||2.38||10.47|
|Lincecum, Tim SF||65.7||9||7||3||73||20||46||2.33||1.01||3.65||10.00|
|Gallardo, Yovani MIL||59.7||10||6||4||66||32||54||4.68||1.44||2.06||9.95|
|Nolasco, Ricky FLA||55.3||9||5||3||57||16||50||4.55||1.19||3.56||9.28|
|De La Rosa, Jorge COL||53||8||5||6||54||17||56||4.08||1.38||3.18||9.17|
|Perez, Oliver NYM||39.3||8||2||1||40||30||37||5.49||1.7||1.33||9.16|
|Hanson, Tommy ATL||47.7||8||6||5||48||12||46||3.4||1.22||4.00||9.06|
|Vazquez, Javier ATL||57||8||5||5||56||12||48||3.16||1.05||4.67||8.84|
|Mock, Garrett WAS||46.3||9||3||3||45||20||57||4.47||1.66||2.25||8.75|
|Johnson, Josh FLA||57||9||7||6||55||11||52||3.63||1.11||5.00||8.68|
|Zambrano, Carlos CHC||35.3||7||2||3||33||19||43||5.09||1.75||1.74||8.41|
|Harang, Aaron CIN||51.3||8||4||1||47||17||58||4.91||1.46||2.76||8.25|
|Dempster, Ryan CHC||44||7||3||3||40||12||48||4.3||1.36||3.33||8.18|
|Petit, Yusmeiro ARI||44.3||8||5||3||40||14||43||3.86||1.29||2.86||8.13|
|Haren, Dan ARI||58||9||4||4||51||13||58||4.5||1.22||3.92||7.91|
|Rodriguez, Wandy HOU||56||9||6||4||49||17||47||2.89||1.14||2.88||7.88|
|Jimenez, Ubaldo COL||65.7||9||9||6||57||23||46||2.47||1.05||2.48||7.81|
The pitchers that stand out for me are Jonathan Sanchez, Clayton Kershaw, Jorge De La Rosa and Garrett Mock.
Sanchez has really turned it around since being sent down to the minors earlier in the year. We may look back and say that was the turning point in his career. A few months ago, Sanchez' name was thrown around in trade rumors. I am sure the Giants are glad they did not trade him, yet you never know what they will do in the off season, as they do need another bat in that lineup, and already have a solid pitching staff.
Kershaw, only 21 years old, has the looks of a future ace already. Being a Dodgers fan, and Kershaw owner in the UBA league, I can tell you that he should have at least 5 or 6 more wins with the way he has pitched since early June. He's had 7 quality starts since the ASNB and only two wins to show for it.
De La Rosa has pitched very well since the ASB as well, striking out just over 9 batters per nine innings, with a 3.18 K/BB ratio.
Mock could be a late round sleeper pick in 2010 drafts who can contribute in 5x5 leagues. The Nationals are a very young team with a bright future, and Mock could be part of a talented rotation in 2010 and beyond headed by Stephen Strasburg.