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Fantasy Baseball: NL K/9 Leaders Since All-Star Break

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:

Player INN GS QS W K BBI HA ERA WHIP K/BB K/9
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.