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With Pitchers and Catchers due to report to camp in just under two weeks, this signals the beginning of the 2009 baseball season. The game of fantasy baseball takes the most preparation due to the massive pool of players in the sport. Over the next few weeks, I will be breaking down the best players by position in order to give you a helping hand for your upcoming draft.
This week we take a look at Starting Pitchers.
Max Scherzer-Arizona Diamondbacks
One of the most coveted pickups in leagues last year had a spectacular time during his first stint in the majors. In 16 games (7 starts), Scherzer compiled a, 0-4 record but he had a very good ERA of 3.05 with 66 K in 56 IP. In what could be a steal on draft day, Scherzer can bring the heat and boost those strikeout numbers in the late rounds of the draft.
David Price-Tampa Bay Rays
In five games including one start, Price showed the baseball world what he could do. His limited time yielded a 1.93 ERA in 14 IP. In the playoffs, he showed flashes of brilliance out of the bullpen when he threw 2.1 scoreless innings against the Red Sox in the ALCS and got a win and a save. The very young left will hopefully be the 5th starter in a very talented Rays ballclub.
Zack Greinke-Kansas City Royals
After the first month of the season, Greinke was the best pitcher in the game with a 3-0 record and 1.25 ERA in 36 IP. He would hit some huge bumps in the road over the next few months by failing to post a sub 4.00 ERA in May, June, and July with June and July resulting in ERA’s of 5.25 and 5.22. Then Greinke did a complete 180 and finally got back on track. In August he had a 2.48 ERA and he capped off his season with a spectacular September that resulted in a 4-1 record and 2.18 ERA. Greinke has battled some personal issues over the past few years and 2008 looked like a great step in the right direction. This season looks to be another step forward.
Next Week: Catchers