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Strikeouts for Cheap

Kevin Millwood

In a standard 5×5 league, strikeouts are extremely important. Heck, it is 1/5 of your pitching stats. Even in expanded formats, you could be trying to get K/9. So, free agency will usually only have those high strikeout rates in the form of relief pitchers.

Where do you find those stud starting pitchers for bargain basement prices? Well, in the basement of course. But hey, it’s a bargain, so let’s not go ahead and expect the world from these guys. What you will get is a decent ERA and good strikeout totals.

Justin Masterson (SP), Cleveland Indians

The former Sox prospect has quietly put together two impressive starts this season, allowing 2 ER or less in each game. While it is true that he has amassed just 11.0 innings, he has punched out 14 batters along the way. Think of him as the lesser brother of Erik Bedard, which means low innings combined with a good K/9.

Kevin Millwood (SP), Baltimore Orioles

Millwood has the unfortunate task of playing for Baltimore, which has been a blessing for fantasy owners who are looking for a good starter. Millwood has a 2.89 ERA in three starts, but is 0-2 for the season. The 9.64 K/9 means you should rush to free agency and grab him while he is hot.

Ricky Romero (SP), Toronto Blue Jays

The second year starter has looked great in two starts, putting together 15.0 IP and a 1.80 ERA. His 12 K game against Chicago may have blown his cover, but there is definitely a chance that he is still up for grabs in your league.

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