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In last week’s Fantasy Lookout, we discussed three starting pitchers who will help out your pitching ratios over the stretch run.

Following on the same theme, this week, we will discuss three starters that will help you out with your strikeouts, while not blowing up your ratios over the season’s final 50 or so games.

All three of these starters have a good shot at achieving a K/9 of at least 9.0; a figure only attained by 17 qualified pitchers so far this year. Select company for sure, especially when you consider the pitcher era that we are currently experiencing.

In 2000, the MLB figure for all starters was a K/9 of 6.22, so far this year it comes in at 7.28. Since most leagues have some form of an innings cap, K/9 is the best way to gauge the strikeout usefulness of a pitcher.

Now let’s see who the three unsung strikeout artists are.

On the Lookout for Strikeout Artists

Raisel Iglesias, SP, Cincinnati Reds

IP
K/9
SwStr
ERA
WHIP
K-BB%
LOB%
BABIP
LD%
GB/FB
Hard%
2nd Half
24.1
9.62
11.0%
3.33
1.07
18.8%
80.7%
.258
18.5%
1.30
21.5%
2015
53.1
8.94
10.8%
4.73
1.31
15.9%
69.1%
.320
22.9%
1.11
25.9%

 

Earlier on in his career in Cuba, Raisel Iglesias was utilized as a reliever. The Cincinnati Reds signed him last summer and have used him as a starter ever since. He has been in and out of the Reds rotation throughout 2015.

For the season as a starter, Iglesias ranks among the top 25 in both K/9 and swinging strike rate among all starters with a minimum of 50 innings pitched. Iglesias has come on strong since the All-Star break, recording improvements in all of the relevant statistical categories.

With the combined ability to accumulate strikeouts and limit hard contact, Raisel Iglesias should be more than just four-percent owned in Yahoo leagues. An innings cap may be the only legitimate worry from here on out.

Pick up the Red, collect the punch-outs, and spend your time filling the other holes on your Fantasy roster.

Joe Ross, SP, Washington Nationals

IP
K/9
SwStr
ERA
WHIP
K-BB%
LOB%
BABIP
LD%
GB/FB
Hard%
2nd Half
29.1
7.67
12.4%
3.99
1.02
15.8%
72.0%
.232
17.9%
1.09
32.2%
2015
49.2
8.70
12.8%
3.44
1.03
20.0%
71.7%
.277
17.5%
1.40
30.3%

 

Joe Ross is trying to make a name for himself, I am sure he does not want to be known as Tyson’s brother. Well, he has done a great job of it so far in 2015. He has forced the hand of Nationals manager Matt Williams and prompted the moving of Doug Fister to the bullpen.

Among starters with a minimum of 40 innings pitched, Ross ranks in the top 20 in both K/9 and swinging strike rate. Ross has shown impeccable control in his brief major league career, while over his minor league career his BB/9 was closer to average.

Ross threw just over 120 total innings in 2014 and Matt Williams has stated an innings cap will be in play. He may only last until September, but that should be more than enough time to help your Fantasy team. Remember, once September rolls around and rosters expand, successfully streaming pitchers is much easier.

Joe Ross has seen his Yahoo ownership rate pushed up to 41%, but that still doesn’t seem high enough to me.

Snag the Nat and enjoy the ride with the understanding that he may not be pitching through the rest of the season.

Nate Karns, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

IP
K/9
SwStr
ERA
WHIP
K-BB%
LOB%
BABIP
LD%
GB/FB
Hard%
2nd Half
21.1
9.28
10.9%
2.95
1.08
18.6%
92.4%
.245
22.8%
0.76
36.8%
2015
125.1
8.69
8.5%
3.52
1.23
14.7%
78.1%
.279
21.1%
1.15
34.3%

 

Nate Karns has been a strikeout pitcher no matter where he has been. According to www.minorleaguecentral.com, his K/9 over his minor league career, which spans just less than 450 innings, is 10.28.

Over his first full season in the majors, Karns has continued with his strikeout ways. He ranks 25th in all of baseball in terms of K/9 among all qualified starters. He has also showed no signs of fading, as his K/9 has been strong every month and is actually higher since the All-Star Break.

The one cause for concern is Karns’ elevated hard-hit rate allowed, as this makes him prone to a few rough outings. His ability to finish batters off with the strikeout has helped him stay out of trouble for the most part in 2015.

With Nate Karns owned in just over a third of Yahoo leagues, he is there for the taking.

Grab the Ray and pile up the Ks.

Raisel Iglesias, Joe Ross, and Nate Karns are all unsung strikeout artists. Their ability to rack up the whiffs should have them rostered in all types of leagues. Until next week’s Fantasy Lookout, enjoy the games!

 

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