On the Roto Radar: Pitching Leaders
Last time we picked out some solid sleepers based on players who are surprisingly high in various hitting categories compared to the rest of baseball. You can find those hidden gems here. Today The Roto Authority will check out some of the pitching categories.
ERA is not the best indicator in the world, but it still tells you something about a pitcher's effectiveness. Carlos Silva sits at 3.42 after 150 innings this year, and that can go a long way towards winning an ERA title in your fantasy baseball league. His 1.17 WHIP won't hurt, either. Be ready to take a hit in the strikeout category with Silva, as he's only got 59 of them.
Greg Maddux's 4.54 ERA ain't pretty, but Maddux doesn't walk many so his resulting WHIP is 1.28. He's been quite inconsistent this year, but he'll grind out a few wins and won't kill you otherwise.
John Lackey is 4th in baseball with 9.12 K/9. By now, the cat may be out of the bag. Lackey also boasts a 3.48 ERA. Unlike teammate Jarrod Washburn, Lackey's ERA is for real.
Speaking of K/9, Daniel Cabrera is 8th with 8.62. His 5.09 ERA will kill you, so think of him as a keeper project. Still, it wouldn't be crazy to hope for an Oliver Perez 2004 style breakout for Cabrera in 2006. He has ace potential.
Don't look now, but Noah Lowry is striking out 8 men per 9 innings. He could be dominant in 2006 and will win games with some run support.