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Scott Olsen Worth A Look

Scott Olsen was an interesting pick heading into 2007 fantasy drafts.  He was only 23, and was coming off a season in which he'd posted an 8.3 K/9.  Things went downhill from there, as his velocity started diving and he had labrum surgery in July of '09.

In 2010, Olsen has found his way back to fantasy relevancy.  Through six starts, his K/9 is back up to 7.6 per nine.  At 2.7 BB/9, he's flashing the best control of his career.  His 3.51 ERA is impressive considering he started the season with rough outings against tough offenses (the Phillies and Rockies).  Today in a post for The Hardball Times, Pat Andriola notes Olsen's increased slider usage.  At 26, Olsen is maturing as a pitcher.  It seems possible we could see a sub-4.00 ERA from here on out, plus a respectable amount of strikeouts.  Olsen has a signficant financial incentive to make as many starts as possible, as his contract pays $85K per.  You may want to skip his next start, as he's at Coors Field.  After that, though, he projects to face the Orioles, Giants, and Astros.

Olsen's not the only lefty waiver wire pickup with a quality K rate.  Ricky Romero, Tom Gorzelanny, Jon Niese, Jason Vargas, Clayton Richard, Brett Cecil, and Wade LeBlanc also fit the mold.

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