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2012 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings

2012 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings

2012 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings

1.  Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: Coming off one of the finest seasons a pitcher has ever thrown. 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and 250 Ks. He was unhittable.
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2.  Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies:  Going 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and 220 Ks is nothing to sneeze at.
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3.  Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies:  Did not disappoint in his return to Philly going 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 238 Ks.
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4.  Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Coming off a brilliant 21-5, 2.28 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 248 Ks season that resembled Verlander’s gem.
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5.  Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants:  He had a sub-.500 winning percentage, but hard to argue with his 2.74 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 220 Ks. Look for him to bounce back.
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6.  Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners:  Unfortunately the wins could be hard to come by, but expect his ERA (3.47) and WHIP (1.22) to come down and his strikeouts (222) to go up.
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7.  Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies:  Easy to undervalue him because of Halladay and Lee, but his 14-9, 2.79 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 194 Ks were plain nasty.
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8.  C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees:  Turned in a typically solid 19-8, 3.00 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 230 Ks season.
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9.  Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels:  Could see his wins increase, which would be impressive considering the 18-8, 2.41 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 198 Ks he produced last year.
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10.  Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox:  I expect the Red Sox to be a much more disciplined team. Lester should be better than the 15-9, 3.47 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 182 Ks he produced last year.
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11.  Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals:  The Nationals will be cautious, but Strasburg is nearly unhittable.
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12.  Dan Haren, Los Angeles Angels:  Haren and Weaver form a nasty 1-2 punch. His 16-10, 3.17 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 192 Ks can be bettered.
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13.  David Price, Tampa Bay Rays:  Anchors perhaps the deepest rotation in the league. He was only 12-13, but he still posted solid peripherals (3.49 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 218 Ks) so a bounce back should be in order.
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14.  Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers:  Nasty stuff led to a 17-10, 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 207 Ks season.
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15.  Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants:  Once again struggled to pick up wins (12) despite a 2.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 179 Ks. It’s a crime he can’t get better offensive support.
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16.  Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers:  The Brewers will find it tougher to score runs without Prince Fielder. If Greinke can avoid the early season ineffectiveness that led to a 5.45 pre-All-Star Game ERA, he should be a force.
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17.  James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays:  Returned to form with a 16-12, 2.82 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 225 Ks season.
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18.  Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks:  Quietly produced a 21-4, 2.88 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 198 Ks season.
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19.  Josh Johnson, Miami Marlins:  You know what he can do when he’s healthy. That is the big question mark though.
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20.  Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays:  He could see his innings monitored down the stretch, but he has no fear and very few peers at his age.
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21.  C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels:  Escapes Texas where he put up a 16-7, 2.94 ERA, 1.19 ERA, 206 Ks season. His road ERA last year was 2.31.
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22.  Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds:  His new park is a far cry from PETCO, but when healthy Latos can get the job done just about anywhere.
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23.  Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves:  Limited to 22 starts last year, but produced a solid 11-7, 3.60 ERA, 1.17 ERA, 142 Ks season.
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24.  Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants:  Vogelson was the surprise last year, but Bumgarner has the potential. Finished 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 191 Ks. Posted a 2.52 ERA after the All-Star Break.
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25. Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox: Health is a concern, but he made 30 starts last year and was highly effective (13-7, 2.89 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 175 Ks).

By LestersLegends
Thursday, 1 Mar 2012

 
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