As always, we use SOBB (breakdown here) as the initial base when projecting a pitcher’s future performance.
Range of starting pitcher SOBBs (K-BB%) and the values they hold.
Range of relief pitcher SOBBs (K-BB%) and the values they hold.
Cheers or Tears
Chris Devenski, HOU – I am highlighting Devenski for two reasons. First, Devenski is dominating batters this year with a 50.0 SOBB. Yes, 50! His K% is a ridiculous 52.1. In fact, Devenski has over three times as many strikeouts (25) as hits allowed (7) in 13.1 innings. He’s the new, and improved, Andrew Miller. Last year, Devenski had a 2.16 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 108.1 innings, which made him a valuable addition for Fantasy teams. This year, he’s on a new level. The second reason I am focusing on him is just as with Miller, Devenski has value in all leagues: Head-to-Head or Rotisserie and 15, 12 or even 10-team leagues. Savvy Fantasy Baseball owners have learned that high-strikeout relievers such as Devenski are more valuable than risky back-end rotation pieces. Don’t risky your team’s ERA or WHIP with a Rockies pitcher or another volatile option. Devenski, Miller and the like with give you low-end starter strikeouts with a top-end ERA and WHIP, plus even chip in a few wins.