The ratio categories for pitchers (ERA, WHIP) can be the most difficult categories to manage in Fantasy Baseball. In general terms, pitchers hold a slight advantage over hitters during the early months of the season and as the summer months progress, the scales tend to tip the other way. That means your Fantasy teams’ ERA and WHIP should be pretty good during these first eight weeks, at least within a reasonable striking distance to the top third of your league’s standings. If that is not the case and your team’s ERA and/or WHIP is sky high, then you need to begin working on improving those ratio statistics now. The later in the season we get, the harder it will be to lower those ratio stats, no matter how much you improve your staff.
There are a few different ways to approach the problem. First, try to rotate some high strikeout, low ratio middle relievers into your lineup whenever your starting pitchers are not pitching. Dellin Betances, Will Harris, Carson Smith, Tony Sipp and Pedro Baez are all examples of middle relief options that offer low ERA/WHIP innings and very high strikeout rates. If you accumulate an extra five innings with zero earned runs, few hits or walks and another 5 to 10 strikeouts in a given week, you can slowly drop your ratio numbers while adding significantly to your strikeout numbers.