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Circling the Bases: Starting Pitcher Case Log

Ray Flowers

Ray Flowers

The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: M-F at 5-8 PM EDT), Ray Flowers has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. You can follow Ray on Twitter (@BaseballGuys), he never sleeps, and you can also find more of his musings at BaseballGuys.com.

Circling the Bases: The Starting Pitcher Case Log

Four pitchers are broken down in detail as we try to get to what is behind their relative success. Oh, and one hitter as well – a guy who carried your team early on, then vanished for months. Is he finally back?

THE CASE OF ZACK GREINKE
9-3, 3.40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP with 86 Ks in 111.1 innings

As all Zack Greinke owners know it can be a frustrating process to own the righty. In four of his last 10 starts he's allowed at least four earned runs (twice he's allowed five). In the other six outings he's allowed 2, 2, 1, 0, 0 and 1 one run. He's also gone at least six innings in eight of the 10 starts as he's produced a 6-2 record for the Dodgers. As you can see above, his overall numbers are strong. However, some cracks exist. First off, he strikes out eight batters per nine for his career. This season that mark is a full batter lower. He's also walking 2.59 batters per nine, a very impressive number

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