I get asked all the time what I look for first when evaluating the fantasy relevance of a starting pitcher. There are actually several things I look at in a package, but if I had to narrow it down to one thing, it would be strikeout potential. Does the pitcher generate swinging misses? Can he frequently get that big strikeout when that's what he needs to get out of a serious jam? Is there a likelihood that the pitcher's strikeout rate will improve going forward? Those are just some of the criteria. Let's take a look …
The path of the present among so many pitchers across so many organizations is to "pitch to contact" and supposedly lessen the stress of going for strikeouts. I can understand that. If the hitter consistently puts the ball in play after only a couple of pitches, the starter can theoretically last longer, making
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