New arrivals to NL pitching staffs

Over the past four years, Roy Halladay has averaged 17+ wins and 170 strikeouts.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While there weren't many "big name" hitters brought into the National League so far this off-season, the "Senior Circuit" has made a big effort to improve their pitching staffs.

Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia - The Phillies made a huge deal, essentially jettisoning playoff star Cliff Lee for Toronto's Roy Halladay. He has spent the last 12 years north of the border, mainly pitching in obscurity. He'll be in a pennant race and likely playoff battle this year which will be a new experience. But for fantasy owners, it should be just another stellar season from the righthander. Over the past four years, Halladay has averaged 17+ wins, 232 innings, 170 strikeouts, an ERA of 3.10 and a WHIP of 1.13. Now he'll get to throw to opposing pitchers instead of a DH too.

Edwin Jackson, SP, Arizona - Jackson had two vastly different seasons rolled into one last year. In the first half he was nearly unstoppable, going 7-4 with a 2.52 ERA. After the All-Star break he was 6-5 with a 5.07 ERA. Maybe that's why the Tigers were willing to ship the 26-year-old to Arizona in a three-way deal.

Ian Kennedy, SP, Arizona - Kennedy was once one of the prize possessions of the New York Yankees and thought to be a big part of any future starting rotation. Then when given the opportunity in 2008 he stumbled. He followed that with an arm injury and suddenly he wasn't such a "prize." Kennedy was part of the three-way deal that brought Curtis Granderson to the Bronx Bombers. This might be Kennedy's last opportunity to show off his talent.

Brad Penny, SP, St. Louis - Penny has a lot of talent, but hasn't shown much over the past two years and three teams (Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants). Now he'll get a shot in St. Louis with Tony LaRussa and pitching coach Dave Duncan who has revived many a career. Penny is better in real life than fantasy where his high ERA and WHIP limit his value.

Randy Wolf, SP, Milwaukee - Wolf will be with his fifth team in five years. Last season was a solid one for Wolf as his 3.23 ERA and 1.10 WHIP were his best since 2002 in Philadelphia. The downside is that he's leaving a "pitcher's ballpark" for the "hitting-friendly" confines of Miller Park. He's got late- round fantasy value only.

Jason Marquis, SP, Washington - Marquis has won at least 11 times in each of the last six season, but he'll be hard-pressed to match that in Washington. He comes with a high career ERA (4.47) and WHIP (1.42), but at least is headed to a team that scores a lot of runs. Too bad they also give up even more with their gloves.

Matt Capps, RP, Washington - Capps will get the first shot at the closer role in Washington. Of course on a team that won just 59 times, that might no get him on the field very often. The team had just 33 saves in 2009 divided among eight pitchers.

Takashi Saito, RP, Atlanta - The Braves are rebuilding the back end of their bullpen with Saito and Billy Wagner. Wagner likely gets the first shot at the closer role, but given his history of physical problems and closing failures, Saito might end up getting the job.

Selected NL Pitchers Statistics

PlayerTeamGmWLSVIPKERAWHIP
Ian KennedyARI10001.010.002.00
Billy WagnerATL1711015.2261.721.02
LaTroy HawkinsMIL65141163.1452.131.20
Takashi SaitoATL5633255.2522.431.35
Roy HalladayPHI3217100239.02082.791.13
Brandon LyonHOU6565378.2572.861.11
Randy WolfMIL341170214.11603.231.10
Kelvim EscobarNYM10105.053.601.60
Edwin JacksonARI331390214.01613.621.26
Jason MarquisWAS3315130216.01154.041.38
Eddie GuardadoWAS4812038.1204.461.41
Brad PennySTL301190173.11094.881.40
Matt CappsWAS57482754.1465.801.66
Carlos SilvaCHI813030.1108.601.71


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