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Paydirt: Playing Duncanball With Starting Pitchers


So say the posters at Viva El Birdos, playfully mocking the philosophy of curmudgeonly pitching coach Dave Duncan. His success with transforming hapless fireballers into dirt devils makes for many decent but relatively unappetizing fantasy starters. Pair groundballs as a side dish to a strikeout souffle, however, and you’ve got fantasy gourmet.

At least, so said this guy. Warning Track Power, a well-spoken but defunct fantasy blog of old, gained my trust with the hypothesis that a pitcher sporting at least 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings and a groundball rate of at least 45% has the makeup of an ace. It’s hard to argue with the names from last year, too. With a minimum of 150 IP, here is the list of 26 pitchers to achieve roughly WTP’s criteria in 2009:

Chris Carpenter
Felix Hernandez
Ubaldo Jimenez
Brett Anderson

Adam Wainwright
Ricky Romero

Josh Johnson
Roy Halladay
Clayton Richard
Jon Lester
Tim Lincecum
Ryan Dempster
Josh Beckett
Jason Hammel
Chad Billingsley
Yovani Gallardo
Wandy Rodriguez

John Lackey
Kevin Correia
Jorge de la Rosa
Carlos Zambrano
Gavin Floyd
John Danks
Carl Pavano
Roy Oswalt

Not too shabby, eh?

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