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Strikeouts: The Most Important Pitching Stat

Dave Potts (CheeseIsGood)

One of the preeminent baseball minds in all of fantasy, Dave Potts, aka CheeseIsGood, has won contests at the highest levels of both season-long and DFS. He is a two-time winner of a million dollar first place prize in DFS; having won the 2014 FanDuel baseball live final and following that up by taking down a DraftKings Millionare Maker Tournament in 2015. In addition, he’s won the Main Event championship in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship and the NFBC Platinum League, which is the highest buy-in entry league. His consistent success in the NFBC tournaments recently earned him a prestigious spot in their Hall of Fame. Dave can also strum a mean guitar while carrying a tune and if you’re lucky, you’ll see him do so on one of his GrindersLive appearances. Follow Dave on Twitter – @DavePotts2.

When I’m choosing a starting pitcher for my team, the first thing I look for is strikeouts. The flip side of this that doesn’t get talked about as often is also looking at strikeouts to find which pitchers to play against.

The reason I look at strikeouts for my pitcher is that, besides being worth points, they are the most predictable and consistent stat. There are always going to be occasional single-game outliers, but over time, high-strikeout pitchers and low strikeout pitchers maintain their strikeout rates.

Because it so unpredictable what happens to a ball once it’s hit into the field of play, you want to get as many balls in play as possible, giving yourself more chance for success. Targeting high-contact hitters against low strikeout pitchers is one of my highest priority cash game strategies.

There are two common ways to quantify strikeout: either strikeout percentage or K/9, which is a measure of the strikeouts a pitcher averages per nine innings. I prefer to use strikeout percentage, as it is slightly more accurate than K/9. The reason is that if a pitcher suffers bad luck on BABIP and sees a few extra hitters per inning, they could have an inflated K/9 because they are facing more batters per inning. Strikeout percentage is simply calculated as strikeouts divided by total batters faced.

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  • Dave Potts (CheeseIsGood)

  • One of the preeminent baseball minds in all of fantasy, Dave Potts, aka CheeseIsGood, has won contests at the highest levels of both season-long and DFS. He is a two-time winner of a million dollar first place prize in DFS; having won the 2014 FanDuel baseball live final and following that up by taking down a DraftKings Millionare Maker Tournament in 2015. In addition, he’s won the Main Event championship in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship and the NFBC Platinum League, which is the highest buy-in entry league. His consistent success in the NFBC tournaments recently earned him a prestigious spot in their Hall of Fame. Dave can also strum a mean guitar while carrying a tune and if you’re lucky, you’ll see him do so on one of his GrindersLive appearances. Follow Dave on Twitter – @DavePotts2.

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One of the preeminent baseball minds in all of fantasy, Dave Potts, aka CheeseIsGood, has won contests at the highest levels of both season-long and DFS. He is a two-time winner of a million dollar first place prize in DFS; having won the 2014 FanDuel baseball live final and following that up by taking down a DraftKings Millionare Maker Tournament in 2015. In addition, he’s won the Main Event championship in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship and the NFBC Platinum League, which is the highest buy-in entry league. His consistent success in the NFBC tournaments recently earned him a prestigious spot in their Hall of Fame. Dave can also strum a mean guitar while carrying a tune and if you’re lucky, you’ll see him do so on one of his GrindersLive appearances. Follow Dave on Twitter – @DavePotts2.

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