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Impact of closers and K rate

Pitchers getting saves with few strikeouts seeing their fantasy values plummet

Updated: June 28, 2012, 2:16 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

So long, Danny Graves. The era of closers like you has passed.

We are in an age of strikeouts, specifically a season on track to set all-time records in the category. Major league pitchers, in 2012, have combined to average 7.50 K's per nine innings and a 19.6 K percentage going by individual batters faced, both of those representing a 5 percent increase upon the 7.13 and 18.6 numbers of 2011, which at the time set single-season records in either category. Pitchers have already ...

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