Where To, Kenshin Kawakami?

Posted: 24th September 2009 by Alex Danvers in MLB
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The Atlanta Braves have a playoff-worthy rotation, with a triumvirate of aces in Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, and Tommy Hanson. Derek Lowe and Tim Hudson have both been number ones in their time, and are likely solid two/three types going forward.   These are the five best pitchers in Atlanta, but that still leaves first-year Japanese import Kenshin Kawakami. What do you do with Double K?     What’s a Kawakami?   Although he can’t crack the Braves’ starting five, Kawakami is an asset. He has put up a respectable 3.92 ERA, 4.23 FIP, and 1.8 wins above replacement (WAR).   Special K is right about league average in all his skill stats:   • Kawakami: 6.05 K/9, 3.26 BB/9, 0.89 HR/9 • League Avg: 7.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 1.0 HR/9   He d ...

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