Saturday, May 14, 2011

Line of the Day: May 13th, 2011

SP Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays threw a four-hit, complete game shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. He walked one and struck out three in recording his first career complete game in just his 11th career start. Hellickson retired the final 13 batters.

Line: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; W, QS, CG, SHO

My fantasy perspective: Hellickson is 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in seven starts. A deeper look into his numbers show his K/9 rate is down (6.0 in 2011; 8.2 in 2010) and his BB/9 is up (3.6 in 2011; 2.0 in 2010). Batters are hitting .218 off of him with a .243 BABIP, so he has either been lucky balls are being hit at fielders or has a very good defense behind him. Either way, Hellickson is showing why he was on many preseason "sleeper" lists and a great bargain investment with an ESPN ADP of 159.8 and a Yahoo! ADP of 177.9. Keeper and dynasty league owners will definitely want to keep an eye on his progression and/or regression.

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