Friday, May 27, 2011

Line of the Day: May 26th, 2011

SP Anibal Sanchez of the Florida Marlins allowed five hits and struck out eight in the Marlins' 1-0 victory over the San Fransisco Giants. Sanchez improved his record to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.60 and WHIP to 1.14 after his fifth career complete game and third shutout.

Line: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; W, QS, CG, SHO

My fantasy perspective: Sanchez is currently ranked the #22 starting pitcher and #81 player overall on ESPN's Player Rater. Not bad for a pitcher with an ESPN ADP of 221.5 and a Yahoo! ADP of 247. Fantasy owners seemed to lack confidence he could be a reliable starter coming into 2011, even after winning 13 games with a 3.55 ERA and a slightly elevated WHIP of 1.34.

Sanchez has two complete games and one shutout this season in just 10 starts and filling in quite nicely as the ace of the Marlins' staff while Josh Johnson is on the DL. He's currently sporting career-lows in ERA (2.60), WHIP (1.14) and BB/9 (3.0) with career-highs in K/9 (9.0) and K/BB (3.0). These definitely look like the numbers of a pitcher heading in the right direction of his young career.

Sanchez is currently owned in 100% of ESPN leagues (deservingly) but only 71% of Yahoo! leagues. How does that happen? Check your free agent pool to see if you are in 29% of the leagues that already suck heading into June.

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