Monday, June 13, 2011

Line of the Day: June 12th, 2011

SP Tommy Hanson of the Atlanta Braves struck out a career-high 14 hitters over seven innings to lead the Braves to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros. The 14 strikeouts are the most in a game for an Atlanta Braves starter since John Smoltz struck out 15 New York Mets on April 10, 2005.

Line: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 14 K; W, QS

My fantasy perspective: Hanson is currently the 5th-ranked Starting Pitcher on ESPN's Player Rater behind such fantasy heavyweights as Roy Halladay, Jered Weaver, Cole Hamels and Justin Verlander. Overall, he's the 24th-ranked player.

Hanson leads the NL with a league-low 6.0 H/9 but is allowing a career-high 3.2 BB/9. His 89 strikeouts in 83.1 innings translates into a career-high 9.6 K/9. Add in career-lows in ERA (2.48) and WHIP (1.03) and fantasy owners who invested a fourth-round pick (ADP of 48.7) in him have struck fantasy gold with a pitcher on pace to have a 20-10 record. What's your guess: over/under 15 wins?

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