Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Line of the Day: June 14th, 2011

Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with a complete game two-hit shutout, striking out a season-high 12 and walking one. He now has five shutouts and 13 complete games in his career.

Line: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 12 K; W, QS, CG, SHO

My fantasy perspective: Over his last nine starts (covering 69.2 innings), Verlander is 6-0 with a 2.07 ERA, allowed just 43 hits with 62 strikeouts (8.1 K/9) and just 13 walks (4.8 K/BB). Batters are hitting just .178 against him with a .260 slugging percentage over that span. That's nothing short of dominant.

His recent streak has vaulted him into the #2 fantasy starting pitcher ranking behind Jered Weaver and his 105 total strikeouts lead the AL and rank third overall behind Cliff Lee (107), Roy Halladay (106) and Clayton Kershaw (106). He's at a point in his career where every start has the potential to be a no-hitter. It sure will be fun to own him in your leagues this season and beyond.

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