Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Line of the Day: June 20th, 2011

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers did it all against Detroit. He pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out 12 and driving in two runs in a 4-0 victory over the Tigers. It was his second two-hit shutout in his last five starts and third of his career.

Line: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K; W, QS, CG, SHO; 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

My fantasy perspective: This performance ranks as the second-highest of the season by any player (according to ESPN's formula). Might I remind you there have been two no-hitters already this season and neither rank higher.

Kershaw currently leads the majors with 117 strikeouts in 107.2 (9.8 K/9 ratio) and seems to be firing on all cylinders. Plus his BB/9 ratio is at a career-low 2.7 compared to his overall career ratio of 3.9. It's no surprise his K/BB ratio is at a career-high of 3.66 compared to his career average of 2.40.

At just 23 years old, the future looks very bright for the Dodgers' ace. Lock him up in all keeper and dynasty leagues for as long as your format allows.

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