Sunday, June 26, 2011

Line of the Day: June 25th, 2011

Justin Verlander struck out a career-high 14 over eight dominant innings of four-hit ball to lead the Detroit Tigers 6-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He now leads the majors with 124 strikeouts and tied for most wins with 10.

Line: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K; W, QS

My fantasy perspective: Stop me if you've heard this one before, Verlander is making the case with each start to become not only the number-one fantasy baseball pitcher (which he currently is) but climbing the rankings to become the overall number-one fantasy baseball player (currently seventh),

Over his last 10 starts, Verlander is 8-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 73 strikeouts over a span of 80.2 innings pitched. Incredibly, hitters are batting just .155 with a .189 BABIP and striking out nearly 25% of the time (73 of 293 batters faced).

Overall, he's pitched a quality start in 16 of his 17 starts and on pace for his first 20-win season. Verlander is one of just an elite few who could easily pitch a no-hitter every time he steps on the mound.

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