Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Line of the Day: July 18th, 2011

Josh Collmenter pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out a career-high seven, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He retired 21 of the last 22 batters he faced and hasn't allowed a run over his last 14 innings pitched. (MLB video recap)

Line: 8 IP | 3 H | 0 ER | 0 BB | 7 K; W | QS

My fantasy perspective: In 71 innings pitched as a starter, Collmenter has gone 4-5 with a 2.92 ERA, 1.00 WHIP with 47 strikeouts (6.0 K/9) and just 15 walks (3.13 K/BB). Overall, batters are hitting just .206 against him with a measly .306 slugging percentage.

Collmenter's unorthodox style of pitching has been linked to his successful start. It will be interesting to see how he performs as teams get a chance to face him more often. Just 22.5% owned in ESPN and 29% owned in Yahoo! leagues, he could be spot-started against teams who haven't faced him yet.

Question: At just 25 years old, does the future look bright for Collmenter or is he a one-trick pony (unique pitching style) who'll be figured out sooner than later? Please leave a comment with your thoughts.

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  1. Having traded both Collmenter and Worley in the last month for limited return, I hope I was right on the "one-trick pony" guess.

  2. Tommy Hanson of the Atlanta Braves has an odd delivery, too, and he's thrived.

    BTW, nice name!